GPRC looked back on 50 years of hopes and dreams, while celebrating the dreams of the future to come. The College rejoiced on Saturday evening, during the 50-year anniversary event Celebrating Dreams. The evening was full of cheers, the toasting of drinks and tissues of heartfelt nostalgia.
The college concourse was filled with conversations about the past, present and future of GPRC and the community.
GPRC President & CEO, Don Gnatiuk welcomed the evening’s special guests and reflected on the historic year at the College.
Attendees traveled to the Douglas J. Cardinal Preforming Arts Centre to hear the heartwarming words of special guest speaker Komal Minhas, a local media maker and film producer. She talked about her experiences with GPRC being in the community throughout her life, and the importance of having an institution for community members to find and build their dreams within.
Komal Minhas, described her journey producing the film: Dream, Girl, and her experiences promoting the film at the White House last year.
Shane Koyczan, Spoken Word Artist also performed during the Celebrating Dreams event about the importance and power behind pursuing your personal dreams. At the end of his performance, he was met with roaring applause by the crowd.
After the speeches and performances, attendees were invited downstairs to partake in the festivities, chat with old and new friends, listen to live music (by GPRC Fine Arts Instructor Carmen Gorgichuck) and eat decadent hors d’oeuvres.
Guests were able to browse through an art exhibit by Canadian artist, Alex Janvier.
Guests were also able to go back in time with the 25th Anniversary Time Capsule display.
And witness special moments such as honourary guests, Chartered Instructor LaRon (Ron) Woolley and his wife open a letter addressed to their family found in the 25th Anniversary time capsule.
Or GPRC President & CEO, Don Gnatiuk read a letter with Hon. Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education and current GPRC Board of Governors Chair, Pete Merlo.
And also encouraged to leave their own piece of history with the 50th Anniversary Time Capsule. A photo booth was set up for guests to snap a picture and write a message to their future selves, before dropping it in the rocket-shaped time capsule – sending letters to the future.
At the end of the evening, guests went home joyful after hours of nostalgic bliss and remembrance. GPRC looks forward to the dreams of the future and how it will help make those dreams a reality.
Thank you to our community for joining in on the celebrating and being a part of GPRC’s story.
If you missed out on the fun, but still want to leave your mark on GPRC’s 50th year, click here.