On September 28, UTS will launch Building the Future, the capital campaign for our renewed building at 371 Bloor St. As one of our former principals, Al Fleming, said, every 107 years you need to renovate. In addition, UTS is committed to rebuilding our school as part of our renewed Affiliation Agreement with the University of Toronto. The agreement solidified that UTS can keep our name and our formal affiliation with the university, and remain at 371 Bloor rent-free for for at least 50 years in exchange for rebuilding the school. This is an exciting opportunity for UTS. The school will be renewing its facility and strengthening its relationship with the university.
When the school was built in 1910, it represented the cutting edge in education. UTS was a laboratory school, training secondary school teachers for the province of Ontario and educating students selected on the basis of merit. Today the school is a hub of innovation, preparing students to take initiative as socially responsible global citizens. Each year, 60 teacher candidates work with our staff and students and volunteer at the school. UTS also has many partnerships across the University of Toronto. We contribute to University research and teaching, and in exchange our students and staff benefit. For example, Dr. Maria Niño-Soto has been working with Medicine by Design to provide an exciting stem cell conference for students and teachers, which will be held at UTS on November 2nd and will feature top researchers in the field of regenerative medicine.
The Building the Future campaign will provide the necessary resources to renew the school building. Our alumni are stepping up and have been very generous. They are extremely grateful for the foundation provided to them at UTS, which has allowed them to flourish and to make a difference. We know that UTS students today will benefit from their UTS education throughout their lives. We are asking all members of the UTS community - parents, staff and students - to help! It is not about the size of your gift, but rather your support in ensuring the future of our special school. This is the time.