Course Descriptors

Algebra And Calculus: Just The Easy Stuff

Every discipline has hard parts and easy parts. This course is intended for people who have had only limited success with algebra and/or calculus. If you never got beyond simple arithmetic because the next steps seemed hard, you missed some useful fun. We will progress through topics only as rapidly as the majority demands, while leaving no one behind.

ELDK 066 - F20Q01
6 sessions: Mon, Sep 14-Oct 26; 9:30-11:30 am (No class Oct 12)
$42.00

JESS BREWER taught physics at UBC for 38 years and retired in 2011, ostensibly to write science fiction. The Skeptic’s Guide to Physics website arose from a physics course for arts students (some of them liked it).

Energy Medicine For Self-Help: Level 1       

This course will teach participants energy healing techniques from energy medicine, energy psychology and other energy healing modalities. You will learn to test and balance your energy patterns to promote and sustain your health and emotional wellbeing and will be encouraged to practice these techniques on a daily basis to balance and strengthen your energies and boost the bodies’ self-healing abilities. This course is a prerequisite to the next two levels.

ELDK 071 - F20Q01
7 sessions: Mon, Sep 14-Nov 2; 12:30-2:30 pm (No class Oct 12)
$47.25

Recommended Text: Energy Medicine (2008) by Donna Eden with David Feinstein

MIKE PROVENCHER, retired psychologist, clinical counsellor and manager in the mental health field, has studied a range of energy healing modalities and is committed to sharing these techniques with others.

Mindful Meditation For Challenging Times

Does balancing safety during this pandemic, without sacrificing your engagement in life, sometimes feel like an exhausting tight-rope dance?  With mindfulness, we can learn to view these daily challenges with insight, curiosity, unconditional self-love, and even humour. This will be a journey of self-exploration for those interested in developing an ongoing mindful meditation practice. For beginners and those with meditation experience. 

ELDK 090 - F20N01
12 sessions: Mon, Sep 14-Dec 7; 12:30-1:30 pm (No class Oct 12)
$74.00

RALPH FRANK, a retired psychotherapist, has spent a lifetime investigating the intriguing connections between mind, body, emotions and energy. His passion is bringing lessons from vipassana meditation, tai chi and qigong to western students.

Non-Fiction Book Club

After establishing a reading list, the club will meet once a month to discuss the book designated for that date. Please bring to the first meeting a suggested title and the reasons you chose it - history, politics, economics, philosophy, biography, memoirs, environmental issues - anything that isn't fiction. Please check that it is readily available in the library or bookstores.

ELDN 067 - F20X01
8 sessions: Mon, Sep 14, Oct 5, Nov 16, Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12; 1:30-3:30 pm
$52.50

Required Text:
September - Factfulness by Hands Rosling with Ola Rosling Ronnlund
October - Educated by Tara Westover

CAROL WELLS, BSc (University of Alberta) and certification in business administration (College of New Caledonia), has researched her own family tree and has completed course work with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

ANNE BRAILSFORD, PhD, has a passion for reading and loves to engage in book conversations. She has had a career in children’s literacy learning and continues to write books for teachers and to design literacy programs for children.

Ancient Complex Societies of the Americas

Everyone knows of the pyramids of Mexico City, the pueblos of New Mexico, breathtaking Andean sites such as Machu Picchu, and cultural names like Aztec, Maya, and Inka. This course will examine three areas of the ancient Americas where these complex societies arose: Mesoamerica, the Andes, and the American southwest. How did these civilizations develop? What are their key characteristics? How were they connected to each other?

ELDK 074
$26.25

Choose one of the following sections:
F20Q01: 3 sessions: Mon, Oct 5-26; 3:30-5:30 pm (No class Oct 12)
F20Q02: 3 sessions: Tue, Oct 6-20; 3:30-5:30 pm

MITCHELL ALLEN, PhD (UCLA), is a research associate in archaeology at UC Berkeley and at the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught archaeology for over 15 years, and has done fieldwork in Israel, Afghanistan, and California.

Meditation For Health And Wellbeing

What are the scientific facts about the different methods of meditation? Why and how does it work? The enormous proven benefits, especially for seniors, can easily be discovered through a simple practice. Discover what works best for you. The instructor provides the theory and the methods of practice. You may find out what works for you in the comfort and privacy of your home.

