April 3, 2006: Generous donation moves College closer to new Squamish campus

      Monday, April 3, 2006
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (SQUAMISH, B.C.)–Capilano College moved one step closer to realizing its dream of a new downtown campus in Squamish with the April 3 presentation of a $35,000 cheque by Solterra Development Corp.

      "We are extremely grateful to Solterra for this generous donation that will help further the College’s vision of a new and expanded campus in Squamish," said Capilano College president, Dr. Greg Lee, during a ceremony held at the College’s Squamish campus. "We have been growing and changing with this community for 33 years and this type of financial support from the private sector will go a long way in helping us to continue to contribute to the knowledge-based economy that is being created in the Corridor."

      Solterra Development Corp. shares the College’s excitement about the potential of a campus in the downtown core and is playing a key role in the private and public commitment to rejuvenate the area.

      "Solterra is very pleased and honoured to be making this donation to assist Capilano College in the planning and development of a new and expanded campus in downtown Squamish," said Solterra’s acquisitions and development manager, Mike Bosa. "We view this proposed development as a great complement to our Eaglewind new home community, and integral to the continuing revitalization of the downtown area."

      While the communities within the Corridor undergo a transformation to strengthen the local economy, Capilano College will work together with the District of Squamish, the Squamish Sustainability Corporation, the Squamish School Board, and the private sector to ensure that training needs are fully met.

      "Solterra is proving once again to be a great corporate citizen for our community," said Squamish District Mayor Ian Sutherland. "The donation to Capilano College will help us all realize our goal of an expanded campus in Squamish."

      The proposed new facility will be built using flexible design principles and will be used for a variety of academic and community purposes. It will play an even greater role as an economic driver, attracting employees and students from the immediate area and from around the world.

      "Capilano College and the Howe Sound communities are sharing an exciting and energetic time of change that will positively enhance the lives of all those who call the Corridor home," Lee said. "We are proud to be part of this collaborative effort that will cater to the learning and economic needs of our communities for years to come."