What’s New For Dry Grad 2020

Final Countdown!

Dry Grad is almost here! The final General Volunteer Meeting will be Monday, June 3rd at the Lake City Secondary Common area at 6:30 PM.  We strongly encourage you to come and support our graduates by signing up to volunteer for one of the many exciting things that are going to be happening next week. There is an opportunity for everyone to help.  From Security positions to Activities, Foods to Decorating, Baggage and Clean up. We will Need all the Help we can get.

We are also desperately seeking trucks and trailers for Clean-up on Sunday, June 9th to transport the decorations from the complex to be put away. If anyone is interested in helping in this area especially, please contact us.

March Update

Spring is here, it’s time to get out and volunteer! With only 67 days until the event, volunteers are still desperately needed! There are many tasks left to complete to make the best Grad possible for the class of 2019.

There will be a general meeting in the Lake City Carson Campus common area at 6:30 tonight for anyone that would like to come out and get involved. We hope to see you there!

February Update

Thank you to all who were able to come to the Dry Grad meeting last Monday.
We are pleased to announce Chris Bunce as our Chair and Trish Mercer as co-chair, Team Leaders for Activities! A huge thank you to both these wonderful ladies for stepping up and coordinating this committee.

The Decorating Committee holds their work bees on Thursday nights above Home Hardware.


They are currently in need of:
-Throw pillows and/or pillow forms.
– White Christmas Lights
-Outdoor Lighting
-Recycled or Leftover Paint

They are seeking more people to come and help build, decorate and paint. There are lots of things to work on, or pick up and take home projects as well. MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!

Happy New year everyone!

Our next meeting is January 14th in the Commons at the Williams Lake Secondary Carson campus at 6:30 pm. We encourage you to come out and sign up; as volunteers are needed. We are still looking for committee chairs for Security and Activities.

We’re excited to announce a fun-filled evening at 6 p.m. on January 19th at the Laughing loon arranged by our fundraising chair Sheila Boehm! We are looking for silent auction items; this is an excellent way to re-gift after Christmas. Please come out buy a ticket and beat the January winter blues.


The votes are in! This year’s theme is Viva Las Vegas!

The Decorating Committee will need some help organizing and building decorations beginning this Sunday, November the 25th, from 2 pm to 5 pm at chimney Valley School. This is a chance to come on out and lend a hand.

We are still looking for people who are willing to lead the Security and Activities committees. Come and get involved and have fun!

Dry Grad General Meetings for Grad 2019

Oct. 15, 2018
Nov. 5, 2018
Dec.17, 2018
Jan. 14, 2019
Feb. 4, 2019
Mar. 6, 2019
Apr. 1, 2019
May. 6, 2019 
Jun. 3, 2019

Takes place Thursday, June 6th, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Cariboo Memorial Complex through the Small Arena Entrance near Boitanio Park.

Comfy clothes, shoes, gown/suit bag with hanger (both should be labeled with your name & ID#), a camera(optional) and any toiletries; i.e. deodorant, brush/comb, hair ties or toothbrush. We may have coat racks for the gowns. Parents can pick up gowns/suits between 12:30am -1:00 am at the main entrance, or the gowns/suits can go home with you at the end of the night.

MEDICATIONS: Over the counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, etc.) or prescription medications must be in original sealed containers with the students name on the label.

This is called DRY GRAD for a reason. All bags brought to the Complex will be thoroughly searched. Any items found will be confiscated and you may not be allowed to participate. We do not refund fees for those that do not abide by the rules. Your school principal will be notified. Candies, gums and cigarettes must be in original sealed packaging or they will be disposed of. NO E-CIGARETTES ALLOWED.

If you choose to bring your luggage on the night of Dry Grad, you will be detained in a separate line-up and will have to wait for your bag to be searched. PLEASE BRING $15.00 FOR THE LATE FEE THAT WILL BE CHARGED.


You will need to fill out the following form.

If you haven’t already signed up to help the night of Dry Grad, or one the committees, we would love to hear from you. Volunteer names need to be on the MASTER VOLUNTEER LIST and have a Criminal Record Check (CRC) completed to help. Those not on the list may be unable to help unless we have someone you know to verify you are not a risk to the grads and their guests. If you already have a CRC for working with youth and children, i.e. SD#27, Interior Health, RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, etc.

💻📞If you have not been contacted by a team leader or scheduled, you can either send a private message to this Facebook page or an email to Angie Brinoni, Dry Grad chair and we can forward your info to the appropriate team lead.


See our Facebook page for current information, Williams Lake Dry Grad.

Please share this with those who may not have had a chance or an opportunity to come out to a meeting.

We need volunteers for a variety of things.  Many hands make light work…please help in any way you can!

Committee Description

Our committee is hard at it already, planning the event that will celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2019!

Activities: We still need a chair for our activities committee. This committee plans fun activities that will leave you happily exhausted, and not just because haven’t slept all night.

Baggage:  Jackie Davies is our team leader and will need a lot of help to inspect, sort, retrieve and return bags. Come on out and led a hand so your grad can be comfortable all night.

Clean up; We are still in need of a clean up leader for Sunday Morning decoration take down.

Decorations: We are excited to have three people leading our decoration committee this year. Deb Trampleasure, Liselle Pierce and Rya Enns  will be working creatively to bring the students chosen theme to life.

Donations: Tami Bonner is again our team leader for donations, and she will be needing student and parent help to canvas business.

Foods: Cheryl Gossen is team leader and will be needing many volunteers to keep all our students well fed.

Fundraising: We still need a leader for this committee. Last years leader has made an excellent instructional binder and is willing to assist this years fundraising leader.

