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"There are lots of new programs and assets
and technology that have been improved
upon, but the student centre, which is
all about the students, was a real game
changer when it comes to the campus,"
he says. "It took a lot of different services
that were scattered around the campus
and brought them into one centre. It was
a profound step forward."
McCain says the new Purdy Craw-
ford Centre for the Arts will be equally
important for the campus when it opens
its doors in Sept. '14.
There are other less visible but equally
transformative changes as well, namely
significant injections of cash into scholar-
ships and bursaries, as well as endowment
funds -- all made possible by donors.
McCain says, "One of the JUMP results I
am most proud of is that, for 60 per cent
of the major donors to the campaign, this
was their first major gift to Mount A. I
have enormous appreciation for these do-
nors who stepped up like never before to
make JUMP the success it is."
But at its heart, the JUMP campaign was
all about students: finding better ways to
support them, providing a better student
experience, and creating better facilities
and academic programs, all with the goal
of helping students like Sarah Dobrowolski
('07), who became the face of the JUMP
campaign when she took part in the official
public launch six years ago.
Dobrowolski, a three-time Canadian
National Rope Skipping Champion, was
a natural fit for the JUMP campaign,
dazzling those at the launch with a spec-
tacular rope skipping demonstration.
"I was really happy to hear the campaign
was so successful," she says. "Mount A is
such a wonderful school. It is an amazing
launching pad for people to move on to
bigger and better things."
Dobrowolski is currently enrolled in
the family medicine program at Queen's
University and plans to pursue a sports
medicine fellowship, then combine her
interests to develop a practice specializing
in jump rope sports medicine.
But her biggest impact on the world is likely
to come through her work to develop a
CanSkip program, modelled after Skate
Canada's successful CanSkate program.
"The reason I still do it is I really think
from a public health standpoint that it
is an amazing sport to be implemented
across the country," she says. "So many
kids, particularly in rural areas, don't
have the opportunity to participate in
sports. Jump rope is an amazing workout
that develops minds and bodies and all
you need is a $5 rope."
Her dream is to see skipping clubs start
up in communities across Canada, giving
all children an easy means to stay active.
Like Dobrowolski, Allisonians across
the country are contributing to building
better communities. But no matter where
they go and what they do, the connection
alma mater remains.
"The fact that the campaign surpassed its
goal and ended early is evidence of how
connected people are to Mount Allison,"
Scholarships and Bursaries
Student Life Initiatives
Other Student Support
Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies
Purdy Crawford Teaching Centre
Other Academic Support
Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts
Wallace McCain Student Centre