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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. Currently they are all virtual so you can join in from anywhere with internet access.

Since 2017, when we became active, more than 70 faculty and administrators and nine staff members have attended at least one event. In total more than 100 individuals including guests and spouses have participated to date.

We are always open to tour and other event suggestions for 2020 and beyond. Send us a quick email at:

Upcoming Events

Come to our Next Event on September 24, 2020

VHF Special Virtual Walking Tour – September 24, 2020

A Virtual Stroll around Cedar Cove (North Grandview area of Vancouver)

The area of Cedar Cove was characterized by very large cedar trees and was long known and used by the Tsleil-Waututh. Non-native settlement began with the extraction of the trees that gave the area its name. Soon, a post office, a brewery and two huge sawmills occupied the cove. Japanese, Chinese, Sikh and other settlers called the area home.

On this tour, we will explore this diverse neighbourhood and find remnants of the earlier community. John Atkin, a local historian and author, and seasoned walking tour guide will present this virtual tour. He is a civic historian, author and heritage consultant who organizes and conduct tours for groups and individuals. John has explored Vancouver like few others and offers an interesting and offbeat insight to the city's architecture, history and neighbourhoods.

Please save Thursday September 24, from 2 to 3pm (PDT), to join your colleagues on this virtual walking tour to explore local history and heritage hosted by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation –

As a registered attendee you will be able to ask questions and join the discussion with us as we ‘virtually walk’.
Please note that details of how to join this webinar will be provided only to registered participants.

The cost per member is $15. Non-members $20.

To secure your spot, please book now by sending the relevant amount per person by one of the following methods:

Electronic Transfer

Recipient is KPURA

The amount - $15/person for Members or $20/person for Non-members


Security Question – Walking Tour

Security Response or Password – KPURA2020

The traditional way

Send a cheque payable to KPURA
The amount - $15/person for Members or $20/person for Non-members

Send to: Roger Elmes
204-1319 Martin Street
White Rock BC V4B 3W6


This event is in partnership with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation which promotes the appreciation and conservation of our city’s historic places for current and future generations. VHF does this by creating opportunities and resources to learn about Vancouver’s history and heritage places, and providing practical support for the successful conservation of historic buildings and sites.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation recognizes the diverse history and cultural heritage of Vancouver and that the city is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation was created as a charitable organization in 1992. The City of Vancouver Mayor and Councillors were VHF’s first Directors and remain Honorary Members today. Since 1998, VHF has been governed by a private citizen Board comprised of up to 15 voting Directors and 3 non-voting members, who are appointed by Mayor & Council.

In 2017, VHF celebrated 25 years of operations. Each year, VHF presents over 50 events, continues to grow online innovation, creates resources and supports multiple conservation projects through grants.
For more information about VHF please visit –


Past Events


Virtual Tour of the Magdalen Islands August 20,

On Thursday, August 20th, from 2 - 3 pm (PDT), our gracious hosts, Roger Elmes and Marie-Claire Rucquoy, took KPURA retirees on a virtual tour of the Magdalen Islands. We watched a series of slides, while listening to a description of the many changes that have occurred over the last five decades: receding coastlines (wind and water erosion, and now ocean rise), increases in tourism (more camp sites and other accommodations, many artisans), and the decrease in the mostly francophone population. When coupled with the Knowledge Network ‘Island Diaries’ episode Located at the following link., this was a most informative presentation.


Slides for the session are now available at:

Thank you to everyone who joined in.


Country Vines Winery Visit - Saturday February 29, 2020. Our last visit was so successful that we have decided to do it again and catch up on the latest vintages. It was even more fun than the first time! We met in the wine store. There Eric Urquhart introduces us to their many handcrafted wines and answered all questions about their wines. We enjoyed tasting a selected group while nibbling on cheese and crackers.


2019 - 7 events

3rd Annual Seasonal Festive Lunch - Morgan Creek Golf Course Sunday, December 1, 2019. Once again, we enjoyed a convivial and collegial lunch. Each year we have had a wonderful time re-connecting with colleagues and meeting spouses. The conversation is lively as we catch up on the latest travels and happenings.


Fort Langley National Historic Site Visit, October 24 - The Fort offered many attraction including the White Glove tour in which we got behind the scenes to become curators by examining and identifying mystery historic objects. 


A Day at Krause Berry Farm, July 3 - A great outing to enjoy the delights of a Working Destination Farm. There was several types of berries for picking, the option of lunch in the onsite restaurant, a great bakery, and a children’s area. 


Vancouver Downtown Walking Tour, June 27 - John Belshaw took us further west into the downtown core to delve into more Vancouver history and was enlivened with John’s insights into historic life in Vancouver.


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.



Seven events held during 2018 that were all 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.



Four events were held in our first year.

We started with an organizational meeting in the early spring at the Richmond campus. Pictures of the event can be found here: View KPURA Founding Meeting pictures

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.