ELDH 033 - F20N01
6 sessions: Tue, Sep 15-Oct 20; 9:30-11:30 am
$42.00

ARIE VANDER REYDEN, BA, BFA, MA, EdD, studied at various schools of meditation on four different continents. He taught and conducted workshops in a variety of settings and audiences.

Alzheimer's And Medical Assistance In Dying (MAiD)

This course is an attempt to encourage discussions around emotional, spiritual and social support for those with Alzheimer's who have made, or are contemplating making, the choice for MAiD. (It is designed for just these participants and their support companions). Anticipatory grief and mourning related to this choice will also be discussed as will advocacy for an amendment to Bill C-14 allowing advance requests for those challenged with dementia.

ELDH 099 - F20X01
4 sessions: Tue, Sep 15-Oct 6; 12:30-2:30 pm
$31.50

JULE BRIESE is a strong advocate for compassionately supporting those with dementia expressing a choice for MAiD. A care companion to her husband challenged with dementia, she supports his choice for MAiD.

Intelligent Investing And Estate Planning Workshop

This is a comprehensive holistic course that helps to educate seniors and retirees about money and finances. This course will review the following topics in detail: estate planning; financial planning; investment strategies to protect both capital and income; tax management; wealth succession and charitable giving. If requested, banking and credit management will also be covered.

ELDQ 058 - F20Q01
6 sessions: Tue, Sep 15-Oct 20; 1:00-3:00 pm
$42.00

WAHID ALI has been a financial planner and retirement specialist for 25 years and specializes in estate planning, wealth succession and financial planning.

Effective Speaking Skills                                                                                                                    

Do you have trouble finding the right words? Are you nervous expressing yourself to more than one person at a time? Do you have an idea to promote but are afraid of expressing it? This course is a kind and gentle introduction to effective speaking skills. In our first class you'll be giving at least two speeches. Nervous already? Let's go!

ELDK 063 - F20Q01
4 sessions: Wed, Sep 9-30; 1:30-3:30 pm
$31.50

MARTIN DEBARROS has been with Toastmasters on and off for 25 years. He has taught effective speaking skills to adults as well two local air cadet squadrons and has been master of ceremonies at numerous events.

Mindful Meditation

Mindful meditation has immense benefits for dealing with various life challenges, including everything that we, as elders, are facing during this pandemic. Join us for guided meditations that will bring curiosity about your next breath and the ability to observe your delightful mind in a compassionate setting. There will be time for questions and answers about how to apply meditation to the challenges of daily life. 

ELDK 093 - F20Q01
12 sessions: Wed, Sep 16-Dec 9; 12:30-1:30 pm (No class Nov 11)
$74.00

RALPH FRANK, a retired psychotherapist, has spent a lifetime investigating the intriguing connections between mind, body, emotions and energy. His passion is bringing lessons from vipassana meditation, tai chi and qigong to western students.

Ancient Remedies For Modern Problems

This course will reveal the history and the Eight Branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine which can offer a new approach to health and longevity. Chinese medicine is effective and provides drug-free therapies that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems. The instructor will provide guidance and resources for finding the way through this medicine. There will be time for questions and answers.

ELDK 011 - F20N01
5 sessions: Wed, Sep 16-Oct 14; 12:30-2:30 pm
$36.75

DR SOPHIA ANDRAS studied dentistry at Semmelweis Medical University of Budapest, and became a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Since 2005 she has been studying, drawing and painting mandalas and yantras as a project of self-enrichment.

Casino Gaming: Past And Present

This course will cover topics such as a brief history of gambling and early casinos; an introduction to probability computations; analysis of common casino games (not the poker room); information on professional gamblers, both past and present; what running a casino is all about. He will also discuss addictions.

ELDK 054 - F20N01
6 sessions: Wed, Sep 16-Oct 21; 3:00-5:00 pm
$42.00

DANIEL LORDAHL, PhD psychology (University of Wisconsin-Madison) was a faculty member at Washington Univ., Univ. of Miami, Fla. State Univ. and finished his formal career at Brock Univ. Daniel has expertise in human thinking, experimental design, and statistics.

Why The Arts Matter

Music is one of the few truly universal human phenomena and is one of the most basic and powerful forms of expression. Yet, there is a widespread notion that the arts are somehow frills. Participants will gain a greater understanding of music in particular, and the arts in general, and become well-equipped to advocate for the arts as an essential element of education and beyond.

