Renovated Wilna Thomas Building Improves Campus Life for Camosun Students

With the reopening of the renovated Wilna Thomas building on Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus, students have access to new spaces for study, collaboration, events and Indigenous learning.

“This project is a fantastic example of the value of revitalizing a building to meet the changing needs of students,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Higher Education and Skills Training. “The Wilna Thomas Building is at the heart of Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus and provides spaces to relax, collaborate and learn – all of which are an essential part of the educational experience. This project aligns with our Future Ready work to help students gain the skills and knowledge they need to land in-demand, well-paying jobs..

The province has invested $9.3 million in the renovation project. Camosun students, staff and faculty have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a meeting room that can accommodate 150 people with an adjoining patio, quiet reflection space and breakout rooms, a new café, an Indigenous learning space and a think tank for innovation and collaboration with other students. It also includes five upgraded classrooms, as well as improved toilets, technology, and heating and cooling systems.

“We know that investing in new and renovated facilities provides the best educational experience for post-secondary students and keeps them competitive in the 21st century,” said Rob Fleming, MPP for Victoria-Swan Lake. “This project dramatically improves the quality of education for students through access to resources that provide students with flexibility in how they learn.

The Wilna Thomas Building, named in memory of a college instructor, social worker and donor, opened in 1996. For more than 25 years, the facility has served as a center of learning for Health and Social Services and Adult Basic Education students, as well as a gathering place for Indigenous, cultural and college-wide events.

“The updates to the Wilna Thomas building align with the college’s longer-term vision by creating flexible spaces that promote collaboration, including a multipurpose room,” said Lane Trotter, president of Camosun College. “We are grateful that the capital funding provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has enabled this vision to become a reality that benefits the college community. »

The Wilna Thomas building is unique because it is not dedicated to one school or department. All Camosun students, staff and faculty will benefit and have access to it.

“Students need a purpose-built place where they can go to study, collaborate, and just hang out without worrying about disturbing others,” said Jessie Niikoi, external executive at Camosun College Student Society. “The renovations to the Wilna Thomas building bring many very interesting and exciting features to the Lansdowne campus that will help students come together and collaborate.”

Investing in improved post-secondary facilities is part of StrongerBC’s Future Ready plan. Future Ready makes education and training more accessible, affordable and relevant to help businesses grow and prepare British Columbians for the jobs of tomorrow.

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