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UNBC to Name Building After Visionary

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Photo courtesy UNBC

Photo courtesy UNBC

Prince George, B.C. – The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is getting set to honour one of the visionaries credited with helping establish the institution in Prince George.

UNBC will do so by renaming its Administration building after the late Charles McCaffray.

McCaffray was president of the College of New Caledonia in the mid-1980s and a member of the “No Name Group” who met to discuss broadening post-secondary education in the North.

“He was one of these characters who seems to gravitate towards the North. He was drawn north to be president of CNC and in that role he took on this responsibility to broaden educational opportunities for all northern British Columbians,” says Dr. Jonathan Swainger, history professor at UNBC.

“And this launched a series of very unofficial, off the cuff conversations with people about how could he/we improve educational access for all northern British Columbians.”

Just how important was he?

“Well he’s a critical person because one, he is in that original group the only educator. He’s the only one that had experience in the post-secondary world and so one of his great responsibilities was to translate the grassroots energy and interest to the Ministry of Education.”

Dr. Dan Ryan, interim vice-president, Academic at UNBC, says Tom Steadman, one of UNBC’s early founders, approached the institution for some recognition for McCaffray after he passed away last year.

Following a consultation process he says the Senate and Board of Governors approved the idea – something he considers the ultimate tribute.

“I didn’t know Charles personally but he was a very unassuming man who didn’t seek the limelight and I think a lot of people don’t realize the huge role he played in getting UNBC set up. So it’s a great recognition of what he’s done.”

He says the dedication ceremony will take place during a special ceremony September 28 at 2 p.m. at UNBC.



Thats a nice gesture,,… his legacy lives on

I don’t agree with naming buildings or public institutions after any person or corporation.

    So what would you suggest that the Coast Inn of the North call itself?

    What about the Ramada?

    Prince George Motors?

    Tim Hortons?

    Save On Foods?


    Etc. Etc. Etc.

    Oops, I’m thinking that what you actually meant to say is that you don’t agree with naming “public” buildings or public institutions after any person or corporation!

    Guess I better call City Hall to withdraw my request to have it named after you! ;-)

    Does anyone care?

    Do you really think that your thoughts on that will change almost every country’s thousand plus year tradition in using people’s names to name places they discovered or founded or helped to found, whether mountains, rivers, valleys, bays, buildings, rooms, events, etc.

    How about rivers? The Fraser?

    How about Cities? Prince George.

    How about Bob Harkins Library?

    How about streets? Parker Drive?

    You gonna stop at public buildings? Why there?

    I agree with you when it comes to naming places, public or not, for people or corporations based on a donation for a given period of time …. and then switching when some other corporation sponsors it.

    CN Centre, Rogers Stadium, Save-on-Foods Arena, etc.

    Then we have the Trump buildings which are, for the mot part, not Trump’s buildings.

I think its a nice touch, to honour a person who was instrumental in creating a University in Prince George.

I think its very apt.

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