ELDH 066 - F20Q01
2 sessions: Thu, Sep 17-24; 9:30-11:30 am
$21.00

ED WASIAK, PhD, is a retired professor of music education at the University of Lethbridge, and a long-time musician, author, arts advocate, and researcher. Dr. Wasiak is recognized widely as a leader in Canadian music education.

Practical Photography

This course is designed for beginning students using digital interchangeable lens cameras, or single lens cameras that also allow creative control. These cameras allow the user to change the shutter speed, aperture size, ISO settings, and to adjust the focus and light exposure (and other features). We will explore a variety of hands-on photographic situations where creative control can improve your images, leading to better portraits, landscapes and close-ups.

ELDK 022 - F20N01
6 sessions: Thu, Sep 17-Oct 22; 1:30-3:30 pm
$42.00

RUSSELL MCNEIL is an amateur photographer and camera collector. Selections of his work have been exhibited at Port Place in Nanaimo and on flickr.

The Short Story In Modern Literature

Louise Rosenblatt, university professor and World War II activist, defined literature as "an exercise in empathy, whereby the reader gains insight into the lives and thoughts of other people." The selected stories include the possibility of distress for the people in the story and for the reader - be prepared to write a few sentences about who is suffering and why.  The instructors bring an interdisciplinary approach to literary reading that draws on literary theory and clinical psychology.

ELDK 082 - F20Q01
6 sessions: Thu, Sep 17-Oct 22; 1:30-3:30 pm
$42.00

Required Texts:
The Lagoon (1897) by Joseph Conrad, A Jury Of Her Peers (1917) by Susan Glaspell, The Rocking-Horse Winner (1926) by D.H. Lawrence

GLORIA MARTINS, BA (SFU), worked as a teaching assistant for the English department at SFU while completing the course requirements for her master's degree.

PAUL GLASSEN, co-teacher for this course, has a post-graduate degree in clinical psychology.

Living With Depression

This course looks at depression from both a medical and experienced point of view. The instructors will focus on management and empathy, both for the person suffering from depression and those with a depressed person in their life.

ELDK 033 - F20N01
3 sessions: Fri, Sep 18-Oct 2; 9:30-11:30 am
$26.25

JEF NICHOLS has suffered from lifelong depression and LORI NICHOLS has 30 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and family member of a depression sufferer. Both have lectured on depression in Canada and the US.

Greek Philosophy

This course will focus upon the general principles of Sokratic thought and dialectic as they are reflected in the works of Xenophon and Plato. Comparisons will be drawn to approaches taken by the Epicureans and Stoics, with selected passages translated by John from subsequent Greek and Roman writers.

ELDK 065 - F20N01
6 sessions: Fri, Sep 18-Oct 23; 2:00-4:00 pm
$42.00

Required Text:
“Conversations of Sokrates” by Xenophon’s (Penguin)

JOHN EDWARDS studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and is the author of translations of many Greek and Latin poets. He is the resident poet laureate of Ladysmith.

FRIDAY FORUM - Attaining And Maintaining Mental Health

Supporting mental health is a key consideration in the healthy aging process. Older adults make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce. In this forum, experts will discuss the impact of social isolation on emotional wellness, self-care for family care givers, resources for people who need support and activities that bring joy.

ELDK 087 - F20Q01
4 sessions: Fri, Sep 11-Oct 2; 1:00-3:30 pm
$31.50

Effective Speaking Skills                                                

Do you have trouble finding the right words? Are you nervous expressing yourself to more than one person at a time? Do you have an idea to promote but are afraid of expressing it? This course is a kind and gentle introduction to effective speaking skills. In our first class you'll be giving at least two speeches. Nervous already? Let's go!

ELDK 063 - F20N01
4 sessions: Mon, Nov 2-23; 9:30-11:30 am 
$31.50

MARTIN DEBARROS has been with Toastmasters on and off for 25 years. He has taught effective speaking skills to adults as well two local air cadet squadrons and has been master of ceremonies at numerous events.

Themes In Medieval And Renaissance Art           

The course will involve viewing, hearing background about and discussing a variety of images of both Italian and Flemish medieval and Renaissance art. It will be organised into themes (mostly relating to Christian worldviews of the period) such as The Annunciation, The Madonna and Child, The Last Supper, The Betrayal of Christ, The Crucifixion, and The Last Judgment. Discussion among all participants will be highly encouraged.

