‘Life­long friend­ships’

Prince of Wales Col­lege alumni wel­comes op­por­tu­nity to get to­gether ev­ery sum­mer

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Rev. Bob Hutchison re­calls teach­ers tak­ing a no-non­sense ap­proach at Prince of Wales Col­lege.

“The pro­fes­sors did like dis­ci­pline,’’ he says. “There’s no ques­tion about that.’’

A few teach­ers in par­tic­u­lar, he notes, were known for be­ing stern. Great ex­pec­ta­tion was placed on as­sign­ments be­ing com­pleted and stu­dents be­ing able to demon­strate they had ab­sorbed class­room in­struc­tion.

The teach­ers, Hutchison is quick to add, also “liked their work and they liked work­ing with young peo­ple.’’

The 81-year-old Char­lot­te­town res­i­dent, who en­joyed a var­ied ca­reer, in­clud­ing pas­toral ser­vice as well as work with Canada Post and Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, is among the roughly 400 alumni of PWC, St. Dun­stan’s Uni­ver­sity and UPEI gath­ered for Re­union Week­end 2017.

Hutchison spent three years at Prince of Wales Col­lege. The first two were the equiv­a­lent of Grades 11 and 12 with his fi­nal year at PWC be­ing his first year of uni­ver­sity.

Hutchison says he rel­ishes the op­por­tu­nity to meet with fel­low alumni.

“You form life­long friend­ships and so forth there,’’ he says.

“And I keep meet­ing peo­ple whose paths I had crossed be­fore and lost touch with and per­haps never knew them very well and have got­ten to know them some­what.’’

A va­ri­ety of re­cep­tions, cer­e­monies and class mile­stone re­unions high­light the gath­er­ing of UPEI, SDU and PWC alumni that in­cludes a 98-year-old for­mer stu­dent.

Re­union Week­end 2017 also fea­tures a vir­tual re­al­ity dis­play of the wreck of the Marco Polo pre­sented by the Lucy Maud Mont­gomery In­sti­tute and the 50th mile­stone re­union cel­e­bra­tion for the SDU Class of 1967.

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Rev. Bob Hutchison, who spent three years at Prince of Wales Col­lege, is one of roughly 400 alumni from PWC, St. Dun­stan’s Uni­ver­sity and UPEI gath­er­ing for Re­union Week­end 2017.

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