The 2016 Harvest Festival formally introduced the Providence constituency to the IMPACT 2020 campaign on Friday, September 30.
More than 300 friends of Providence attended the annual dinner, but in a twist unique to this instalment of the event they were also treated to tours of the institution’s new spaces.
Some of the school’s long-time supporters, and many new ones, experienced for the first time the high-tech business classrooms, the state-of-the-art science laboratory, the hospitable Welcome Centre and the contemplative, landscaped courtyard.
“We were delighted by the number of loyal and new supporters who attended our Harvest Festival and arrived early to explore the exciting new developments at Providence,” said Irma McKenzie, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.
McKenzie and Providence President Dr. David Johnson were among the presenters following dinner, and board members, faculty and students also featured in a program that included the video testimonies of alumni John Courtney, the Executive Director of Youth For Christ, and Mark Eichhorst, a member of the Canadian Foreign Service, currently working in Warsaw, Poland.
Attendees were presented the five IMPACT 2020 priorities (Providence Fund; Program Enhancements; Campus Development; Endowed Scholarship; Employee Development) and responded by contributing more than $67,000 to the campaign.
“The donations received propel Providence beyond the 70 per cent already received in gifts and pledges and further toward our $12.5 million goal,” said McKenzie. “Even more importantly, they push us on toward our vision of becoming one of the leading Christian universities in Canada, attracting even more students and making an even greater impact for Christ in the world.”