ELDK 055
$42.00

Choose one of the following sections:
F20N01: 6 sessions: Mon, Nov 2-Dec 7; 1:00-3:00 pm
F20Q01: 6 sessions: Thu, Nov 5-Dec 10; 3:30-5:30 pm

JOHN BLACK, professor emeritus in liberal studies (VIU) has led many art-history field schools to Europe, and is now a group leader with VIU’s Adventures in Mind.

Who Discovered America?

First Nation peoples arrived in the Americas as early as 15,000 years ago. Their journeys will be described based on the latest archaeological findings and interpretations. Various other peoples have also been proposed to have preceded Columbus. Some of the proposals are fanciful: Greeks, Egyptians, Phoenicians, even Atlanteans. Others are more plausible, including the Vikings and Polynesians. This course will explain why archaeologists accept some claims and are skeptical of others.

ELDK 075
$26.25

Choose one of the following sections:
F20Q02: 3 sessions: Mon, Nov 2-16; 3:30-5:30 pm
F20Q01: 3 sessions: Tue, Nov 3-17; 3:30-5:30 pm

MITCHELL ALLEN, PhD (UCLA), is a research associate in archaeology at UC Berkeley and at the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught archaeology for over 15 years, and has done fieldwork in Israel, Afghanistan, and California.

Energy Medicine For Self-Help: Level 2 

Participants will be presented and invited to practice additional energy healing techniques from energy medicine, energy psychology and other healing energy modalities. For maximum benefit, hands-on practice both in the classroom and at home is recommended. The class will include demonstrations of the techniques on class members who volunteer, guided practice and working in pairs. Level 1 in this 3-part series is required before taking Level 2.

ELDK 072 - F20Q01
7 sessions: Mon, Nov 9-Dec 21; 12:30-2:30 pm
$47.25

Recommended Text:
Energy Medicine (2008) by Donna Eden with David Feinstein

MIKE PROVENCHER, retired psychologist, clinical counsellor and manager in the mental health field, has studied a range of energy healing modalities and is committed to sharing these techniques with others.

The Practice Of Self-Healing       

Discover how and why self-healing works. The instructor will discuss the latest scientific findings as well as ancient practices that improve your well-being. Self-healing focusses on prevention and managing a rewarding life-style. The constant need to restore well-being can be challenging, especially for seniors. The instructor provides the information and useful methods that you may practice in the privacy of your own home to experience the results.

ELDK 081
$52.50

Choose one of the following sections:
F20N01: 8 sessions: Tue, Oct 27-Dec 15; 12:30-2:30 pm
F20Q01: 8 sessions: Thu, Oct 29-Dec 17; 1:30-3:30 pm

ARIE VANDER REYDEN has practiced and taught self-healing on four different continents as an instructor of yoga teachers, martial arts, various types of dance, and healthy life-style practices. Students have ranged in all ages and backgrounds.

A Writer’s Toolbox

These six workshops are designed to get you started or keep you going. The instructor will cover a different topic each week: developing Ideas, storycraft, memoir and personal essays, elements of good writing, constructive critiquing, and finding your way into print. Each session includes instruction, discussion, and short writing sprints. 

ELDK 092 - F20N01
6 sessions: Tue, Nov 3-Dec 8; 9:30-11:30 am
$42.00

LOIS PETERSON has published eight children’s novels and numerous articles, essays and short stories for adults. She has taught creative writing for more than 20 years at the community, primary/high school and college levels.

Salish Sea: A Year On The Wild Side

Would you like to be better informed about the intriguing natural world of the Salish Sea? Join us as we investigate the life patterns of flora and fauna whose habitats are within this region. We will base our reading and discussions on Briony Penn’s 2019 book, A Year on the Wild Side: A Naturalist’s Almanac. The book provides perceptive commentary on the impacts of human development and climate changes on this natural world.

ELDK 035
$42.00

Choose one of the following sections:
F20Q01: 6 sessions: Tue, Nov 3-Dec 8; 9:30-11:30am
F20Q02: 6 sessions: Tue, Nov 3-Dec 8; 1:30-3:30pm

Required Text:
A Year On The Wild Side: A Naturalist’s Almanac by Briony Penn

NANCY RANDALL thoroughly enjoys teaching for VIU ElderCollege, building on prior teaching experience from elementary to post-graduate university levels. She particularly enjoys facilitating robust discussions about the healthy future of our Salish Sea region.

