CNC opens time capsule on 50th anniversary

During a celebration at the College of New Caledonia's 50th anniversary at the Gathering place Wednesday afternoon a 25-year-old time capsule was opened.

Sharing the duties of opening the capsule was CNC president Dr. Terry Weninger, former CNC welding instructor Cy Fortin and current CNC president Dr. Dennis Johnson.

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Fortin constructed the capsule with his welding students and Dr. Weninger served as CNC president when the capsule was created 25 years ago.

With plenty of donuts and coffee on hand in the standing-room only space the time capsule revealed a long list of items including a copy of The Prince George Citizen, Free Press, CNC Notes, Counselling Newsletter, Asterisk, BC Report (Dec. 12 issue on CNC), CNC calendars, CNC enrolment fast facts brochure, CNC historical highlights brochure, CNC organizational chart, and a CNC phone list. There was also aerial photos of CNC's woodlot, a vial of Prince George water, 25th anniversary Christmas tree bulbs, a floppy disk with a course outline to show the "technology of the day," a CNC t-shirt, and a curling funspiel trophy and medal.

The items from CNC's time capsule will remain on display at CNC's library.

"I'm truly honoured to serve as CNC's president during this historic 50th year," Johnson said. "Throughout my first month, I've heard time and again how much CNC means to the people who have studied here. The opening of this time capsule marks a celebration of what has been accomplished at CNC, what is being accomplished today and what will be accomplished throughout the next 50 years."

Weninger said he was happy he could return to CNC for the time capsule opening.

"It's a snapshot of CNC 25 years ago," Weninger. "Opening it is an occasion for optimism as we highlight CNC's importance in the region and acknowledge the resilience and creativity needed to deliver on the College's mandate."

CNC's 50th anniversary celebrations continue with an open house and gala event at the end of February.

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