• Alan Emmott Centre in the spring

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. Our catering packages present most everything you’ll need to make your day as seamless as possible.  Plus, rental is included – or available at a reduced rate – when using certain CITY Catering packages for your event.

Our Venue

For more information on hosting your event at the Alan Emmott Centre, take some time to review the information below.

Table set up with cheeses and appetizers

Catering Packages

The Alan Emmott Centre presents a beautiful venue with an expert catering team to make your event as seamless as possible.

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Alan Emmott Centre

Facility Details

With its picture-perfect backdrop, this old-fashioned schoolhouse presents a truly unique venue for your important gathering. 

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Newly weds enjoying their first dance

Photo Gallery

Located in the heart of South Burnaby, the Alan Emmott is a century-old schoolhouse that overflows with charm and history. Create an event to remember in this unique heritage building.

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Virtual Tour

Enjoy a virtual 360-degree tour of this charming, century-old schoolhouse in the heart of South Burnaby.

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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 25 years in a variety of positions and departments. Most recently, she was the supervisor at Riverway Restaurant and is now the wedding expert extraordinaire at 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 aerentals@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.