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Alan Emmott Centre

Host your special event in a heritage schoolhouse that dates back to more than a century. This beautiful and historic venue is tucked away in the heart of South Burnaby, and presents a remarkable venue for your next get together.

Information & Inquiries

Please see the calendar below for information on potentially available event dates. For more information on hosting your special event at the Alan Emmott Centre, take some time to review the information below.

Our Venue

This wonderfully restored schoolhouse with impressive windows overlooking the park offers a truly unique setting for your important event.



The upper floor of this beautifully restored heritage schoolhouse features an open space, picturesque windows and an open floor plan of 3,000 square feet.  Offering seating for up to 150 guests, the Alan Emmott Centre is a perfect spot for your next large or small event.

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Photo Gallery

Celebrate the event of a lifetime in a historic, century-old schoolhouse in the heart of South Burnaby with some amazing photo opportunities.

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Facility Details

Dating back to the early 1900s, Alan Emmott presents an impressive, open-concept floor plan, expansive windows and charming space for your next event.  With a picture-perfect backdrop, this old-fashioned schoolhouse presents a truly unique venue for your important gathering.

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Wedding Ceremony

Our Event Experts

Attention to detail, personalized service, and a gourmet menu are the benchmarks of every event at the Alan Emmott Centre.  As well, our event experts are here to answer any questions you may have as you get ready for your special event.

Christine Musgrave

Christine Musgrave

Christine Musgrave has worked for the City of Burnaby for more than 30 years in a variety of positions and departments. Most recently, she was the supervisor at Riverway Restaurant and is now the event expert extraordinaire at Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion and South Burnaby’s historic Alan Emmott Centre, while assisting with various events across the City. Her favourite part of the job? She loves the people she works with and enjoys helping her clients make sure their events are a great success. Christine can be reached at rentals@burnaby.ca or at 604-320-2217.

Helen McConaghy

Helen McConaghy

Helen McConaghy has worked with the City’s Food Services division for more than half her life. In that time, she has seen the department grow to include several restaurants and an expert catering department - which she now leads. Along with creating memorable events for her clients, Helen says her favourite part of the job is helping wedding couples on their big day, “and knowing you’re making their day as special as can be.” Helen can be reached at catering@burnaby.ca or 604-205-3026.

Portrait of Maiwesh (Mai) Dossa

Maiwesh Dossa

Maiwesh (Mai) Dossa has been leading the kitchen at the old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlour (also known as the ICP Café) for nearly two decades – garnering much acknowledgement and praise along the way.
Throughout the years, Mai has come by her experience and skills entirely through hard work and on-the-job training.  Along with the ICP Café, Mai also caters a remarkable number of City events and weddings throughout the year, including the Mayor’s Annual Appreciation Dinner.