Wednesday, October 10 2018
On October 10, Langara College launched Beyond 49, an 18-month long campaign that marks its 49th year of operations on West 49th Ave. and it’s 25th anniversary as an independent public college. The campaign is a celebration of Langara’s history, an opportunity to recognize and reconnect with Langarans, and aims to raise $2.5 million for student scholarships, bursaries, and College initiatives.
The launch included a march and pep rally on campus. Led by the Coastal Wolfpack drummers from the Musqueam First Nation, over 150 students, staff, faculty, alumni, retirees, and local dignitaries walked from Cambie St. and 41st Ave. to the Langara campus on West 49th Ave. The walk was an homage to 1970’s ‘Great Trek’ in which original Langarans walked from the old VCC King Edward Centre on West 12th Ave. and Oak St. to the college’s current location.
“Langara has grown and changed in so many ways over the course of its history. Throughout our 49 years, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to our students and their success,” said Dr. Lane Trotter, President, Langara College. “As amazing as our impact has already been, Langara is just getting started. The Beyond 49 campaign is about celebrating all that we have already achieved, and building for our next 49 years,” added Trotter.
Dignitaries at the October 10 kick-off event included The Honourable George Chow, Minister of State for Trade and MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview; Hon. Councillor Tim Stevenson, Councillor, City of Vancouver; and members of the Musqueam First Nation. Before the crowd of more than 300 students, alumni, and staff, Councillor Stevenson, a Langara alumnus and current faculty member, proclaimed October 10th ‘Langara Beyond 49 Day’ in the City of Vancouver, on behalf of Mayor Gregor Robertson.
Beyond 49 will include a number of events over the coming months, including Community Day presented by RBC on June 15, 2019, and 49 Langarans, a celebration in November of 2019 to recognize the 49 individuals who have had the largest impact on the College and the communities it serves.