As of Monday, Oct. 26, students, staff and community members will no longer find Brock University at 500 Glenridge Avenue, as the university administration, in conjunction with the Niagara Region has changed the address to:
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1
According to official communications from the University, “Sir Isaac Brock Way is the new name of St. David’s Road West between Highway 406 and Glenridge Avenue. Niagara Regional Council renamed the road earlier this year to commemorate the achievements of Sir Isaac Brock in the War of 1812”.
The address of the Niagara regional building across the street from East Academic will also change to 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way.
“There is a huge significance when it comes to this new address”, said Karey Hatch, a fourth-year student double majoring in Canadian Studies and History, in regards to how the address contributes to University’s identity within the region.
“While Brock as an academic institution is still fairly young in comparison to other universities, renaming the address will inform incoming and current students, as well as other Brock and Niagara residents about Sir Isaac Brock’s contributions to the war effort. His history, along with the region’s history, is rich in cultural significance and that is worthwhile for us to know”, she added. “Even though this is a small change, I personally feel that this will add to our overall identity and it will have a major, positive impact for the Brock community.”
This isn’t the first time that Brock has renamed the roads surrounding main campus in memory of other University supporters. In 2014, the road intersecting University Road East and now Sir Isaac Brock Way was renamed Flora Egerter Way in honour of Flora Egerter, who called for a new university in Niagara in 1957. Norman Road, between St. David’s Road and Glenridge Avenue, was also renamed in 2014, celebrating Sir Isaac Brock’s personal assistant John Macdonell.
The official change of address will be announced at General Brock’s Annual Soirée this Saturday, Oct. 24 and will go into effect starting Monday, Oct. 26.
While there is no financial cost to change the University’s address, a number of operations will be affected, including existing business cards, letterheads, envelopes, maps and websites bearing the old address. Brock’s mailing room will continue to accept both old and new addresses for the next six months to accommodate the change, however, departments have been asked to use up their current stationary before ordering new ones.
For any questions, concerns or further information regarding this change, Brock constituents have been asked to direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Cate Talaue, Online Editor