(Burnaby, BC) Alexander College celebrated the grand opening of their new campus in style on Friday, announcing as part of the festivities a $1 million contribution to Burnaby Hospital Foundation. The funds will go toward the foundation’s Proud History, Bright Future campaign in support of the local hospital’s redevelopment project.
The new Alexander College campus is located right in the heart of Burnaby at 4805 Kingsway, directly across from Metropolis at Metrotown.
“This wonderful new campus has been years in the making, and marks the college’s significant growth here in our founding community” said college co-owner Eric Zhao. “Our organization believes strongly in the importance of philanthropy and our commitment to lead by example. Our donation in support of the total transformation of Burnaby Hospital is a reflection of that commitment as well as an opportunity to recognize the importance of health care, which like education is a vital pillar of our community.”
The $1 million donation, while certainly the most significant, is not the first contribution Alexander College has made to Burnaby Hospital. Last year at the start of the pandemic the college was instrumental in jumpstarting the foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund with a $60,000 donation, along with another roughly $60,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff. Prior to that, in 2019 the college contributed $100,000 toward urgently needed medical equipment.
“Throughout the pandemic, and now as we look toward the bright future of Burnaby Hospital, Alexander College has been there by our side,” remarked foundation CEO, Kristy James. “This incredible contribution brings us a huge step closer to reaching our goal of $30 million to support the redevelopment’s Phase 1 priorities including emergency care, surgery, maternity and mental health. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Eric and Patrick Zhao, and everyone at Alexander College. And congratulations on the beautiful new campus!”