Centennial: Joy in the Journey

100 Years & Counting

Pre-registration for IN-PERSON and ONLINE closed June 29, 2022. See the FAQ below for the latest on COVID-19.

Centennial, July 13-17 2022

Through faith in Christ of those who went before us, and by the grace of God, 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 and in person for the celebrations throughout the year. Our capstone event will be July 13-17, 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.
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Sukkot: Come and Tabernacle With Us

100 years is an incredible testament to God’s faithfulness to our school. We considered what kind of celebration might be fitting to honour this legacy, and we settled on Sukkot as a meaningful experience to welcome alumni back to the Prairie campus.

As followers of Jesus, we need the daily reminder that we live in temporary shelters. Just as Jewish believers would journey to Jerusalem abiding in tents for the Feast of Tabernacles, we welcome you back to gather together in reflection and thankfulness. 

As part of our Centennial Celebration, we hope there are many who set up their own tent on campus. Thus we are providing partially serviced sites for both tents and RVs. Check out the Accommodations section below to find out more information about the options that are available. 

Thank You Sponsors!

We are so blessed to have so many local businesses helping to make this Centennial Celebration one to remember! Our “Coffee In The Courtyard” with live music, free coffee, and pie for $5 is sponsored by the Town of Three Hills. Snyder and Associates have sponsored the printing of the Centennial Book and What’s In The Name books. If you would like more information, please contact us at centennial@prairie.edu or call us at 403-443-5511.

Check out our Speaker & Artist Line-Up

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Schedule Overview

To find the list of Attendees, go to our registration site using the link to the right. On the left side you’ll see a list of options. Click on the one that says “Attendees” to see the entire alphabetical list of attendees.

Dates: July 13-17, 2022 

Tuesday, July 12 

  • Pre-Conference Activities – Excursions & Reunions
    • Flights with Prairie Aviation Training Centre
    • Badlands Tour and Royal Tyrrell Museum
    • Mountains Tour (Banff/Lake Louise/Canmore)
    • Calgary Stampede
    • Frontier Lodge Experience

Wednesday, July 13 
Check-in starts at 2:00 PM 

  • Dinner 
  • Evening “Kick-off” Session
    • Speaker: Phil Callaway
  • Concert: Steve Bell

Thursday, July 14 

  • Breakfast 
  • Morning Session
    • Speaker: Mark Maxwell
  • Alumni Class Visits 
  • Lunch
  • Open Activities Time 
  • Dinner 
  • Evening Session
    • Speaker: Peter Fast
  • Concert: Matt Brouwer

Friday, July 15 

  • Breakfast 
  • Morning Session
    • Speaker: Dr. Justin Allison
  • Alumni Class Visits 
  • Lunch
  • Open Activities Time 
  • Dinner 
  • Evening Session
    • Speaker: Julie Cavanaugh
  • Concert: Brian Doerksen

Saturday, July 16 

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Session
    • Speaker: Rev. Dr. James Enns
  • Town Celebrations
  • Lunch
  • Activities in Anderson Park 
  • Special Dinner 
  • Evening Session
    • Speaker: Charles Price
  • Concert: Brooke Nicholls

Sunday, July 17
Check-out by 3:00 PM 

  • Breakfast 
  • Final Session & Commission
    • Speaker: Dan Cochrane
  • Lunch 
  • Farewells 

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

Price List:

Please note:

  • Pre-registration closed June 29, 2022. You are still invited to attend on the day(s) of the event, but all meals, sessions and concerts will be first-come-first-serve, and prices will be the on-site price.
  • One Centennial book per household is free with week or weekend registrations; additional books are $40 each.
  • Infants and toddlers under 3 are free. Daycare will be available. Please indicate at check-in if your require this service.
  • Cancellations involving refunds are subject to a $25 handling fee, or we can convert your full registration into a donation to Prairie. WE ARE UNABLE TO ISSUE CANCELLATIONS AFTER JUNE 11, 2022.

Adult (In-person)

One Day
$ 35-140 Canadian
  • Full Week includes 8 sessions and 4 concerts
  • Includes Centennial Book ($40 value)
  • Meals: ranges from $20 per meal to $160 for 11 meals (Full Week)
  • Accommodations: starting at $20 per room per night, Single Occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person each way

Seniors 65+ (In-person)

One Day
$ 25-124 Canadian
  • Full Week includes 8 sessions and 4 concerts
  • Includes Centennial Book ($40 value)
  • Meals: ranges from $16 per meal to $128 for 11 meals (Full Week)
  • Accommodations: starting at $20 per room per night, Single Occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person each way

Youth 12-18 (In-person & Online)

One Day to Full Week
$ 25-124 Canadian
  • Full Week includes 8 sessions and 4 concerts
  • Full Week or Weekend includes Centennial Book ($40 value)
  • Meals: ranges from $20 per meal to $160 for 11 meals (Full Week)
  • Accommodations: starting at $30 per room per night, Dual Occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person each way

Children K-Gr. 6 (In-person ONLY)

One Day to Full Week (Pre-Kindergarten are free)
$ 24-96 Canadian
  • Full Week includes 8 sessions and 4 concerts
  • Full Week or Weekend includes Centennial Book ($40 value)
  • Meals: ranges from $15 per meal to $96 for 11 meals (Full Week)
  • Accommodations: starting at $30 per room per night, Dual Occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person each way

Full Week Adults (18 & up)

In Person (includes concerts)
$ 140 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)
  • Meals: Add $160
  • Accommodations: From $80-$120 depending on occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person, each way
Recommend

Weekend Adults (18 & up)

In Person (includes concerts)
$ 100 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)
  • Meals: Add $105
  • Accommodations: From $40-$90 depending on occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person, each way

