Significant Contribution to BU from Business Professionals

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BRANDON, MB – Brandon University (BU) is pleased to announce a significant community contribution to the newly opened Healthy Living Centre.

Drs. Trudy Corbett and Jeff Bales have given $100,000 towards the completion of the 24.3 million dollar project, which opened to the public in January with construction to be completed this spring.

“Health and wellness have always been a big part of our lives,” says Dr. Corbett, “and we are big believers in post-secondary education so this donation is a perfect fit for us in terms of giving back to the community.”

Drs. Corbett and Bales are partners in Smiles Specialty Centre, a Brandon business providing periodontic and orthodontic services. BU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Deborah Poff says the husband and wife team are long-time supporters of the University. “In addition to their financial contributions,” says Dr. Poff, “I want to thank Jeff for his many years of service on the BU Foundation Board, including a term as Chair. Both Jeff and Trudy are true community builders.”

“Brandon University is important for Brandon,” says Dr. Bales. “We are not a large city, so having a University is a real feather in our cap, a real asset, especially since the Healthy Living Centre is available and accessible to the community at-large.”

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, creation and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.



For more information, please contact:


Dr. Deborah Poff
President and Vice-Chancellor
Glen Kirby
Communications Officer


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