Nurturing Grieving And Mourning Loss

The course will offer opportunities for both personal reflection and small group discussion. We will focus on taking an inventory of loss in our lives, healthy ways of dealing with loss, myths of grief and looking at how we can be a companioning presence in the lives of those mourning loss.

ELDH 009 - F20X01
4 sessions: Tue, Nov 3-24; 12:30-2:30 pm
$31.50

JULE BRIESE is a retired educator with a passion for facilitating nurturing workshops. She holds certificates in conflict resolution and negotiation and in grief and loss studies. She received her facilitator training through the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation.

Why The Arts Matter    

Music is one of the few truly universal human phenomena and is one of the most basic and powerful forms of expression. Yet, there is a widespread notion that the arts are somehow frills. Participants will gain a greater understanding of music in particular, and the arts in general, and become well-equipped to advocate for the arts as an essential element of education and beyond.

ELDH 066 - F20N01
2 sessions: Wed, Nov 4-18; 9:30-11:30 am (No class Nov 11)
$21.00

ED WASIAK, PhD, is a retired professor of music education at the University of Lethbridge, and a long-time musician, author, arts advocate, and researcher. Dr. Wasiak is recognized widely as a leader in Canadian music education.

Road Safety For Seniors              

This course is an amalgamation of the courses Safe Driving for Seniors and Brushing Up for Seniors previously presented at VIU ElderCollege. New material has been added, including an update for the Enhanced Road Assessment, preparing for re-examination and how aging affects driving.

ELDH 051 - F20N01
4 sessions: Wed, Nov 4-Dec 2; 1:00-3:00pm (No class Nov 11)
$31.50

TIM SCHEWE is a retired RCMP constable with 25 years of service, including 20 in traffic enforcement and 10 as a technical collision investigator.

Good Bugs/Bad Bugs    

In the last six years there's been a scientific revolution in understanding of the human microbiome - the trillions of microbes that live in and on us, and are now known to be essential for normal development and function of our brain, immune systems and metabolism.  Learn how medical science is taking the first baby steps that will lead to powerful new approaches to obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies and, perhaps, autism.

ELDS 061 - F20Q01
7 sessions: Wed, Oct 28-Dec 16; 2:30-4:00 pm (No class Nov 11)
$47.25

JOHN NORTH, PhD immunology (University of Cambridge, England) spent the majority of his career developing novel pharmaceuticals, retiring after nearly a decade leading a UBC spin-off biotech company. 

Cultural Travel In Europe

Had enough of the "It's Tuesday - it must be Belgium" syndrome? This course will help you plan and enjoy stimulating holidays in Europe with a cultural or educational theme, whether you travel singly or in groups. Under guidance from the instructor, participants will be encouraged to discuss their previous experiences in order to illuminate common issues.

ELDH 057
$36.75

Choose one of the following sections:
F20Q01: 5 sessions: Wed, Nov 4-Dec 9; 3:30-5:30 pm (No class Nov 11)
F20N01: 5 sessions: Thu, Nov 5-Dec 3; 9:30-11:30 am

JOHN BLACK, professor emeritus in liberal studies (VIU) has led many art-history field schools to Europe, and is now a group leader with VIU’s Adventures in Mind.

Breath And Meditation 101

Would you like to begin meditation but don't know how to start? Would you like a refresher on basic meditation techniques? This course will include a brief history of meditation, and together we will discuss and practice breath work and seated and moving meditation. Guided meditation will also be offered. Join us to discover how meditation can benefit your mind and body and how to take your practice home.

ELDS 093 - F20Q01
6 sessions: Thu, Nov 5-Dec 10; 9:30-11:00 am
$42.00

DONNA ROY is a certified yoga instructor. She taught breath and meditation through the University of Regina’s URFit program prior to moving to Parksville in 2015.

Science, Society And Bioethics

As scientific research forges ahead, the chasm between scientific knowledge and societal understanding grows. New innovations may produce new risks of ethically undesirable consequences and public distrust of science in reaction to these new developments. This course will present some controversial areas of research which will be followed by interactive discussion of the consequences from a societal, ethical perspective.

