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Capilano University film centre breaks new ground

Breaking ground at the site of the new home of the Capilano University film centre are, left to right: Pat Dejong, chair of the Capilano University Board of Governors; Naomi Yamamoto, MLA, North Vancouver-Lonsdale; Andrew Saxton, MP, North Vancouver; Dr. Greg Lee, president and vice-chancellor of Capilano University; Jane Thornthwaite, MLA, North Vancouver-Seymour; Ralph Sultan, MLA, West Vancouver-Capilano; Joan McIntyre, MLA, West Vancouver-Sea to Sky; and Bill Thumm, director of the Capilano University Film Centre.

Breaking ground at the site of the new home of the Capilano University film centre are, left to right: Pat Dejong, chair of the Capilano University Board of Governors; Naomi Yamamoto, MLA, North Vancouver-Lonsdale; Andrew Saxton, MP, North Vancouver; Dr. Greg Lee, president and vice-chancellor of Capilano University; Jane Thornthwaite, MLA, North Vancouver-Seymour; Ralph Sultan, MLA, West Vancouver-Capilano; Joan McIntyre, MLA, West Vancouver-Sea to Sky; and Bill Thumm, director of the Capilano University Film Centre.

A clear blue sky. A hot sun. A slight breeze. $30.2 million for a new film centre. Brief concise speeches – some with just the right touch of humour. Cake in both chocolate and vanilla flavours, plus a secret recipe for a delicious punch. An appreciative crowd of about 200. This all added up to a perfect event on Monday, August 24 at the official ground breaking for the new home of the Capilano University Film Centre.

Business leaders from the North Shore joined members of the film industry, as well as University students, employees and alumni, to hear speakers that included Bill Thumm, director of the Capilano University Film Centre; Pat Dejong, Capilano University board chair; Andrew Saxton, MP, North Vancouver; Jane Thornthwaite, MLA, North Vancouver – Seymour; Peter Leitch, president, Mammoth and North Shore Studios; Dr. Greg Lee, Capilano University president and vice-chancellor; and Jon Anctil, Capilano University Motion Picture Production program alumnus. Also joining in the celebration were Naomi Yamamoto, MLA, North Vancouver – Lonsdale; Ralph Sultan, MLA, West Vancouver – Capilano; and Joan McIntyre, MLA, West Vancouver – Sea to Sky.

A special thanks to Facilities, Audio/Visual, Marketing and Communications, the Capilano University Foundation, Aramark Food Services, David Karppinen from the President’s Office, and Sharon Baker, executive assistance to the vice president of Finance and Administration, for going over and above the call of duty. You really helped make the day a success. Thank you all!

Former Capilano University dean of Fine and Applied Arts, Dorothy Jantzen (left), with Doreen Manuel, coordinator of the Indigenous Digital Film program.

Former Capilano University dean of Fine and Applied Arts, Dorothy Jantzen (left), with Doreen Manuel, coordinator of the Indigenous Digital Film program.

Bill Thumm, director of the Capilano University film centre, with Susan Fox, owner of Casting Workbook.

Bill Thumm, director of the Capilano University film centre, with Susan Fox, owner of Casting Workbook.

A sign marks the site of the home of the new Capilano University Film Centre. Standing from left to right are: Dr. Greg Lee, Pat Dejong, Naomi Yamamoto, Andrew Saxton, Jane Thornthwaite, Joan McIntyre, Jon Anctil, Ralph Sultan, and Bill Thumm.

A sign marks the site of the home of the new Capilano University Film Centre. Standing from left to right are: Dr. Greg Lee, Pat Dejong, Naomi Yamamoto, Andrew Saxton, Jane Thornthwaite, Joan McIntyre, Jon Anctil, Bill Thumm and Ralph Sultan.

From left to right: Coordinator of Costuming, Jane Still; new student, Ian Tracey; Vancouver actor Ian Tracey (father of Keenan); and acting dean of Fine and Applied Arts, Jennifer Moore.

From left to right: Chair of the School of Motion Picture Arts, Jane Still; new student, Keenan Tracey; Vancouver actor Ian Tracey (father of Keenan); and acting dean of Fine and Applied Arts, Jennifer Moore.

President of Mammoth and North Shore Studios, Peter Leitch, addresses the guests.

President of Mammoth and North Shore Studios, Peter Leitch, addresses the guests.

Alumnus of the Motion Picture Production program, Jon Anctil, speaks to the crowd at the groundraising event.

Alumnus of the Motion Picture Production program, Jon Anctil, speaks to the crowd at the groundraising event.

Film Centre faculty and alumni cut the cake at the groundbreaking event.

Film Centre faculty and alumni cut the cake at the groundbreaking event.

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