Feature Story                                                                                                Monday September 24, 2012


Educating A Community

An inside look at the sparkling new UFV Trades and Technology campus at Canada Education Park

Staff/Voice photos


The Zolas perform at UFV's "Come See What's New at Your U" open house last Friday.


he University of the Fraser Valley threw open it's doors to the community with a memorable welcoming ceremony on Friday that included music, food, vendors, speeches and tours of the new Trades & Technology Centre on Keith Wilson Rr.


Mark Evered was a busy with guests and took a moment to speak with the Voice about the well-attended event.


"It's a great way to say 'thank you' to the community that supported us all through our history. It's fun to have a little party and celebration once in awhile," said Evered. "We work hard out here and it's good to see people relax."


He said enrollment is about the same as always.


"It's as strong as it has been in the last couple of years, our real challenge is to figure out how to accommodate everybody. Demand exceeds our capacity, we're going to have to build lots more facilities just like this and we've got the land to do it right here."


Stó:lō elder Eddie Gardiner opened the festivities with a welcome song and live music followed speeches on the stage including the Matinee, the Zola's and the Pink Slips.


Dignitaries on hand included Mark Evered, UFV president, Sharon Gaetz, Chilliwack Mayor, Gwen O'Mahony, Chilliwack MLA, John Janzen, President of CEPCO, Craig Toews, UFV Director of Campus Planning and Louise Piper, SD33 School Board Chair.


The event had a dual purpose; to welcome incoming students, and to showcase the university's new dynamic, and now that it's up and running, the LEED Gold certified building is indeed the most iridescent gem in the UFV crown.


See more photos below.


Listen to Eddie Gardiner speak here.

Listen to the RCMP presentation here.

Listen to Mayor Sharon Gaetz here.


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