Spring 2022 Course Calendar

Course Descriptors - Spring 2022

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JANUARY SESSION

PLEASE NOTE: All courses held in-person will require that you show your BC Vaccine Passport and a piece of valid government photo ID in accordance with the direction from the BC Public Health Order upon entering the classroom.

China And The West Against Japan: World At War 1931-1945

This course will cover traditional interpretations of WWII in Asia and the Pacific. We will look at Japanese, Chinese and Western interpretations of the War in Asia. Emphasis will be up on the reasons for Japanese expansion, its conflict with other rising powers and the course of the war, with emphasis on the war in mainland Asia. The legacy of WWII in Asia-Pacific and its effects on legitimacy of rule in countries and current international relations will also be discussed. 

ELDS 059 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Mon, Jan 17-Feb 28; 9:30-11:00 am (No class Feb 21)
Location: Online
$46.00

ROD SZASZ, MSc (LSE), is a UBC and VIU alumnus. He has lived in Japan and China for over 25 years and has made original contributions to the study of WWII in Asia and the Pacific with translations of Japanese war-related documents. 

UPDATED -  The World Of The Future

What are the future possibilities of our world given our current state? This course examines the interplay between migration, population, technology, income inequality, global warming, medical and genetic knowledge, along with human nature. Join this discussion and help predict what may happen in the near future and beyond.   

ELDH 067 - S22W01 (web registration)   

6 sessions: Mon, Jan 17-Feb 28; 10:00-Noon (No class Feb 21
Location: Online
$46.00   

DANIEL LORDAHL, PhD psychology (University of Wisconsin-Madison) was a faculty member at several universities in the US and Canada. Daniel has expertise in human thinking, experimental design, and statistics.  

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 - S22W01 (web registration)

5 sessions: Mon, Jan 17-Feb 14; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Online
 
$40.50
 

SOPHIA ANDRAS, PhD, studied dentistry at Semmelweis Medical University of Budapest. She became a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Texas and also studied nutrition at the Canadian Nutrition Institute. 

Joyful Living With A Meditation Practice

Aging is not for the faint of heart! Does trying to balance self-care, without sacrificing your engagement in life, sometimes feel like an exhausting tight-rope dance? With mindfulness, we can overcome this struggle and live with insight, curiosity, unconditional self-love - even humour. This will be a journey of self-exploration for those interested in developing an ongoing meditation practice for the purpose of enriching daily life.  

ELDK 077 - S22W01 (web registration)

16 sessions: Mon, Jan 17-May 16; 1:00-2:30 pm (No class Feb 21 & Apr 18) 
Location: Online
$103.00

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. 

Energy Medicine For Self And Others: Level 3

In the third course of this 3-part series, participants will be presented and invited to practice additional energy healing techniques from energy medicine, energy psychology and other healing energy modalities. These techniques will be explored in greater depth with participants being encouraged to work in pairs in the class and on family and friends outside of class. Level 2 of this series is required before taking Level 3. 

CANCELLED

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. 

NEW - Climate Action Workshop

How might we take action on climate change? This 5-session workshop series will investigate 82 relevant climate solutions. Students will develop action plans for the individual, family and friends, community, and/or for policy levels. Expect to meet with people who are curious and caring; people who roll up their sleeves to get going, and who choose new habits and projects that contribute to the healing of our precious planet. 

ELDJ 069 (web registration)

FREE

Choose one of the following sections: 

S22W01 

S22W02 

5 sessions:
Mon, Jan 17-Feb 14 
 
1:00-3:00 pm 
5 sessions:
Mon, Apr 4-May 9 (
No class Apr 18) 
1:00-3:00 pm 

Location: Online 

Location: Online 

 

JOAN GILLIES is coordinator of BC Drawdown, a Climate Reality Leader, and active member of the West Coast Climate Action Network, and the Sustainability Action Group for the Environment. 

