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Campaign for Acadia receives $2-million boost

November 10, 2020

Campaign Chair Nancy McCain and husband The Honourable Bill Morneau make cornerstone gift to support Acadia’s student centre renewal and Centre for Student Success

Acadia University is proud to announce a $2-million gift in support of the Campaign for Acadia from Nancy McCain (’82) and her husband, The Honourable Bill Morneau, dedicated to enhanced facilities and services for Acadia students.

This extraordinary donation moves Acadia dramatically closer to creating an inviting and accessible student centre in a reimagined and revitalized Students’ Union Building. This renewed facility will be home to the proposed Centre for Student Success, a one-stop shop for the services, people and programs that promote strength, resilience and academic achievement. The Centre will also extend Acadia’s stepped care model of mental health services to include general health promotion, illness prevention, and harms reduction activities aimed at the entire campus.

University President Dr. Peter Ricketts said, “the McCain family has had a long and close relationship with the University going back to 1899, when Andrew Davis McCain graduated from Horton Academy, and extending through four generations right up to the present day. As Chair of the Campaign for Acadia, Nancy McCain has worked tirelessly on Acadia’s behalf to engage and encourage our alumni, community partners and friends to help us reach our $75-million goal. This wonderful gift is a huge step forward for the Campaign, and we are extremely grateful to Nancy and Bill for their remarkable commitment to the health and success of our students.”

“From the very beginning,” Nancy McCain said, “the Campaign for Acadia has aimed to support the aspirations of our students and faculty and give them the resources they need to sustain Acadia’s reputation as a premier liberal arts university. The outstanding efforts of our Campaign Cabinet and the tremendous support we’ve received from our many alumni and friends only confirms for me the esteem in which Acadia is held and the affection that people feel for the University. Bill and I are delighted to contribute to Acadia today so that current and prospective students have vital resources that will ensure their personal and academic success now and in years to come.”

Acadia’s Vice-President, Advancement Dr. Rod Morrison remarked on Nancy McCain’s strong commitment to the Campaign’s four pillars —Transform, Inspire, Discover, and Build – and how they will strengthen Acadia for future generations.

“Every gift matters,” he added, “and Nancy McCain’s leadership, determination and kindness have exemplified the spirit of the Campaign for Acadia from day one. With a family relationship to the University that extends back more than a century, Nancy’s personal commitment to Acadia’s future is unsurpassed, and I’m deeply grateful to her and Bill for this incredible gift.”