LLC’s Booth Mansion receives $25,000 from the Federal Government

TWU’s LLC received $25,000 from the new National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program. The money will be used for the maintenance and preservation of the historic John R. Booth Residence.

This morning, Trinity Western University’s Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) received $25, 000 from Parks Canada to continue the maintenance of the cultural landmark – The John R. Booth Residence.

Since 2001, the LLC has been operating out of the historic mansion, which was designed in 1909 by Architect John W. H. Watts.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of this spectacular Queen Anne Revival house, built for Booth, Ottawa’s wealthiest lumber baron. The building was designed as an asymmetric, three-storey red brick building with a square tower, shaped gables on the south and east facades, dormers, bay windows and includes a wealth of detail. The interior boasts carved woodwork, stenciled ceiling, tapestry wallpaper and original sterling silver light fixtures.

According to their website, the new Parks Canada program called The National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, is “a contribution program whereby up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in the conservation and presentation of a national historic site, are paid to the site owner in the form of reimbursements.”

The contribution was announced today by Ottawa MP Royal Galipeau. Director of the LLC Janet Epp Buckingham addressed those in attendance, telling the history of the site and its cultural significance, and TWU alum Raechel Healey capped off the cultural event by singing the national anthem.

Says Buckingham, “This funding is essential to help us do much needed restoration on the building to preserve it for future generations.” Read Janet Epp Buckingham's speech (PDF)

For more information on the new initiative visit

More information on the Laurentian Leadership Centre can be found at

Trinity Western University, in Langley, an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2009-08-10
Author: Erin Mussolum