Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary

 / Community Use


Doug Snyder, Anil Gokarn / Snyder Architects

Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary

We put in a full, synthetic football/ soccer field which extends its use and an 8 lane all weather track.  This school would rival any community centre.

Doug Snyder, Principal

The Ministry model does not fund community use aspects of a school building. They provided $26million under pupil placed funding but there was and additional $6million that came from the Boards own reserves.   These additional funds allowed for significant additions to the function and identity of the school that the community is also able to utilize. 

A 1700 pupil placement school would receive ministry funding for 3 gyms, but Board funds allowed for an additional gym with an indoor running track and full athletic mezzanine with all the best equipment.  This has proven to be a huge boon to the culture and identity of the school and the Boards desire to foster a sense of mind body awareness. 

There is an art gallery and chapel and a wonderful 350-seat performance hall which is also a studio lab and used by the theatre arts and communications technology programs. These things are there because they not only support the student culture but the Board is able to recoup their investment by engaging local theatre and other community groups to use this hall on a permit basis.  We put in a full, synthetic football/soccer field which extends its use and an 8 lane all weather track.  This school would rival any community centre. The town of Milton was so impressed they paid for a $1.2 million full field dome and field house with an agreement on terms of use by the community.  The Board has been quite successful in applying this business model of community collaboration to develop a state of the art school.