What an awesome day!

On Saturday, we held our 50th anniversary celebration here at Austin O’Brien. We were joined by former students and staff for a walk down memory lane and a celebration of “50 years of Crusader spirit”.

The formal program was MC’d by CBC radio’s Mark Connolly (grad ’78) who is the host of Edmonton AM.  His humour and personal commentaries were a huge hit!  During the formal program, we were also treated to an excellent keynote speech from John Stanton (grad ’66), the founder of the Running Room.  His words were truly inspirational!  Throughout the program, many great stories were told.  Current student, Katelyn Kuchta (grad ’14) told us how she walks down the hallway filled with grad photos every day but never really thought much about it until she was helping to plan the 50th anniversary.  It is amazing to think about how many students have walked the halls of this fine school and called themselves Crusaders.  Once a Crusader…always a Crusader!

Monsignor Fee Otterson is a man who made a considerable contribution to AOB.  He may have past away but his spirit lives in the hallways of this school.  We have dedicated our stage to his life and to his memory.  It was inspiring to hear stories of Father Fee.

After the formal program, the school was open so that Crusaders could walk around the school and reconnect with other Crusaders.  We had rooms set up commemorating each decade (60s – 2000s).  It was fantastic to walk around and see people congregating in these rooms, reliving old memories and telling stories.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us.  Also, a huge thanks to the organizing committee.  It truly was an amazing day!


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