NANCY RANDALL is dedicating this decade to work on climate change solutions. She enjoys facilitating wonderful discussions through VIU ElderCollege building on her experience of teaching and learning with university and K-12 learners. 

Joyful Living With A Meditation Practice - Part 2 

With the basic skills of this ancient practice in hand, the intriguing journey of exploring our heart-felt minds - our most valuable gift - continues.  As a sangha (a community of meditators) we will explore lessons from wise teachers for the purpose of strengthening our meditation practice and fully showing up for our lives with unconditional love and joyous gratitude.  

ELDJ 023 - S22W01 (web registration)

16 sessions: Mon, Jan 17-May 16; 3:00-4:30 pm (No class Feb 21 & Apr 18)
Location:
 
Online
$103.00
 

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. 

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 - S22W01 (web registration)     

5 sessions: Tue, Jan 18-Feb 15; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Online 

$40.50 

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

NEW - Solace Through Nature Writing

Learn to express your responses to nature through creative writing. This course will focus on techniques and writing exercises. Visuals such as photography and sketches outside of the course will be encouraged. Students will be asked to read and discuss their writing on a volunteer basis.   

ELDJ 025 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Tue, Jan 18-Feb 22; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Online
$46.00

Required Text:  Love of the Salish Sea Islands: new essays, memoirs, and poems by 40 island writers (2019) 

CAROLYN REDL taught at several Alberta and British Columbia colleges and universities, most recently at VIU and Athabasca University. Her specializations are Canadian literature and narratives by Arctic women.  

Inspired Smartphone Photography

This course is designed to help you enjoyably and expressively take, then edit photos you love. Topics include: the key to meaningful photography; photography fundamentals; and how to use the photography features on your smartphone. 

ELDK 097 - S22W01 (web registration)

4 sessions: Tue, Feb 8-Mar 1; 1:00-2:30 pm 
Location: Online
$34.50
 

Required Supplies: Smartphone *this does not include an iPad or Android tablet 

DEBBIE FLYNN is a professional photographer who has captured precious moments in people's lives and in nature for over 30 years. For the past three years she has taught smartphone photography to dozens of people in the Oceanside area. 

NEW - Exploring The Coast With Cook And Vancouver

James Cook and George Vancouver put the Northwest Coast on the map, opening it up to the European mind and eye; and exposing it to the possibilities for exploitation. For the explorers it was an incredible feat of navigation and seamanship. For the people of the Northwest Coast, it would change their lives and cultures forever. This course will look at the achievements of the explorers and their impact on the Northwest Coast and its people. 

ELDJ 049 - S22W02 (web registration)

6 sessions: Tue, Jan 18-Feb 22; 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: Online
$46.00

ROBIN FISHER, historian and former provost and vice-president academic of Mount Royal University (Calgary), has taught at several Canadian universities. He has researched and published on the history of First Nations/settler relations in British Columbia. 

Writing Your Legacy  

Writing personal history and memoirs can be both transformative and daunting.  Using carefully selected legacy themes and sensitizing questions, you will be encouraged to write two-page vignettes each week to share with your fellow students.  You will learn to avoid a dry chronology by going deeper into themes that guide and shape the evolution of your life and lead you through the labyrinth of your deepest memories. 

ELDH 006 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Tue, Jan 18-Feb 22; 1:30-3:30 pm  
Location: Online
$46.00
 

MARVA BLACKMORE has been an editor since the 1980s and has spent the last few years helping people in Oceanside write and edit their memoirs. Marva is a storyteller, memoir writer, editor, creative writing mentor, and instructor. 

Fossils - Windows Into The Past

This course provides an overall view of the fossil history of the earth, emphasizing the palaeontology of Vancouver Island. Discussions include types of fossilization, rocks, minerals and geological time periods. 

