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A Note From the Chair

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

Those famous words by Winston Churchill sums up that now, for most of us: retirement - our work life is done. We are now free to move on to a more fulfilling, altruistic life in which we can give. What our ElderCollege needs now is a few more people to give some time and volunteer to help facilitate upcoming classes.

The courses we all enjoy do not appear by magic, but rather by the work of a few dedicated volunteers who facilitate the courses. Those “few” need your help to make few into “many”. It is easier than you think to volunteer to facilitate a course.  Our Course Planning Committee has hundreds of ideas for courses, but we need more dedicated volunteers to help make them happen for all to enjoy. To describe being a member of the Course Planning Committee and facilitating in its basic terms simply means to agree to contact the speakers for the course, make sure the room is set up right, introduce the guest speaker, and thank them after the class with a gift of our now famous blue “EC” umbrella.

Perhaps you enjoy Gardening, or Current Events, or Astronomy, or a great Aria.  You need not be an expert but rather simply have an enjoyment of a topic and appreciation to see ElderCollege  succeed.

If you want to put your toe in the water and find out a bit more about becoming a facilitator please do not hesitate to contact me, Kate or Janine. Come to a no-obligation meeting and see how much fun we have and how easy it really is. And - in the spirit of ElderCollege - bring a friend. Your gift of volunteering will become your gift to yourself of a fuller life of compassion.

As William Shakespeare said, “I can no other answer to make but, thanks, and thanks.” ~Ed

Geological Rambles
Try to imagine what the North Shore looked like 100 million years ago. Geologist, Lindsay Bottomer, has helped the Geological Rambles class do just that. We were told, as we stood in Greenwood Park, that Vancouver is located at the north end of the Cascade volcanic chain of which Mt. Baker and Mt. Garibaldi are a part and that it is quite possible that 30–35 million years ago, volcanoes were active in what are now our neighbourhoods.
These were only several tidbits of information that Lindsay shared with the group several weeks ago.  With two fellow geologists, Lindsay also enlightened us on the fascinating rock formations and fault lines in this area. So now, when going for a walk in the woods, the participants may look quite differently upon what some of us might think of as just another old rock. Fascinating stuff!  ~Midge

Did you miss out on this popular course? Good news! We'll be offering it again this Fall.
Crime & Justice
“The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar.”    J. Edgar Hoover

"The extensive record clearly demonstrates that the petitioners' convictions were predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure."   Justice Sarokin on Rubin “Hurricane” Carter being wrongly imprisoned for almost 20 years.
And so are the two sides of Crime and Justice. One of ElderCollege's most popular classes is looking for a volunteer facilitator to help this exciting program continue this Fall.  Over the years this highly attended course has featured lawyers, prosecutors, police, and judges all with fascinating stories to share with us on how the justice system works in their arena.

If you have a few hours to spare to help us continue this class, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will help you to facilitate – it’s not that hard; but, it is fun. ~Ed

Can You Use Word?

If you can spare about three hours per month and know how to use Word, we need you! Our Course Planning group needs a secretary to attend meetings, take notes, and prepare the agenda and minutes. No experience required! Just a willingness to help and a bit of computer skill. Contact us to chat!

Tell Us What You Think

Help us plan for the future by telling us what types of courses you want us to offer. Take our one question survey.

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Our Thoughts on Dogs

As you can see from our marketing, we clearly think dogs are awesome. But, not everyone wants to share their learning experience with Fido, and the safety and enjoyment of our ElderCollege members is our first priority.

So, in order to ensure the continued safety and comfort of every ElderCollege participant, we have developed a policy regarding dogs in our classes. Only certified service dogs kept on a leash will be allowed, with the prior consent of the Board.

Register Now For These Great Classes
Term 2 classes start next week. Register now so you don't miss out.

As Shakespeare said, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late." *
Registering is easy! Log-in to your account for self-serve registrations, or call 778.246.6737 for phone assistance.

*From the Merry Wives of Windsor, one of this year's Bard plays.
What's on the Menu at Gourmet Trends?
Find some drama with Bard on the Beach Bound
Our speakers will inspire at A Day in the Life 2
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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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