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Laurier recognizes leading supporters of newly named faculty of social work
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work recognizes seven significant supporters
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Sep 29/04| For Immediate Release
Dr. Robert G. Rosehart, President & Vice-Chancellor (519-884-0710, x2250)
Luke Fusco, Dean, Faculty of Social Work (519-884-0710, x 2315)
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is today recognizing seven families and organizations for their incredible support of its St. Jerome’s project. These include the charitable foundation of a well-known philanthropist whose name will appear on the university’s faculty of social work.
The lead gift is a $2-million donation from the Lyle Shantz Hallman Foundation. The foundation, named for the late business person and philanthropist, has long supported community initiatives that focus on the needs of children and families. This donation is in addition to a previous gift of $1.5-million that created the Lyle S. Hallman Chair in Child and Family Welfare. The faculty’s new name will be the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work.
“This extraordinary history of giving from the Hallmans and the naming of the faculty represent a significant milestone for both the faculty of social work and the university,” said Robert G. Rosehart, Laurier president and vice-chancellor. “We are extremely grateful for their tremendous and continuing support.”
Laurier is also recognizing two significant gifts from the corporate world. Manulife Financial has pledged $800,000 to support the establishment of a centre for healthy aging. To recognize Manulife’s support, the company’s name will appear on the faculty’s main-floor auditorium, the centre and a lecture series.
The TD Bank Financial Group has pledged $500,000. The donation will establish an academic development fund, named for the donor, to support both academic initiatives and research, and provide bursaries and scholarships for students. In recognition, Laurier will name the faculty’s new library resource centre on the main floor after the TD Bank Financial Group.
The people associated with Laurier’s faculty of social work are moved by the tremendous generosity of so many families and corporations,” said Luke Fusco, dean of the faculty. “The friends of the university that we honour tonight understand that their support will allow us to improve the lives of more children and families in our community.”
The university is also recognizing the support of four local and prominent families, all well-known for their generous contributions to improving quality of life in the region. All have pledged $100,000 to the faculty. They are: the Voisin family, the Heffner family, the Menich family and the Pollock family.
These seven donations account for one-third of the $11-million target of the St. Jerome’s Building Campaign. Another $6.5 million has already been pledged by the City of Kitchener. Laurier plans to recognize the support of all donors at a news conference in mid-October.
The seven leading donors were honoured at a recognition event and open house. The event, organized in part to show how the historic St. Jerome’s high school building would continue to provide a valued education, was held at 5:30 p.m. today in the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda. Visitors could review sketches and plans of the proposed renovations. They also toured the first floor of St. Jerome’s one last time before renovations begin.