ELDP 075 - S22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, Jan 19-Feb 23; 9:30-11:30 am 
Location: Parksville
$46.00
 

GRAHAM BEARD is president of the Vancouver Island Paleontology Museum Society, as well as director and curator of the museum. He is vice-president of the BC Paleontological Alliance and co-author of West Coast Fossils and numerous scientific papers. 

Writing From Life

This course is designed to help experienced and novice writers to mine their life experiences for stories and scenes to convert into memoir, stories, poetry or personal essays. Enjoy lively sessions using prompts, brainstorming, discussion, in-class writing and group feedback. The instructor will provide useful writing techniques and strategies along with motivation and support for writers at all levels. 

ELDH 034 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, Jan 19-Feb 23; 10:00-Noon 
Location: Online
$46.00

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 level. 

Stimulate Your Creativity

Learn to access and express your creative energy. We all have it. We just need to practice it in a joyful way to stimulate it.  You will be amazed at how creative you are by following simple guidelines that are introduced in this course.  

ELDK 099 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, Jan 19-Feb 23; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location: Online 
$46.00

ARIE VANDER REYDEN has authored four books, paints, and composes music for performance and dance. Most of his creative energy is expressed for the sheer joy of it. However, it has assisted him a lot in his various enterprises and projects. 

Origins Of Ancient Civilizations

The Pyramids. Harappa. Babylon. The classical civilizations of the ancient world are known to every student, tourist, or History Channel buff. How did these civilizations develop? What are their key characteristics? How and why did they collapse? This short course will take three of the best known - ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Indus Valley - and address those key questions as we tour their sites, cultures, and artifacts. 

ELDK 045 (web registration)

3 sessions: Thu, Jan 20-Feb 3; 3:30-5:30pm
Location: Online
$29.00

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. 

Themes In Medieval And Renaissance Art

This 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 organized 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 S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, Jan 19-Feb 23; 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Online
 
$46.00

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

Virginia Woolf 1882-1941 

This course showcases Woolf's significant contributions to literature and to modernist publishing. She was a founding member of the Bloomsbury Group, a ground breaking author, editor, biographer, essayist, diarist and arts critic and a co-owner, operator and bookbinder for the Hogarth Press. Along with her husband Leonard, a political theorist, this small indie press would go on to publish T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, Sigmund Freud, and of course Virginia Woolf.  

CANCELLED

MARILYN JONES, BA honors English (U of A), MPub (SFU), enjoys sharing her keen interest in female authors, publishing history and the arts. 

Founders Of Religions - Part 2: Eastern Religions

This course will consider 18 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. Students are encouraged to read outside the class and to respectfully dialogue around different perspectives. 

CANCELLED

JACK DUCKWORTH, BMus, DipCSMDivDMin, 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. 

NEW - Nuclear Power Vs. Global Climate Change

Nuclear reactors offer one way to generate power without producing greenhouse gases. They have been successfully opposed for half a century by those exaggerating their hazards, but today many new designs are gaining proponents. This course begins by explaining how radiation works and proceeds to review the new reactor designs and their potential applications. 

ELDJ 074 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Thu, Jan 20-Feb 24; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Online
$46.00
 

JESS H. BREWER is a UBC Physics Professor Emeritus with a PhD in high energy physics, and developer of muon spin rotation/relaxation/resonance techniques. Jess is author of over 400 papers in refereed scientific journals, and a would-be science fiction writer. 

NEW - Abstract Art: My Kid Could Do That

Explore the many different styles of abstract art from the 20th century. Paint your own Abstract Modern Art, like a pro. Learn how to view abstract art and to critique it. Not all abstract art is bad abstract art; learn what makes it good art. 

ELDJ 068 - S22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Thu, Jan 20-Feb 24; 10:00-Noon 
Location: Parksville
$46.00

Required Supplies: 6-10 large sized art paper (140lb) OR 6-10 canvases  61cm X 91cm or larger, acrylic paints (red, blue, yellow, white and black), 3 brushes (small to large), and a water jar.

