Camosun Names New Educational Facility: The Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness

Camosun College has named its latest capital building project The Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness, after a visionary donation from Victoria's well-known Campbell family.

The generous contribution is part of the Camosun College Foundation's capital fundraising campaign, Together for Health, to help raise funds for the new facility and the latest teaching technologies for students in health and human service programs at Camosun.

On May 30, the Foundation announced the capital campaign has already reached over 50 per cent of its goal of $5 million, thanks to the generosity of donors such as Jo Campbell and her family.

"This campaign will support thousands of health and human services students, helping Camosun provide our community with highly educated, compassionate health and wellness professionals every year," says Jeety Bhalla, Chair of the Camosun College Foundation. "We are proud to be involved in a project that will help create healthy families and healthy communities for years to come."

The Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness will educate the next generation of nurses, community support workers, lab technologists, medical radiography technicians, mental health workers, and other professionals for Victoria's regional health care and social services systems.

"The new facility supports provincial health care priorities as well as community needs," says Camosun President Sherri Bell. "Camosun is our community's college. Our life-changing approach to health education benefits everyone. The new centre will bring over 1,000 students together from 15 different disciplines to a new state-of-the art facility at our Interurban campus.

"Community-driven initiatives such as this are at the root of who we are as a college," adds Bell. "Naming the building after the Campbell family not only reflects the family's long-standing support of the college, it reflects their well-known philanthropy and long-time support of their community."

The late Alex Campbell, founder of Thrifty Foods, the local grocery chain with stores around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, passed away from cancer in 2011, though his spirit lives on through his family. Alex's wife Jo Campbell wanted to support health care and ongoing learning because of the care that Alex received when he was in hospital.

"Through Thrifty's, we always supported health care-related causes," says Jo Campbell. "We like to be on the cutting-edge, supporting the incubators where all these future health professionals will come from."

The campaign, led by volunteer Co-Chairs John Wilson and his daughter Samantha Wilson, from The Wilson's Group of Companies, is expected to gain momentum over the coming months as the campaign spreads through the community.

"Family and community, that is what is at the heart of our business and is why we are involved in Camosun's Together for Health campaign," says John Wilson. "This centre will play a crucial role in providing our families and community with some of the best health care professionals for years to come and we are honoured to be a part of it!"

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