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KPU Retiree Association Events

The KPU Retirees Association schedules a number of events during the year to give members and their spouses a chance to get together to socialize and perhaps learning something new.

Since 2017 when we became active more than 70 faculty and administrators and nine staff members have attended at least one event. In total 101 individuals including guests and spouses have participated to date. We are always open to tour and other event suggestions for 2019 and beyond. Send us a quick email at:

Upcoming Events

We have two official events scheduled for early summer:

June 27,  Vancouver Dounwtown History Walk

After our excellent Vancouver Noir Walk last year with John Belshaw we are engaging him for another event. This time we are heading further west to delve into more Vancouver history. This walk promises more of the downtown core and John’s insights into historic life in Vancouver. Not to be missed! We will start at 11 am (location will be determined shortly) and finished in around 2 hours with options for lunch nearby.

John was a contributor and the editor for Vancouver Confidential, a collaborative project involving more than a dozen writers, filmmakers, and artists. He also co-authored (with Diane Purvey) Vancouver Noir, the theme for our last walk with him.

You will pay $20 ($15 for KPURA full and associate members) when you arrive.

Please pre-register (max 15 due to our ability to hear and John’s ability to yell) with an email to with the subject Vancouver History Walk.

July 3, A Day at Krause Berry Farm

Join us for a great outing to connect with Kwantlen colleagues and their / your families of all generations.
Krause Berry Farm is a Working Destination Farm Since 1974 with U-Pick Berry Fields, Market, Bakery, Estate Winery, and Places to Enjoy Farm Fresh Food

There will be several types of berries for picking, the option of lunch in the onsite restaurant, a great bakery, and a children’s area. The winery is open for tasting as well. You will arrive at 10:30 am and stay as long as you like.

If you wish to partake in a wine tasting there will be cost when you get there. Otherwise you are on the hook only for your own pickings and choosing.

Let us know if you can join us for this social event so we can let the Farm know we are coming. Register by sending an email to with the subject Berry Farm Day.

Past Events


KPURA AGM, May 13 - This was our first official AGM since incorporating as a Society and was held in the Surrey Conference Centre in the Cedar building for this event. We had speakers on the topics of Pensions in BC

UBC Botanical Garden, April 11 - Located at the University of British Columbia, was established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia's first provincial botanist. It is the oldest botanical garden at a university in Canada. The original mission of the garden was research into the native flora of British Columbia. Over the past 100 years, the mission of UBC Botanical Garden has broadened to include research, conservation, teaching and public display of temperate plants from around the world.

Country Vines Winery, Feb 16 - We spent an afternoon of wine tasting and discussion at Country Vines Winery, 13060 Steveston Highway, Richmond, BC on Saturday Feb 16 meeting in the wine store. There Eric Urquhart introduced us to their many handcrafted wines. He realy can answer ‘any’ question about wine! This is his passion and he has the technical background to ensure accuracy. This winery is owned and run by a many generation Richmond farm family who have branched out into grapes and wine and located within Richmond Country Farms (south side of Steveston Hwy), just east of the Market building in the old family home.


Events held during 2018 were well attended. There were five tours: Spent Grounds Coffee Roaster, Wilson Building, Vancouver Noir Walk, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, and Surrey Heritage Rail Tour. KPURA also hosted the second Festive Season Lunch at Seasons in the Park, Vancouver. Attendance at all of these events ranged from 10 to 28, of which 6 to 18 were KPU retirees. Our First GM held at the Richmond Campus in April, 2018 recorded 33 attendees.


We started with n organizational meeting in the early spring at the richmond campus. To get social we had a wine tasting at Backyard Vineyards in August, had a boat tour in September, and then a Festive Lunch in December. Meanwhile a Steering committee was laying the groundwork for becoming a society.