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Media Release
December 22, 2011

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – In a city where people joke about having less than six degrees of separation, there may never be a better time to tap into the network than now. One of Winnipeg’s best known high schools, Kelvin, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a three-day reunion May 25 – 27, 2012. And organizers need help to make sure everyone knows.

“We’re calling on all Kelvin High School alumni to help spread the word over the holidays and in 2012 about the Kelvin High School 100th Anniversary,” says Jim Pappas, a Kelvin alumnus and anniversary committee co-chair. “’The more the merrier’ couldn’t be more true when it comes to a reunion, so we’re making sure every possible communications tool is available for the celebration of 2012!”

He says alumni can find each other, connect and make plans by checking the alumni list at, on the Kelvin100th Facebook and Twitter pages and at the Twitter hashtag #kelvin100.

“The Kelvin High School 100th Anniversary motto is ‘Get your group back together,’ because, it really is a one-of-a-kind school, known for giving students a platform for careers in the performing arts, professional sports, philanthropy, broadcasting, academics, whatever,” Pappas says. “If any high school has a reason to reconnect and celebrate its heyday peer groups, it’s this one.”

Pappas and co-chair Richard Bracken estimate thousands of alumni will attend the weekend’s festivities. A school open house featuring Kelvin memorabilia is scheduled for May 25. A Friday evening concert will feature a narrated, pictorial history of the school backed by a grad choir as well as Gilbert & Sullivan performers. A social will be held following the concert where the highlight is sure to be a number of Kelvin High School bands that will be reunited for the occasion.

It is anticipated that over 4,000 grads will attend the reunion gala dinner scheduled for Saturday, May 26. Kelvinites – and well-known radio personalities – Roger Currie and Fiona Odlum will host.

Founded in 1912, Kelvin High School is one of Winnipeg’s best-known educational institutions. Committed to academic distinction, Kelvin also has a long tradition of excellence in athletics and fine arts. Its graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in every field of endeavor.

Some of Kelvin High School’s notable alumni include:

  • Gail Asper, philanthropist and community leader
  • Gerald W. Schwartz, co-founder of CanWest Global Communications and
    CEO of Onex Corporation
  • Andrew Coyne, journalist and national editor of Maclean’s
  • Brothers Danny and Ken Finkleman
  • Jay Ingram, former co-Host of Discovery’s “Daily Planet”
  • Michaele Jordana, artist and musician
  • Mike Keane, three-time Stanley Cup champion
  • Mary Morrison, O.C., opera singer
  • Don Oramasionwu, Winnipeg Blue Bomber
  • Fred Penner, children’s entertainer
  • John K. Samson, musician
  • Glen Scrivener, former CFL player
  • Shirley Tilghman, president of Princeton University
  • Neil Young, musician

Register for the reunion celebrations now at Join the conversation at, on Twitter @kelvin100th and at hashtag #Kelvin100. Event sponsors include McKim Cringan George and Kelekis Restaurant.


For more information, contact the Kelvin High School 100th Anniversary committee at 204.942.4113 or email [email protected]


Contact the committee co-chairs directly at: Jim Pappas [email protected] Richard Bracken at [email protected]


Friday May 25 12:00 pm – 4:00pm – Welcome Event – Kelvin High School

  • Open house at Kelvin
  • Nostalgia rooms by decades
  • Photography in the gym
  • Donuts, coffee, tea available
  • Merchandise available
  • Registration pick-up

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Evening Concert – Winnipeg Convention Centre

  • Choral concert presenting some of the best-loved choral music of John Standing, Derek Morphy and Kim Brown, the three most recent choral directors at Kelvin. It will also include musical theatre, and Gilbert & Sullivan performances sung by some of the fine soloists that have performed at Kelvin. Finally it will include a history of Kelvin told through pictures and words.

9:00 pm – close – After Concert Event – Winnipeg Convention Centre

  • Great food – food and beverage stations Social Time – Bands of alumni playing in 1/2 hour

Sat May 26 -10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Open House at Kelvin

  • Nostalgia rooms by decades
  • Donuts, coffee, tea available
  • Merchandise available
  • Registration pick-up

6:00 pm – close – Gala Dinner – Winnipeg Convention Centre

  • Hosted by Roger Currie – Talk of the Town, Regina SK and Fiona Odlum “Eye in the Sky” air 680 traffic

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