Joy in the Journey

100 Years & Counting

Centennial 2022

We cannot believe it will soon be 100 years since Prairie College opened its doors to the first class for Bible studies.

All are welcome to join us on campus for the celebrations throughout the year. Our capstone event will be July 11-17, 2022. Mark your calendars!

Learn more about the Centennial theme, “Joy in the Journey. 100 Years & Counting” as we celebrate all that God has done, is doing, and will continue to do here at Prairie. 

How did Prairie start?

During the early 1920’s a few families in the Three Hills area saw there was a need for young people to receive a Biblical foundation for life, work, and ministry.

Fergus Kirk (top right) sent an inquiry to Midland Bible Institute in Kansas for someone to come and teach. In response to this request, in 1922 L.E. Maxwell (bottom right) arrived.

The first class started studies in two classrooms in one of the McElheran farm houses. Then as the school grew they moved closer to Three Hills and expanded the facilities to better accommodate the student numbers. 

Since these early years, the college grew in both student size and program options equipping students to be Christ-centered, Bible-based, and missional examples in their workplaces. 

To view more about our history and presidents, see the About page. 

Centennial Year “Kick-off” | September 2021 
Alumni Reunion Weekend | September 2021 
Prairie’s 99th Birthday | October 9, 2021 
Wholly/Holy Healthy Teen Conference | November 2021 
Camp Days | January 2022 
Global Connections Conference | March 2022 
Graduation | April 2022 
Joy in the Journey Celebrations | July 2022 
Alumni Reunion Weekend | September 2022 
Prairie’s 100th Birthday | October 9, 2022 

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Hours
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Dates: July 11-17, 2022 
(Full Schedule TBD) 

Monday, July 11
Check-in starts at 2:00 PM 

  • Dinner 
  • Evening “Kick-off” Sessions 

Tuesday, July 12 

  • Breakfast 
  • Morning Session 
  • Alumni Class Visits 
  • Lunch
  • Open Activities Time 
  • Dinner 
  • Evening Session 

Wednesday, July 13 

  • Breakfast 
  • Morning Session 
  • Alumni Class Visits 
  • Lunch
  • Open Activities Time 
  • Dinner 
  • Evening Session 

Thursday, July 14 

  • Breakfast 
  • Short Devotional Gathering 
  • Excursion Day (Options TBA) 
  • Evening Session 

Friday, July 15 

  • Breakfast 
  • Morning Session 
  • Alumni Class Visits 
  • Lunch
  • Open Activities Time 
  • Dinner 
  • Evening Session 
  • Concert 

Saturday, July 16 

  • Breakfast
  • Town Celebrations
  • Lunch
  • Activities in Anderson Park 
  • Special Dinner 
  • Evening Session 

Sunday, July 17
Check-out by 3:00 PM 

  • Breakfast 
  • Final Session & Commission
  • Lunch 
  • Farewells 

Prairie College wishes to honour and recognize 100 alumni and/or Prairie staff from over the years since the college’s inception who personify Prairie’s values and have translated their educational experience into distinguished achievement in Christian ministry or the professional world. We will be calling them the “Living Stones” as spoken of in 1 Peter 2:4-6. 

Alumni Nomination Criteria

We will do our best to acknowledge an individual or a couple from each decade and we will recognize anyone even if they are now deceased. The “Living Stones” can be recognized in any of the following areas:

  • Lifelong Christian Ministry
  • Integration of Christian Faith and Professional Achievement
  • Early Career Excellence – an individual who is 40 years of age or younger (his/her age when he/she had an accomplishment or his/her current age)  
Nominees Must:
  • Be an undergraduate, a graduate, or a staff member of one of Prairie’s schools:
    • Prairie High School
    • Prairie College
    • Prairie Bible College
    • Prairie Graduate School
    • Prairie Aviation Training Centre 
    • Prairie School of Mission Aviation
    • Prairie College of Applied Arts and Technology
    • Prairie Distance/Online Education
  • Have made a significant contribution to the cause of Christ through Christian ministry or in their chosen career.
  • Bear witness to Christ through a sincere walk with the Lord and exemplary Christian character.
  • Be nominated by their peers.
Nomination Instructions