Parade: Karen Sokolan is our Team leader, volunteers will be needed to help her with this committee.

Prizes: Lynn Samson is again heading up our prize committee a big thank you to Lynn for her many years of hard work ensuring every grad gets a gift.

Security: We need a leader for this committee.  The leader of this committee and their volunteer staffs job is to keep everyone safe and sober.

Below is a rough schedule of events so you can begin to plan for this exciting time.

  • Graduation Ceremonies
    • Lake City Secondary School Friday, June 7th
    • Skyline/GROW,  June 
    • Maranatha Christian School 
    • Cariboo Adventist Academy,  
  • Dry Grad Saturday, June 8th, 2019
  • Parade starts at 5:00 pm
  • Dry Grad event:
    • Family time, 7-9
    • Food & dancing 9-11
    • Major activities & pool (& food & dancing) 11pm-4am
    • Raffle prizes 4am-4:30am
    • Go home 4:30am-5am

If you are interested in finding out more or to get involved in this great event come to our next meeting on Monday November 5th at 6:30 pm at the LSS Carson campus commons..


With Gratitude…WL Dry Grad 2018

A huge and gracious THANK YOU to all the other volunteers comprised of parents/guardians, family members and community members, who helped, for giving us some, or a lot of your time, to make the planning of this event by our Committee members, come to life. Without you, it wouldn’t be possible. Please thank the following team leaders for their self-less dedication and hard work with the Dry Grad Committee:
Shannon Woods – Activities
Jackie Davis – Baggage
Karin Brink & Carrie Kerley- Cleanup
Tami Bonner – Donations
Angie & Mike Brinoni- Decorations
Cheryl Gossen, Clair Guraliuk – Food
Cassandra Patterson- Fundraising
Sea cadets- Parade
Lynn Samson – Prizes
Stepanie Gannon – Secretary, Chair
John Burns – Security
Cheryl Walters – Treasurer
Thank you also to our amazingly generous community for all your support of this event.
We saw the grads parade through the City showcasing their formal attire and all looking so dapper. They were directed along a prearranged route by the coordinated efforts of the Parade team.
Just for one night, our grads and their guests, could play on the large inflatables provided by FunZone Rentals from Kamloops (Thank You); test their skill at the poker tables; challenge their knowledge of acronyms; maybe get hypnotized by Colin Christopher (Thank You), or laugh at their friends who did. All of this was prepared by our Activity team leaders.
When you wanted your baggage, we had efficient, able-bodied people who didn’t mind running up and down those stairs multiple times to make sure you could get relaxed and comfortable, by our Baggage team.
They were able to dance the night away to music by DJ – Lynden Grosso (Thank You), who provided them with a spectacular light show; which only added to the stunning and impressive Caribbean Nights theme in the Prom area created by the Decorating team. They worked feverishly and tirelessly the whole year to design and create those spectacular, stunning decorations, which also included tarot, palm, and rune readers in a voodoo swamp. The candy treats and coffee bar were well received.
They could feast on delicious food, like pizza, Caesar salad, sushi, chicken nuggets, taco-in-a-bag, muffins, chicken drumsticks, etc. and indulge any sweet cravings with goodies provided by local food vendors (Thank You) and all organized by our hard working Food team.
They were kept safe by our hardworking Security team; who had eyes everywhere, inside and out. They were great at keeping the peace and handling any cases that needed extra care and understanding.
At the end of the night, they had a chance to win some tremendous prizes purchased by our remarkable Prize team. They also went home with a gift package containing souvenirs from Dry Grad 2018 and a soft and cuddly blanket with their school logo.
There were many efforts that went on before this night even happened. Our Donations team delivered lots of letters and made lots of phone calls asking support from our community. We were blessed with many generous donations.
Our Fundraising team worked hard to arrange and sell the tickets for the Dry Grad car raffle. The WINNER of a 2018 Chevrolet Spark was Ashley Quilt.
Last, but not least because they get to do the cleanup in the end, our Cleanup team who made all the decorations disappear with great help from the Volunteer Fire Fighters (Thank You). There were a few early morning risers who came out to clean up the mess left behind as well. There may have been some scrubbing involved this year.
We’d also like to thank the Cariboo Memorial Complex staff for helping us to have a successful night; Alyssa, Geoff, Garry, Darryl, Louie, Megan, Jordan, Kennedy, Jordan and Nick. We are grateful to have such a place to hold this spectacular and fun filled event. 
Another thank you to the City of Williams Lake for allowing us to hold the parade and use their barricades to block off the intersections. We also appreciate and thank the Williams Lake RCMP detachment for escorting us through the city streets and for being a presence at Dry Grad.

Thank you also to all the schools and their graduates who participated in Dry Grad 2017. We appreciate the schools supporting this event and encouraging your students to join in the fun. Congratulations to the graduating classes of Williams Lake!
Please forgive me if I have forgotten to mention a thank you to anyone. We will put a formal Thank You ad in the Williams Lake Tribune soon. Thank you for being patient with me and all my requests for changes to ads we put in the paper. We are ever so grateful for each person who contributes to the success of Dry Grad. May many blessings come your way!


What is Dry Grad?
Dry Grad is a fun night where graduating students get to celebrate their achievements in an alcohol-free and drug-free environment, which happens on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Activities for graduates and guests will include: prom /dancing; various games and activities; entertainment; great food, and much, much more.

Participating Schools

  • Cariboo Adventist Academy
  • GROW/Skyline
  • Lake City Secondary School
  • Maranatha Christian School

Location of Dry Grad
The entire Dry Grad event takes place in the Cariboo Memorial Complex. The Grad Parade takes place in the streets adjacent to the complex.  When the construction is complete at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, a new parade route map will be created for 2018.