Major Fundraising Campaign
of the 125th Anniversary of the foundation of the institution (1890-2015)

Committed to our students' success

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Université Sainte-Anne is not only one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in Canada but the only Francophone university in Nova Scotia. Now, it looks to continue its growth and the pursuit of its mission.

This institution occupies a unique position because it is the only one to meet the educational needs in French of Nova Scotia's Acadian, Francophone and Francophile populations. With its network of five campuses, the University is present in all corners of the province, offering university and college programs, French immersion programs and customized training. The institution is the university of Nova Scotia's Acadie even as it opens its doors to Francophones and Francophiles from elsewhere in Canada and from across the globe.

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Message from the Co-Chairs of the 2013-2018 Campaign

A flagship institution for the Acadian and Francophone communities of Nova Scotia, Université Sainte-Anne is open to the entire world. Its presence across the province meets the needs of Acadians and Francophones, since it provides both university and community college programs in French, as well as French-as-a-second-language immersion programs. Its main campus in Church Point stands as proof that a post-secondary institution can provide an ideal learning environment in a rural setting.

Université Sainte-Anne wishes to strengthen itself even more by bolstering its financial resources in order to provide more community services, grant more student bursaries and improve its infrastructure. The institution is also looking to equip itself with more research and development tools, and to pursue its ecological efforts so that its main campus is the "greenest" campus in Canada.

We would like to invite you to participate in the development of our institution by making a generous contribution to our fundraising campaign. Your generosity will enable our students to achieve academic excellence.

Our collective contribution will help this institution to grow and to further invest, long-term and sustainably, in the vital Acadian and Francophone communities of Nova Scotia. Indeed, Université Sainte-Anne plays an essential role: today, it develops tomorrow's leaders, those very people who will shape the social, educational and economic landscape of our province.

We would like to thank you sincerely for your participation and please be assured that your donations, strengthening our University, will be allocated responsibly.

Louis E. Deveau and Noël Després,
Campaign Co-Chairs

Message from the President of Université Sainte-Anne

As President and Vice-Chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne, I invite you to become a part of our plans and help shape our destiny by committing to this fundraising campaign, marking our 125th anniversary. As a small institution, what we have accomplished so far is remarkable, and we wish to honour the founders and the thousands of people who have contributed to making our University what it is today.

The academic community is making every effort to ensure that Université Sainte-Anne shines as an educational beacon for the Francophonie of the province, the country and the world. Our students take pride of place here and we strive each day for a unique learning environment where faculty and staff work in the best possible conditions. We wish to continue this commitment by providing the best possible resources to our faculty and staff so that they can continue to offer quality education to our graduates, helping them to secure a prominent place for themselves in tomorrow's society.

Together, let's contribute to our students' success!

Allister Surette
President and Vice-Chancellor


Our University

Carte de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui montre les cinq campusThe institution's mission can be defined thus: "Anchored in Nova Scotia's Acadian community1, focussed on community development and open to the world, Université Sainte-Anne provides an individualized approach to post-secondary education and a unique opportunity for learning, discovering and thriving in French."

In recent years, we have multiplied our efforts to provide high-quality, and varied instruction to our students. The University wishes not only to further diversify its current university and community-college program offerings but to better enable our faculty to engage in, and further involve their students in, research and development programs focussed on excellence. And so we also need to improve our infrastructure, specifically the residences and the gymnasium, which serves to enrich our students' university experience, and to replace our motor coach.

Université Sainte-Anne's campus-network is: Church Point, Halifax, Petit-de-Grat, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine and Tusket. These campuses are equipped with the latest technologies enabling distance learning; courses can be offered without the students travelling long distances. The five campuses offer certain courses and programs that are specifically adapted to the particular needs of the population and the community.

The university also plans to build high-tech research and development facilities and to develop research chairs in the areas identified as priorities in its strategic plan. These new resources will further strengthen the university and reinforce its crucial position in the community.

The 2013-2018 Strategic Plan identifies many priorities for the development of the institution, based on: student recruitment, student success, its presence in the community, its brand-recognition and the development of a culture of excellence in research and development. These priorities necessitate a focus on human resources, financial stability and infrastructure.

