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The Sir James Dunn Foundation contributes 500 000 to UNB Saint John University Commons project

Author: Communications

Posted on Jul 5, 2010

Category: UNB Saint John

The Sir James Dunn Foundation – a private foundation based in southern New Brunswick – announced today its plans to contribute $500,000 to the $25-million University Commons fundraising campaign at UNB Saint John.

“We are so pleased the Dunn Foundation decided to get involved in this terrific project,” says Eddy Campbell, President of the University of New Brunswick. “Their generous contribution takes us one step closer to creating a facility that will transform the way our students interact and learn.”

The new building will be an architectural landmark on the Tucker Park campus, welcoming UNB students as well as students from the new Dalhousie Medical New Brunswick building and the new NBCC Allied Health building. All three construction projects are slated for completion in 2011. “Our University Commons building will be the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada," says Robert MacKinnon, Vice-President (UNB Saint John). "It will be an amazing open-concept workspace filled with natural light - that will create a new home for our library and learning commons, providing meeting and study spaces equipped with the latest technology."

The completed structure will be UNB’s first to be eligible to apply for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, which means both the building’s design and ongoing operations prioritize the minimization of its environmental footprint.

The Dunn Foundation joins many other organizations and individuals who are investing in the future of UNB Saint John, its students and its community by supporting the University Commons. To join them, please visit or contact (506) 648-5989.

About UNB

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. With more than 12,500 full- and part-time students from more than 100 countries, UNB has the best student-to-faculty ratio of Canada’s comprehensive universities, according to Maclean’s magazine. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts over 75% of the province’s university research. The university has an annual operating budget of more than $165 million and annually employs more than 3,500 faculty, staff and students. UNB’s two main campuses are located in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick.

About the Sir James Dunn Foundation

The Sir James Dunn Foundation is a private foundation based in southern New Brunswick, founded by Marcia Anastasia Christoforides, who later became Lady Beaverbrook, in honour of her late husband, Sir James Dunn. Over the years, the Foundation’s generous support has helped enable UNB to establish the Sir James Dunn residence at UNB Saint John, and the Sir James Dunn Wildlife Research Centre at UNB Fredericton.


Dan Tanaka, Communications & Public Affairs Manager (506) 648-5697