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Nota Bene Nov. 20, 2018

Vancouver College celebrates new wing

By Agnieszka Ruck

A school community gathers on bleachers to celebrate the grand opening of Manrell Hall, the largest building ever constructed at 96-year-old Vancouver College. (Photos courtesy of Vancouver College)

Vancouver College is celebrating the completion of the largest single building ever constructed on campus.

The latest edition to the boys' school established 96 years ago includes classrooms, a dining hall, and a learning commons. The new structure, called Manrell Hall, honours the local Manrell family.

"All of these buildings," said the school's president, John Nixon, at the ceremony, "were built because generous people supported the hundred-year-old vision of a Catholic school for boys with the focus on high quality education, as articulated by the Christian Brothers and Blessed Edmund Rice."

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, at the opening ceremony Oct. 23.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, blessed Manrell Hall during an opening ceremony Oct. 23.  

Construction is not yet over at Vancouver College; plans exist to restore and replace the historic brick building on campus (nicknamed "Old VC") with a structure that will include a chapel, gymnasium, and Brothers' residence.

Members of the Manrell family.