Sept. 27, 2008
SACKVILLE (CNB) - A new student centre named for New Brunswick businessman Wallace McCain officially opened today at Mount Allison University in Sackville. Provincial officials joined members of the university community and members of the public in the opening of the Wallace McCain Student Centre as part of Homecoming Weekend activities.
The Government of New Brunswick provided more than $3 million in infrastructure funding toward the $15-million project, completed recently.
"As outlined in our post-secondary education action plan, this government is focused on helping our students be better educated," said Bernard LeBlanc, MLA for Memramcook-Lakeville-Dieppe. "By renewing university infrastructure and modernizing facilities, we are enhancing the learning environment and student experience at our nationally recognized campuses. I am proud that this centre is setting a positive example for other universities across the country in terms of energy and water conservation, along with environmental sustainability."
LeBlanc attended on behalf of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty.
The centre, previously known as Trueman House, was built in the 1940s. It consists of four floors (5,995 square metres) and is a one-stop location for various student services, including the admissions office, bookstore, student health centre, physical fitness complex, meeting spaces, student council administrative offices, campus newspaper and radio station, international student centre, all nations lounge, pub and café.
"Our goverment is proud to be collaborating in this important project, and it is further proof how our self-sufficiency agenda is supporting people and communities," said LeBlanc. "Our Charter for Change underscores that knowledge, innovation, research and learning are key pillars in New Brunswick's economic engine, and we are pleased to be investing in the heart of the Mount Allison campus and the Tantramar region as a whole."
Also participating were Robert Campbell, Mount Allison president and vice-chancellor; Wallace and Margaret McCain; and other friends of the university. The centre is located at 62 York St. in Sackville.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.