DEBORAH SEARS, MFA, began her second career as an artist with a 2-year Diploma from VIU. She has had 30 solo exhibitions of her paintings and prints. Her works are held in public and private collections in Canada, America, Holland, Germany, England, and recently online.  

NEW - Judging The Hero In History And Literature

This team-taught course invites students to distinguish between a selection of heroes and villains: the good from the bad, the fools from the mad. The course compares two figures each week to evaluate how history and literature distinguish the hero from the villain. The Homeric heroes Achilles and Odysseus will be followed by pairs of historical figures from the Reformation on to the present century. 

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.  

GARVIN MOLES is a retired teacher who authored a number of textbooks for BC schools. He is interested in the history of ideas and enjoys sharing this interest. 

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 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Thu, Jan 20-Feb 24; 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Online
$46.00
 

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. 

Making Your Dreams Come True

Bring new clarity to what you REALLY want out of life. You will learn about the steps you can take to manifest a life you will love. The instructor will provide the tools to create a vision and feeling of a sense of self-empowerment. Her presentations are interactive and geared towards different learning styles with lots of fun, laughter and insights into how Universal Laws work. 

ELDH 090 - S22W01 (web registration)

4 sessions: Thu, Jan 20-Feb 10; 12:30-2:00 pm
Location: Online
$34.50
 

DOROTHEA GORDON, BA, MEd (Germany), taught in Europe and Victoria, BC high schools: French, German, Spanish and Latin. She is now a certified DreamBuilder coach, giving presentations and workshops locally and internationally. 

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 establishing0 himself as a writer. It also paints a brilliant description of the atmosphere of 1920s Paris. 

ELDK 067 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: 6 sessions: Fri, Jan 21-Feb 25; 10:00-Noon

Location: Online
$46.00

Required Text: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway 

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 international Hemingway conferences from 1992 to 2018. 

Western Mahjong For Beginners

This course outlines the rules and play for Western (Australian) Mahjong which is both challenging and fun. Luck and skill combine to create winning hands. Learn to organize Chinese tiles for this versatile game that you can play with others. Students will practice playing hands of Mahjong in class and will learn to play Ordinary hand as well as other Mahjong hands involving Pungs and Chows. 

ELDH 023 - S22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Fri, Jan 21-Feb 25; 1:00-3:00 pm 
Location: Parksville
$46.00

KAREN STRONG, BEd, MA, has taught public school for 36 years. She learned Mah Jong from Rhondda Sellars and plays in a weekly group. She has also taught friends how to play.

Registration for all VIU ElderCollege courses is now available online! 

Click the web registration links to register online to register today!

MARCH SESSION 

PLEASE NOTE: All courses held in-person will require that you show your BC Vaccine Passport and a piece of valid government photo ID in accordance with the direction from the BC Public Health Order upon entering the classroom.

UPDATED - Canada In Flanders WW1

This course will focus on the Canadian involvement in WWI especially on the Western Front. The instructor, who has lived in Flanders and also in Canada, has a unique close perspective of the courage and sacrifice men and women made in WWI. All aspects of this time will be covered. It is a study of Canadians and the consequences for our country and the lessons we can draw from that. 

ELDK 051 - S22Q01 (web registration)

8 sessions: Mon, Mar 7-May 2; 9:30-11:30 am (No class Apr 18)
Location: Parksville
$57.50

JOHNNY COOPMAN is a musician and amateur historian. He is currently writing a concept album dealing with Canadians who were in the Ieper (Yprès) Salient during WWI. Johnny’s passion is to share this history with others. 

NEW - The Shelley-Byron Circle In The Mediterranean

Shelley and Byron exiled themselves from England and spent time together in Switzerland and Italy. This course looks at their lives and literature along with members of their "circle" including Mary Shelley, Claire Clairement, John Polidori, and others. Lasting pieces of English literature will be read for discussion.  

