Lisgar Collegiate Institute's 160th Anniversary Reunion
From May 28th to 30th of 2004, Lisgar's former students, friends and family, teachers, support staff and members of the larger Lisgar community marked the school's 160 years. The "Complete the Circle" theme symbolized the Lisgar community's continuity and unity, underscored its commitment to excellence, and emphasized the value it places on friendships, both old and new. A full schedule of events is still available online, as is our photo gallery and a recording of a CBC Radio interview (MP3, 2.3 MB) with alumnus Milton Shaffer (1936).
Following registration, reunion participants were free to explore the school during its open house on both Friday and Saturday. Current students displayed their talent and Lisgar's three As - Academics, Arts, and Athletics. At the same time, alumni volunteers staffed Decade Rooms throughout the school. A student assembly took place on Friday morning, and golfers played in the alumni golf tournament at the Meadows Golf and Country Club. The day culminated with the Alumni Assembly and the ever popular Blue and Grey Pub Night in the Lisgar Gym.
Saturday's events started with a "Roundup in the Rotunda" - a staff and student gathering at Ottawa City Hall. Later that morning, reunion participants were invited to a reception at Rideau Hall, hosted by Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada (and former Lisgar Head Girl). That afternoon, Lisgar's current Orchestra and Band showcased their talent during performances in the Gym.
On Saturday evening, participants were invited to a dinner dance at the Ottawa Congress Centre. Dinner, dancing, door prizes and the draw for the reunion lottery made for a memorable evening. Attendees were also invited to the Principals' Reception before the dinner, also at the Congress Centre. Finally, participants were invited to Sunday brunch at the Congress Centre, the last official event to celebrate Lisgar's 160th.