GPRC Honours Dr. Henry Anderson
It's the artery that runs through Grande Prairie Regional College, and now the campus roadway bears the name of its first president, dubbed Henry Anderson Drive.
Norm Anderson and his family travelled from Calgary to take part in the ceremony unveilling the new sign: He says his father saw establishing the college as a way to give the community a post-secondary institution of its own
"Once you have that [a college] you get people who have viewpoints and thoughts and encourage thoughts from others. I know that was another part of what his goal was in building this"
Anderson adds his father was "a real thinker" who read and absorbed books and could recite Shakespeare: He says his dad found value in liberal arts education and felt it was important that everyone have access to it
GPRC President Don Gnatiuk knows well the scope of the legacy left by Dr. Anderson: He says renaming the road is more that just a sign.
"The naming of the roadway was not only appropriate but it was a metaphor for the path of this institution. So Henry Anderson Drive says things on several levels that captured our imagination and that's why we selected that."
When the college made the decision to demolish Anderson Hall, a student residence, Gnatiuk says the college board immediately began thinking of ways to make sure the legacy of the Anderson name had significant representation at the school.
pictured at the unveiling are Dr. Anderson's grand-children: (l to r) Alida (12), Erik (13), and Lauren (15)
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