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Stedman family donation to fund Heritage Block expansion

Laurier Brantford

Jan 11/07

January 10, 2007 | For Immediate Release                 

                                                                                                                                            

Contact:            Sherri Bocchini

                        Associate Director, Development
                        
(519) 756-8228 ext. 5748
                        sbocchini@wlu.ca

 

or                     Kevin Klein

                        Public Relations

                        (519) 756-8228 ext. 5777

                        kklein@wlu.ca

 

BRANTFORD –Laurier Brantford will announce a $500,000 donation from Mary and Ruth Stedman and unveil plans for the Stedman Community Bookstore at a reception on Friday, January 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Building lobby.

            Mary and Ruth Stedman's leadership contribution towards a community bookstore in our proposed academic centre brings us one step closer to making this important building a reality for our campus,” said Dr. Robert Rosehart, president of Wilfrid Laurier University. “I am particularly pleased that we are able to recognize the legacy of the Stedman family and their bookstore that is an important piece of downtown Brantford’s history.”

            The proposed academic centre will include two floors of academic space — including classrooms, lecture halls and tutorial rooms — and two floors of residence space. It will also offer food services. The building, to be located on Dalhousie Street, will add to the Heritage Block at the heart of the Laurier Brantford campus.

The Stedman family has roots in Brantford stretching back more than a century. Three brothers, George, Edward and Samuel, opened the first Stedman Bookstore here on New Year’s Day, 1904. Twenty years later, a Stedman variety store opened in Renfrew. By 1965, there were more than 300 stores across Canada bearing the Stedman name.
            I am glad to support Laurier Brantford and its vision for a community bookstore in the downtown,” Mary Stedman said. “It will be a welcoming place where students as well as community members can gather, just as members of the community used to gather at the old Stedman Bookstore.

            The addition of the new academic centre allows Laurier Brantford to continue to expand its student population and to offer a unique post-secondary opportunity to local residents and to students from across the province. With a core curriculum in contemporary studies, students are exposed to diverse perspectives and graduate with an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree that helps them form a unique worldview.

            Laurier Brantford opened in 1999 with 39 students. The school enrolled over 1,750 students this year, and expects to have approximately 2,000 students for 2007.

 

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