About Us

The Chilliwack ElderCollege is a volunteer-powered, not-for-profit society in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley. Our mission is: 
To provide adults over the age of 50 with education and learning opportunities that enrich their lives and expand their knowledge.

A Bit of History

Chilliwack ElderCollege 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.

Rear Row (L to R): George Marien, Bob Fisk, Wanda Hook, Jim Dutton, Diana Pazdera, Kim Macleod and Donna Hayes.
Front Row: Marlene Dance, Sharon Read

2017-18 Chilliwack ElderCollege Council Members

Rear Row (L to R): George Marien, Bob Fisk, Wanda Hook, Jim Dutton, Diana Pazdera, Kim Macleod and Donna Hayes.
Front Row: Marlene Dance, Sharon Read & Leanndra Josephson. Missing from Photo: Anna Girard, Don Logie & Dr. Joanne MacLean.
Chilliwack ElderCollege (CEC) University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)

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 more years of growing interest, registration was moved to the AgRec Centre, now the Landing Sports Centre, to accommodate the number of interested people.
Today, we offer 30+ courses in each of our the Fall and Spring semesters. Our courses are fun and stimulating and presented by outstanding instructors, including many UFV faculty.
Our volunteer team drives our excellence! If you are interested in fun and challenging volunteer experiences, check us out. Learn more about roles with our Member Services Team or as a member of one of our committees. Maybe you’d like to help out at a special event?
Click here to learn more about joining our amazing volunteer team!

ElderCollege Leadership Committees


Leanndra Josephson
Contracted Coordinator

Member Services Team

Betty Coxworth
Anna Girard
Wanda Hook
Leanndra Josephson
Jennifer Low
Sharon Read
Susan Shattock
Patti Wright

2016-17 Council

Marlene Dance, Council Chair
Wanda Hook, Vice Chair
Jim Dutton, Past Chair
Sharon Read, Acting Secretary
Anna Girard, Treasurer
Ron Browne, Administration Chair
Bob Fisk, Program Chair
Donna Hayes
Wally Klassen
Leanndra Josephson
Kim MacLeod
Diana Pazdera
UFV Liaison – Dr. Joanne MacLean, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

2016-17 Administration Committee

Ron Browne, Chair
Dr. George Marien, Vice Chair
Kim MacLeod, Secretary
Marlene Dance
Anna Girard
Wanda Hook
Leanndra Josephson
Wally Klassen
Gerry Lawrence

2016-17 Program Committee

Bob Fisk, Chair
Donna Hayes, Vice Chair
Carol Law, Secreatry
Vicki Aker
Marlene Dance
Leanndra Josephson
Diana Pazdera
Cathie Sessions
Patrick Stedman
Patti Wright