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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 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

We have two official events scheduled for early summer:

Fort Langley National Historic Site Visit
Thursday October 24 at 10:00 am 

The Fort recreates the feel of the early 1800’s when it was a thriving meeting place for Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders, California gold prospectors and First Nations. We will view a feature film before visiting the Collections Officer, Shannon, for a live presentation and the White Glove tour in which we get behind the scenes. Each attendee will play the role of the curator by examining and identifying a mystery historic object. 

Afterwards there will be time to visit the many exhibits on the site before setting off for lunch. 

The Fort has a café on site or we can stroll or drive into Fort Langley to the Trading Post Eatery at 96th Ave and Glover Road. This venue serves soups, salads, and sandwiches (gf and vegan available). The Trading Post also features its own craft beer. 

Start time at the Fort is 10:00 am with the video. White Glove tour starts at 10:30 am. Admission Cost: $15 per member; $20 per non-member. Lunch is on our own.
Let us know if you can join us for this social event so we can let the Historic Site know we are coming. Register by sending an email to with the subject Fort Langley 2019.

3rd Annual Seasonal Festive Lunch - Morgan Creek Golf Course Sunday, December 1, 2019 – 11 am – 2:30 pm

Once again, we invite you to join us for 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.

This year we are going to Morgan’s Restaurant at the Morgan Creek Golf Course where their Red Seal Certified chefs use fresh local ingredients and enhance the flavors. 
Located in South Surrey just north of 32nd Avenue and 160 St. there is plenty of free parking and easy accessibility.

We will gather for 11 am on December 1 and socialize. Lunch will start at noon.
From 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM there will be a Cash Bar Beverage Service.

For this event we have chosen a buffet lunch. The delicious options are as follows:
•    Fresh baked rolls and butter
•    Spinach with spiced candied walnuts, goats cheese, maple bacon vinaigrette
•    Greenhouse grown baby lettuce, trio of dressings
•    Yukon gold potato, capicola, gherkins, red onion, herb aioli
•    Quinoa, feta cheese, cucumber, kalamata olives, roast red pepper, red wine vinaigrette
•    Saffron scented basmati rice, baby shrimp, cherry tomato, artichokes
•    Teriyaki chicken, Vegetarian and BC rolls with pickled ginger, wasabi and soya sauce
•    Herb crusted breast of chicken, wild mushroom demi glaze
•    Pan seared salmon, roast red pepper cream and cherry tomato chutney
•    Garlic oven roasted potatoes
•    Seasonal vegetable medley
•    Chef’s selection of cakes, fruit pies and dessert squares
•    Freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee and tea

Cost will be $50 per person, to be paid in advance.
Cheques can be made out to KPURA and sent to: Suite 499, #800 - 15355 24 Ave, Surrey BC V4A 2H9
Or contact Roger Elmes, about an etransfer.

Past Events


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.


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 an 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.