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Hello Elder College Members! Contrary to popular opinion, I have not left town, nor do I plan to for at least another three years! I have however, managed to give up some of the work of Elder College. Bob Osmachenko will be taking on the role of President at our AGM in November, I’ll continue on as Curriculum Committee Chair. For the past 8 years or so, I’ve been doing both jobs, so now I can shed some of the workload.
Speaking of the Curriculum Committee, we have been hard at work over the past 4 months exploring course offerings, lining up instructors and coordinators, and scheduling. This fall, we have 18 “regular classes” of varying lengths for you to choose from, along with 4 community service courses which are open to everyone, not just Elder College members.
Most of the “regular courses” are back by popular demand including: 3 computer classes, the Cariboo Tour, Genealogy, Clay Creations, Feldenkrais, Furniture Reupholstery, an Historical Walk through the Dairy Fields, Current Events, and an Astronomy offering. New for this term includes: Rug Hooking, Seasonal Card Making, Fit for Fun, Paper Making and Book Binding, and an Ethnic Cooking Class. Our free community service classes includes: Firearms and Their Disposal, Introduction to the Restorative Justice Process, Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The lineup is sure to include something for everyone, and we hope you will enjoy it.
This fall, Registration Day is on Wednesday, September 19th at St. Andrews’ Church hall starting at 1 PM. People always try to sign up early, but to be fair to everyone; we don’t open the tables until 1 PM. You can come a little early to make up your course selection sheets, purchase your membership if you need to, fill out your course survey, or to just socialize, but 1 PM sharp is when you can register. If you can’t attend in person, you can have someone come out and register for you (one other person per member), or you can come out to the Seniors’ Activity Centre and register for those classes which still have room in them at our late registration day on Wednesday, September 26th.
I want to thank all the people who serve on the Executive Board and on the Curriculum Committee. Without their solid efforts, this very successful Elder College would not have attained the popularity that it has. I especially want to thank Carly Klassen, who has been my hard working secretary over the past 4 years and who is stepping down as of this November’s AGM. I truly appreciate her assistance over the past 8 semesters. I wish you all a great semester, and may you continue to have a passion for learning. It keeps us all young!
Curriculum Committee Chair