Mount Royal University receives $15M donation from Taylor Family Foundation

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A $15 million donation from the Taylor Family Foundation will see empty spaces in Mount Royal University transformed into areas for learning and student services.

The gift, announced Thursday morning, will be used to complement $50 million in capital funding from the provincial government.

“We can’t begin to thank the Taylor family enough for their generosity,” said university president and vice-chancellor Tim Rahilly, in a press release. “They have played a pivotal role in transforming our campus to serve the needs of 21st-century learners.”

The money will be used in year one to renovate the former MRU conservatory space, which will be converted into four large multi-functional classrooms.

After that, the university is planning to turn the former library building at the heart of the campus into a hub for student services. The area will focus on innovation, inclusion and experiential learning programs.

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The Taylor Family Foundation is dedicated to supporting education, preserving education and history and advancing arts and health care. Founded by Don Taylor of Calgary-based Engineered Air and his wife Ruth Taylor, this $15-million donation is dedicated to Don’s father, Robert Samuel (Sam) Taylor.

“Basically my dad was a farmer, which is a respectable way to make a living,” said Don in a press release. “He always encouraged me, though, to advance my education, which was quite unusual back then. He would have been very proud of having his name associated with the education process.”

This is not the Taylor Family Foundation’s first donation to MRU. In 2010, a $21 million donation led to the building of the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts and the Bella Concert Hall.

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