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Newell Family Donate $500,000 to Aurora Project

Posted: Aug. 26, 2020 in: Behind the Scenes

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Newell Family Donate $500,000 to Aurora Project

Posted: Aug. 26, 2020 in: Behind the Scenes

We are thrilled to announce today that Eric and Kathy Newell have made a donation of $500,000 to TELUS World of Science - Edmonton’s Aurora Project. We are so thankful for their generosity and their continual support of our vision to redefine the science centre for our community.

We are thrilled to announce today that Eric and Kathy Newell have made a donation of $500,000 to TELUS World of Science - Edmonton’s Aurora Project. We are so thankful for their generosity and their continual support of our vision to redefine the science centre for our community.

In recognition of this gift and their long-term commitment towards strengthening the science centre and its mission we will be creating the Newell Family Gallery. Upon opening in 2022, the Newell Family Gallery will be home to an Arctic Exhibition that explores the unique nature of the North through a lens of science and traditional knowledge.

In addition to the Newell Family Gallery, Eric and Kathy will also support the science centre’s co-creation of programming with Alberta’s Indigenous communities to promote an understanding of Traditional Knowledge and Land-based Teachings.

“The relationship between the Newell family and the science centre has been long and meaningful. We are so proud that Eric and Kathy have chosen to support our vision for science education in Edmonton. Working together, we will explore the science of Canada's North and inspire new generations to appreciate its importance to all of Canada and the world.” said Alan Nursall, President and CEO.

Eric is a passionate volunteer who served as a member of the Board of Directors for the science centre for seven years. During his tenure, Eric shaped the future of the science centre and advocated to showcase scientific innovations happening here in Alberta. The Newell Family is a key part of building the next era of science education in Edmonton.

“The TELUS World of Science – Edmonton Aurora Project will present the Circumpolar World, recognizing that the role it plays in the global scientific conversation has never been greater.” said Eric Newell. “Our family has a strong passion for education and youth, especially pertaining to science, technology and the history of Canada’s Indigenous communities of the North. And it’s with that, The Newell Family is super excited to fund the permanent Arctic Exhibition that will include educational programming targeted at Northern Indigenous communities and sharing their traditional knowledge within the science centre."

Construction has officially begun on this 20,000 square foot expansion. When the Aurora Project is completed in 2022, every gallery in the science centre will have been updated to address emerging trends in science and technology from a uniquely Albertan perspective.

With this generous contribution from the Newell Family, TELUS World of Science – Edmonton is $2 million away from reaching its fundraising target for the Aurora Project.

The science centre is seeking donations from the community to complete this project and build a space that makes science and technology accessible to all and inspires a bright future for generations to come. Please consider making a donation today to bring this project to life at www.twose.ca/aurora.

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