Garden Valley School Division moved one step closer to making a second high school a reality. Standing on the future site of the Northlands Parkway Collegiate (NPC) commons area, representatives of stakeholder groups broke ground in an official ceremony held on Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:00 pm.
The Sod Turning was the formal announcement of the beginning of the construction of a 112,400 square foot new high school. Following opening words by Superintendent Vern Reimer and Sam Berg, GVSD Board Chair, attendees were treated to a musical selection performed by the GVC Brass Quintet. The Honourable Nancy Allan, Minister of Education, brought special greetings on behalf of the Provincial Government. "This is a new beginning," said Allan, "and I'm so excited to be part of it." Minister Allan praised the local educational and community leadership and stated that "this incredible facility is a legacy to your community, and you're going to make it grow."
Martin Harder, Mayor of the City of Winkler, indicated that this long overdue facility--with its unique architectural design--would bring value and set an example for the rest of the community. Cameron Friesen, speaking at his first official function as the newly elected MLA for the Morden Winkler Constituency, thanked and praised the former GVSD trustees for having done the "heavy lifting" in securing a commitment for this project.
The ceremonial groundbreaking moment, signalling the official start of the construction phase, was carried out by the Honourable Nancy Allan (Minister of Education), Martin Harder (Mayor), Sam Berg (GVSD Board Chair), Scott Jantzen (Principal of GVC), Jacylyn Janzen (GVC Student Council Co-President), and Kelby Loeppky (GVC Student Council Co-President. Special comments about the new high school project were made by Scott Jantzen, Jacylyn Janzen and Kelby Loeppky.
Special remarks were also made by Dudley Thompson, Architect - Prairie Architects, and Dan Reimer, President – Penn-Co Construction, who both felt privileged to be a part of this state-of-the-art building project. Special comments about the new high school project were also made by Garden Valley Collegiate representatives Scott Jantzen, Jacylyn Janzen and Kelby Loeppky.
GVSD Board Chair, Sam Berg, commented on the significance of the Sod Turning event for our school division:
Refreshments followed the ceremony at the GVSD Division Office. See below for event photos.