Hillfield Strathallan College announces $10.5 million dollar donation from internationally-renowned industrialist and philanthropist, Michael G. DeGroote

    This donation, the largest single gift ever made to an Independent
    School in Canada, is the anchor contribution towards its Transformation
    HSC Campaign: a $34 million investment to create new learning spaces at
    its Fennell Street West Campus.

    HAMILTON, ON, June 22 /CNW/ - Hillfield Strathallan College announced
today a $10.5 million donation from internationally-renowned industrialist and
philanthropist, Michael G. DeGroote, as the anchor contribution towards its
Transformation HSC Campaign: a $34 million investment to create new learning
spaces at its Fennell Street West Campus. These facilities will be unique in
all of Canada, and will support a dynamic and innovative educational vision
shifting the focus from teaching to learning.
    This donation, the largest single gift ever made to an Independent School
in Canada, the College hopes will encourage an outpouring of similar gestures
from alumni, current families and community leaders, boosting philanthropic
support for 21st century learning in the Greater Hamilton area.
    Mr. DeGroote has deep-rooted connections to the College spanning more
than 40 years. His four children and five of his grandchildren are alumni of
HSC, and his granddaughter is a current student. As a Patron of HSC, he is one
of four current guardians of the College's history, traditions and future
directions; this is the highest honour bestowed by the College on its
supporters. Mr. DeGroote was also made an honourary graduate of the Class of
2009 at its closing ceremonies last Saturday.
    The Transformation Project will enable HSC to create varied and
customized learning environments promoting optimal learning for all of its
students. This model reflects recent advances in brain research that prove
empirically that every student has unique learning styles, and that today's
students are graduating into a world characterized by rapid and unpredictable
change. This 21st century world will require them to learn, unlearn and
relearn new knowledge, skills and abilities for the rest of their lives.
"Transformation HSC is a vision which will ensure that our students are
encouraged in each of their individual passions, and that they learn how to
adapt, and change in a truly dynamic world," said Headmaster, Dr. Tom
    The Transformation HSC capital campaign is a $34 million project to build
a completely new Senior School with dynamic, multi-purpose learning spaces and
tools, as well as a major community Athletic facility, which will position
Hillfield Strathallan College as the leading independent school in Canada.
"Learning spaces matter, and the success to date of this breathtaking campaign
will ensure that Hillfield Strathallan College continues to contribute bright,
passionate and unique leaders to this city and to Canada for decades to come,"
added Adrienne Davidson, Director of College Advancement and the Campaign
    The College also announced that the new Senior School will be known as
the "Michael G. DeGroote" Senior School. "Mr. DeGroote's extraordinary support
of this fine College for so many years is an example to us all," commented Mr.
Ron Foxcroft, Chair of the Transformation HSC Campaign. "As a parent and a
grandparent of students attending HSC, I believe that an HSC education is the
finest gift a parent can present to a child."
    Hillfield Strathallan College is a not-for-profit, independent day
school, governed by an arm's length Board of Governors, and affiliated with
the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS), the Canadian Association of
Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Canadian Council of Montessori
Administrators (CCMA). In addition to meeting Ministry of Education
requirements, the College offers the Advanced Placement program which is
comparable to first year university studies. It adheres to all CIS and CAIS
standards and undergoes an exhaustive evaluation, on a regular basis, by the
Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI), the main accrediting agency
for independent schools in Canada.

    Since 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College has served the Hamilton and
Golden Horseshoe area by providing young people with extraordinary educational
opportunities. It offers an enriched academic, arts and athletic program,
through its four schools, from early Montessori ages and JK to Grade 12.
    Now in its second century, Hillfield Strathallan College remains
committed to excellence achieved through a broad approach to education that
integrates academic training, character development, and social skills to
nurture the whole student.
    A successful blending of tradition and innovation, together with a strong
partnership between home and school, has created a dynamic learning
environment and a cohesive community where students are encouraged to become
good citizens, strong leaders, and lifelong learners. For more information,
visit: www.hsc.on.ca

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Marianne Matthews,
Communications Manager, P. (905) 389-1367, Ext. 192,
marianne.matthews@hsc.on.ca; Transformation HSC Contact: Adrienne Davidson,
Director of College Advancement, P. (905) 389-1367, Ext. 162,

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