Forty Years of SACPA: A Tribute to Gordon Campbell




Even before arriving in Lethbridge Gordon Campbell was an established Adult Educator, first in Regina and later as President of the College in Castlegar. Within his first year in Lethbridge, he was already pondering a possible gathering of citizens that would make a difference in the community. In typical Gordonesque manner, no sooner had the idea gelled, he had it up and running, albeit with a little help from his friends. Some of those friends from the early days of SACPA will speak at this special session. SACPA was Gordon’s conception. Forty years later it is alive and well and still carrying out its original mission - providing citizens an opportunity to engage in the democratic process.

This past winter, Gordon retired from the SACPA Board after a lifetime of continuous service and passionate commitment to the cause of public debate. Insiders know he has given countless hours to ensuring that, over the years, speakers at SACPA Thursday sessions were noted names from across the country and beyond. The people of Lethbridge are indebted to Gordon for this service. As for SACPA, it will always hold on to a piece of his heart.

Speakers: Van Christou and Leonard Haney

Van Christou is a founder member of SACPA. He is also a founder member of the Board of Governors at the University of Lethbridge and served as its Chancellor from 1975-79. Van and his late wife, Helen, started and have been instrumental in the development of U of L’s World-renowned art collection.

Leonard Haney is another founder member of SACPA. A highly respected member of the agricultural community, Len has served on school boards, the U of L Board of Governors and Senate and on a Royal Commission on Education. Len is a recipient of the Order of Canada.

Moderator: Terry Shillington

Date: Thursday, June 5, 2008 Time: Noon - 1:30 PM Location: Country Kitchen Catering (lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. Cost: $10.00 (includes roast beef lunch and anniversary cake)

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