ELDH 055
$42.00

Choose one of the following sections:
F20Q01: 6 sessions: Thu, Nov 5-Dec 10; 12:30-2:30 pm

F20Q02: 6 sessions: Thu, Nov 5-Dec 10; 9:30-11:30am

ANNE TOBY, PhD genetics (SFU). Anne’s career path led to her passion for attempting to teach scientific concepts in a simple but accurate way to those with no formal scientific background.

The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius

Stoicism is often portrayed as a cheerless philosophy of suffering and doom. Yet through the writings of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the Stoic approach to life is surprisingly rich and friendly. With no previous background in philosophy, students will discover the intelligence and honesty of Aurelius. The material covered offers an historical background of Stoicism, and ways this ancient philosophy can offer psychological and spiritual insight.

ELDN 032 - F20N01
6 sessions: Thu, Nov 5-Dec 10; 1:30-3:30 pm
$42.00

Required Text:
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Russell McNeil

RUSSELL MCNEIL, PhD, pioneered a LIDAR technology which was later deployed to measure the atmosphere of Mars. Russell worked as a science journalist for public television and radio and taught liberal studies at VIU.

The Nuclear War

Since the discovery of nuclear energy in the mid-20th Century, a battle has raged between "reckless nuclear power advocates who don't care how many people they kill with radiation" and "paranoid, ignorant anti-nuke fanatics who don't care that they have helped create anthropic global climate change". Your task will be to guess which of those caricatures is more accurate, and why. Hints are available at http://jick.net/skept/RadHaz/

ELDK 068 - F20Q01
6 sessions: Fri, Nov 6-Dec 11; 9:30-11:30 am
$42.00

Recommended Text:
“Power To Save The World”: The Truth About Nuclear Energy by Gywneth Cravens, Anything Whatsoever by Dr. Helen Caldicott

JESS BREWER, professor emeritus in physics (UBC), retired in 2011, ostensibly to write science fiction. He is the developer and advocate of (muon spin rotation/relaxation/resonance) and has given several physics-related courses at VIU ElderCollege.

Founders Of Religions - Part 1: Abrahamic Religions       

This two-part course will consider eighteen founders of religions and the basic conditions of his or her times. It will serve to highlight some crucial elements in the founders’ lives that may assist in understanding the character of the movement. Discussions related to differences between a religion, a sect, and a cult will also be considered. Participants are encouraged to read outside the class and to respectfully dialogue around different perspectives.

ELDK 061 - F20Q01
8 sessions: Fri, Oct 30-Dec 18; 9:30-11:30 am
$52.50

JACK DUCKWORTH, BMus, DipCS, MDiv, DMin, spent over 25 years in Christian mission serving in multi-generational and multi-cultural contexts including congregational, campus, and overseas teaching ministry in Eastern and Western Europe.

Hemingway's Paris Of The 1920s

This will be a discussion-based course on Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, a memoir of his days in Paris during the 1920s. The book contains portraits of other big names of the time, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, and Gertrude Stein, which was just when Hemingway was establishing himself as a writer. It also paints a brilliant description of the atmosphere of 1920s Paris. Please read the textbook prior to the first class.

ELDK 067 - F20N01
6 sessions: Fri, Nov 6-Dec 11; 1:30-3:30 pm
$42.00

Required Text:
A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway (NOT the 2009 “restored edition”). This can be downloaded for free from https://www.fadedpage.com/showbook.php?pid=20141111.

STEVE LANE, PhD English literature, taught at VIU for over 20 years. One of his main research interests is American author Ernest Hemingway. Steve has presented papers at the international Hemingway conferences from 1992 to 2018.

Advance Care Planning: Because We All Die

An accident today, a stroke tomorrow, could leave anyone incapable. Who will speak for you then? Do they know your wishes? Do you? Advance Care Planning is the process of reflecting upon then informing others of your wishes regarding accepting or foregoing specific medical interventions, etc. should you become incapable. To be legally empowering it must be done while you are capable. (This session provides information only, not legal advice).

ELDH 005 - F20N01
Thu, Sep 10; 9:30-11:30 am
$10.00

Required Text: My Voice: Expressing My Wishes For Future Health Care Treatment by BC Ministry of Health This can be downloaded for free from https://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2013/MyVoice-AdvanceCarePlanningGuide.pdf.

