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Tuition exemption

Did you know, as an older person, you may be eligible for a tuition exemption in the Fall and Winter semesters? 

UFV waives tuition for up to two courses (maximum 5 credits each) during the academic year (Summer is not eligible) subject to availability and eligibility requirements. Find out if you meet the criteria to study for free!

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Resources from past UFV events

Science Talks – Ageism: The challenges of being engaged and included

Presenter: Dr. Shelley Canning

Recent Abbotsford's "Science Talks" episodes have highlighted researchers from the University of the Fraser Valley. In this presentation Dr. Shelley Canning, Director UFV Centre for Education and Research on Aging, presents some of her past research focusing on quality of life for older adults and people living with dementia and explores some of the possible future directions.

"They aren’t scary": An Intergenerational Dance Project | 2013

This documentary film was premiered November 29, 2013 at the University of the Fraser Valley.

The documentary captures the relationships between school-aged children and residents from a local long-term care nursing home that partnered in weekly ballet classes.

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A Life in News – Tony Parsons | 2011

Longtime Canadian broadcaster Tony Parsons visited the University of the Fraser Valley’s Chilliwack campus Oct. 14, 2011 for an interactive discussion covering an array of topics.

A Life in the News explores Parsons' career as a media personality, which has spanned more than 50 years.

He also responded to audience questions, providing insight into his life and discussing his move from Global TV to CHEK-TV in Victoria and a new contract with CBC News.

Adventures in Ageing Symposium‌| 2010

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Art Hister

On October 15, 2010 UFV's Centre for Education and Research on Aging (CERA) hosted "Adventures in Aging", a full day of presentations and workshops. Dr. Art Hister was the keynote speaker. He was introduced by UFV President Dr. Mark Evered and entertained over 200 registrants with a mixture of humour, common sense and some of the latest statistical evidence regarding aging.

Registrants came from Chilliwack, Mission, Langley and Abbotsford, filling workshop classrooms in buildings B and D. Workshops included a philosophy café; Memory: facts, tips & myths; Negotiating Homehealth; Seniors on Stage; financial planning and many others. Workshop facilitators included UFV faculty and professionals from the community.


“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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