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Honouring the Past, Inspiring the Future

1913

The Young Building 1913-1915

The Young Building on Camosun’s Lansdowne campus was built between 1913-1915 and designed by Vancouver architect W.C.F.… More...

1928

Dunlop House is built in 1928

Designed by Samuel Maclure for retired client James Lyle Dunlop, the Dunlop House was built… More...

1952

The Ewing Building opens

The Ewing building opened in 1952 and today it is home to Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen: the… More...

1961

The Paul Building opens at Lansdowne

It’s fitting that today’s President’s Office is located in the Paul Building. Dr. Edward B.… More...

1966

Institute of Adult Studies – the forerunner to Camosun College

The Institute of Adult Studies (IAS) was the forerunner to Camosun College. Established by the… More...

1970

Victoria votes in favour of “Juan de Fuca” College

In 1970, the Greater Victoria School Board voted in favour of a regional college in… More...

1971

Hello “Camosun”

In January 1971, it was goodbye “Juan de Fuca” – and hello “Camosun” but where… More...

Camosun’s First President – Dr. Grant L. Fisher

In March, 1971 Dr. Grant L. Fisher is appointed Camosun College’s first president.  Dr. Grant… More...

Camosun College celebrates its official opening Sept. 16, 1971

Times have changed. In 1971 tuition fees were $10 per credit. The typical student is… More...

Interurban campus: the Drysdale and White Buildings

John Drysdale Building (formerly known as A Block) at Interurban was named after John Drysdale… More...

Lansdowne life in the 70s

In 1971, the Lansdowne campus offered academic and career programs in business administration, secretarial sciences,… More...

Interurban campus life in the 70s

In 1971, the B.C. Vocational School (located on Interurban Road) merged with the Lansdowne campus… More...

John Meagher: An early leader in Camosun’s evolution

In 1971 John Meagher was teaching at a private college in Vancouver when he heard… More...

Pat Floyd: Early days of Liberal and Applied Arts at Camosun

Pat Floyd joined Camosun College in 1971 along with most other instructors from the Institute… More...

The Junction Campus at Fort St. & Oak Bay Ave.

HUman and Health Services class in the 70s

When Camosun College was amalgamated in 1971 Junction Campus, located in a commercial building at… More...

1973

CAMO Radio is born

In 1973, Applied Communications program (ACP) faculty member Kermit (Kerm) Carlson founded CAMO Radio, a… More...

1977

Carey Road Campus: 1977-1995

The Carey Road Campus consisted of a schoolhouse of British Arts and Crafts style, built… More...

1978

Dr. Lloyd Morin is appointed Camosun’s second president

Dr. Lloyd Morin started with Camosun College in 1971 as the Director of Instructional Development… More...

1980

The Grant Fisher Building is officially opened

In 1980, the $8 million Grant Fisher Building opens at the Lansdowne campus; named after… More...

Camosun’s new Nursing program launches

In 1979, the Ministry of Education funded a new two-year Nursing diploma program at Camosun… More...

The Business division graduates 300 students

In the 1970s and 80s, Camosun’s Business Division was growing – offering courses in typing,… More...

1981

The White House on Lansdowne campus

Story by Arnie Campbell, Retiree: Health &Human Services 1981-90, Continuing Education Services 1990-94 “Once upon… More...

1982

Enrollment soars

Enrollment soars partly due to high unemployment in the early 1980s.

1983

Dawson Building officially opens as a student services centre

The Dawson Building officially opens at Lansdowne Campus.  The building was named after former Camosun… More...

1985

First International students enroll at Camosun

In the 1980s, Camosun enrolls international students for the first time. This year, the college… More...

Mechanical Engineering added to Camosun’s suite of technology programs

Camosun’s new Mechanical Engineering program opened in September 1985. Supported by a major grant from… More...

1986

First Co-op Education program begins in the Business division

Camosun’s first Co-operative Education program began in 1986 in the Business Division. Today, Camosun’s Co-operative… More...

1989

Dr. Dan Cornish appointed Camosun’s third president

In 1989, Dr. Dan Cornish is appointed as Camosun’s third president. 

1990

New Dental Health Building completed at Lansdowne

A new $1.3 million Dental Health Education Centre is completed at the Lansdowne campus to… More...

1991

New Library Media Centre opens at Lansdowne

The $4.8 million Library Media Centre (now the Alan Batey Library Media Centre) opens at… More...

Childcare comes to campus

Camosun’s first child care centres open at Lansdowne and Carey Road campuses in 1991 offering… More...

Indigenous education formally comes into being at Camosun

Indigenous education came into being formally at Camosun in 1991 with the hiring of Janice… More...

1992

Camosun constructs new Technologies Centre at Interurban

In 1991, construction began on the Technologies Centre at Interurban. Almost one year later, the… More...