ELDJ 057 - S22W01 (web registration)

5 sessions: Mon, Mar 7-Apr 4; 10:00-11:30 am 
Location: Online
$40.50
 
Required Text: The instructor will assemble some poems and excerpts into a "textbook" which will be provided. 

STEVE LANE, PhD English literature (UVic), studied the Romantic poets and 19th century literature. He has delivered papers on Wordsworth, Blake, Shelley and Byron at international conferences, and has taught Frankenstein to undergraduates.  

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 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Mon, Mar 7-Apr 11; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Online
$46.00 
 

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. 

UPDATED - Prepare For Emergencies And Disasters 

This course starts with a discussion of the many types of emergency events that can befall BC, how vulnerable we are, and what governments are doing to minimize risks. We will then cover what we need to do as individuals, households and neighbourhoods, as we are the first line of preparedness and response. The final session includes a few desk-top exercises to empower you to turn a potential catastrophe into a mere inconvenience. 

ELDH 021 - S22Q01 (web registration)      

5 sessions: Mon, Mar 21-Apr 25; 12:30-2:30 pm (No class April 18) 
Location: Parksville 
$40.50
 

ROSS PETERSON is a former director of emergency management for the North Shore municipalities (Vancouver), and has been providing personal and neighborhood preparedness instruction for over 20 years.

Genealogy 101: How To Begin And Prove Your Tree  

This course will introduce you to the basics of good genealogy practice – what to record, how to record it, and how to find what you want to record. By the end of this course you will know how to determine if your family's stories are fact or fiction, and be able to share your work knowing it meets the Genealogical Proof Standard. 

ELDK 076 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Mon, Mar 7-Apr 11; 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Online
$46.00
 

BRONWYN FRAZER is a passionate family history researcher and a graduate (with distinction) of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She loves the thrill of the hunt, solving family mysteries, and helping others grow their family trees. 

Your Microbiome - Both Good And Bad

In recent years there has been a scientific revolution in our understanding of the human microbiome. The trillions of bacteria, archaea, yeasts and other microbes that live in/on us are now known to be essential for normal development and function of our brain, immune system and metabolism. Learn how medical science is taking the first small steps toward powerful new approaches to obesity, diabetes, asthmas, allergies and - perhaps - Alzheimer's.  

ELDJ 012 - S22W01 (web registration)     

8 sessions: Tue, Mar 1-Apr 19; 10:00am-11:30 am
Location: Online
$46.00
 

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. 

How To Talk To Anyone About Climate Change

Conversations about climate change can be challenging. This course will give you all the tools you need, derived from experts in values research, storytelling and communications. This is not a course to learn the science of climate change and those who deny that climate change is real will not be comfortable in this class. We will learn how to talk about climate change as if it mattered to everyone.  

ELDJ 045 - S22W01 (web registration)

4 sessions: Tue, Mar 8-29; 10:00-Noon
Location: Online
$34.50
 

PATRICIA LANE, retired lawyer, was the longest serving member of the Sierra Club Board and still serves in a variety of capacities. She has been studying effective climate communications since 2012 when she helped to found LeadNow. 

Coal Mining History On Vancouver Island 

For over one hundred years, Scottish, English, Italian, Croatian and Chinese miners dug the coal that lies beneath the surface of Vancouver Island from Ladysmith to Port Hardy. Generations of miners worked without the protection of a union; they died in floods, explosions and cave-ins. Their families survived on the strength of the community. 

ELDH 008 - S22W01 (web registration)     

6 sessions: Tue, Mar 8-Apr 12; 10:30am-12:30 pm 
Location: 
Online
$46.00 

LYNNE BOWEN is a writer and lecturer. Three of her seven books (Boss Whistle; Three Dollar Dreams; and Robert Dunsmuir, Laird of the Mines) tell the story of coal mining on Vancouver Island. 

