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$1 million sponsorship establishes the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University

Just the right fit: Dr. Kris Bulcroft, president and vice-chancellor, Capilano University, and Chris Catliff, president and CEO, North Shore Credit Union (back left), are joined by Cap Musical Theatre alumni Ranae Miller (Cinderella) and Cameron Dunster (Prince Christopher) for an announcement of a $1 million sponsorship deal. The two actors starred together in an Exit 22 theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella in March 2011 at the then-Capilano Performing Arts Theatre (now North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 27, 2011

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – Capilano University and North Shore Credit Union today announced the credit union’s $1 million commitment over 15 years, which will result in the university’s performing arts theatre at the North Vancouver campus to be named the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts. The new name will take effect for the 2011/2012 season.

The organizations expect the partnership to contribute significantly to the social, economic and cultural livelihood of the communities they serve. Capilano’s president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Kris Bulcroft, said she is excited to form a partnership with an organization that shares Cap’s passion and belief in education, the arts and support of the community at large.

“North Shore Credit Union’s leadership in the community has been built through a commitment of respect, integrity and trust – principles that Capilano University is proud to recognize through this sponsorship opportunity,” she said. “Their valued contribution will enable us to continue to offer quality programs and services that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the local communities we serve.”

This latest contribution further reflects North Shore Credit Union’s dedicated 70-year commitment of working in partnership with community organizations.

“North Shore Credit Union has had a long-standing relationship with Capilano University,” said Chris Catliff, president and CEO of NSCU. “Many of its business school graduates have become valued employees of North Shore Credit Union, some of whom have gone back to Cap as program advisors, guest lecturers and panel members for programs and courses at the university.”

The North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts exemplifies Capilano University’s commitment to offering student-centred services and programs that benefit and engage the members of its communities. Opened in October 1997, the 380-seat theatre was built as a much-needed performance space designed to nurture and showcase the university’s emerging artists. From the theatre’s stage, approximately 300 – 400 students each year gain experiential learning and deliver quality entertainment to local patrons of the arts.

Over the years, the theatre has evolved to encompass a broad range of artistic programming, including world-class performers who enrich the culture of the North Shore and the Lower Mainland. Patronage has grown steadily and in 2010, more than 20,000 theatre-goers passed through its doors.

With 12 branches in Burnaby, Vancouver, across the North Shore, and extending to Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, North Shore Credit Union provides expert advice on banking, loans, investments and insurance. North Shore Credit Union has $2.3 billion in assets under administration, over 300 employees and 40,000 members. NSCU is designated a Caring Company by the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and is a proud member of Canada’s IMAGINE program. The Credit Union has also been honoured numerous times as one of the most technologically innovative financial institutions in North America.

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Opened in 1968, enrolment today totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Currently, 573 international students from 47 countries are studying in 43 programs at Capilano. Capilano University offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

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