Camosun’s CKMO-FM radio station becomes Village 900 AM

In September 2000, the Applied Communication program’s CKMO-FM changed over to AM 900, trading places with Victoria’s CJVI station, as part of a partnership deal with Rogers Media Broadcasting that included a start-up grant, scholarships, operating funds for 10 years and the use of an AM transmitter for 10 years. The on-campus radio station is named “Village 900 AM” broadcasting …

Bukwila: 23 years of welcoming students to campus

Bukwila, set at the steps of Lansdowne campus’ Wilna Thomas Cultural Centre, has been welcoming students to campus for the past 23 years. In 1997, the college commissioned (the late) Art Thompson, a renowned Indigenous artist, alumnus and long-time friend of Camosun, to carve the one-of-a-kind totem pole. Art Thompson based the design of the 15.5-foot pole on the Dididaht …

Artist Richard Hunt carves Camosun’s first totem pole

Camosun’s first totem pole was carved in 1995 by renowned Indigenous carver and artist Richard Hunt. It was commissioned by the Investors Group, donated to Camosun and later installed at the Interurban campus. Richard Hunt dedicated the 12-foot totem to his mother, Helen Hunt. It represents a supernatural wolf holding a baby wolf and a talking stick. It also represents …

Camosun Chargers launch their inaugural season in October 1994

In fall 1994, the Camosun College Chargers host a media announcement and begin their official first season in the BC Colleges Athletic Association (BCCAA) with men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball teams.  A men’s and women’s golf team was added one year later in 1995. In Fall 2011, the BCCAA is rebranded to the Pacific Western Athletic Conference (PACWEST). Over …

Construction begins on the Wilna Thomas building and Cultural Centre

In 1994 construction began on the General Purpose building and Cultural Centre at Lansdowne, which was later renamed in memory of college instructor, social worker and donor Wilna Gratia Thomas. Wilna Thomas came to Camosun in 1974 to set up a program for social work assistants. Her ability to touch peoples lives extended throughout her career. She was the first …