Yes, it is 2017, a year where our country, as well as several institutions, will be celebrating anniversaries. Let me start with the obvious one, Canada’s 150th anniversary. This is the one that is going to loom large over every part of our country. It is going to be a celebration that will be hard to miss, because it will be everywhere.
Every municipality, including the ones in The Standard’s coverage area, will be holding many events this year to commemorate the Sesquicentennial. The majority of the events already held annually will also incorporate the theme of this anniversary. Stay tuned, because we will have coverage all year of the local celebrations.
But, aside from the Canada’s birthday, 2017 also marks milestones for two educational institutions. Let me first mention the one that I attended, Durham College. The college, along with several other colleges in Ontario, is celebrating 50 years since they first opened their doors to students. Those who avidly read this column likely know that I spent three years enrolled in a Journalism course at Durham College, and first came to The Standard on an internship that was required as part of our course.
I learned a lot while in that course and made a lot of friends I still talk to today. I am truly grateful that I got to learn under professors that truly cared about our success and had a passion for the industry. I would not be the reporter I am today without their guidance and teaching.
As well, Queen’s University is celebrating 175 years of educating students. This one came to my attention because my sister, Katrina, is currently enrolled at Queen’s in the Bachelor of Science program. 175 years is a number that is hard to fathom, as it precedes confederation.
It is an impressive benchmark for an institution that has a great reputation in this country, as well as abroad.
2017 is also a milestone year for the Toronto Maple Leafs, their 100th season. Being a Leafs fan, I have experienced many of the later ups and downs that this historic franchise has provided. The recent past has not been kind to Leafs fans, but, with this young team, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of the franchise.
But as well as optimism about the present and future, this is also a year to remember the great Leafs that have thrilled fans throughout the last 100 years, such as Rick Vaive, Dave Keon, Johnny Bower, Frank Mahovlich, Tim Horton, Mats Sundin and Doug Gilmour.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Pine Ridge Garden Club will be celebrating 40 years this year.
2017 is going to be a great year to celebrate, and to think back on all of the positive memories associated with the organizations that are celebrating anniversaries.