The Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation has pledged a transformational gift of $4 million to Wilfrid Laurier University’s Making Space for Music campaign, which will expand its Faculty of Music building. The university will recognize the foundation’s visionary gift by naming Laurier’s renovated Faculty of Music building the “Savvas Chamberlain Music Building.”
“Dr. Savvas Chamberlain has played a leadership role in our community for many years and we are honoured to associate his name with our music building,” said Faculty of Music Dean Glen Carruthers. “A gift of this magnitude reflects tremendous confidence in the Faculty of Music – in its faculty, staff and students, as well as its sector-leading curriculum. We are now much closer to constructing a facility that truly reflects the excellence of all that we do. We are deeply grateful to the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation for its remarkable generosity.”
Savvas and Christine Chamberlain have a long history of friendship with Laurier, which includes philanthropy, leadership and engagement. Savvas is a member of Laurier’s Board of Governors and Christine is an alumna of the university’s Honours Bachelor of Music program.
“Christine Chamberlain, Maria Harper, the Board of Directors of our foundation and I all believe that our donation not only helps the advancement of the Laurier Faculty of Music, but it also helps our local and Ontario communities,” said Savvas Chamberlain. “I believe that music should be accessible to everybody, it brings people together and it leads them to a better understanding of each other. The Laurier Faculty of Music has excellent undergraduate and graduate music programs, music clinics and workshops at Ontario high schools and a significant community outreach mandate.”
The Making Space for Music campaign aims to raise $14 million to renovate and expand Laurier's Waterloo campus Faculty of Music building, transforming it into an improved space for teaching, practising, rehearsing and performing. An exceptional new campus entranceway, lobby and practice rooms will allow increased opportunities for music students to develop their craft and for the public to enjoy and participate in Faculty of Music programming.
“The Laurier community is incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation,” said Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy. “This leadership gift will have a powerful impact on our ability to continue to deliver a unique student experience and world-class instruction within our celebrated Faculty of Music.”
Funds earmarked for the project to date from private and public sources exceed $9 million. Through the generosity of the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation, the Faculty of Music is now well positioned to reach its goal of $14 million.