MSVU receives largest donation ever

$2.25 million donation from Margaret McCain will go towards new building named after her

School president Ramona Lumpkin, chair of the board of governors Sarah Veinot, and the honourable Margaret McCain make the announcement.

School president Ramona Lumpkin, chair of the board of governors Sarah Veinot, and the honourable Margaret McCain make the announcement.

Mount Saint Vincent University announced the largest donation in its history Thursday evening.

The $2.25-million donation was made by the Honourable Margaret McCain, former lieutenant governor of New Brunswick. It will go toward the construction of the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for teaching, learning and research.

The building will house classrooms, a learning commons, and be home to a number of organizations, such as the Nova Scotia centre for ageing.

The last academic building on campus was completed over 40 years ago.

Plenty of school dignitaries were in attendance, including past school presidents, as well as the Nova Scotia minister of education Marilyn Moore.

President Ramona Lumpkin introduced McCain as a “prolific woman’s advocate.”

McCain did not graduate from MSVU but received an honourary doctorate from the school in 2005. She said she identifies with the school’s commitment to the education of women.

A drawing of the new building.

“Mount Saint Vincent is the only independent university in Canada that places the education of women at the top of its agenda and at the centre of its academic programming,” she said.

McCain was married to the late Wallace McCain, who helped found McCain Foods.

The donation brings the school to more than $7 million of its stated $12-million goal for the building’s construction.

Various classrooms and areas within the building will be named after 12 women who have helped highlight women’s issues, including McCain’s mother, the first female senator from Nova Scotia.