Summer Harb and Gordon Drake hold golden scissors to ornamental ribbon.Head of college Summer Harb and principal Gordon Drake participate in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Thursday to open the new Canterbury College residence on Patricia Rd.

Student residence demonstrates commitment to future by Canterbury College

A new residence built by Canterbury College demonstrates commitment to students, UWindsor president Robert Gordon said Thursday at an event to mark its official opening.

“We’re all passionate about the future and this fantastic facility,” he said outside the building at 210 Patricia Rd.

The three-storey structure will provide 32 single apartments and 30 rooms for shared accommodation arranged around common kitchens and living spaces. It is divided internally into five “houses,” each with a head student selected from the residents.

Canterbury College is the Anglican Church of Canada affiliate of the University of Windsor.

Its principal, Gordon Drake, is a UWindsor professor emeritus of physics. He said the new residence will elevate the college’s profile.

“It solidifies the future of Canterbury College and ensures we will continue to be an important part of student life at the University of Windsor,” said Dr. Drake.

Summer Harb, a third-year Windsor law student, is the student head of college. She chose to make Canterbury her home when she came to Windsor from Hamilton, citing its sense of community.

She says her move to the new residence was an upgrade: “Everyone has their own washroom and shower. You basically have your own suite — it’s like being in an apartment.”