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Douglas and Louise Leatherdale have contributed $2.5 million to the University of Winnipeg for an expansion of Wesley Hall and the collegiate to be named Leatherdale Hall --- and which will include the resurrection of the iconic Tony’s Canteen
The Leatherdales are the largest private donors in the university’s history, the U of W said in a news release.
Their gift is part of a $4.75-million project located next to Convocation Hall and connected via a double doorway. The new flexible multi-use space can seat 150 people and be converted to a lecture hall, reception area and break-out room for conferences. The design allows for future development of a digital media hub, the university said. Construction begins in the spring.
Entering Leatherdale Hall at the ground level courtyard adjacent to Sparling and Centennial Halls, an area called The Commons will provide tiered, bleacher-style seating for 60 people designed to support lectures and community events, including a drop-down presentation screen and technologies. The new 5,877 square foot, two-storey addition also provides improved wheelchair access to Wesley Hall, said the U of W.
Collegiate dean Rob Bend said that Tony’s Canteen had been a central hub and meeting place until it closed in 2007.
Douglas Leatherdale is a graduate of the university and successful businessman.
Douglas and Louise Leatherdale have contributed more than $4.5 million to the U of W, including an endowment fund and a $500,000 gift to the renovation of Convocation Hall.