Sept. 18, 2003: A sign of things to come

      The sign is a cooperative effort between the College, which paid for materials, and the Howe Sound Arts Association, which will be responsible for maintenance and posting information.

      In days past, announcements advertising local arts events would appear in various spots around the district. But the lack of a consistent location meant that many went unnoticed, leaving community members in the dark. The new sign will alleviate this problem and bring to light the many programs and cultural events taking place throughout Howe Sound.

      “Capilano College is interested in working with the area’s growing arts community and wanted to contribute to it in a meaningful way,” says campus manager, Casey Dorin. “The sign will offer a permanent location that will give our programs and community arts events the kind of profile they deserve.”

      The large cedar sign took about three months to complete and was built at no charge by local youth worker, John Harvey. Harvey, an active member of the Squamish Trails Society, is also building phase two of the Discovery Trail located on College property.

      “John is a great contributor to the district of Squamish,” Dorin says. “He has volunteered his time on a number of community enhancement projects over the years.”

      Dorin sees the sign as an example of how organizations and individuals without a lot of money can make things happen through sheer will and determination.

      “We all believe in Squamish and its potential,” he says. “This is just one way we can make a contribution to the community as a whole.”

      This year, Capilano College celebrates its 30th anniversary in Squamish. The campus plays an active role in contributing to the economic diversity of the region through its programs, community event involvement, such as the Hot Jazz and Tapas evenings, and its speaker series. Some of the programs, courses and services it currently offers include: preparatory programs, university transfer courses, a new festival and events coordination program, wilderness leadership training, continuing education courses, the cooks training program, the distance learning centre, and much more. For more information on College programs, contact the Squamish campus at 604.892.5322.

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