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 - S22W01 (web registration)  

4 sessions: Tue, Mar 8-29; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Online
$34.50

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

NEW - Improv Lifestyle Experience 

Clear communication is the key to living fully and joyfully! Practice skills to resolve difficult/ sensitive relationships in a safe setting using a new Communication Tool. Learn to understand other peoples’ reactions, while intelligently fine-tuning and controlling your own. Gain confidence in evaluating situations and making decisions compatible with your values. This course is ideal for navigating life in the workplace, at home, or in volunteer settings.

ELDJ 083 - S22Q01 (web registration)

5 sessions: Tue, Mar 8-Apr 5; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location: Parksville
$40.50
 

JANIT BIANIC has been enthusiastically sharing her knowledge of the Sacred Awareness Wheel teachings with business professionals and the general public for over 30 years. Janit looks forward to helping students create a fresh start. 

NEW - French Songs Through History

Through songs, this is a peek-a-boo view into French culture from France, Québec, Acadia, Belgium, Louisiana and the French West Indies, from folklore to modern time. Lyrics will be provided to participants to study, to listen with the music, and to sing it if desired. The course will be given in English with a French flavour! This is the perfect course to refresh your French through songs.  

ELDK 084 - S22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Tue, Mar 8-Apr 12; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location: Parksville 
$46.00
 

Required: Grade 12 French or equivalent 

SUZANNE BERNARD, a retired French immersion teacher, is passionate about singing in French and preserving French culture. Suzanne has been coordinator of the French singing group 'Nous Chantons' for over 10 years.

Vancouver Island History 1774-1871

Can you imagine Victoria as a smaller version of 1850s San Francisco? How could a pig almost start a war? Beginning with the first European contacts with Vancouver Island's Aboriginal Peoples, we will follow the Spanish and British explorers, then continue with the fur trade on the coast. Discover how our southern border was set in 1846, how Vancouver Island lost its independence in 1866 and how the united colonies ultimately negotiated a union with Canada. Learn more about the startling and fascinating events and people of early Vancouver Island. 

ELDR 093 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Tue, Mar 8-Apr 12; 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Online

$46.00 

DAVID HOBSON is passionate about history and has degrees in history and German from the University of Victoria and UCLA. He has taught at numerous institutions in BC including UVicCamosun College and VIU ElderCollege. 

The Diversity Of Life

The living world is remarkable: whales with tongues the size of an elephant, birds that remain airborne for a year and frogs that survive being frozen solid.  This course will examine fascinating examples of the diversity of life as well as some of the most fundamental characteristics shared by all living things. We will "think biologically" as we consider amazing adaptations and behaviours of the species around us. 

ELDJ 009 - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Tue, Mar 8-Apr 12; 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Online
$46.00
 

DOUG FRASER, BSc, BEd, is a science educator and author passionate about promoting awareness and better understanding of science and its role in society. 

It's Clouds' Illusions You'll Recall

Have you ever stared at a painting and wondered how the artist created such a compelling sky? Did it deepen your desire to create your own painting of a cloudscape? In this course science will mesh with both Art and Poetry, as we first become familiar with nephology, the earth science study of clouds.  We will then analyze how artistic Masters, such as van Gogh, painted their clouds.  Poems and songs centered on clouds, will also be interwoven with this visual stimuli.  In the second part of each class, armed with 'tricks of the trade' for creating powerful skies, you will create your own acrylic landscape paintings (bring some reference photos you might want to use). All levels welcome - experience the joy of creativity! 

ELDH 001 - S22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, Mar 9-Apr 13; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Parksville
$46.00
 
Required Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. 

TERRI BOWEN, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning Through the Arts school in Calgary. A four-time winner of Lighthouse Country's Grand Aggregate Arts Award, and 2020 winner of Oceanside's Art Warz contest, her knowledge of art is augmented with visits to major art galleries in North America and Europe. Her art can be found from the UK to Florida and across Canada. She works in many mediums and formats including murals. 

