June 27, 2011: $1 million sponsorship establishes the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University

      Monday, June 27, 2011

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – Capilano University and North Shore Credit Union today announced the credit union’s $1 million commitment over 15 years, which will result in the university’s performing arts theatre at the North Vancouver campus to be named the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts. The new name will take effect for the 2011/2012 season.

      The organizations expect the partnership to contribute significantly to the social, economic and cultural livelihood of the communities they serve. Capilano’s president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Kris Bulcroft, said she is excited to form a partnership with an organization that shares Cap’s passion and belief in education, the arts and support of the community at large.

      “North Shore Credit Union’s leadership in the community has been built through a commitment of respect, integrity and trust – principles that Capilano University is proud to recognize through this sponsorship opportunity,” she said. “Their valued contribution will enable us to continue to offer quality programs and services that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the local communities we serve.”

      This latest contribution further reflects North Shore Credit Union’s dedicated 70-year commitment of working in partnership with community organizations.

      “North Shore Credit Union has had a long-standing relationship with Capilano University,” said Chris Catliff, president and CEO of NSCU. “Many of its business school graduates have become valued employees of North Shore Credit Union, some of whom have gone back to Cap as program advisors, guest lecturers and panel members for programs and courses at the university.”

      The North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts exemplifies Capilano University’s commitment to offering student-centred services and programs that benefit and engage the members of its communities. Opened in October 1997, the 380-seat theatre was built as a much-needed performance space designed to nurture and showcase the university's emerging artists. From the theatre’s stage, approximately 300 - 400 students each year gain experiential learning and deliver quality entertainment to local patrons of the arts.

      Over the years, the theatre has evolved to encompass a broad range of artistic programming, including world-class performers who enrich the culture of the North Shore and the Lower Mainland. Patronage has grown steadily and in 2010, more than 20,000 theatre-goers passed through its doors.

      With 12 branches in Burnaby, Vancouver, across the North Shore, and extending to Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, North Shore Credit Union provides expert advice on banking, loans, investments and insurance. North Shore Credit Union has $2.3 billion in assets under administration, over 300 employees and 40,000 members. NSCU is designated a Caring Company by the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and is a proud member of Canada's IMAGINE program. The Credit Union has also been honoured numerous times as one of the most technologically innovative financial institutions in North America.

      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Opened in 1968, enrolment today totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Currently, 573 international students from 47 countries are studying in 43 programs at Capilano. Capilano University offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.


      Capilano University:
      Shelley Kean, Manager, Public Affairs at T: 604.983.7596 C: 604.868.4374
      E: skean@capilanou.ca

      North Shore Credit Union:
      Lianne Dunster, Manager, Marketing Communications & Brand at T: 604.983.4561
      E: lianne.dunster@nscu.com

      Background on the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts
      Opened in October 1997
      Seats approximately 380
      20,598 theatre-goers passed through its doors in the past year

      Artistic programming includes:
      Cap Jazz Series
      Cap Folk and Roots Series
      Cap Classical/Choral Series
      Cap Theatre Series
      North Shore Jazz Festival
      Pacific Arbour Speaker Series

      Community festivals that use the theatre space:
      Shine Dance Festival
      Kiwanis Music Festival
      Heritage Festival, a choral festival out of Utah that brings kids from the Pacific Northwest to perform here
      A number of community recitals for dance and music schools, such as Dance Express, Ava Music and Deep Cove Music.

      Programs at Cap that use the theatre space include:
      Arts and Entertainment Management
      Acting for Stage and Screen
      Costuming for Stage and Screen
      Jazz Studies
      Music (includes Conducting, Choral, Music Therapy)
      Musical Theatre
      Technical Theatre
      Theatre Institute
      On occasion, students from the School of Motion Picture Arts and Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking programs will use the theatre for screenings.