Centennial College Retirees Association (CCRA)


Centennial College's founding father, Dr. Reginald Stackhouse passes away

What a debt of gratitude we owe this remarkable man who ignited the community college system in Ontario 50 years ago:
Centennial College's founding father, Dr. Reginald Stackhouse, passed away December 14, 2016 at Toronto Western Hospital with his children, grandchildren and friends at his bedside. He was 91.
When Ontario Education Minister William Davis announced the need for a network of public colleges to help the province become more competitive in an increasingly technological economy in 1965, the Township of Scarborough took the initiative to become the first community to make a home for this new form of education. Rallied by school trustee Reg Stackhouse, a committee of Scarborough and East York residents found an empty factory at 651 Warden Avenue — the former radar division of Canadian Arsenals Ltd. — and persuaded the federal government to lease it as a temporary campus. The building was converted into Ontario's first college campus in just four hectic months, opening its doors to 514 students on October 17, 1966.