Official Opening (Big) Photo Essay – what a great day!

Don Tillapaugh
Don Tillapaugh, CSR Director and Master of Ceremonies led us through a great celebration at the Official Opening of the Station June 23, 2011.  Where we got to acknowledge our supporters, team and the community that hosts us and celebrate this great achievement.

Don Tillapaugh and MLA Cantelon

Don and Nanaimo Parksville MLA, Ron Cantelon.  Ron has been a great supporter and advocate of this project for a long time.

Agriculture Minister Don McCrae
Don McCrae, MLA for Comox and BC Minister of Agriculture and enthusiastic proponent of the aquaculture industry in BC

Don Tillapaugh and ICET director

Don Tillapaugh and Joe Stanhope, ICET Director and Chair Regional District of Nanaimo.  Receiving support  from ICET was a pivotal point for our project.


Dr. Ralph Nilson speaks

Mike Brown

Mike Brown, Chair VIU Board of Governors


Helen Lunney, speaks on behalf of her husband MP Dr. James Lunney another great supporter.

Ribbon cutting

Cutting the ribbon! From left: Brian Kingzett, Manager of the field station, Ron Cantelon, MLA for Parksville Qualicum, Darlene Wells, Councillor of the Qualicum First Nation, Stephanie Richards, CSR events co-ordinator, Joe Stanhope, Director of Island Coastal Economic Trust, Don Tillapaugh, Director of the CSR, Don McCrae, MLA for Comox and BC Minister of Agriculture, VIU President Ralph Nilson, Donna Kennedy Councillor of the Qualicum First Nation, Bruce Williams, Vice-chair VIU Foundation, Mike Brown, Chair VIU Board of Governors, Helen Lunney, wife of Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney.


The great crowd, we had 240 guests (100 more than RSVP’d btw LOL, you know who you are!)



Of particular significance was Dr. Neil Bourne, respected (and self described “crusty”) retired shellfish research scientist and mentor.


Afterwards, the amazing Chef Shore and VIU culinary students made lunch for guests


A patient lunch line.


Enjoying the outdoor classroom with its new sandstone seating.


VIU Fisheries and Aquaculture instructors Anne, Duane and Chris.


Communications staff Joanne and Toni ham it up in the line.


Can’t have a party without cake, here being cut by Ralph, Stephanie and Emily.

Deb and Fox arrive in style

Some of our guests arrived in real style.

Bruce Williams and Pat Eagar

Lots of fun celebrating , here Bruce Williams (A-Channel Weatherman and VIU Foundation Chair) and Pat Eagar (VIU VP Finance) chat with a community guest.

Facilities tour

Ric Kelm, VIU Facilities Director and Colin East, Construction Manager from Heatherbrae Builders.

architecture team

The stylish crew from Mcfarland Marceau Architects pose on the stairs.


Dr. Bill Pennell, retired Fisheries and Aquaculture Professor who originally conceived the idea for the Centre for Shellfish Research catches up with an ex-student Sharon Waugh, co-owner of the Salish Sea Gallery and Beacon Magazine


The CSR team did a fantastic job of making it all happen.  Left to right, Sarah, Simah, Catherine, Emily and Alicia. Missing Rianna and Max who were supervising parking and had a visit from a Black Bear on the driveway.

VIU Board of Govenors

The Board of Governors had their meeting on site and sat for a quick portrait.


Thanks everyone for coming.

got more pictures? We’d love to see them.


One Response to “Official Opening (Big) Photo Essay – what a great day!”

  1. Shelley Legin Says:

    Great coverage Brian. Congratulations on stewardship of such a worthwhile facility and a very successful Grand Opening.

    Shelley Legin
    Top Line Strategy Consulting

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