Lapointe group donates $100,000
SEAN CHASE Brenda and Jimmy Lapointe, owners of the Lapointe Auto Group, present a donation of $100,000 to the Algonquin College Capital Campaign. Accepting the cheque is Murray Kyte, chairman of outdoor training and business technology programs, Karen Davies, dean of Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley, and Base Petawawa commander Lt.-Col. Chris Moyle, a member of the capital campaign committee.
A generous donation from a major Pembroke-area business has brought Algonquin College closer to reaching its capital campaign goal.
The Lapointe Auto Group announced recently it was donating $100,000 to the Pembroke campus' motive power technician program.
Inside the automotive lab at the new Renaissance Square campus, Karen Davies, dean of Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley, joined Jimmy and Brenda Lapointe for the cheque presentation.
"We're committed to the community that we work in," said Jimmy Lapointe, owner of the Lapointe Auto Group. "This one is very close to our heart. It produces the future. These young technicians are the future of the industry. It's a rapidly changing industry and Algonquin is at the forefront of it."
The new $36 million four-storey waterfront campus, which features 16 classrooms, nine labs, a student commons, library, gymnasium and fitness centre, opened late last month. Unlike the old building on Pembroke Street East, the new facility offers a robust automotive lab equipped with three modern hoists, wheel alignment hoist, four welding bays and two tire changers.
What was most significant about the $100,000 donation was that it brought the college's ambitious capital campaign closer to its goal of raising $2.5 million from within the community.
"This is indeed a leadership gift that you have given us tonight. It's a very special occasion. This financial gift moves us very close to our target," said Davies. "We hope that your generosity will also be an example for others in the community who wish to join you in helping the college meet their goal."
The Lapointe Auto Group has not only provided opportunities for co-operative education placements at their shops throughout the Upper Ottawa Valley but it has hired Algonquin graduates and donated some of the very vehicles the students have worked on.
"It's a fantastic institution and they have a great track record," said Lapointe lauding the college for keeping up with the latest advancements in automotive repair technology. With a shortage of technicians in the industry, he added it is equally important that local students have an automotive school that can provide them with the skills to get work in the area. "This is the greatest place in the world to live but it's hard to get a job. These people are being trained here and can stay here."
Jamie Bramburger, manager of student and community affairs, thanked the Lapointes for their generosity adding they have been strong supporters of the college. He added the donation takes the college over the $2 million benchmark in their fundraising campaign
"We're getting there," he said. "We're getting closer to the finish line."
Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist