Quesnel High School clan ready for fifth reunion

They might have graduated some 60 years ago, but a group of Quesnel High School former students are gearing up for their fifth reunion.

Gerry Glassford, event organizer, has also invited other graduating classes to join in with the festivities.

In past years, the class of 1952 was joined by the classes of ‘51 and ‘53 and this year, an even wider range of students are invited.

“This year, we have stretched our hands out even further and the gathering will encompass former students from the late 40s and early 50s,” Glassford said.

He explained the first reunion dates back to the late 80s or 90s.

“It was, in essence, a large coming together or former students from the Quesnel schools,” he said.

“Beginning in 1997 and continuing every five years thereafter, the class of 1952 began to assemble all of those graduates who want to get together.”

He added about 51 participants are on their guest list, but said some are friends and spouses, so it’s a bit misleading.

This year’s reunion will take place at the Legion Hall June 9 – 10.

Participants will arrive at the hall on Saturday for a buffet dinner and a meet and greet.

“It will be wonderful to sit and talk about memories of the past and ignore those parts of life that are just as well forgotten.”

The agenda of festivities is quite eclectic and shows off a range of talents coming out of Quesnel High School.

“A part of our small program includes readings by Gary Bazan who has recently released an excellent book of short stories titled From A Storyteller’s Basket,” Glassford said.

Also on the activities list is a slideshow of photographs from Gordon Perry.

Glassford explained the slideshow will feature some “superb photos by Perry where he has juxtaposed old buildings with newer ones, often replacements.”

Glassford thinks it’s important to share these memories, as they may be forgotten in a short while.

“We are all getting older and there are parts of the history of Quesnel and district to be found in the group that might soon be lost,” he explained.

“Many were born here in Quesnel, some brought into the world by Dr. G. R. Baker.

“A good number have lived their lives here while others have moved to pursue careers or a married life elsewhere. Regardless, there are markings of their family still in Quesnel or nearby.”

Glassford hopes to be able to reminisce as this might be one of the last meetings for the group.

“Yes, we’ve lived the lives of our youth here and now we are basking in the late afternoon sunshine of our golden years.”

 

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