Contributed photo Peter Miller, Archbishop J. Michael Miller and Troy Van Vliet (centre) with members of the Miller family, the Tavan Group and school administrators at the announcement of the site-clearing donation for St. John Paul II Academy.

Boost for Peninsula Catholic school

Company offers site-clearing work for planned St. John Paul II Academy

A new Catholic private high school planned for South Surrey has received a boost from a Delta-based construction firm.

JJM Construction Ltd., a leading civil and marine construction company owned by the Miller family, has committed to donate site-clearing work to the school, which will ultimately be located at 18230 24 Ave.

Named St. John Paul II Academy, the new school will open to an inaugural class of Grade 8 students in September 2018, operating out of temporary premises at White Rock’s Star of the Sea Community Centre until construction is complete.

The announcement was made Dec. 5 at the offices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Vancouver, where Archbishop J. Michael Miller (unrelated to the donors) commented the donation is “a wonderful contribution on the part of JJM Construction and the Miller family.”

Peter Miller, vice president of JJM, said there has been a “long-held need for a Catholic high school in the area and our family is delighted to be part of this initiative to make this new school a reality. And I am delighted knowing that my own children will benefit from this new school”

Preliminary site preparation work including brush-clearing and improved access has already begun at the site, according to Troy Van Vliet, who heads the Tavan Group of companies and is part of the academy’s working group dedicated to building the school.

“This work improves access to the property to allow for additional surveying work to take place as well as environmental and geotechnical work needed,” he said.

“Actual site excavation work is still down the road as we work to finalize architectural plans and obtain the necessary municipal approvals.

“The generosity of the Miller family and JJM Construction in making this donation is a tremendous vote of confidence in this initiative and gets us one steps closer to getting this school built.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greedy family’s maid overcomes them all in Surrey Little Theatre’s latest play

‘The Late Christopher Bean’ is staged at Clayton-area theatre for a month starting Jan. 23

Fire truck, police car hit in chain of crashes on Hwy. 99 in South Surrey

‘People weren’t paying attention,’ says Surrey assistant fire chief

Two-vehicle crash leads to argument in South Surrey

Police investigating after one driver left the scene

Final Four set at Surrey RCMP Classic, where a new champ will be crowned

Guildford Park beats Semiahmoo, ending Totems’ three-year championship run

City of Surrey spends $1.2M on winter maintenance – so far

Total budget of $3.7M; 7,000 tonnes of salt used

Kids across Canada more at risk of hospitalization from flu this season: doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam said influenza B does not usually peak until February or later

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Should winter tires be mandatory in the Lower Mainland?

ICBC dial-a-claims go up as winter storm takes toll

Canada Post driver in hospital after ice smashes windshield at Massey Tunnel

Incident happened on Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel

Abbotsford bank ATM robbery thwarted by woman standing her ground

Police arrest alleged known robber running down South Fraser wearing balaclava

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Kelowna hotel to award couples for baby-making with Nooner deal

The deal includes a free stay every Valentine’s Day for the next 18 years

Dad of missing Abbotsford woman charged after allegedly exposing himself in park

Barry Shpeley charged with sexual assault and assault

Most Read