On September 15th, Beat the Street celebrated its 30th Anniversary. It was a lively afternoon that began with registration and mingling, followed by Gwen Lannaman's introduction of the speakers:
- Gwen Lannaman, Master of Ceremonies and Long Serving Volunteer Tutor
- Stephen Faul, President of Frontier College
- Melanie LaJambe Johnson, Former Learner
- Rosita Bacchus, Literacy and Basic Skills Coordinator
- Geoffrey Nyero, Former Learner
- Taron Cheng, Musician and Former Learner
As the ceremony commenced, Stephen Faul welcomed the attendees and gave a brief overview of the acknowledgment of the land we are on and the history of Frontier College and the Beat the Street.
Next, Rosita Bacchus expanded upon the history of the Beat the Street program, its growth and impact on learners, achievements - Innovation Award, and supporters.
Former learners of the program: Melanie LaJambe Johnson, Geoffrey Nyero, and Taron Cheng all shared stories of their experience in the program and the impact it had on their lives. Taron, who is also a musician, played two wonderful pieces of music as a result of his participation at the Beat the Street program.
Gwen Lannaman, who is also a long serving volunteer tutor shared her experience from the perspective of a tutor in the program and the impact she saw on the learners.
The ceremony concluded with gestures of appreciation and mentions of displays in the room. Additionally, the ceremony was captured graphically by Disa Kauk. This wonderful piece of artwork now sits proudly at the Frontier College lobby.
Thank you to the organizers, speakers, and attendees of the event!