VIU’s May Program

Parksville-A new Vancouver Island University venture through ElderCollege

Vancouver Island University ElderCollege is offering a new program for people over 50.

Maybe you were wowed by last fall’s six ElderCollege sessions on the human genome; perhaps you’re searching for a shorter, more recreational course this spring. If so,Vancouver Island University’s new, shorter, May ElderCollege program has plenty to offer.

Several courses are being offered on an experimental basis this spring to assess extending the ElderCollege year. Many have an early summer outdoor focus, consist of only two to four sessions, and all but two will be offered at the VIU Parksville campus. Sessions will be 1.5 to two hours with a few evening courses.

Though VIU ElderCollege membership is required, with the membership year expiring June 30, 13 new members will not have to pay a membership fee, only the $25 course fee, and they will have the option of purchasing next year’s membership for only $15.

Membership includes admission to Qualicum Beach’s Milner Gardens and notices of upcoming courses and other events.

So what interests you? Curious about geocaching? If you’re passionate about cycling get some tips on bike repair, safety and touring. Are you already handy with a camera but looking to focus on wildlife? Experiencing the Western Canadian Wilderness might fit.

There are courses to help prepare you for relaxation this summer. Check out Suggestions for Summer Reading, Poems of Time and Seasons, or Painted to Abstraction.

If your aim is to knowledgeably join the conversation, try We Are All Treaty People. Or if you want to get into rainy day competition Really Basic Bridge is a great start. This is one of two courses being offered in Nanaimo, at Longwood Origin. The other course Birding, Backyard and Beyond will introduce birding hot spots and useful tips.

Also, give a thought to sharing your own knowledge by becoming a volunteer instructor. No teaching experience is needed.

A copy of all courses will be sent to current and past members and watch for posters promoting the new short courses. Check the website at or call 1-866-734 6252 toll free for more information.


— submitted by Nancy Whelan, VIU