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Trent University Celebrates Opening of Peter Gzowski College – Enweying Building and First Peoples House of Learning

Photo Gallery from the Opening of Peter Gzowski College, Saturday, October 16, 2004

The Trent University community gathered Saturday, October 16 to officially open the new Peter Gzowski College – Enweying building and the First Peoples House of Learning.

The official ceremony was the culmination of a week of celebrations highlighting Trent's 40th anniversary.

Speakers participating in the program included Gillian Howard on behalf of the Gzowski family, Chief Keith Knott, Curve Lake First Nation, the Honourable Peter Adams, MP Peterborough and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, the Honourable Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Jeff Leal, MPP Peterborough and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Chancellor, Trent University, Bonnie Patterson, President and Vice-Chancellor and Prof. David Newhouse, Head, Gzowski College.

Prof. Edna Manitowabi, member of Trent's Native Studies faculty, led the participants in a traditional native prayer. Special performances included the Chippewa Travellers and the Otonaabe Women's Hand Drum Singers. The event concluded with a tree planting ceremony organized by the Peter Gzowski College student cabinet.

Commenting on the importance of Peter Gzowski to Trent, President Patterson noted, "Peter was our eighth Chancellor and the beloved host of CBC Radio's Morningside. He had a knack for making us feel at home. For Canadians, he became that warm, familiar voice that we came to trust. And he knit together a vast nation of people, giving all of us a sense that we shared an abundance of wonderful qualities, simply by virtue of the fact that we were Canadian. Peter would have been thrilled with the college that now bears his name, an exceptionally unique living and learning environment that incorporates several important Aboriginal components."

Prof. David Newhouse emphasized that the opening of Enweying is a time of celebration in Trent's history. "The official opening of Peter Gzowski College and the Enweying building will provide opportunities to create something new within Trent's traditional college system. What is unique about this college is the blending of the college structure with the First Peoples House of Learning and the 'dialogue' that will emerge to promote new opportunities for teaching and learning. Our students, faculty and staff look forward to building a new college community in the coming years that will add significant to Trent's traditions.

Click here to go to the 40th Anniversary site.

Posted October 16, 2004


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