SACKVILLE, N.B. – On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Frontier College celebrated its 100th anniversary in Atlantic Canada with a historical display and presentation in Mount Allison University’s Ralph Pickard Bell Library. University president Robert Campbell presented the opening remarks and James Morrison, official historian of Frontier College, will gave an informal history lesson on the college as part of the presentation.
“Mount Allison is pleased to help celebrate Frontier College’s 100th anniversary in our region,” said Campbell. “The college and its programs have made a significant impact on the lives of many Canadians, including many Allisonians.”
Philip Fernandez, manager of alumni relations for Frontier College, added, “We are excited to celebrate our 100th anniversary in Atlantic Canada and cannot think of a better place to do this than Mount Allison.
“The first three Frontier College staff working in New Brunswick on the Saint John River Valley in the summer of 1913 were Mount Allison students – A.S Windsor, P.A. Le Grow, and W.B. Bugden. They were the pioneers, working as labourers every day and teaching their fellow workers after hours.”
Frontier College is a national literacy organization with many historical connections to the university. In addition to the first Frontier College staff members in the Atlantic region being Mount Allison students, Campbell also worked for the college as a labourer-teacher in Northern Ontario during his undergraduate studies.
Canada’s original literacy organization, Frontier College has been recruiting dedicated volunteers to work with Canadian children, youth and adults from all over Canada since 1899, with the Atlantic region being established in 1913. Today, the College works with children, youth, and newcomer adults in Fredericton and Moncton, carrying on the work that was started by three Mount Allison students 100 years ago.
For more information about current programming in Atlantic Canada, visit www.frontiercollege.ca and click on Atlantic Canada on the map found on the right side of the page.