CHRIS ARONSON is a retired ESL instructor. Chris designed the Teaching English Overseas course and the TEFL certificate program at Malaspina College. He has taught English in Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam.

Secret Life Of Pots: Emily Carr's Ceramics            

Emily Carr is well known for magnificent depictions of her beloved West Coast landscapes. She is less known for her ceramics, produced between ~1924 to 1930 during a period of reduced financial circumstances and extreme self-doubt, her 'wilderness years'. This course reveals fresh insight into Carr's artistry and self-determination, set against a pivotal period In Canada's history, offering the chance to examine Carr's output from a different perspective.

ELDK 057
$10.00

Choose one of the following sections:
F20Q01:  Tue, Oct 27; 1:00-4:00 pm
F20N01:  Thu, Oct 29; 12:30-3:30 pm

CHRISTINE PAGAN, retired geologist, also has an MA in Art History, specialising in early twentieth century European and Canadian art, with focus on women and the West Coast.

The Charitable Investor: Making A Difference    

Learn how you can make a difference in your lifetime and beyond to the people and charities you care about while saving money on taxes. Discover how to invest in a socially responsible way. Other topics will include: ways to give assets other than cash; tax aspects of deferred gifts; and insurance as a charitable and tax tool.

ELDK 064 - F20Q01
Wed, Oct 28; 9:30-11:30 am
$10.00

GLORY GRAY, BSc finance, MFA philanthropy, started in the financial industry in 1988 as an analyst in investment banking and began helping others build wealth in 2001. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

Six Stages Of Your Caregiving Years

Throughout the caregiving journey, which can last from six months to more than 10 years, the role of family caregivers evolves - and so should the services and the support they receive. This interactive course describes the path that family caregivers take. Most important, the stages - and their related Stumbles and Steadies - provide a map for family caregivers to navigate successfully through the caregiving years.

ELDH 088
$10.00

Choose one of the following sections:
F20Q01:  Wed, Oct 28; 12:30-2:00 pm
F20N01:  Tue, Dec 15; 10:00-11:30 am

SASKIA DE QUAASTENIENT is a certified Caregiving Consultant and Educator. Saskia supports family caregivers and is an expert in providing coping strategies and tools that help them find relief from personal resentment, guilt, and stress.

Planning Your Last Will And Testament

The course will assist individuals in properly planning their Last Will and Testament and will cover the necessary requirements of a legal Will. Emphasis will be on mental capacity; the structuring of the Will; proper execution and witnessing; the appointment and responsibilities of Executors; dealing with blended family issues; spousal testamentary trusts; testamentary disability trusts; Wills variation claims and why Wills are sometimes challenged in court.

ELDK 021 - F20Q01
Wed, Oct 28; 1:30-4:30 pm
$10.00

JOHN A. HOSSACK is a lawyer practicing in the areas from north Nanaimo to Courtenay. John places emphasis on will planning, alternatives to will planning, probate avoidance and trusts including alter-ego trusts and joint-partner trusts.

Simple Strategies To Be Secure Online

Every day we hear about sophisticated new cyber-attacks infiltrating major corporations and governments. How does the ordinary citizen protect their phones, computers and online accounts from this continuous assault? We'll start this presentation exploring the motivations and methods of the cyber-criminal. Then using that knowledge, we will uncover three simple strategies for significantly improving your personal cybersecurity.

ELDK 044
$10.00

Choose one of the following sections:
F20N01:  Mon, Nov 9; 9:30-12:30 pm
F20Q01:  Tue, Dec 15; 9:30-12:30 pm

ERIC BYRES is an expert on cybersecurity for critical infrastructures, advising governments and energy companies how to secure systems like the power grid and air traffic control that are essential to our way of life.

Good Touch, Bad Touch

Safety is a tricky business! If we shy away from talking to our young grandchildren about unsafe touch, it's because we just don't know what to say. In this class, we will explore ways of having this important conversation by focusing on common-sense safety skills, while using stories, toys and art that are age-appropriate, entertaining and informative.

ELDK 089 - F20Q01
Wed, Dec 16; 1:30-3:00 pm
$10.00

RALPH FRANK, MA, RCC, a social worker, psychotherapist and educator for over 40 years, specialized in sexual abuse counselling, prevention and social service delivery. He has written a book about safe and unsafe touch for children aged 4-8 years-old.

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