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Building Together

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Building Together

The president’s residence faces east. On this late winter morning the sunlight coming through the front windows brings the promise of spring — days of green grass and budding trees.

This house once belonged to one of the University of Alberta’s most distinguished alumni, former MLA and university chancellor Lou Hyndman. It was within these walls that he and another alumnus, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed, would meet to discuss their vision of what this province could become.

Although they’re no longer with us, we continue to feel the impact of these passionate and daring leaders. Philanthropic legacies established in their honour continue to uplift students and this institution, through the Lou Hyndman Service Bursary and the Peter Lougheed Leadership Initiative. Hyndman and Lougheed will long be remembered as two cornerstones of the foundation of our university.

This magazine celebrates philanthropy at the University of Alberta. In the pages of this inaugural issue, you will come to know some of today’s cornerstones — this institution’s closest friends and greatest advocates. You will learn about these innovators and visionaries, and hear what moved them to partner with the University of Alberta. You will come to know not only how they are changing the lives of our students, faculty and researchers, but also how they are creating positive change in the world around us.

When Lou Hyndman and Peter Lougheed sat in this house nearly 50 years ago, surely they felt the potential of what they were creating. I hope the people you meet in this magazine create the same feeling for you and inspire you in following your life’s ambitions and creating your own legacy.

Indira V. Samarasekera, O.C., President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta