Coady's campaign success signals great advance for international development leadership

    ANTIGONISH, NS, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - St. Francis Xavier University President,
Dr. Sean Riley and University Vice President and Coady Director, Mary Coyle,
today announced success with the Coady Capital Campaign, the fundraising
effort to build the new Coady International Centre. The campaign has raised
$14 million, which provided the StFX Board of Governors with the confidence to
vote earlier in the day to give the green light to move ahead on plans to
construct the new facilities.
    The Centre, which will now be slated for completion in time for the
Coady Institute's 50th anniversary in 2009, will provide the platform for the
Institute to expand its professional education programming for local community
leaders working worldwide to build better lives for all people. It also marks
an historic move by the Coady Institute into the heart of the StFX campus,
further integrating it into the university community.
    "The Coady's Institute's success with this campaign has tremendous
significance," said Dr. Riley in making the announcement to a large group of
supporters. "Right here, in the calm surroundings of this university town, we
have a resource, a treasure, that no other university in Canada enjoys. The
Coady supports, by action, the fundamental, precious and often threatened
dignity of people everywhere. Coady educates leaders with the goal of
supporting self reliance -- the ability of people to take control of their own
    "For the broader StFX University community, Coady is a window on the
social, economic and moral issues of our world. It translates words into deeds
and enables Canadians to get involved in bringing about positive change to our
world," he said. "I predict here today that this force will be even more
powerful in drawing students to StFX and in shaping the experience and values
of coming generations."
    Dr. Riley, along with Mary Coyle, Mark Wallace, Co-Chair of the
Coady Campaign, and Coady participants, Edna Maine from Botswana and
McKennedy Yassin from Malawi, kept the room in suspense as they unfolded a
12-foot long scroll which marked campaign milestones all the way up to today's
tally of $14 million.
    Thanking the many donors, volunteers and staff who have contributed to
making this vision a reality, Mary Coyle said: "Your vote of confidence in us,
our mission and our work is what will now propel us forward into a dynamic
future of innovation and increased impact. The new Coady International Centre,
located in the historic core of our beautiful StFX campus, will be the launch
pad for the next generation Coady Institute."
    Ms. Coyle explained that the new centre will dramatically increase
capacity to expand educational programming and increase the number of
community leaders it will be able to educate.
    Turning to the community leaders who are currently studying at the Coady,
Ms. Coyle added: "It is you and the more than 5,000 graduates before you, who
have inspired us to invest this effort to reach this historic milestone. You
embody the important work we do, and now with this success, we will be able to
work with even more leaders who will, like you, bring their skills and a
renewed sense of optimism back to their communities and work to improve the
lives of millions of the world's poorest people."
    Ms. Coyle highlighted the fact that the Coady Institute is supported by
many Canadians and that the need for support will continue and, in fact, grow.
"This is as much a call to action as it is a celebration of our success," she
said. "We will have to work even harder to bring more and more exceptional
community leaders here to Antigonish to study."
    Dr. Riley and Ms. Coyle made the announcement to a packed news conference
that included several of the campaign's key donors and volunteers, 63 Coady
participants representing 24 countries, the StFX Board of Governors, senior
university administration and a broad spectrum of community members,
university faculty and staff.
    Today's announcement marks the beginning of StFX's annual Homecoming
Weekend, which brings together alumni to celebrate the successes of their alma
mater. This weekend the Coady will also celebrate the official unveiling of a
monument to Rev. Dr. Moses Coady, created by famed sculptor, Barbara Paterson,
who is responsible for the "Famous Five" on Parliament Hill (a monument to the
five women who brought about legal recognition of women as "persons" in
Canada), and the Katherine Fleming International Development Award which, each
year, recognizes the important work of a Coady participant from sub-Saharan

    About the Coady Institute

    Created by St. Francis Xavier University in 1959, the Coady International
Institute is world renowned as a centre of excellence in community leadership
education. For nearly five decades, the Coady Institute has been working to
promote community self-reliance and innovative ways to improve the lives of
people around the world. Coady's 5,000 graduates are working with millions of
people in 130 countries to build a fair, prosperous and secure world, one
community at a time. The Coady Institute is named for one of Canada's great
heroes, Rev. Dr. Moses Coady, founder of the Antigonish Movement and author of
Masters of their Own Destiny. To find out more, visit

    About StFX

    Located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, St Francis Xavier is a national
university focused on undergraduate students. The University was founded in
1853 and today more than 4,300 students attend StFX with the majority living
on campus. Since 1999, more than $130 million has been invested in renewing
the University's facilities. Maclean's magazine ranked StFX Canada's number
one primarily undergraduate university for the last five consecutive years. To
find out more, visit

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