Bridge 1

This course is an introduction to basic bidding and play using the Standard American 5-Card Major system. It is intended for both beginners and those who have not played bridge for some time but wish to re-learn this currently used system. Homework is expected. 

ELDP 070 - S22X01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, Mar 9-Apr 13; 9:30-Noon
Location: Nanoose Bay
$46.00 
Recommended Text: Bridge Basics I: An Introduction by Audrey Grant 

BRIAN ATKINSON, architect, has played bridge throughout the world: under a hanging car headlamp while bombs dropped overhead in Iraq; in the rain forests of Costa Rica; and beside the Mekong River in Laos, amongst other places. 

Canada's Iconic Group Of Seven

Celebrate Canada by immersing yourself in a study of the iconic Group of Seven painters.  Begin by realizing there were many more than seven in this group!  Learn how this group formed, continued and became successful beginning in 1920, and how the cultural and political times influenced their styles. Following the first hour of each class, students will paint in the style of these Canadian Masters, using reference photos they have brought from home. All levels welcome - experience the joy of creativity! 

ELDH 013 - S22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, Mar 9-Apr 13; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Parksville
$46.00
 
Required Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. 

TERRI BOWEN, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning Through the Arts school in Calgary. A four-time winner of Lighthouse Country's Grand Aggregate Arts Award, and 2020 winner of Oceanside's Art Warz contest, her knowledge of art is augmented with visits to major art galleries in North America and Europe. Her art can be found from the UK to Florida and across Canada. She works in many mediums and formats including murals. 

Revolution, Empire And Change

Explore the fascinating people, revolutionary ideas, and tumultuous events of the French Revolution and Napoleonic era that transformed Europe and changed the world. Topics of discussion include: Life in Feudal Europe; Scientists, Philosophers, and Physiocrats; Ideals and Aspirations of the French Revolution; Rise and Fall of the Radicals; and Napoleon's Successes, Failures and Legacy. 

ELDN 068 - S22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, Mar 9-Apr 13; 1:00-3:00 pm 
Location: Parksville
$46.00 

BRETT BOWEN attended the University of Calgary for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Upon graduation he began work with the Calgary Board of Education as (primarily) a teacher of social studies, humanities, and history. 

NEW - Better Brain, Better Memory

Are you interested in stimulating your brain to keep it more active and help with your ability to remember things? Play fun games to enhance your memory and increase alertness in your everyday life. We will talk about things you can do on a daily basis to keep your brain from becoming lazy. It is never too late to train your brain to keep you healthy.  

ELDK 058 - S22N01 (web registration)

3 sessions: Wed, Mar 9-23; 3:00-5:00pm 
Location: Nanaimo
$29.00

LINDA SMITH has a special interest in the brain and memory and has read extensively on the subject in order to become knowledgeable. Her presentations have resulted in the formation of a "Brain Power Group" at her Probus club. 

Choose Wellness: Nutrition for Body, Mind, and Spirit  

Ever wonder how stress affects your digestive system, or sleep affects your weight? This course introduces practical tools and knowledge to build your own healthy eating style. Topics include: the protein/carb/fat ratio; a history of food; advertising of food; the rise of obesity; the diet industry; healthy aging; and much more. All is presented from a holistic perspective based on research. 

ELDJ 042 - S22W01 (web registration)     

6 sessions: Wed, Mar 9-Apr 13; 3:30-5:30 pm 
Location: Online
$46.00

CHARLOTTE CROWLEY, RHN, is an engaging and passionate health educator. Her goal is to live to 120 – vital and energetic. She presents nutrition seminars, works with private clients, and is a yoga and fitness instructor. 

What Am I Doing Here? 

Most religions have a golden rule. But is this enough? Does this satisfy our deeper questions about what we are doing here? Understanding the spirituality and ethics of a religion may help someone's search. This course (previously known as Ethical Implications of Religious Practices) examines eight world religions through the book God is Not One (Prothero). The classes will consider them through lectures, readings, and dialogue. 

