KINGSTON, ON, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Queen's University is launching the
Initiative Campaign - the most ambitious campaign in its 171-year
history - with an initial fundraising goal of half a billion dollars
and an extra $100 million in planned estate giving. More than 59 per
cent of the initial fundraising goal was raised prior to officially
launching the campaign with almost $300 million donated to date.
"This is a decisive moment in Queen's history," says Principal Daniel
Woolf, Artsci'80. "The Initiative Campaign, through the power of
philanthropy, is about investing in the people of Queen's who - like
the generations before them - will not waver in their pursuit of
excellence. It's about unleashing the potential of our thinkers and
doers. We have an opportunity to earn the confidence and support of
the Queen's family and friends, and to inspire a generation of
supporters to come forward and make their mark on the university now."
The recent Academic Plan and Strategic Research Plan form the basis of
the Initiative Campaign's broad goal of providing an environment where
opportunity meets excellence. Four key themes underpin the campaign.
These are to:
be the destination for exceptional people;
enhance our students' learning experiences;
secure our global reputation in discovery and inquiry; and
nurture a supportive community.
Some of the campaign priorities include: a student life centre/wellness
centre; campus-wide student assistance; and an innovation and global
Physical and mental wellness are essential to student success - both in
academics and in life. A new centre would bring health, counselling and
disability services together, and augment them with dental care,
nutrition education and other related services.
The aim of the innovation and global leadership initiative is to develop
the innovators who will fuel the success of technology-driven
companies, and provide direct solutions for corporate challenges and
incubation for start-ups.
Campus-wide student assistance funding will dramatically increase our
merit- and need-based assistance for students from all programs and
Gordon Nixon, Com'79, LLD'03, President and CEO of RBC, is the
campaign's volunteer chair working with 140 volunteer cabinet members.
Several high-profile initiatives have been made possible already as a
result of campaign donations since 2006 including: the Isabel Bader
Centre for the Performing Arts currently under construction; the
recently completed School of Medicine Building; the Goodes Hall
expansion; and the RBC Blue Water Initiative.
"The generosity of our benefactors has provided the Initiative Campaign
with tremendous momentum," says Tom Harris, Sc'75, Vice-Principal
(Advancement). "Over the next four years, we look forward to engaging
our alumni and friends around the world and earning their support for
the ideas, inventions and discoveries of Queen's people who care about
the world around them and take the initiative for change."
The marquee event will be streamed live at http://streaming.queensu.ca/vmp/html/queenslive.html
Queen's will host regional launches to tell the story of Queen's and the
Initiative Campaign in Calgary on October 3, Toronto on October 10, and
Ottawa on October 18.
A full list of priorities is included on the Queen's Initiative Campaign website.
SOURCE: Queen's University
For further information:
Contact Queen University's Communications Officer:
613-533-6000 ext 77513