1 The Acadian community of Nova Scotia includes all individuals, organizations and institutions working to encourage and develop the French language, the Francophone culture, and the Acadian and francophone communities in Nova Scotia (including Acadians, other Francophones, Anglophones and Allophones).

Tomorrow's Université Sainte-Anne

The vision: "Université Sainte-Anne is a flagship institution in Francophone Canada, recognized for its excellent programs and the success of its graduates. Its unique experience is legendary."

Looking into the future, Université Sainte-Anne wants to continue cultivating excellence by revising and improving its programs and better supporting its students in their academic endeavours. By offering quality guidance to students, providing better teaching tools to instructors and further supporting faculty research in ideal conditions, the institution fully encourages academic inquiry and knowledge. Thus, campus development that will better serve the needs of both this intellectual environment and, as a result, the wider community, remains a vital concern for the institution.

Many challenges lie on the horizon: the demographics of the Acadian and Francophone populations in the province; increased competition between institutions in the recruitment of Francophone and Francophile students; cuts in funding for post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia. Université Sainte-Anne must continue its efforts to enhance its profile and brand while leading the way in the preservation of the French language and the promotion of Acadian culture.

Université Sainte-Anne must also accentuate its efforts to preserve connections with its alumni, encouraging them to take on their important roles as ambassadors. A major fundraising campaign such as this one needs the steadfast support of its alumni, who can attest to their unforgettable years at their alma mater. In the years ahead, we want to build greater bonds by increasing the involvement of our alumni in projects aimed at supporting future Université Sainte-Anne students.


The 125th Anniversary Campaign

By giving generously to the 2013-2018 "Committed to our Students' Success" Campaign, you are contributing to the education of a new generation of proud and engaged Francophone and Francophile leaders—leaders who will shape our society.

Among the objectives of the campaign, we would like to highlight the bursary fund, the renovation of the green residences in Church Point and the construction of a new campus in Halifax. To enhance the well-being of our students, we are planning the renovation of the gymnasium and the purchase of a new motor coach. We are also planning to implement more support services for learning. To strengthen our community ties, we expect to build modern research and development facilities (a laboratory for innovative research in science and industry; greenhouses), develop the infrastructure for the Petit-de-Grat Marine Research Centre, expand the Entrepreneurship Centre, install high-efficiency equipment for the swimming pool and renovate the fitness room on the Church Point campus.

To increase the visibility of the institution, we are proposing the erection of road signs along Highway 101 and the installation of an electronic sign at the entrance to the main campus. In order to fully participate in ecotourism, the university proposes the construction of a new lighthouse, equipped with a research station and observatory. And in line with our commitment to fostering a culture of excellence in research and development, we are looking forward to establishing a research chair in innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as a Centre for Multidisciplinary Research.


Student Recruitment

Increase the Bursary Fund: $500,000

A language-minority environment; high tuition fees; rural life; a very competitive post-secondary world. These are some of the realities of being Francophone and living in Nova Scotia. If our students are to thrive in the face of these challenges, it is important for them to receive bursaries granting them access to university comparable to that for English-speaking students in urban areas.

Renovation of the Residences & Development of Green Residences: $500,000

The condition and the appearance of the residences add to the quality-of-life for students, increase student retention and help establish a brand identity during recruitment. It is of capital importance to continue the renovation of the residences (of which the first was built in 1963). And, in line with our "Green Campus" Project, the residences must be further modernized by equipping them with advanced technology that would make them more energy-efficient.

Construction of a New Campus in Halifax: $1,000,000

Nearly one out of every two Nova Scotians lives in Greater Halifax, a conurbation with the largest concentration of Francophones in Nova Scotia. Most post-secondary institutions in the province are located there. With such a strong concentration of Francophones and Francophiles in the Greater Halifax area, there is much recruitment potential for Université Sainte-Anne. To better position ourselves in the marketplace, we are considering the construction of a new campus to offer French-as-a-second-language courses, as well as university and community-college courses.


Student Success

Renovation of the Gymnasium: $500,000

Originally built in the 1970s, the gymnasium is in need of some renovations which, in addition to making the complex more attractive, would improve its utility. Specifically, the gym facility needs a new floating floor, new lighting, the suspension of curtains in front of the stage, and painting of the walls and bleachers.

