Manrell Hall opened on the 4th of September on time and under budget. I stood by the doors where I felt the excitement and watched the expression on the boys and their parents' faces. Many were amazed with the new learning spaces and in awe that they could actually be in it after 18 months of construction. Nicholas, a grade 8 student, visited me in my new office and said, "Mrs. Cogswell, when you told me at Mayfair that Manrell Hall would be finished by September, I didn't believe you. You were right!"
All this would not have been possible without the diligent work of many and the generosity and commitment of our community. For this we are grateful.
To add to the good news of the opening of Manrell Hall, we continue to raise funds for Our Next Century. Over the summer we raised $1.15 Million and are pleased to share that we are lighting up the 27 Million mark!
Just outside my office window, the contractors have fenced off Lannon Hall and "old VC". Soon, you will see the demolition of the heritage buildings to make space for our new Elementary School, gymnasium, Chapel, Administrative Offices, and Brothers Residence. We look forward to progress on phase 1B and sharing updates with our community.
Thank you for helping us continue the tradition of faith and excellence that is Vancouver College. In the spirit of giving, we will continue to appeal to everyone in our community to support our vision to ensure that Vancouver College remains strong to serve young men in the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice for another 100 years.
Ronith Cogswell, Director of Advancement
For more information on Our Next Century and the campus redevelopment, please contact:
John Nixon (VC'69) – President – 604.261.4285 ext 227
Ronith Cogswell – Director of Advancement – 604.261.4285 ext. 269
Linda Foster – Advancement and Major Giving Officer – 604.261.4285 ext. 235