Dear members of the Selkirk College community,
After more than a year of planning, this past weekend we brought together the community for a celebration to mark an exciting milestone for Selkirk College. Our 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend was a great success with hundreds of people showing up for some or all of the events. It was a wonderful time that saw the past, present and future come together to recognize the vital importance of post-secondary learning in our region.
Selkirk College President Angus Graeme (right) with former college president Leo Perra (left) and former Selkirk College Board of Governors Chair Jack Colbert at Friday night's Board of Governors & President Reception at the Castlegar Campus.
So much went into organizing the weekend events and it was heartening to see it all come together. Nothing like what we experienced is done without people, their huge energy and commitment to our overall success. The teamwork and dedication required to make the weekend happen is further confirmation that students, staff, alumni, retirees, event sponsors and community supporters of Selkirk College carry on the foundational spirit for inspiring educational opportunities that started in 1966.
Transforming the Castlegar Campus into a venue that pays tribute to the past and prepares us to boldly step into the future required hundreds of hours of work by individuals who went beyond the call of duty. Friday’s Board of Governors & President’s Reception, Saturday morning’s Community Pancake Breakfast, the Commemorative Celebration & Great Trek Recognition, Pioneer Faculty and Charter Student reunions, Saturday evening’s Through The Decades Gala, and Sunday’s Selkirk College Saints Golf Tournament all required individual efforts that all added up to a combined accomplishment.
The list of people involved is long, but it’s important to recognize the significant effort required by so many groups over the past 12 months, the critical few days leading up to the weekend and everyone else who played a part.
- The Marketing, Communications, Alumni Relations staff;
- The Food Services team for amazing food and service at the Friday reception and Saturday gala;
- Campus Management, Maintenance and Custodian staff;
- The Pancake breakfast crew and the spirited effort by the Castlegar Lions Club (more than 400 plates of pancakes, eggs and bacon served!);
- The Great Trek organizers and their fantastic work with the Charter students;
- The Schools of Business, Health & Human Services, Environment & Geomatics, The Arts, University Arts & Sciences, Hospitality Tourism & Cosmetology, Industry & Trades Training, Academic Upgrading & Development, Community Education & Workplace Training, and Selkirk International;
- The Pioneer Faculty meeting organizers;
- The Board of Governors Reception organizers;
- The Through The Decades Gala crew (countless people were involved in so many ways);
- The Saints hockey team for very professional work throughout the weekend and at the Sunday golf tournament;
- The 50th Anniversary Steering Committee.
Reflecting on all the great interactions, stimulating conversations and smiles on the faces of those who attended, I started back to work on Monday with a little extra bounce in my step. Over the past few days, I have received numerous notes of thanks from people who came from as far away as New Zealand. Though they are addressed to me, the gratitude is intended for everyone involved in making the weekend happen. Some of the older participants were so excited to connect with friends and colleagues that they had not seen in five decades. Friendships were rekindled and new ones made. Alumni, former faculty and staff felt honoured and celebrated. We could not have asked for a better impact or a sense of pride in what we do.
Selkirk College President got into the action at the Community Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning by taking part in the dunk tank set up by the Business Administration Program to raise money for the 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund.
In my remarks at the Through The Decades Gala on Saturday night, I reflected on the original idea of Selkirk College 50 years ago that continues to serve us so well and why our success is grounded. It’s about accessibility, adaptability and comprehensiveness of our programs and services, inspiring teaching and learning, good governance, connection to our community, and always a focus on students. I believe we demonstrated that and more this weekend. My sincere thanks to everyone involved in making it happen and everyone who attended. I’m looking forward to the next 50!
Selkirk College President