Milton Wong

Wong donates $3 million to Woodward’s project

December 17, 2007

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Vancouver businessman and SFU chancellor emeritus, Milton Wong, and his family have donated $3 million to help relocate SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) as an anchor tenant in the Woodward’s redevelopment project.

Wong also chairs the $30-million capital fundraising campaign for the SCA.

The SCA will move downtown in late 2009 and promises to become one of Vancouver’s most exciting arts and culture venues. The unique facility will include innovative stage, cinema, studio and gallery space to serve students and the wider community.

Wong says the SCA aims to be a good neighbour in the Downtown Eastside:
“It’s through education and creative expression that people find self-awareness and self-respect. These things are incredibly important for elevating the disenfranchised and building resilience in our communities.

“My hope is that this centre for creative discovery, dialogue and interaction will help to return the Downtown Eastside – the neighborhood I grew up in – to its historical place as the heart of Vancouver.”

SFU president and vice-chancellor Michael Stevenson notes that “Milton and Fei have been strong supporters and good friends to the university for years.

“This gift will create a lasting legacy that proclaims their ongoing commitment to education and to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside communities.”

The provincial government recently announced its commitment of almost $50 million to the SCA project, and SFU has begun a $30-million fundraising campaign to ensure that it is completed successfully.

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