This past summer, centenarian Lily Fielding helped celebrate the opening of Kivi Park, the new multi-use sports and outdoor park located on the site of the former Long Lake Public School and also the city’s largest park, made possible through the donation of 300 acres of land by Fielding and her family.
On Monday, Fielding and several family members visited Laurentian University’s Brenda Wallace reading room, named after her late daughter, to make another sizable donation — $3 million — toward the university’s $60.7-million proposal for strategic investment funding announced by the federal and Ontario governments Sept. 23.
As a result, Laurentian has decided to name a proposed state-of-the-art facility the Clifford A. Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building in honour of her late husband.
“I cannot overstate how valuable it was to get this support from Lily Fielding and her family,” Laurentian President Dominic Giroux told more than 100 people on hand for the announcement. “As we prepared to make the pitch, it made a difference. I can say without confidence the building would not have become a reality without your commitment and the support of the Fielding family.”
That infrastructure pitch by Laurentian was made last May. On Sept. 23, it was announced $24.7 million in funding would be coming from the federal and provincial governments toward Laurentian’s strategic investment proposal .
James Wallace, Lily Fielding’s son-in-law, and the first Laurentian graduate to become chairman of the university’s board of governors, told the audience the Fielding and Wallace families had been involved with Laurentian for many years .
“We believe in its leadership and its vision for the future,” he said. “Lily and her late husband Cliff have always taught us to believe and give back for the benefit of the community.”
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