The Big Idea
Ace Hollibaugh approached the University College of the Fraser Valley with 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, spearheaded by Brad Whittaker. Whittaker, who would go on to serve as Chair for 11 years, was instrumental in seeking people who were interested in establishing an ElderCollege, organizing the Council, directing the search for instructors, and creating a schedule of courses.
The committee was further 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!