Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research

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Building Name: Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research

Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre (MMFC) exterior in winter, 1999. PR; Series 2; Sub-series 3; File 641; Item 2.

Other Names: Family Violence Research Centre (FVRC)

Sod Turning: 1998

Cornerstone Laying: Unknown

Opened for Use: Unknown

Official Opening: 4 February 1999

Architect: Ed Goguen (Goguen/Smyth Architects Ltd.)

Named for: Muriel McQueen Fergusson, first women city councillor in Fredericton, first woman deputy mayor, first woman speaker in the Canadian Senate (1972) who lobbied for social justice for women and children. The Centre was constructed with funds raised through UNB's Venture Campaign, including a significant contribution from the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation.

Renovations/changes/additions: Unknown

Notes: The three-storey building provides 4,600 square-feet of office space and conference rooms. The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research was originally housed in the Alden Nowlan House from 1992-1999. The Centre was founded in 1992 under the auspices of UNB's Faculty of Arts, and is comprised of researchers working to educate, reduce, and eventually eradicate family violence.

Named Spaces: Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Room (201), The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation provided the second largest donation to the construction of the building under the Venture Campaign. Margaret Norrie McCain served as Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick from 1994-1997 and during his term was an outspoken activist against family violence.

The Windsor Foundation Conference Room (216), The main objective of The Windsor Foundation is funding charitable organizations in the Atlantic provinces, with an interest in the buildings of universities. The Foundation provided the primary gift to UNB's Venture Campaign supporting the construction of the building.


  • UA Case 123; Section 1; Chronological Listing of Buildings
  • UA Case 123; Section 3; Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre
  • UA Case 123; Section 3; Alden Nowlan House.

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