Full Week Adults (18 & up)

Online (includes concerts)
$ 96 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)

Weekend Adults (18 & up)

Online (includes concerts)
$ 66 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)

Full Week Seniors (65+) or Youth (12yrs/Gr. 6 - 18yrs/Gr. 12)

In Person (includes concerts)
$ 124 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)
  • Meals: Add $160 for youth, $128 for seniors
  • Accommodations: From $80-$120 depending on occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person, each way
Recommend

Weekend Seniors (65+) or Youth (12yrs/Gr. 6 - 18yrs/Gr. 12)

In Person (includes concerts)
$ 88 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)
  • Meals: Add $105 for youth, $84 for seniors
  • Accommodations: From $40-$90 depending on occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person, each way

Full Week Seniors (65+) or Youth (12yrs/Gr. 6 - 18yrs/Gr. 12)

Online (includes concerts)
$ 88 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)

Weekend Seniors (65+) or Youth (12yrs/Gr. 6 - 18yrs/Gr. 12)

Online (includes concerts)
$ 58 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)

Full Week Children (4yrs - 11yrs/Gr. 5)

In Person (includes concerts)
$ 96 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)
  • Meals: Add $96
  • Accommodations: From $80-$120 depending on occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person, each way
Recommend

Weekend Children (4yrs - 11yrs/Gr. 5)

In Person (includes concerts)
$ 66 Canadian
  • Includes the Centennial Book (one per household)
  • Meals: Add $45
  • Accommodations: From $40-$90 depending on occupancy
  • Shuttle: Add $25 per person, each way

Are you local to the Three Hills area?

We’ve heard from many that they would like to attend for one day, so we’ve worked out some daily packages (note: the Centennial Book would be an additional $40). Note: When registering for any One-Day or Two-Day items, please contact Prairie College by phone (403-443-5511 or 1-800-661-2425) and ask for the Development Department to let us know what day(s) you are planning on attending. Thank you!

Daily Attendance Packages (In-Person)

Meals Package
Sessions and Concert Package
Adults $ 39.00 $ 35.00
Seniors $ 27.00 $ 31.00
Youth $ 39.00 $ 31.00
Children (K- Grade 6) $ 24.00 $ 24.00
Children (0 to Pre K) $ – $ –

As many have suggested that it would be difficult to travel more than once, we would like to recognize the classes of 1971 and 1972 during the same week as the Centennial Celebration July 13-17, 2022. However, to ensure everyone has time to participate in the celebrations, we have tentatively placed the Re-Grad ceremonies on Wednesday, July 13  @ 9:30 a.m. for the class of 1971, and Wednesday, July 13 @ 12:30 p.m. for the class of 1972.

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 at least one 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. 

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: 

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. Here is a map of the on-campus Camp Sites.

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 (Special Alumni Discount – Mention “Prairie’s Centennial event”
Lamplighter Inn  403.443.5919
Heartland Haven B&B 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

Prices can be found on the registration forms.

“Reunion Hosts” and “Alumni Volunteers” are for in-person attendees only. There are a number of options available for alumni who are wanting to help around Prairie’s campus during the Centennial time. There is a $50 CND discount coupon to use with your registration. This is a LONG list of volunteer options and we appreciate your help. You cannot select more than one volunteer position.

How do we register? 
     Unfortunately, the registration is now closed. However, you are welcome to show up in person next week

When is the registration deadline? 
      Registration was until June 29, 2022.

What if we can only come for one day? 
      Please see the Price List above. 

What if we can only come for a few days? 
    Please see the Price List above. 

What are my options if I have allergies? 
     If you have further details regarding your allergies, contact Tracey Rempel. 

How do I know who is coming from my graduating class? 
     Our event platform, Eventsquid, still has a list of all the attendees. Clicking on the “Attendees” box on the left shows everyone attending, but we are unable to filter it further for just your graduating class

COVID-19 Protocol (updated June 15, 2022) 
     UPDATE from Transport Canada:

  • As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, vaccination will no longer be a requirement to board a plane or train for domestic and outbound travel in Canada.
  • This change does not affect border measures that require all travellers entering Canada to continue following entry requirements, including vaccination.
  • Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply and will be enforced throughout a traveller’s journey on a plane or train.

Prairie will continue to monitor Canadian government requirements. There is constant planning for in-person and online programming so that all who can come or participate virtually are able to be part of this 100-year milestone. Here in Alberta there are no longer any requirements for proof of vaccination, testing, nor wearing a mask in public areas. If people choose to wear a mask, please respect their choice. As well, if you are feeling unwell, please stay home. 
At this time, the process Canada has in place for crossing the Canadian / American border or flying into Canada can be found at this link (https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid) and a quick survey to see if you’re eligible to enter can be found here (https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start).

Refund Policy 
    There are a few scenarios for refunds if you are unable to participate or the event is postponed or cancelled: 

  • Unable to Come and/or Cancellations: Refunds are available with a $25 processing fee or the full registration can be converted into a donation to Prairie. The cancellation/full refund deadline is June 11.
  • Postponement of the Event: In the situation that the celebration is postponed, your registration will still be valid for the rescheduled dates, and if this will not work for you, we will do our best to accommodate.
  • Changes to a Virtual Event: If the event changes from a hybrid (in-person and online) event in July to a completely virtual event, your registration will still be valid.
  • Cancellation of the Event: If the event is completely cancelled, we will work on refunds and accommodating all registrations to the best of our ability. 

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. 

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. 271 

Tracey Rempel, Database Manager & Centennial Team 
alumni@prairie.edu 
403-443-5511 ext. 282