Message from Advancement
- Christina Barwinsky ’86, Director of Advancement
February 12, 2013 was an exciting day at SJR. The Build Our Tomorrow Campaign was publicly launched with $9.3 million raised toward our $15 million goal. Reimer Gym was packed with over 600 students and friends of the School and close to 100 viewed the public announcement live on our website as the stunning images of our new Senior School, Fitness Centre and Movement Studio were revealed. Construction will start this summer with anticipated completion in time for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
Yes, we have received tremendous support from alumni, and current and former parents, but we still need over $5 million to cover our costs entirely. The next 16 months will be devoted to sharing our story and encouraging support from as many people as possible. Tuition only funds the day-to-day operations of the School. Any funds for capital projects have to be raised through fundraising because SJR is an independent school; we do not have access to government dollars for capital projects. This means we must turn to you, our SJR family, for donations.
Current and former parents have made gifts to show their appreciation for the world-class education SJR has provided their children. Our campus has developed in to what it is today because of the generosity and vision of families who have come before us. It is the responsibly of each generation of parents to continue the tradition of giving for the next generation of students.
For alumni, the reason is the same, and it is one they can truly attest to. As students we never know the details of operating the School, we are just worried about our day-to-day existence. The realization comes several years after graduation and our affinity and gratitude toward SJR grows. By giving we are showing our appreciation and ensuring our experiences will continue through the lives of current and future generations of students.
There are many ways to give and many reasons to give. But, the true reason for giving is always a personal one. I invite everyone to be a part of this exciting chapter in the life of our School.
Prospect Research Specialist