On-Campus Reunion: Reunions are hosted every summer on campus with alumni attending from all over the world. You will find details of the upcoming reunions below.
2020: 40-Year Reunion (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) – on hold
Due to Covid-19 the 40 Year Reunion is on hold
This decision was made in consultation with the Organizing Committee. They wanted to share with all alumni the following message:
We are writing to advise that the Pearson College Years 3-6 reunion scheduled for this June has been placed on hold. At a recent discussion between the College and the Organising Committee for the reunion, it was unanimously agreed that the outbreak and rapid spread of the Covid-19 made this unavoidable.
We say ‘placed on hold’ rather than postponed or cancelled because a decision hasn’t yet been made as to whether it will be rescheduled, or possibly folded into the reunion for Years 5-8 that is planned for 2022.
For everyone who has already paid the registration fee or Travel Fund Donation for the reunion, the College is able to provide a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee. Alternatively, you might consider seeking only a partial refund, and donating the remainder to the College to assist it through what will be challenging times. Please email Luisa to arrange for a refund, or arrange for a donation.
Even though the reunion is now on hold, it has already had some positive effects, not least the increased networking via WhatsApp, Zoom and Facebook. Particular thanks to Todd van Vliet for getting the network going, even to the level of a new cooking school and forthcoming meditation session. Email Todd if you want to get connected to these initiatives.
There is an effort going on to raise funds to provide scholarships funded by each of the four years that were going to attend the reunion, and now, more than ever, these efforts are necessary. Stay tuned for notes from Ciro (PC YR 4, Argentina ) and Jorge (PC YR 5, Peru) to understand the details of these efforts.
The College is keen, in due course, to take advantage of these networks to provide additional information and updates to us all. Luisa Vasquez (Alumni and Community Engagement Officer) is offering to coordinate to have some of the campus people present to alumni remotely on subjects such as:
- Engagement initiatives and recommendations of the Alumni Engagement working group.
- Fundraising, Class Scholarships and the Renew and Refund Campaign.
- And we hope to arrange a “State of the College” Presentation with participation from the President and Head of College and our Education and Programming leaders about topics such as the UWC diploma and related initiatives that you have been reading about recently in Pearson eNews.
Michel Wapler (YR 5, Quebec), Carl Murphy (YR 5, Australia), Maarten Jongsma (YR 5, Netherlands), Karen Thomas (YR 5, Australia), Marc Flynn (YR 4, Quebec) and Jorge Titinger (YR 5, Peru)
2020: 10-Year Reunion (Years 34, 35, 36 & 37) – postponed
Due to Covid-19 the 10 Year Reunion is postponed
The planning has begun and we’ve already heard from many of your fellow Year 34, 35, 36 & 37 alumni who are looking forward to returning to campus to reminisce and reconnect.
As you will see, we have made changes since you last saw the Reunion Schedule. Indeed, since 2015, when we held our first 40 Year Reunion, we have been inviting four cohorts at a time, instead of two or three. As a result, some of the dates initially scheduled have shifted and different groupings have been created. This is an attempt to encourage you to not only reunite with old friends but to make new ones. And, it gives you not just one but two opportunities to attend milestone reunions with different sets of classmates and it helps us maximize our impact and use of campus facilities. Finally, you will also notice that Saturdays are no longer part of the schedule, as they are now used throughout the summer for revenue-generating activities such as weddings, which have become quite popular given the beauty of our campus.
The 10 Year Reunion this summer for YR 34, 35, 36 & 37 will kick off on Sunday, with a Campus Tour and a Welcome Reception. Monday will start a full schedule of events, yet to be organized by you (the alumni organizing committee) that will wrap up on the final full day, Wednesday, before everyone departs on Thursday.
Registration is now open. Click here to register.
Please note that the College will offer complementary transportation on August 9th and 13th to the College from Swartz Bay, Victoria International Airport, and Down Town (Royal BC Museum). Waiting times for the shuttle will vary and may be 3 hours or longer depending on traffic. Complete this form if you require transportation to or from the College for the reunion. The College will provide shuttles only on August 9th and 13th.
DEADLINE to submit the form is : 1 May, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: If you require a car seat for a minor, you will incur the costs of the rental of this equipment.
The Travel Fund Committee is made up of alumni who promote participation both in terms of donations and applications to the fund and then select recipients according to the application process. If you are interested in sitting on the Travel Fund committee please, email us.
The Travel Fund is meant to help alumni come to the reunion. Help out a fellow alum to attend your reunion by donating here.
You can apply to recive funds here. The application deadline is 15 March 2020.
This is your reunion, and therefore we want you to plan it. We are looking for a group of alumni to join the organizing committee to help ensure the program is filled with activities Year 34, 35, 36 & 37 alumni are looking for, and to ensure all alumni in these years know about the reunion and as many of you as possible attend.
If you are interested in joining the organizing committee or would like to suggest who you think would be a good member of the committee, email us.
In addition to the preparation for the reunion, we have a number of opportunities for you to help us out at the reunion. Please sign up to let us know where you can help!
Stay tuned for more information about this reunion. For any questions, please contact us.
Here is a sample of a schedule from previous reunions
Every year, alumni pool money together to help ease the financial burden of other alumni travelling to and attending the reunion. The College holds these contributions until the reunion and then distributes them to the alumni selected by the Travel Fund committee as recipients. The Travel Fund is meant to help alumni come to the reunion.
Please remember to plan your travel plans early. If you need a letter of invitation to apply for your visa please email us with the following details:
- Your name and birth-date as they appear on your passport
- The name of each person you are travelling with as on their passport
- The name and address of the embassy/consulate you will be working with