Stuffing hundreds of envelopes with the brochure for the Spring Semester.
ElderCollege is a non-profit society in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley with a mission ‘To provide adults over the age of 50 with access to educational and learning opportunities for the purpose of enriching life and expanding knowledge. ‘
A Bit of History
ElderCollege Chilliwack began when Ace Hollibaugh brought the idea of ElderCollege to the University of the Fraser Valley in the spring of 1999. With the support of then UCFV President, Dr Skip Bassford, an enthusiastic committee was formed with a number of interested community individuals including Keith Bright who was providing classes for seniors through a program called Lifetime Learning which was winding down.
A program of 8 courses was developed for Fall 1999 under the auspices of Chilliwack and District Senior Resources Society and in partnership with UFV.
Ninety-eight people registered for that first semester. In January 2000, approximately 200 people registered for courses. The following Fall, well over 250 people registered and caused the registration to be moved from UCFV to Evergreen Hall. After several years of growing interest, registration was moved to the AgRec Centre, now the Landing Sports Centre, to accommodate the number of interested people.
Currently, about 20 courses are offered in the Fall semester and in the Spring (formerly Winter) semester. The courses may consist from one session up to eight sessions.
Staff: Sharon Blaker – Contracted coordinator
• Office – four volunteers: Judy Emond, Sharon Lawrence, Wally Mitchell, Thelma Schwandt
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