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

The idea for creating what is now Chilliwack ElderCollege began in the Spring of 1999. Ace Hollibaugh approached the University of the Fraser Valley with the a proposal to form an ElderCollege. The UCFV President at the time was Dr Skip Bassford. He strongly supported the idea and an enthusiastic committee was formed. This committee was comprised of a number of interested community individuals, including Keith Bright, who was providing classes for seniors through a program called “Lifetime Learning“. This program was winding down so the timing for ElderCollege was right! 
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. 

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)

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, which is now the Landing Sports Centre. This larger space was needed to accommodate the growing number of people interested taking courses at ElderCollege.
Today, we offer 30+ courses in each of our the Fall and Spring semesters and have over 600 members!  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, helping with calendar delivery  or as a member of one of our committees.  
Click here to learn more about joining our amazing volunteer team!

ElderCollege Leadership Committees


Leanndra Josephson
–> Contracted Coordinator
–> Member Services Team Leader

Member Services Team

Wanda Hook
Betty Coxworth
Sharon Read
Shelley Beer
Patti Wright
Jennifer Low

Finance Team

Anna Girard (Treasurer)
Jennifer Low

2017-18 Council

Marlene Dance, Council Chair
Wanda Hook, Vice Chair
Jim Dutton, Past Chair
Sharon Read, Secretary
Anna Girard, Treasurer
George Marien, Admin/Finance Chair
Bob Fisk, Program Chair
Donna Hayes
Don Logie
Kim MacLeod
UFV Liaison – Dr. Joanne MacLean, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
Leanndra Josephson (Coordinator)

2017-18 Admin/Finance Committee

George Marien, Chair
Kim MacLeod, Secretary
Marlene Dance
Anna Girard
Wanda Hook
Don Logie
Leanndra Josephson (Coordinator)

2017-18 Program Committee

Bob Fisk, Chair
Sharon Lawrence, Vice Chair
Carol Law, Secreatry
Vicki Aker
Marlene Dance
Donna Hayes
Cathie Sessions
Leanndra Josephson (Coordinator)