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Centre for Education and Research on Aging

Age-Friendly University

Over the past year, UFV's Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (CERA) members spearheaded an initiative to achieve Age-Friendly University (AFU) status. CERA was awarded a Strategic Imperatives Plan grant through the Provost’s office. This funding supported an audit of UFV’s age-friendliness (video below) in the spring of 2022. 

We are proud to share that UFV is now the first Age-Friendly University (AFU) in British Columbia, joining eight existing AFU Canadian universities in this growing global network of academic institutions.

The principles underpinning AFUs are well supported by UFV's Integrated Strategic Plan and provide direction for growth and support of educational programming and scholarship with a focus on ageing. We are excited for our next steps!

Official letter from Age-friendly University Global Network President

The AFU Movement

The AFU designation and movement emerged from the World Health Organization call for global efforts to better needs of a growing older population and address the negative impacts of ageism. In response, Dublin City University initiated the AFU movement, developing 10 guiding principles to support university programming and policies designed to support intergenerational connections, ageing research and scholarship, and lifelong learning.

There are currently AFUs across Britain, Europe, the US, and Canada. The first Canadian AFU was the University of Manitoba


“In CERA, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Lesley Jessiman. I’d always had an interest on the social aspects of aging. I remember being in Lesley’s classroom (Adulthood and Aging) and realizing I could do research on this. It was almost a perfect fit.” 


-Larissa Kowalski

UFV grad, Sociology with a concentration in Social Research and extended minor in Psychology.

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