THUNDER BAY, ON – Confederation College officially launched a year of celebrations for its 50th Anniversary today. Students started things off with Confederation’s First 50th Birthday Party in the afternoon, while employees, alumni, donors, partners and community members were welcomed to a Launch event in the evening.
“Confederation College has a rich history of supporting learners in northwestern Ontario and we are very proud and excited to be celebrating our momentous 50th Anniversary year in 2017,” said President Jim Madder. “This year will not only be one of celebration, but will help us to reflect on our history, reconnect with members of our College and broader communities, and spark conversation about our future. It is also an important opportunity to recognize the incredible support we have received from our students, employees, alumni, donors and community partners over the years. Together we have built an admirable legacy for education in northwestern Ontario.”
Jodi Connor, President of the Student Union of Confederation College (SUCCI) added her thoughts on the milestone year. “Confederation College has always put students first, and the Student Union has been proud to play a critical role in that over the years, by providing community-based leadership and advocacy within the College to effectively address the needs and priorities of Indigenous, Canadian and International learners. On behalf of students, past and present, I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations to Confederation College as they enter their 50th year. We look forward to celebrating together and continuing to collaborate as we enter the next chapter of our Confederation journey.”
Students celebrated with hot chocolate, snacks, games and a surprise balloon release. At the evening Launch event, guests enjoyed a balloon drop, hot chocolate bar, warm appetizers and an opportunity to reunite and network with fellow classmates, colleagues and supporters. In addition, dignitaries helped to unveil Confederation’s 50-year timeline, which has been installed on the windows of its Ryan Hall Cafeteria in the Shuniah Building.
The celebrations weren’t limited to Thunder Bay. All eight regional campuses are hosting their own launch events through to January 18. In addition, 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of all colleges in Ontario, so Confederation joins its 23 fellow institutions in recognizing the overall impact of the college system this year.
Alumni are encouraged to reconnect and everyone is invited to participate in the 50th Anniversary activities throughout the year, including the College’s Homecoming Weekend, presented by Tbaytel September 21-24, 2017. For more information and to register for 50th updates, visit www.confederation50.com.
Growing from just 238 full-time students to an average of 3,400 each year, Confederation College has been proud to change lives through learning since 1967. Confederation successfully provides access to post-secondary education for students across northwestern Ontario and beyond with its main campus in Thunder Bay, eight regional campuses and unique integrated learning approach.
A leader in Indigenous education since its inception, Confederation is committed to supporting the success of all students through hands-on learning opportunities using leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities. Its program offerings have evolved with industry needs, resulting in niche natural resources and Indigenous programming. It has been a cornerstone of northwestern Ontario, with a regional economic impact and contribution valued at $411.2 million annually.