Tributes were paid last week to longtime Lethbridge educator and activist Gordon Campbell.
A founding member of the education faculty at the University of Lethbridge and the driving force behind the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, Campbell died this week in Vancouver at 95 years of age.
Though his family has not yet announced a public memorial, members of SACPA paused to share memories of the man who helped launch the unique organization during Canada’s centennial year, 1967.
“The longevity of SACPA is without a doubt the result of Gordon’s tireless work on promoting community and democratic values and his insistence that Lethbridge needs a non-partisan public forum, where a wide range of issues can be freely discussed regularly,” said Knud Petersen, chair of its board of directors.
SACPA members saluted Campbell in 2008 as volunteers celebrated its 40th anniversary. He and his wife Sylvia, also an educator, said farewell at their last SACPA lunch in January 2015.
Terry Shillington, another longtime SACPA member, credits Campbell with bringing many distinguished speakers to Lethbridge over the years.
“Gordon would not take ‘no’ for an answer,” he said — and the calibre of the speakers he secured built a national reputation for the weekly forum.
Hot summer expected
The heat is on in southern Alberta. And there’s plenty more of it in store, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.
They predict lots of hot and dry weather, and an active wildfire season for the Prairies this summer, especially in northern Alberta.
Some of the hottest temperatures in Canada will fall within Central and Western Canada, they say, which will lead to increasing drought as the season progresses.
In southern Alberta there will be more days than usual of temperatures over 35C, said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson.
“Extended spells of hot weather, and dry weather, are expected. It looks like the (southern Alberta) area will be drier over the course of the summer, as most of the thunderstorms will be confined to the mountains.”
In mid-to-late summer there will be increased thunderstorm activity in the Rocky Mountain region. Across the Prairies, Anderson predicts there will be less or weakened thunderstorms.
City to host trampoline championship
The City of Lethbridge is jumping for joy as it has been selected to host another major national sport championship.
Last week, Gymnastics Canada officials announced they are honoured to bring the 2018 Canadian Championships in Trampoline Gymnastics to the city.
The five-day event will host 300 athletes, 60 coaches and 24 judges, and feature the trampoline disciplines — trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling — in all national level categories. It will be held July 4-8, 2018, at the Enmax Centre.
The Lethbridge Sport Council made the bid to host the championships last June, after receiving a $50,250 grant approved by city council from the City’s Community Major Event Grant. “It’s one of those sports that I think, until you see it in person, you don’t realize how high they jump and how complicated the twists are. And for the synchronized trampoline to do it at the same time, is just remarkable,” said Susan Eymann, Lethbridge Sport Council executive director.
Nature centre celebrates milestone
The Helen Schuler Nature Centre is celebrating 100 in-house exhibitions with an exhibition designed to get local residents outside.
“One Hundred Reasons to Go Outside” is the 100th in-house exhibit for the centre since 1982. It will run until November in the centre’s main gallery.
The exhibit features both indoor and outdoor displays to show viewers activities they can do when spending time in nature. It is more informal than many previous exhibits, but explores many reasons why it is so important to connect with nature daily.
“We have talked a lot about nature over the last 100 exhibits,” said Coreen Putman, Helen Schuler Nature Centre Manager, in a recent news release. “Literally, from the world under our feet to the stars and everything in between. We felt this was a good time to help our community celebrate how good it is to just be with nature.”