Renovation of the Fitness Facilities: $200,000

Well used by both the University community and Clare county residents, the fitness facilities need to be renovated and expanded. The training equipment needs replacement. Keeping physically fit is important for students' well-being and thus a factor in their educational success. The services provided by the fitness facilities are, therefore, essential if we are to ensure the retention of our students and maintain our brand image during our recruitment of the next generation of potential students.

Purchase of a New Bus: $150,000

Driving from the Halifax Airport to the main campus of Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point takes three hours. Digby and Yarmouth, the two closest towns to Church Point, are 30 and 45 minutes away, respectively. Moreover, the rural area of Clare has no public transport or taxi service. To serve our students with an adequate transportation system, Université Sainte-Anne needs to purchase a new motor coach (inter-city bus).

Establishment of a Student Learning Centre: $100,000

The mandate of the Learning Centre will be to offer students the guidance and tools that will help them achieve their full potential. Many of the academic services for students will be extended to them in the spirit of personalized mentoring. More specifically, there will be literacy-training (tools for documentary research, guidelines about plagiarism, etc.), writing-support services (in English and French), technology-support and workshops about time-management and skills needed for post-secondary and professional sectors. Finally, the Centre will offer a wide range of services suited to the specific requirements of the student population on Université Sainte-Anne's different campuses: Acadian students, International students, Anglophone students, or students with special needs.

Modernization of the Château: $100,000

The Château is the student bar at the university. The university community and the public gather here for academic, extracurricular, social and cultural activities. Officially opened in 1990, the building is an aging structure and it is necessary to change the furniture and decor and to re-equip it with higher-quality installations. The Château will then become an even warmer, friendlier place, encouraging the retention of students and better projecting our brand identity in the community of Clare.


Community Engagement

Establishment of Scientific Research and Innovation Facilities: $800,000

Université Sainte-Anne will build two new research, development and innovation facilities (RD&I) in the region of Clare: a laboratory for analytical biology (to be installed on the premises of a private business) and two greenhouses on the Church Point campus. Equipped with cutting-edge technology, these facilities—the only ones of their kind in the region—will be home to active searches for solutions to concrete problems in the sectors of mink-breeding, fishing and aquaculture. Students will have the opportunity to gain specialized skills and to participate in applied research projects in a business environment under the direction of Department of Science faculty.

Developing the Operations of the Marine Research Centre: $200,000

Inaugurated on June 9, 2010, the Centre is located on the Petit-de-Grat campus in Cape Breton. It focusses on applied-science research, with the mandate of helping local industry with their present-day challenges in the marine and aquaculture sectors. The Centre offers various resources while working in collaboration with the fishing industry, making it possible to test out new ideas, develop new pieces of equipment and improve untested practices. Its objective is to ensure the survival and durability of the marine sector industry in rural communities through education, research and innovation.


Brand Recognition

Erection of Signage Along Highway 101: $50,000

Université Sainte-Anne wishes to enhance its visibility in order to improve its brand recognition. Since the main campus is many kilometres from the main road corridor (Highway 101), this project entails the installation of two large road signs at Junctions 28 and 29 to better communicate the location of the main campus.

Celebration of the Institution's 125th Anniversary: $350,000

The goal of this project is to rejuvenate the branding of Université Sainte-Anne by noting its academic excellence and by focussing on its stellar and unique living environment. The 125th Anniversary comes at a most opportune moment. The modernization and the perpetuation of the University's projected image will be achieved with an intense promotion campaign that aims to remind all that Université Sainte-Anne has, as part of Nova Scotia's Acadie, made an exceptional contribution to Canadian linguistic duality and culture. The campaign will be directed at a diverse audience that holds dear the identity and traditions of a university in existence for over a century.

Installation of an Electronic Sign at the Entrance to the Main Campus: $50,000

At Université Sainte-Anne's main campus, numerous services are offered and many activities take place all year. The installation of an electronic sign at the entrance of the main campus, visible from Route 1, would better inform the students and the public of upcoming events.

