By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario –The names behind an ambitious fundraising campaign to revitalize the local college campus were unveiled on a wall dedicated to their contributions.
St. Lawrence College staff, students and alumni celebrated with city officials as donors from 'The Difference We Make' campaign were recognized for $3.6 million in upgrades. St. Lawrence College, along with the St. Lawrence College Foundation, set a goal of $4.5 million, and the campaign is now 80 per cent complete.
"With all the renovations that have taken place on campus, you just have to walk through here and you feel the excitement of the students and staff," said St. Lawrence College president and CEO Glenn Vollebregt.
Vollebregt acknowledged that the funds raised will have a direct impact on students. The improvements included a multitude of bursaries, the addition of supply chain and logistics sector academic programming, new chemistry, physics and paramedic labs, 20 renovated and expanded classrooms, an athletics community meeting room and an overhaul of the buildings mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
A large part of the ceremony was the dedication of the new Moulinette Hall atrium, which was named: Cornwall Place – Place Cornwall. The recognition stemmed from the generosity of city taxpayers, as well as municipal officials, for their $1 million contribution from the City of Cornwall.
"This donation represents the single largest gift our foundation has ever received," said Vollebregt. "It not only served to get us closer to our goal, it carried a very important message to others who have been asked to support the effort."
Before a 'Donor Wall' was revealed, a large line of college students representing all the various programs led the crowd in a spirited march.
The Difference We Can Make campaign co-chairs Terry Landon and Peter Gault, both SLC alumni, spoke to the crowd about the numerous contributors.
Gault said SLC students raised $100,000 towards the campaign.
"The college is a key part of the economic engine that is Cornwall," he said.