"Friends and Family Day" at the College Avenue Campus a huge success

By Greg Duck Posted: November 21, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Hayrides! The very best way to tour Wascana Park as part of "Friends and Family Day" at the College Avenue Campus!
Hayrides! The very best way to tour Wascana Park as part of "Friends and Family Day" at the College Avenue Campus! UR External Relations

On Saturday, November 17, University of Regina alumni joined with the Centre for Continuing Education to host Friends and Family Day. The doors were thrown open to welcome more than 500 community members--young and old--inviting them to tour the gem that is the renovated College Building on the College Avenue Campus. 

"We couldn't wait to throw a party for the community and let them see the incredible restoration work that has taken place within these beautiful walls," said Samantha Lehmond, Centre for Continuing Education Marketing Manager and one of the event organizers. "Friends and Family Day was about ensuring that folks understand the range of programs and services we offer and have the opportunity to peek into College Building classrooms and studio spaces and experience the heritage elements throughout." 

CAC is a unique space that offers something for everyone. Children as young as three attend music lessons, working professionals take career advancement programs, and older adults all the way to 100 take classes through the Lifelong Learning Centre. Activities at Friends and Family Day included hayrides through Wascana Park, a story circle, a beaded blanket collage, games for kids, and guided tours of the space. 

“The best part was seeing so many people of all ages exploring and enjoying the beautifully restored College Building,” said Lehmond. 

Many familiar faces attended Friends and Family Day for guided tours of the College Building. Pat Kelly of P3A, the architectural firm responsible for the design of the project, led groups around the space, pointing out the salvaged and reused brickwork and windows, and the new wood trim and staircases. Attendees were able to see how elements of the old College Avenue Campus were able to be repaired and reused to serve the next hundred years of students. 

Home to the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the University’s Centre for Continuing Education, including the Lifelong Learning Centre and the Conservatory of Performing Arts, each year CAC serves approximately 8,000 learners. CAC also hosts dozens of community and cultural events every year.

“The incredible turnout was a real testament to what we do at CCE and the connections the University has with the community,” said Lehmond. 

Learn more about the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project here.


family activities spectators

Activities for kids included
creating a beaded blanket

Guides shared highlights
from the two-year renovation
project that restored a
close-to-derelict building
to historic gem.