Reunion committee seeks Langley Secondary’s Class of ‘65

It's been 50 years since the grads of 1965 went out into the world. This June, they'll reunite and find out how they survived the Sixties.

Class of 1965, where are you?

Fifty years ago, 120 graduates from Langley Senior Secondary School – a “somewhat sheltered group of country kids, went off into the sixties” – entering a world that was changing dramatically, according to Diane Gendron (née Sampson), who’s helping organize a class reunion this June.

Having witnessed the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. president John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and the arrival of the Beatles, these first-of-the Boomers weathered a lot during their high school years.

At graduation, they stepped out into a Canada that finally had its own flag, where women were burning their bras in liberation, flower children were dancing in the streets, recreational drugs were making an appearance and the newly-introduced birth control pill promised free love, Gendron says.

Fifty years later, she says it’s time to find out how they survived the ‘60s.

The reunion organizers are trying to track down as many grads as possible.

They’re hoping people will spread word about the reunion to anyone they think is a member of Langley Senior Secondary’s Class of ‘65, so they can all get together to reminisce, remember and reconnect by sharing their stories.

“Did they make that much talked about backpacking trip in Europe, attend the first classes at SFU, the new university that opened in 1956, get married, have children, get divorced, drop out, or become an involved member of the establishment?” Gendron wonders.

The reunion is June 5, 6 and 7. There’s a full weekend planned. Friday is a meet and greet at Hazelmere Golf Course; Saturday is a dinner and dance at the Langley Seniors Centre, and Sunday, June 6, is a car rally around Langley (so alumni can see how their hometown has changed in 50 years), wrapping up at Township 7 Winery for lunch.

To register and for more details, contact Connie Fitzpatrick (née Frank) connief@shaw.ca; Sharon Nielsen (née Skrypnyk) 604-513-1955; Barbara Koch (née Norberg) barbkoch04@hotmail.com, and Diane Gendron (nee Samspon) diane@valis.ca.

There is also a Facebook Page for Langley Secondary’s Class of 1965 Reunion.