Students, studies and suites
ETEM-IBVIE was busy this summer preparing for a school year with three times the number of students as three years ago, and celebrating a city decision that allows greater flexibility in the use of the large multi-suite building on Mount Royal.
A minor in pastoral studies offered in Quebec City was launched in September with 13 students.
Academic dean Jean Martin and student advisor Véronique Beaudin communicated with more than 70 students to determine their learning goals and align their 120 course selections accordingly, while navigating the complexities of two registration systems – that of Laval University and ETEM-IBVIE. Administrative assistant Gisandre Renois helped the 12 professors to prepare course packs, order books, order and organize classrooms and supplies.
Librarian Richard Lougheed is still sorting through the 13,000 books that came from Farel Reformed Theological Seminary’s library, identifying all the duplicates so that the surplus may be shipped to the DR Congo as soon as funding is found.
Offices were moved to better streamline work flow. The school received 50 new, comfortable, adjustable classroom chairs.
After years of negotiating with the City of Montreal, the zoning of 4824 Côte-des-Neiges was changed from residential to commercial, allowing ETEM-IBVIE to expand the use of its facility.
Due to the hard work of Quebec MB conference (AEFMQ) executive director Gilles Dextraze and building manager Francine Leblanc, ETEM-IBVIE welcomes more organizations to the second floor. The building now houses Mennonite Central Committee Quebec, Farel, the offices of the Union of French Baptist Churches in Canada and an IT company led by Michel Monette (former pastor with AEFMQ).
If a pending rental agreement is signed soon, there will only be two empty suites left in the whole building.
“Kudos to a fabulous team who love what they do and have deep passion for ensuring that every student is welcomed and served so that their learning experience in our school may be blessed as they prepare for the mission God has in mind,” says president Kristen Corrigan.