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The University of Calgary is embarking on something special — our first-ever Giving Day. From April 27 to 29, we’ll be working to create 50 new scholarships in 50 hours, in celebration of our 50th anniversary. 

Kate's story

UCalgary grad leads development of New Central Library

Hot on the heels of the city’s massive East Village revitalization project, UCalgary alumna Kate Thompson, MArch’02, is leading yet another game-changing project — the New Central Library.

An alumna of the Faculty of Environmental Design, Kate has been Vice-President, Projects, with the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC) since 2013. Her role with the NCL development is to lead the project management team and ensure the new library stays on schedule, on budget and, ultimately, becomes a true destination for Calgarians of all ages.

Kate says the NCL is going to be more than just a beautiful building. “It’s going to be a community gathering place, a place where people can exchange ideas and enter into a free, open-to-everyone environment that allows Calgarians to gather in one spot.”

It's a promise between the philanthropist and the student: 'I believe in you, and I believe that you can go the distance, and I'm going to show you that through this scholarship.'

Kate Thompson, MArch'02, vice-president, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

Scholarships inspire students to aim higher

Prior to taking on a leadership role with CMLC, Kate put in years of hard work as an architect, starting with her time spent at UCalgary.

“I had a lot of all-nighters,” she admits. “I was in the Faculty of Environmental Design, so with that comes a lot of hard work, a lot of camaraderie, a lot of hours in the studio and the workshop, and a lot of time spent travelling the world, exploring architecture. My time at the University of Calgary was unparalleled.”

During her time at UCalgary, Kate benefited from a number of scholarships that helped ease some of the financial burdens that often face students. She says the most important thing she gained from receiving the scholarships was the positive encouragement they offered, inspiring her to continue on the professional track she had chosen.

Kate gives back to UCalgary by returning to the university as an instructor. She says she can identify students who have also benefited from scholarships.

“They’re proud, they’re confident and they’re not worried about day-to-day life,” she says. “I’m so proud for them and I know they’re going to aim higher and do better because of that scholarship.”

Kate says student scholarships are a two-way street. When you give to a student, there’s a promise that they will give something back to the community — perhaps not monetarily, but it’s a promise that they are going to keep their eyes high, do the best they can and succeed in their careers.

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Giving Day 2017 - 50 hours, 50 scholarships, 50 years of impact