September 22, 1999
TEC 2000 campaign passes $2 million after only ten months
Community College will recognize the six lead donors to TEC 2000
with room / facility naming. Seventy-four others also recognized
only ten months Lethbridge Community Colleges $4 million TEC
2000 capital campaign has reached the half-way point, exceeding
the expectations of organizers.
response has been very positive, says Derek Redman, a partner
at Davidson and Williams and campaign co-chair. It is apparent
that both individuals and the business community recognize the value
of LCC. The College is a practical, hands-on institution that has
served almost every southern Albertan in some capacity.
2000 is a three-year $4 million campaign to ensure the College continues
to have the technology to enhance careers. The goal
is to add a third floor to the Colleges Technologies Wing
and expand educational technologies across the campus.
reaching the halfway point this early in the campaign, we could
begin construction of the third floor as early this spring,
says LCC President Dr. Donna Allan. Our community support
to date has been wonderful and our lead donors will soon see their
donations in use.
lead gifts alone brought in more than $1 million while more than
70 other contributions have been received from College board members,
employees, alumni and other community supporters. In recognizing
the contribution of these major donors, the College will be naming
a number of facilities in their honor.
Flora Matteotti Centre for Teaching and Learning
Val and Flora Matteotti are well known benefactors to the College
and the Southern Alberta community. Since 1989, they have donated
more than $500,000 to the College through a number of fundraising
activities. They are also honorary Chairs of the TEC 2000 Campaign.
were the first Southern Albertans onboard the TEC 2000 campaign
with a lead gift of $350,000.
Matteottis say there were two reasons why they became involved in
TEC 2000. Two of Floras nieces graduated from the College,
both with honors. Those girls had some great teachers at the
College, says Flora. This is the communitys college,
and we need to keep it strong.
Flora Matteotti Centre for Teaching and Learning is responsible
for maintaining excellence in instructional training and technology
on the LCC campus. New teaching techniques are melded with modern
delivery methods to broaden the reach of LCCs education and
Business Training and Development - The Terry Royer Institute
Royer was raised in Lethbridge and was president of the first students
association of Catholic Central High School. He was involved in
almost every sport at CCH and went onto a bachelors degree
in economics from the University of Lethbridge. Mr. Royer was the
first chair of the Business and Industry Development program area
at LCC (later to become the Business Training and Development Institute).
He was very active as a leader and instructor in this area from
1974 to 1984.
Royer is president and CEO of Royal Host Corp. a Calgary-based hospitality
services company that specializes in providing a full range of hotel
management services. Royal Host currently owns and provides management
and/or franchise services for more than 15,000 guest rooms including
Lethbridges two Travelodges and the Super 8. Mr Royer was
co-founder of Royal Host in 1974 when it operated in Lethbridge
under the name Relax Industries, until 1985 when it moved to Calgary.
Royer holds a MBA from the University of Western Ontario. As well,
he has taken and taught courses at LCC in the past. He has been
actively involved in a number of community and business organizations,
including the C.D. Howe Institute, Young Presidents Organization,
Calgary Economic Development Authority and coaching minor basketball,
baseball and football.
and Maureen Royer have made a significant contribution to TEC 2000
as a way of supporting hands-on practical education in Southern
Alberta. LCCs former Business Training and Development Institute,
including programs conducted at the Magrath Centre and on the LCC
main campus, will bear his name.
Lethbridge Community College Students Association
Their lead gift of $200,000, as pledged through a student referendum
last spring, was a big boost to the TEC 2000 initiative. LCCSA president
Mike Holliday says the students view this contribution as a bridge
to the future.
will be recognition plaques placed at the entrances to the new third
floor when it is completed.
Sunflower Room (TE1202)
and Emmy Droog started Alberta Sunflower Seeds Ltd. (Spitz) from
scratch in 1982 after becoming disillusioned with governments
role in Canadian agriculture. The company started out marketing
birdseed across Canada. It was an employees idea to roast
and flavor the seeds with other seasonings resulting in the SPITZ
brand of sunflower seeds being born in 1989.
Droogs wanted to make a difference in the futures of young people
and are big supporters of agriculture education at LCC. In addition
to their donation to TEC 2000, they are offering five new $1,000
scholarships focusing on entrepreneurship and positive attitude.
Droogs have been recognized in the business community locally, provincially
and nationally including a 1996 Entrepreneur of the Year for the
Prairies region. This award in the Food and Agriculture division
recognizes their ingenuity, hard work and innovation. They were
also recognized in 1996 and 1997 as one of the 50 Best Managed Private
Companies in Canada for their innovative business practices.
recently, TE1202 was widely known as the Colleges primary
darkroom for photography courses. Due to changes in technology and
demand for space, the College renovated the room over this summer
to a state of the art conference room with full audio and video
Canbra Meeting Room (CE1305)
Canbra Foods was founded in 1957 as Western Canadian Seed Processors.
The oilseed refinery became operational in 1961 and Canbra started
producing packaged products in 1962. It was the first fully-integrated
oilseed processing center in Western Canada.
1974, the name of the company was changed to Canbra Foods Ltd. Canbra
pioneered the processing of canola margarine and shortening. Today,
over 80% of Canbras output comes from canola but it also refines
sunflower, soybean, cottonseed and corn oils. Their major products
include refined canola cooking and salad oils, margarine, shortening
and canola meal.
employs approximately 250 people and supports numerous community
events and activities. The companys gift is a combination
of their annual charity golf tournament proceeds (held on August
26, 1999) and a corporate contribution.
Larry McNamara is a TEC 2000 campaign co-chair and a business leader
who values the educational support of LCC in training the workforce
to meet the needs of industry.
The Canbra Meeting Room (formerly the Chinook Room) is a well known
room on campus and widely used by the College and general community
for meetings and training sessions.
E.C. Fredericks Theatre (CE1365)
Fredericks was a surprise donor to TEC 2OOO. He is a
Lethbridge senior who had a very successful career in Southern Alberta.
After starting a general store in Jefferson Station, southeast of
Cardston, Mr. Fredericks branched out into postal services and farm
fuel. In 1947, he and his brother-in-law began a trucking business
which became Economy Carriers. Now, the Calgary-based transportation
company employs more than 600. Mr. Fredericks was also a founding
member of the Alberta Trucking Association.
Fredericks is a firm believer in lifelong learning and has continued
his own education even since retirement. He received a B.A. from
Athabasca University in 1984 and his B.G.S. from Athabasca in 1992.
He enjoys history and anthropology and has even taken a course in
ancient history at Oxford.
Fredericks Theatre is one of the Colleges two main lecture
theatres. Boasting brand-new video projection equipment, this theatre,
which only seats 100, is the Colleges largest.
Wesbridge Construction Carpentry Shop (TR1835)
Construction has more than 60 employees and many are LCC graduates.
Lyal Sakamoto has served on the board of the Alberta Construction
Association and Wesbridge supports numerous community projects around
Southern Alberta. TR1835 is one of three main carpentry labs located
in the Trades Wing.
other lead donors (in the Gold Circle - $25,000 to $199,000) have
contributed greatly to the TEC 2000 campaign along with nearly 70
others in the Bronze and Silver Circles.
- DA Building Systems
- Lethbridge Community College Alumni Association
- Lethbridge Community Foundation
- Sony of Canada
- Glenn F. Varzari
further information, contact Cheryl
Dick, Fundraising Director, 320-3486.
see the TEC 2000 website: lethbridgec.ab.ca/tec2000
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