Camosun hires an Ombudsperson to assist students

Camosun hires an Ombudsperson and becomes one of only three community colleges in Canada to… More...

1993

Construction begins on the Campus Centre and Centre for Business and Access

Construction begins on the $11 million Campus Centre and the $12 million Centre for Business… More...

Interurban Cafeteria named the Helmut Huber Cook Training Centre

The Interurban Cafeteria is named the Helmut Huber Cook Training Certnre in honour of Helmut… More...

1994

Dr. Elizabeth Ashton appointed as Camosun’s fourth president

Did you know that Dr. Liz Ashton served as president for 14 years, retiring from… More...

Camosun hosts the 1994 Commonwealth Games Canadian athletes

Camosun hosts the Canada’s 1994 Commonwealth Game’s athletes for lunch on the Young Building Lawns,… More...

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… More...

Camosun Chargers launch their inaugural season in October 1994

In fall 1994, the Camosun College Chargers host a media announcement and begin their official… More...

1995

Centre for Business and Access building officially opens; Carey Road campus closes

1995 was a year of transition and growth for Camosun College. The Carey Road Campus… More...

Fore! Camosun offers a two-year Professional Golf Management program

Camosun becomes the only college in B.C. to offer a unique program in Professional Golf… More...

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… More...

1996

Camosun celebrates its 25th birthday in 1996!

Camosun celebrates its Silver Anniversary!  

1997

Bukwila: 23 years of welcoming students to campus

Bukwila, set at the steps of Lansdowne campus’ Wilna Thomas Cultural Centre, has been welcoming… More...

1999

Camosun Foundation launches Young Building Restoration fundraising campaign

In the late 90s, Camosun launched the Young Building Restoration Project as an $8.3 million… More...

2000

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… More...

2002

Camosun celebrates inaugural college-wide Graduation Ceremony

On June 1, 2002 Camosun College launched its first-ever college-wide graduation ceremonies at G.R. Pearkes… More...

2004

Camosun retirees start their own association: CCARE

The first CCARE group

Prior to the early 2000s, when Camosun College employees retired, they in essence were lost… More...

2005

Camosun signs learning agreement with Songhees Nation

On June 21, 2005 a formal Affiliation Agreement between Camosun College and the Songhees Nation… More...

2008

The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) opens at Interurban

Camosun and the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, along with hundreds of donors, athletes and community… More...

2009

Kathryn Laurin appointed Camosun’s fifth president

On October 1, 2009 Kathryn Laurin became Camosun’s fifth president.

2011

Camosun introduces its first Women in Trades Exploration program

Camosun offers its first Women in Trades program as a 12-week introduction to the world of… More...

Na’tsa’maht: The Gathering Place

In 2011, the college celebrated the opening of Na’tsa’maht: The Gathering Place at Lansdowne campus.… More...

2015

Camosun appoints its sixth president, Sherri Bell

Sherri Bell, former superintendent for the Greater Victoria School District, was appointed Camosun’s sixth president,… More...

Students organize the first Orange Shirt Day at Lansdowne

On September 30, 2015, Camosun Indigenous Studies students Kristin Spray and Eddy Charlie, with the support… More...

Turning forest into furniture – Fine Furniture students design stunning benches for new Trades Centre

Camosun Fine Furniture students turn forest into furniture by re-using the trees, cleared from the… More...

Toward Reconciliation

In 2015, Camosun develops an Indigenization and Reconciliation plan that includes 39 actions for the… More...

2016

Centre for Trades Education and Innovation opens

After four years of planning, construction and a record-breaking $7.5 million fundraising campaign, on February… More...

Celebrating over 25 years of excellence in Indigenous education

In 2016, Eye? Sqa’lewen, Camosun’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections (IECC), celebrated 25… More...

2017

Camosun Chargers host CCAA women’s volleyball nationals – and win Silver!

From seventh to silver – the Chargers women’s volleyball team brought Canada to the Interurban… More...

Camosun Innovates launches Babcock Canada Interaction lab

In fall 2017, Camosun Innovates, the applied research and development hub of Camosun, celebrated the… More...

2018

Camosun Chargers host CCAA men’s volleyball nationals

The Camosun Chargers once again brought the country to campus as they hosted the 2018… More...

Eye? Sqa’lewen receives CICAN Gold Award for Excellence in Indigenous Education

In 2018, Camosun and Eye? Sqa’lewen receive the Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICAN) Gold Award… More...

2019

Camosun Chargers celebrate their 25th anniversary

In February 2019, the Camosun Chargers men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams and the… More...

The Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness is officially opened

With modern medical classrooms, applied learning labs, health care simulation centres and collaborative study spaces… More...

2020

Camosun adapts to remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic

In mid-March 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic forces Camosun College and all post-secondary institutions across… More...