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Posted by Cara Cantonwine on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 in President’s Column

President’s Column

There are times when an exceptional opportunity arises for an organization that not only contributes significantly to its mission, but also provides tremendous community benefit. The Trust's agreement with the Hidden brothers to acquire the Academy is clearly such a circumstance.

There is no more important historic structure in the region, if not the Northwest, and the connection between the Fort Vancouver National Site, Mother Joseph and the Academy is deeply intertwined. Accordingly, while our campaign to raise $16 million in a year for the acquisition and restoration of the Academy is ambitious, the importance of the undertaking is undeniable.

With the Trust's extensive experience in managing, restoring and preserving the historic buildings on Officers Row and in the West Barracks, we are uniquely suited to incorporate the Academy in our operations. Based on the Trust's record of sustainable property management and development, we know that the Academy's future will be well secured.

As the third and final owner of the Academy, the Trust will continue the stewardship of this most historic property, and will continue to tell the story of Mother Joseph and the Sisters of Providence and their tremendous contributions, not only to the city of Vancouver, but the entire Pacific Northwest.

Our capital campaign is underway, and we have already received enthusiastic responses from those who realize the importance of preserving this iconic building. By those who appreciate the potential economic development benefit of the Academy and its adjoining seven acres to downtown Vancouver and the Fort Vancouver National Site, to those who understand the importance of preserving the history embodied within its walls, and from those who value the legacy of Mother Joseph's incomparable record of service and accomplishment.

We hope that you will also join us in this campaign to continue our community's legacy.

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