The Library recently celebrated a leadership gift from Peter and Betty Sims. The $500,000 gift to Campaign Waterloo will be used to renovate the 3rd floor of the Dana Porter Library. The renovation plans include building an enclosed reading room that will also house current periodicals, enhancing individual and group study spaces, and updating furnishings and study carrels.
Peter and Betty Sims are respected leaders in the K-W community who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to education. Peter's father Kenneth was on the founding board of UW. Peter joined the University's Board of Governors in 1986 and served as the Chair from 1994-1997. During the same time (and a first in the history of Canadian higher education), Betty also served as the Chair of the Board of Wilfrid Laurier University. Their enlightened public service has also benefited numerous causes, local hospitals, and service organizations.
The gift from Peter and Betty will create an innovative learning and research space for our students and faculty now and in the future.