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A Note From the Chair

That may not mean much to some of you but it’s an historic word describing the start of first footing, a new year’s celebration started in Scotland where unknown visitors were always welcomed into your house. Today we call it “open house”.

Our inaugural Open House at Silver Harbour was a smashing success – thank you all who volunteered and all who registered for our first slate of classes. Thank you all for your support of OUR ElderCollege.

Should anyone wish to become more involved with volunteering for anything, please do not hesitate to contact me or Kate.
Ed Kry, Founding Chair

Going, going, .....

Courses with Space

Did you miss out on a course you wanted because they sold out so quickly? Not to worry, these courses, and more, still have space:

  • The Traveler's Guide to Greek Archaeology
  • TED Talks: Aging in Place with New Technology
  • A Day in the Life Speaker Series 1
  • Utopias & Dystopias: From More to Orwell
  • Incredible Journeys
  • Fact and Fiction
Need more information?

Technical Stuff

Do you want to have a better idea of how our various online resources connect? What happens when you click one of the links in the eNewsletter? This is a quick overview of what we use and why. And if your eyes tend to glaze over with this sort of information, don't worry - there's no exam!


Frequently Asked Questions About Registering

Q: What is Amilia?
A: Amilia is the website we are using to process the registrations in our courses. It is a Canadian company with an office in the US, with data servers on Canadian soil to ensure your personal information is protected by Canadian privacy laws.

Q: I'm getting the eNewsletter, so why do I need another account with Amilia?
A: Anybody with an email address can subscribe to our eNewsletter, but this does not mean they have an account with us. Having an account in Amilia involves providing personal information such as name, address, telephone number and email address, and requires a password to protect that information.

Q: I registered by telephone or in person for a course, so how do I access my Amilia account?
A: When we helped you to register, we asked for your personal information such as name, address, telephone number and email address, and created your account for you. You would then have received an Activation Request sent to your email address (see example below).

Simply click the blue "Activate my account" link in that email, create and confirm a password, Create User, and then you should be able to log in to your new account.

If you are unsure what to do, ask for help from a tech-savvy person or phone us for help to prevent creating a duplicate account.

Q: So what can I do with my Amilia account?
A: This is the central place where you can manage your personal details, register or waitlist for a course, see your balance, and make payments. Simply log in and go to "My account" to get started.

Q: How do I know if I have successfully registered for a course?
A: When you have clicked on the course you want to take, you have to let Amilia know who to add. Click on the box next to the name of the person. A green checkmark means that person has been added to the course.

To add more courses, click Continue Shopping (and watch for those green checkmarks). To checkout and finalize, click the shopping cart (it will count the courses successfully added).

Q: Do you keep my credit card or bank account details in Amilia?
A: No, to protect your privacy, you will need to provide your credit card or bank account details each time you pay for your courses.

Q: Do I have to set up a new account when I want to register for classes in the Fall?
A: No, your account will not expire and can be used to register every term.

Q: I can't find the receipt that was emailed to me.
A: You can log in to your account, and see your purchase history with printable invoice. You can also email us and we can re-send to you. Our website always has the current information too.

Drop In Spaces

Drop-in spaces are seats reserved in case we do not fill all the sessions of a course. For example, if our course can accommodate 30 people but only 26 people register for the full course, we can offer 4 spaces per date for drop-ins. When classes are filling up or we have a waitlist, we will convert any drop-in spaces to regular registrations.

Drop-in classes are available for registration 7 days ahead of the class date. Simply log-in to your Amilia account to register.

All About Waitlists

As well as being able to occasionally increase the number of spaces in a course, we use waitlists so we can gauge the response to our courses and plan for the future.  For example, we didn't expect that some of our courses were going to be as popular as they have been, so we will know next time to allow more space.

We did a hurried search last Friday and managed to find more space to allow 15 people on the waitlist for our History class to register. We are currently working on adding another offering for the very popular iPad course too.

When space comes up in a course, the people on the waitlist are contacted on a first-come, first-serve basis through Amilia.

Scenes from Open House

Haven't Paid for Your Courses?

We will be sending out account balance notices to any ElderCollege members with positive balances in the next day or two. You can pay this balance:

  1. Send a cheque to North Shore ElderCollege Society, PO Box 30087 Parkgate, North Vancouver, BC V7H 2Y0
  2. Log in to your Amilia account and pay
  3. Phone Kate 778 246 6737
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Thank you to PARC Retirement Living for their generous donation of community classroom space, allowing both our organizations to contribute to the cultural, social and intellectual well-being of the local community.

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