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.
2017-18 Chilliwack ElderCollege Council Members
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
Member Services Team
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
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
2016-17 Program Committee
Bob Fisk, Chair
Donna Hayes, Vice Chair
Carol Law, Secreatry