If you know someone who fits our criteria, please send your nomination to alumni@prairie.edu or mail it to PO Box 4000, Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0, by January 31, 2022 with the following information:

  1. Nominee’s name, address, and phone/email (or family contact if deceased).
  2. Short bio about the nominated person or couple. 
  3. Details as to why they should be considered for this award.
  4. Your name and contact details.

We are looking for class representatives to help communicate details to their classmates leading up to the Centennial celebrations; and who can host their class visiting times during the July event. 

Contact Kendi Dyck if you would like represent your class and/or host them during the “Joy in the Journey” week. 

Details coming soon. 

During the 2021-2022 school year, accommodations on campus will not be available and we recommend the local hotels (listing below) that are within a ten minute walk or drive from campus. 

For the celebrations in July 2022, there will be many options around Three Hills or on campus. 

Here are accommodation options: 

Local Host Homes: Members of the extended Prairie community have expressed a desire to open their homes to you. Through the registration form, you can select this option. If you select this option, please do not book another accommodation because we are confident that we can find a home for you. If you change your mind, notify us right away. 

Local Accommodations: Please be aware that all these locations are at least 10 minutes walking distance from campus. Booking early would be a good idea as local accommodations may fill up quickly.

Best Western Hotel  403.443.7889
Rest Easy Motel  403.443.2188
Super-8 Motel  403.443.8888
Lamplighter Inn  403.443.5919
Three Hills Inn  403.443.5033
Heartland Haven 403.443.1463

Local Campgrounds: Within 30 minutes drive, there are multiple campgrounds to rent spaces for RVs and tents. 

Three Hills Campground 403.443.1123 
Braconnier Dam Campground 403.443.5541 
Keiver’s Lake Campground 403.443.7308
Good Knights Medieval Encampment 403.443.3660 
Trochu Lions Campground 403.304.7554
T.L. Bar Ranch 403.442.2207
Tolman East & West Campgrounds (website)  
Linden Campground 403.546.3888
Swalwell Dam Campground 403.443.5541

On-campus Accommodations: In July, the on-campus options will be in our dorm residences, RV-parking spots, or tenting spaces. On the registration form, please select the option of your choice.  

Prices will be announced when registration is open.
 

To be announced in Fall 2020. 

Details are coming soon. 

Details are coming soon. 

Details will be added soon. 

How do we register? 
     You will be able to register through the online form or the printed pamphlet. The registration will open in Fall 2020. 

When is the registration deadline? 
      Registration will be open until April 30, 2022. 

What if we can only come for one day? 
      We will have multiple options for registration so you can participate in the celebrations. Please see the registration tab. 

What if we can only come for a few days? 
    We will have multiple options for registration so you can participate in the celebrations. Please see the registration tab. 

If I register and pay but find I cannot attend the event, can I receive a refund? 
     Refund details will be determined once registration is open. 

Are there family rates?
    We will have multiple options for registration so you can participate in the celebrations. Please see the registration tab. 

What are my options if I have allergies? 
     Please write all of your allergies on the registration form. We will do our best to accommodate your dietary needs. If you have further details regarding your allergies, contact Tracey Rempel. 

How do know who is coming from my graduating class? 
     There will be a tab where you can see who has registered to come (names will be shown because of given permission to publicize). 

Contact Us 

For questions and inquiries about the Centennial Celebrations, contact: 

Kendi Dyck, Alumni Relations Director & Centennial Chair
alumni@prairie.edu
403-443-5511 ext. 3295 

Tracey Rempel, Database Manager & Centennial Team 
alumni@prairie.edu 
403-443-3041