Lakefield College School Launches Renovation Project for Ryder House with Generous Ryder Family Gift

Lakefield College School is thrilled to announce the commencement of a Ryder House renovation project that will further elevate the campus living experience for its students. The extension is made possible by a generous gift from the Ryder Family and is named in honour of Florence Ryder—mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

As part of LCS’s strategic plan, the revitalization and enhancement of the residential houses stand at the forefront of the Community First pillar. This initiative aims to provide an enriched environment that promotes camaraderie, collaboration, and personal growth among boarding and day students, advisors, heads of house, assistant heads of house, and the broader community.

Over the years, LCS has continually invested in improving its campus facilities, including the construction and renovation of several residences. The latest milestone in this journey is the transformation of Ryder House, a project fueled by the exceptional support of the Ryder Family.

The Ryder House project boasts a remarkable array of features that will reshape the living experience for students. Renovations include a 2,200-square-foot addition, a welcoming new entrance space, a larger new common room with a kitchen, additional boarding student rooms, a new day student room, renovated bathrooms, outdoor amenities space, and more. Not to mention, these updates are in keeping with LCS’s commitment to sustainability. The addition was designed to be super-insulated and airtight so it uses less energy, is more comfortable, and will be more durable over time.

“We are immensely grateful to the Ryder Family for their unwavering support and dedication to our vision of an enriched residential experience,” said Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation at Lakefield College School. “This project aligns perfectly with our mission to provide students with an environment that encourages personal growth, meaningful interactions, and a strong sense of belonging. Ryder House will stand as a testament to the power of philanthropy and collaboration in education.”

Construction commenced in July and is projected to conclude by January 2024. The renovations are made possible by local company, Mortlock Construction Inc. and Toronto company, Moss Sund Architects

Lakefield College School is grateful to the Ryder Family for their continued support in making Ryder House the special place that it is.