St. Mary’s University is pleased to be included in a group of 13 organizations in Calgary to receive government funding to help improve our infrastructure.

On Tuesday, January 17, St. Mary’s was selected to receive $24,100 to put towards a project upgrading the HVAC system in the university’s recreation and fitness centre. This funding comes to us as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the government’s celebration of our country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

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“We are thankful to be chosen by the government to be a recipient of this important infrastructure funding,” said Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President, St. Mary’s University.

“The St. Mary’s campus community and well as local community members will benefit from the upgrading of our facilities. We are looking to expand the type of health and fitness activities and classes offered on our campus, and this grant will help us achieve that.”

The grant was provided to the selected organizations based on the intent to better the well-being of the local community; this included projects that had plans to renovate, expand or improve existing community infrastructure; with a focus on recreational facilities, projects that advance a clean growth economy and projects with a positive impact on Indigenous communities.

St. Mary’s believes that post-secondary education goes beyond the classroom and encompasses the whole student; mind, body and spirit. The opportunity to upgrade the HVAC system in the recreation centre allows our institution to provide a safe and comfortable learning facility, support strong, healthy communities and create an environment for individuals to live an active lifestyle.