Sheridan’s Get Creative fundraising campaign which supported the expansion of the Hazel McCallion Campus and international scholarships wrapped up with a bang in March 2017– literally!
The ribbon cutting for the new building took place at the official opening event on March 24, complete with a sustainable ribbon made of seed paper, CO2, and bubble machines to mark the occasion. Sheridan’s Chancellor and campus namesake Hazel McCallion, donors, volunteers, and supporters who helped bring the $9 million campaign to a successful close were on hand to celebrate. Joining the festivities were provincial and municipal representatives including The Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development; The Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and MPP – Mississauga South; The Hon. Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs and MPP – Mississauga East – Cooksville; Amrit Mangat, MPP – Mississauga – Brampton South; and Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga.
The event encouraged guests to ‘experience’ the building in the same way students do. Interactive exhibits showcased the expansion’s unique relationship between creativity and sustainability including the Material ConneXion Library (first in Canada), the Creative Campus Gallery, the Institute for Creativity and Creative Campus, and the Living Lab.
Donors to the campaign also contributed generously to Sheridan’s international scholarships. These scholarships help to bridge the cost barrier for international students who want to increase their opportunities with a Sheridan education. These students help to bring different perspectives to the classroom, enriching the learning experience for all.
The Get Creative campaign received the largest personal gift in Sheridan’s history and lead to its first named Faculty – the Pilon School of Business. Randy and Catherine Pilon donated $2.5 million to the campaign. Randy is the CEO of Virox Technologies Inc. and a 1982 graduate of Sheridan’s business program.
The campaign also provided a special opportunity to join the past with the present. The Sheridan Student Union matched a $500,000 gift previously donated to the campaign by the Sheridan Alumni Association.
Thank you to all our donors, volunteers and supporters – we couldn’t have done it without you!