Booth University College today dedicated its main campus building in honour of the late Commissioners John and Helen Waldron, in recognition of the critical role they played in the establishment of Booth UC. Located at 447 Webb Place, the building will now be known as “Waldron Building” and features a plaque in their name on display in the main entranceway.
“2017 marks the 35th anniversary since Booth opened its doors to students in September 1982. We celebrate God’s faithfulness and provision that are evident through our heritage and the foundation of our hope for the future,” said Dr. Marjory Kerr, President of Booth UC. “As part of that heritage, we are here today to engage in a celebration and dedication of this facility as Waldron Building, in recognition of the vision and leadership Commissioners John and Helen Waldron enacted to bring Booth into existence.”
“Lord, we stand here today and claim this moment of dedication as your moment. We honour the vision
and legacy of Commissioners John and Helen Waldron and all those who have carried this vision so that today we can celebrate and dedicate this wonderful facility. We move our thoughts beyond the brick and mortar to lives that will be impacted and empowered by what will happen here.”
Commissioner Rosalie Peddle – Prayer of Dedication
Joining President Kerr at the naming and dedication ceremony today were members of Waldron family (Lt. Colonels Eugene and Edith Pigford, Craig and Mary (Waldron) Whiteley, and Daniel and Gail Pigford); Commissioner Brian Peddle, The Salvation Army’s Chief of the Staff, and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, The Salvation Army’s World Secretary for Women’s Ministries; Commissioner Susan McMillan, Chancellor of Booth UC, Colonel Lee Graves, The Salvation Army’s Chief Secretary for its Canada and Bermuda Territory, and Colonel Deborah Graves, Territorial Secretary for Women’s Missions; Colonel Glen Shepherd, Chair of Booth UC’s Board of Trustees; and Matt Allard, Deputy Mayor of Winnipeg, who brought greetings on behalf of the Mayor and Council. Lt. Colonel Edith Pigford, one of the Waldron’s daughters, spoke on behalf of the family.
“Dad would say it was the faith and service of many that brought about Booth University College, but we are indeed grateful for his vision of what this institution could be and proud of what it has become,” said Lt. Colonel Pigford. “Our parents exemplified the love of the Lord and His joy in all of the conversations. We are so very glad for all they have done and for all they taught us.”
“Commissioners John and Helen Waldron had a vision of something more for The Salvation Army in this country and this territory. They had a desire to invest in the education of our emerging leaders, and through their leadership and faithful service, they accomplished just that through this institution,” said Commissioner Brian Peddle, The Salvation Army’s Chief of the Staff. “We thank them for their visionary leadership in establishing and supporting the ongoing development of Booth University College.”
WALDRON BUILDING BACKGROUNDER
Commissioner John D. Waldron was the Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army’s Canada and Bermuda Territory in 1981 when the decision was made to establish Catherine Booth Bible College, a centre for biblical studies and leadership training. While there had long been discussion of the desirability of such an institution for many years, it was the leadership of Commissioner Waldron that moved the dream to a reality.
The appointment of Major Earl Robinson to plan and establish the institution led to the official opening of Catherine Booth Bible College in June 1982 and the entry of the first class of students in September of that year. As the Territorial Commander, Commissioner Waldron played a key role both in shaping the original vision for the institution and in making resources available to bring it to reality.
After retiring in June 1982, Commissioner Waldron remained involved with Catherine Booth Bible College as a member of its Board of Reference (an advisory body) for several years in the early history of the institution. In addition, Commissioners John and Helen Waldron established endowment funds for the institution through their retirement and by a bequest upon their Promotion to Glory. The proceeds from this endowment have been used to support the establishment of the Centre for Salvation Army Studies and several initiatives related to the heritage and mission of The Salvation Army, including the gathering of Salvationist scholars and friends at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature.
In recognition of these contributions, in its meeting on January 22-23, 2016, the Booth University College Board of Trustees passed a motion to name the 447 Webb Place facility the “Waldron Building” in honour of Commissioners John and Helen Waldron. For more information on the history of Booth University College, please visit the About Booth UC section of our website (BoothUC.ca). Learn more about our plans for the future on our Mission and Vision page.
ORIGINAL BUILDING: CATHERINE BOOTH BIBLE COLLEGE
First established as a centre for biblical studies and leadership training, Catherine Booth Bible College was founded on February 16, 1981. It was located at 340 Assiniboine Avenue, situated on the banks of the Assiniboine River.
CURRENT BUILDING: WALDRON BUILDING
To meet our growing needs, in 1987 we purchased the current seven story 447 Webb Place building – formerly the YWCA – in downtown Winnipeg. This new campus opened to students in September 1988. In June 2010 the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba passed legislation that gave Booth ‘university college’ status and we officially changed the name of our institution to Booth University College.