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Why Build?

From the President

Cheryl Pauls

Canadian Mennonite University opened its doors in 2000, thanks to the bold collaboration and committed imagination of a great many people. Since then CMU has continued to cultivate bold inventiveness, generous trust, and faithfulness to God in its educational mission, and today we give witness to many women and men making a life-giving difference in church and society.

CMU needs a new Library to sustain this vision and commitment. The Library will act as a learning commons at the centre of the Shaftesbury campus, offering high quality services, vital resources, and the sorts of good spaces that convince students to stay a while – and study hard! In addition, the new building will host a Book and Resource Centre and a vibrant café, providing the broader community with a fine array of materials and a forum for engaging dialogue.

A pedestrian Bridge spanning Grant Avenue will connect the Library to CMU's south campus and provide safe passage across this busy thoroughfare. As it brings the two sides of our split campus together, the Bridge will signal CMU's presence in the community.

The entire project will model CMU's commitment to sustainabilty and conservation, taking advantage of the latest technologies available to maximize efficiency and minimize its environmental impact.

I invite your collaboration in this project, and look forward to sharing its possibilities with you in the years to come!

Cheryl Pauls
CMU President