Construction of a Second Biomass Furnace: $600,000

Recognized since 2010 as Canada's greenest university, our institution uses three sources of renewable energy to meet its main-campus needs. The construction of a furnace fuelled with wood chips significantly reduced the use of old, oil-burning boilers. The installation of 118 solar panels throughout the campus makes it possible to meet residences' and buildings' hot water needs. And the installation of two wind turbines considerably reduces the total power bill. The entire project minimizes greenhouse gas emissions, develops the local economy, reduces the cost of energy and establishes an environmental-efficiency model. In order to stop using the oil-burning boilers altogether, the university now wishes to install a second biomass furnace.

Improvement to the Swimming Pool's Energy Efficiency: $100,000

As a project complementary to the environmental-efficiency model, highly efficient energy equipment for the swimming pool in the Sports Centre would be installed. The semi-Olympic sized pool is used by both students and residents of Clare. The operating costs are considerable but the new installations will, in the long term, reduce the energy costs.


A Culture of Excellence in Research and Development

Establishment of a Research Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship: $1,250,000

Post-secondary institutions must meet the challenges faced by rural regions in Nova Scotia. As stated in the recent report “Now or Never: An urgent call to action for Nova Scotians,” we need to do things differently. A renewed innovation-and-entrepreneurship culture is the platform for relaunching the economy in the Acadian communities.

Putting a Research Chair in place will ensure that Université Sainte-Anne plays a leading role in the entrepreneurial developments by and innovations of Nova Scotia's Acadie. The Chair will be at the forefront of the new entrepreneurial culture that places RD∓I as the prime generator of new enterprises and the means of ensuring the growth of existing enterprises. Thus, it has an applied research vocation. To fulfill its mission, the Chair will focus on three strategic directions: observation, training and leadership.

In addition to the Chairholder, the Chair will include a RD&I Coordinator, whose role will be, in coordination with industry, to organize and implement RD&I projects in the research installations and among university researchers. The Chairholder will be responsible for liaising between the enterprises, the centres, the laboratories and the researchers from partner institutes (such as the CCNB's Support Services for the Composite Material Industry or the Wine Institute at Acadia University) for projects (or parts of projects) where it has less expertise. The ideal Coordinator candidate should have a B.Sc. or B.Eng. and experience in an industrial setting.

Implemenation of the Lighthouse and Observatory Project: $200,000

In March 2014, a violent winter storm destroyed the Church Point lighthouse on the Université Sainte-Anne campus. This project is the reconstruction of this iconic structure, a landmark of Baie Sainte-Marie. The plan is for a multifunctional site that is both research station and ecotourism attraction. Located in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, which is protected by UNESCO (, this installation will serve as an observation site and host various civic science and ecological projects, notably the study of the coastal biosphere and the observation of the night sky. The station will also be used as a base and observation point for bird-banding, a project that already involves many members of the university community (students, faculty and staff) under the supervision of a professor-ornithologist. Such a structure could be included in an ecological strategy for the Municipality of Clare.

Centre of Multidisciplinary Acadian Studies and Research: $400,000

The Centre acadien (CA) at Université Sainte-Anne was founded by Joseph-Alphonse Deveau in 1972. Its mission is the collecting, preserving and classifying of documents and other material related to Acadian history, culture and heritage, particularly in Nova Scotia. Its mandate is to make this material available to the university community, Canadian and foreign researchers, and members of the public with interest in the heritage of one of Canada's first settling cultures. Over the years, the Centre has amassed a wealth of considerable and varied material, including over 10,000 volumes and a multitude of unpublished manuscripts, provided for by about fifty private funds. It also has a computerized genealogy database, making it possible to trace the lineages of over fifty Acadian families from Nova Scotia. Such unique archival material draws Canadian and foreign researchers, who visit each year. While the CA wishes to develop its role as an archival centre, Université Sainte-Anne wants to broaden the Centre's mandate, making it a Centre of Multidisciplinary Acadian Studies and Research. It could then stimulate, oversee and support faculty research in the field of Acadian studies. Such an observatory of Nova Scotia's Acadie could guide the new direction of Acadie today.

Grand total: $7,050,000

We are relying on your generosity to help increase our financial capacity, in order to better serve our students and to advance our institution in its pursuit of excellence.

Université Sainte-Anne

1695, Highway 1
Church Point, Nova Scotia  B0W 1M0

Telephone: 902-769-2114 ext. 7301
Fax: 902-769-3120

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