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Media Release
Release Date: December 6, 2016

VICTORIA, BC – Camosun College Foundation’s TRADEmark of Excellence Campaign has exceeded an ambitious fundraising goal of $5 million by 30 per cent. In just 24 months, $6.5 million has been contributed to support skilled trades education at Camosun College. The TRADEmark Campaign is the first-ever major capital campaign initiated by the Camosun Foundation.

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At a special event this morning, the remarkable accomplishment was announced by volunteer campaign Co-Chairs Murray and Lynda Farmer and Camosun Foundation Board Chair Jeety Bhalla. They were surrounded by students and faculty in the spectacular new 80,000 sq.ft. Centre for Trades Education and Innovation.

The new building anchors Camosun’s expanded and redeveloped trades education complex, which is now the largest trades education facility on Vancouver Island and the second largest in BC. The $6.5 million contributed by the community supplements a $30 million investment by the Government of BC. A unique donor wall featuring the name of each donor provided an impressive backdrop for the announcement.

“Together, we have established Camosun College as a trades education powerhouse,” said campaign co-chair Murray Farmer. “These sophisticated and well equipped facilities are coming on line at a time when a new generation of skilled trades people is urgently needed to begin to replace the current highly experienced cohort of trades professionals - 68 percent of whom will retire in the next 10 years.”

The new trades complex at Camosun’s Interurban campus provides capacity to increase student enrollment by 40 per cent adding up to 1,000 students a year to the current skilled trades enrollment of 2,700.

“We are inspired by the opportunity careers in skilled trades offer this generation of students,” says campaign co-Chair Lynda Farmer. “Camosun provides a truly exceptional education that transforms lives and builds community.” Lynda added, “Camosun’s gifted faculty and ambitious students will teach and learn with the best possible facilities and equipment thanks to so many generous supporters in the community and beyond. We thank each and every one of them.”

Jeety Bhalla, Board Chair of the Camosun College Foundation, thanked Lynda and Murray and the 22 members of the volunteer Campaign Cabinet comprised of community and business leaders who advanced the campaign on behalf of the foundation. “The hard work and leadership of Murray and Lynda Farmer propelled this campaign which has exceeded our expectations,” says Bhalla. “We are very appreciative of the support and commitment of the cabinet members representing a wide range of trades related sectors. It is an honour for us to know they are each true champions of Camosun College.”

TRADEmark of Excellence Campaign supporters have also funded new programs such as the Coastal Skills Initiative and West Coast Women in Trades, which will advance skilled trades opportunities for women.

“This is a milestone occasion for both the Foundation and the College. In many respects the TRADEmark Campaign is a coming of age moment for Camosun College as we engage in new ways with employers, and the community,” says Camosun President Sherri Bell. “Murray and Lynda Farmer and the TRADEmark Campaign team have made a profound difference in our capabilities in teaching real skills for real jobs in the very best possible learning environments. We thank Murray and Lynda, the Camosun College Foundation and especially our many supporters in the community who have embraced and generously supported your college.”


Angus Matthews
Director, TRADEmark of Excellence Campaign

Ivan Watson
Marketing and Communications
Camosun College

Last updated: December 6, 2016 10:34 am

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