More than 1,000 People Expected at Reunion
WHEN: July 13 – July 16, 2023
Article/image by John Campbell
Campbellford – Wed., July 5, 2023 – Long-time residents of Campbellford will be seeing a whole bunch of familiar faces from the past – and others that are vaguely familiar – when more than a thousand people are expected to come to town next week for the centennial anniversary of Campbellford District High School.
“We’re looking for a lot of excitement and a lot of out-of-town guests,” says Dave Sharp, chair of the CDHS 2023 steering committee. “We have a lot of activities planned.”
To date, 500 people have registered online for the event while “the vast majority” have yet to do so, he said, but he’s confident “they’re going to show up at the reunion” that will take place over four days, July 13-16.
“I’m expecting 1,500,” Sharp said, the same number as registered for the school’s 75th anniversary.
Alumni will be able to tour the high school, attend the Friday night opening ceremonies, and take in the Saturday afternoon social without having to register in advance, he said.
Tickets for the country and rock ‘n’ roll dances will be sold at the door for $20 but they can be purchased ahead of time for $15. The Rotary Club of Campbellford will be serving up pancake breakfasts as well.
Registration, however, was required to reserve a seat for the dinner before Friday, July 7th . Only 25 of the 250 tickets printed were still available as of this week.
Among those who have said they plan to attend are Rotary Youth Exchange students from Sweden, Australia and the United States, as well as alumni who are in their 90s, Sharp said.
To learn more about the reunion or to purchase an special souvenir book chronicling the school’s 100-year-history, and T-shirts celebrating the event, visit www.cdhs2023reunion.ca/.
Also for sale is a book, In Them Days, set in the Depression, written by Isobel Warren.
The website also has a section where former classmates can reconnect with each other, take part in discussions and upload photos from the years they went to CDHS. There’s also a history forum where participant can post their memories
Sharp, who graduated from CDHS in 1972, said he’s “looking forward to seeing some old friends … (he can) sit down and relax and chat with them.”
He remembers “certain teachers fondly,” such as his math teachers Edith Young, who “was strict and demanded that you know the subject,” and John Grieves, who “challenged us.”
“And that’s what high school should be about,” he said.
He and his committee – Marsha Connor, Paul Connor, Rob Pope, Jill Koplowitz, Elaine Barry, Bev Spencer, Evelyn McLeod, Eunice Stapley, Steve Glover, and Wendy Toms — have been working on the reunion for the past 38 months.
“We’ve had our ups and downs but I have to say this is one of the best committees I’ve ever worked with,” he said. “Everybody knew their jobs … and they got it done.”
He thanked the members for their hard work and everyone else who cooperated in planning the reunion.
The experience has been “rewarding,” he continued. “A lot of people come up to us and say ‘We really appreciate you doing this for us’ because they recognize that it’s about … the community of the high school.”
The reunion “is going to bring in a lot of business into Campbellford … It will be a very busy town,” he said. “We’re looking forward to a great weekend.”