Building for the Future
Proud of the Past
In the early 1950s, Archbishop Duke invited religious orders from across North America to come to Vancouver to found a high school in the city's east end to serve the needs of the growing Italian community. The Sisters of Charity of Halifax accepted his challenge, and in 1953 Notre Dame opened its doors for the first time.
The years passed and the school buildings were added to in order to meet the increased demand for Catholic schooling. Those years before funding were difficult financially, but parents, teachers, and the supporting regional parishes made great sacrifices.
In 1985, a young Irish priest, Fr. Joe Cuddy, was appointed as the Archbishop's Representative for the school. He immediately realized the need for an improved facility, and in his inimitable fashion, he created a three-phase vision of the new Notre Dame. Phase 1 was completed in late 1987 and consisted of the Gymnasium complex and adjoining classrooms. Phase 2 was completed in 1993 and consisted of the Auditorium conversion and the north end extension to the gymnasium. Sadly, phase 3, the replacement of the rest of the school, never became a reality, because Fr. Joe died of cancer in April 1996.
The Future is Now!
Fr. Joe Cuddy's dream has been kept alive, by hard working members of the Notre Dame. Prior to the schools 50th anniversary, a meeting of the Notre Dame Community was called and with the support of F. Ian Stuart, Archbishops Rep. a building committee was formed, to work on building for the future. After a number of revisions and revised plans. Archbishop Raymond Rousin granted an approval in principal for the project. THE NDBC engaged the Architedcture firm of KMBR and the plans were put in motion.
After consultations with staff, students the CISVA, and other interested parties, the Notre Dame Building Committee under he Direction of Fr. Joe Ponti Archbishops Rep, & Chair, applied to the City Of Vancouver in April 2006 for a development permit. That permit was granted in February 2007.