Campion College officially kicked off the start of year-long 100th anniversary celebrations with the opening of new and enhanced spaces designed to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities throughout the college building.
“We are very excited to mark the launch of our 100th anniversary year with the opening of the new entryway and elevator. As a Jesuit college, we are committed to creating a barrier-free environment for all and the completion of this project brings us much closer to that goal,” says Dr. John Meehan, SJ, president, Campion College.
The project allowed the college to address many of the deferred maintenance needs of its 50-year-old building, and to better meet the demands placed on college programs and services by a growing university campus. The project includes the replacement and relocation of its elevator, the addition of spacious entryways at each floor, direct access into the college building, improvements to fire/life safety throughout, and the creation of an underground pedestrian corridor and service tunnel that connects Campion College to the University of Regina Kīšik residence tower.
“The underground pedestrian corridor is an example of the strong partnership and collaboration between the University of Regina and its federated colleges. Thanks to joint efforts of our two institutions, we were able to make even greater improvements to accessibility on campus than originally imagined,” says James Gustafson, executive director, Campion College.
The project is funded in part by contributions to previous annual campaigns, as well as a donation from the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus, Regina Councils, that allowed for the purchase of a wheelchair lift at the entrance of the underground pedestrian corridor. The Ministry of Advanced Education provided assistance through the Preventative Maintenance and Renewal Fund, which enabled the college to move ahead with and complete the project.
“Our Government understands the importance of eliminating barriers and creating accessible communities where everyone can succeed,” Advanced Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “This project is one example of how we are making life better for Saskatchewan people who live with disabilities.”
Campion College was founded in 1917 as the Catholic College of Regina. The college originally began as a secondary school, and later offered undergraduate Arts courses as a junior college of the University of Saskatchewan. In 1965, Campion College became a federated college of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, which is now the University of Regina. With the closure of the high school on 23rd Avenue in 1975, Campion College became solely an undergraduate college at the University of Regina. Campion is the only Jesuit undergraduate college in Canada, and a center of educational excellence offering academic programs and services in partnership with the University of Regina, Luther College, and First Nations University of Canada.