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Life-long learning after 50


Our 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.

Retired but not tired?  Want to keep your mind engaged and continue learning new things? Based at the UFV Chilliwack campus, ElderCollege is offered in partnership with UFV. We provide adults over the age of 50 access to educational and learning opportunities around these five core programs:

  • Active participation
  • Arts & culture
  • Learn by doing
  • Study & discussion
  • Technology & photography

Contact the ElderCollege office

Telephone: 604-702-2611
Location: UFV Chilliwack campus, Room A1367, 45190 Caen Ave, Chilliwack, BC  V2R 0N3 ‌


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A Bit of History

Chilliwack ElderCollege (CEC) 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 eight 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 Spring 2016 almost 400 people registered for 27 courses encompassing active participation, theatre, arts, study & discussion, day trips, photography, cooking, computers & technology. CEC offers two semesters annually

Who can belong? What does it cost?

Anyone over 50 who wants to keep on learning can join ElderCollege. The membership fee is $15 per year and expires on December 31. 

We offer a relaxed approach to learning.

  • Lively, fun, stimulating sessions
  • A participatory learning experience
  • Short courses (maximum two hours per week for six weeks)
  • No quizzes or grades
  • No prerequisites except for some of the computer courses

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