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What is VIU ElderCollege?

VIU ElderCollege promotes self-directed lifelong learning

Established in 1993, VIU ElderCollege (VIU EC) is a group of volunteer members formed as an unregistered BC society. Its purpose it to provide life-long learning opportunities for people who are 50 years or better in the communities served by VIU, namely the regions of Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley, Parksville-Qualicum, and Powell River.

Lifelong learning is widely recognized as important to an enriched and stimulating lifestyle and good mental health in today's rapidly changing world. VIU EC is committed to offering learning opportunities to older adults who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge through self-directed learning and to contribute to the social and cultural development of their community.

VIU EC is managed by its Board of Management elected annually by EC members. Its courses and program are carried out by instructors and other volunteers, with the support of VIU resources.

Why VIU ElderCollege courses are different

  • a participatory learning experience
  • no quizzes or grades
  • lively, fun and full of discussion

How you can participate

  • take a course
  • instruct a course
  • recruit new members
  • volunteer on committee or the Board
  • volunteer in support roles

VIU ElderCollege courses run in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum.