Mount Saint Vincent University has opened what it calls “the first building on a Canadian university campus dedicated to the accomplishments of women.” The new Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research “celebrates women’s contributions to business, public policy, family life, academia, the arts, sciences and community,” says MSVU president Ramona Lumpkin.
Named for its lead donor, the McCain Centre has various rooms and spaces throughout the building honouring women, such as the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice, and the Dr. Rosemarie Sampson Centre on Aging. As well, the Elizabeth and Fred Fountain Atrium features the stories of 18 inspiring women, while the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour just outside the building displays the names of more than 400 women each on a separate leaf. Dr. Lumpkin says once the decision was made to dedicate the building to women’s accomplishments, donations soared.
The centre houses several of the university’s key academic programs and offers a number of spaces for the exclusive use of students. It is the first new academic building opened on campus in 40 years.