Throughout our 50th year, NorQuest celebrate the past, present and future with a year-long series of events and activities.
Another signature college event, Inclusion Fusion in March shines a spotlight on NorQuest's inclusive culture. Hosted at both our downtown and Westmount campuses, Inclusion Fusion has become a special tradition at NorQuest and exemplifies the anniverary theme. This year, Inclusion Fusion happened the week of March 23 - 26 and offered a wide range of engaging activities encouraging participation, dialog, and art.
Before and during NorQuest's College-wide Learning Day, staff and faculty were invited to play a Twitter trivia contest and share learnings and discussions throughout the day using the hastag #nq50. Some of those stories will be included in our My NorQuest Story anniversary sharing project. The college's history, timeline, and stories were shared throughout the day, which concluded with an anniversary cake and the Q Awards recognizing employee excellence.
Watch some of the favourite NorQuest memories faculty and staff shared during College-Wide Learning Day.
On Saturday, June 6, Edmonton celebrated its 35th Pride parade in grand style, with a massive turnout that included Mayor Don Iveson, newly minted Premier Rachel Notley, and federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. And NorQuest College was there too, decked out with rainbow flags, 50th anniversary t-shirts, and pride aplenty.
Team NorQuest gets ready to march at Edmonton Pride 2015
With beautiful sunny skies, a light breeze, and an enthusiastic NorQuest turnout, it was the perfect kickoff to a great Pride weekend. The parade danced its way through Old Strathcona, along Whyte Avenue and 104 Street, with thousands of spectators packing both sides of the street. In all this year’s parade drew close to 50,000 attendees—an all-time record for Edmonton Pride.
“Celebrating Edmonton Pride on Whyte Ave with NorQuest staff and students was an honour and a complete blast from start to finish,” said Brand & Creative Services Manager Debra Bachman, who attended the parade with her daughter Hanna and Ollie the Westie—NorQuest’s unofficial Pride mascot. “Thanks to everyone who organized and participated in this inclusive event. I am sure it will be one of my best memories from the summer of 2015.”
To see more photos from Saturday's parade visit our Pride 2015 Facebook gallery. Hope to see you all again next year!
NorQuest's unique and beloved Canada Day celebration will take place at the college's Westmount Campus, home to our large Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada. Always a special event to help new Canadians celebrate the nation's birthday, often for the first time, this event is mande more meaningful as it epitomizes the 50th anniversary theme of creating inclusive communities.
On a gloriously warm and sunny day in September, NorQuest held its 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration in Downtown Edmonton. The event took over 106 Street between 102 and 103 Avenues, and featured food trucks, displays, bouncy castles, henna tattoos, vendors, and more. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and friends of the college turned out to the event. Read more about it at:
On November 6, 2015, NorQuest hosted a Community Dialogue on Inclusion where NorQuest students, staff, and community members came together to engage diverse perspectives through dialogue and find ways to increase our individual and collective capacity for inclusion. It was an amazing experience, and one we hope to repeat.
Our annual event celebrating exemplary faculty for their commitment to teaching and learning on November 18 will include a special tribute to 50 years of teaching excellent at the college, and highligh current faculty projects. Learn more at:
In the last official 50th Anniversary event of the year, NorQuest hosted a great Canadian tradition - a true Road Hockey Tournament! The college took over Capital Boulevard in front of the Downtown Campus main building on December 1 with skills competitions, lessons, recreational, and competitive games, along with a cheering section of fans. Open to all, it was a fantastic event incorporating some quintessentially Canadian traditions. Read more about it at and view over 450 photos and a video at:
Watch this space for more great events being held throughout 2015.