As students and teachers enjoy the last long days of summer, their minds cannot help but think of the start of school! New teachers, new friends, new school supplies and clothes – all make this an exciting time. But for one group of folks, “back to school” had a completely different meaning on the August long weekend.
Students who attended what was then George M. Dawson Secondary School in Masset in the 1970s gathered for a reunion focused on the years 1976, 1977, and 1978. Old friends reunited to share memories and to reconnect after 40 years! They were fortunate enough to have two of their former teachers attend as well – Mrs. Kathy Bedard and Mr. Bill Dickson.
The reunion included a “Meet and Greet” at Bud’s Pub to start, a tour of the school, a dinner at the Red Dragon followed by more visiting at the Legion, and a barbecue hosted by Ian Edwards to round out the “official events.”
Former students also took the time to explore the islands, attending the music festival in Tlell, beachcombing, reacquainting themselves with Haida culture, and visiting many of the residents they knew from years ago.
“It sure was nice to see everyone again,” said Arthur Herve, who came all the way from Halifax along with his wife and fellow GMD grad Cindy Penny.
“On more personal note, that is the first time I felt like I was coming home, after being such a transient when I was growing up. The islands shaped us more than we think to go out into the so-called big world.”
For those who attended, going “back to school” was a memorable event that brought many hugs and smiles. For those who were unable to attend in Masset, a second reunion was held in Vancouver and hosted by John Geddes.
Thank you to the people of Masset for their generosity in hosting us and for making “new memories”!