ELDK 056 - S22W01 (web registration)     

8 sessions: Thu, Mar 10-Apr 28; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Online 
$57.50 
 

JACK DUCKWORTH, BMus, DipCSMDivDMin, 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. 

NEW - Exploring The Coast With Cook And Vancouver 

James Cook and George Vancouver put the Northwest Coast on the map, opening it up to the European mind and eye; and exposing it to the possibilities for exploitation. For the explorers it was an incredible feat of navigation and seamanship. For the people of the Northwest Coast, it would change their lives and cultures forever. This course will look at the achievements of the explorers and their impact on the Northwest Coast and its’ people. 

ELDJ 049  - S22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Thu, Mar 10-Apr 14; 9:30-11:0am 
Location: Online 
$46.00

ROBIN FISHER, historian and former provost and vice-president academic of Mount Royal University (Calgary), has taught at several Canadian universities. He has researched and published on the history of First Nations/settler relations in British Columbia. 

UPDATED - The Strait Of Georgia And Pacific Salmon

The Strait of Georgia remains one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet, but is warming and changing because of climate change. Learn how the Strait of Georgia ecosystem functions, review the changing dynamics of the fishes in it and discuss what you need to know to interpret what you hear about Pacific salmon. Much of what you think about salmon will change after this course. 

ELDJ 065 - S22Q01 (web registration)

4 sessions: Thu, Mar 10-31; 10:00-Noon 
Location: Parksville
$34.50

DICK BEAMISH, CM, OBC, PhD, DSc, FRSC, is a retired fisheries scientist who continues to study the dynamics of fishes including salmon. He recently published “The Sea Among Us – The Amazing Strait of Georgia” which is background for this course. 

NEW - Critical Thinking in Everyday Life

Very little of what we hear is actually being said.  We are being led to a conclusion, our own conclusion, but often a false conclusion. This can stir us to buy that snake oil. It keeps us glued to the news. Learn to distinguish factual information from false conclusions. Learn to practice critical thinking in everyday life. 

ELDJ 067 - S22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Thu, Mar 10-Apr 14; 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: Parksville
$46.00
 

DEBORAH SEARS, MSc, MAFA, is a retired registered psychologist and practicing artist. She teaches Critical Thinking in Psychology and Critical Practice in Fine Art while emphasizing the importance to think critically in everyday life.     

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 - S22N01 (web registration)     

6 sessions: Thu, Mar 10-Apr 14; 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Nanaimo 
$46.00
 
Required Supplies:  Bring your camera and its’ manual to each class. 

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

NEW - The World Of Daphne du Maurier 

Best known for Rebecca, the novel that made her money and made her name, Daphne du Maurier resisted and resented being categorized as a popular” writer.  Born of an artistic, literary and theatrical family, she excelled at the creation of alternate realities within the familiar space of everyday life which continue to enthral readers and film makers alike.   We will consider and discuss a few novels and stories that typify her range and facility. 

Recommended Text: The Birds, My Cousin Rachel, The Scapegoat and The House on the Strand by Daphne de Maurier 

SANDRA WALKER, PhD English (UofT), taught mature students at York University’s Atkinson College for 20 years. She enjoys exploring with like-minded people whatever literary subject strikes her fancy. 

Introduction To The Night Skies

Learn about the moon, planets, constellations, galaxies and much more. This non-scientific introduction to astronomy will tell you about the treasures of the night sky and how to observe them from your own backyard. You'll take a voyage of exploration from ancient times to the present and share in some of the great discoveries and mysteries of the universe. There may be a field trip. 

ELDN 066 - S22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Fri, Mar 11-Apr 22; 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Parksville
$46.00
 

DAVID PRUD'HOMME is a past president of the Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has a keen interest in the natural sciences and loves to share the beauties of the night sky.

Registration for all VIU ElderCollege courses is now available online! 

Click the web registration links to register online to register today!

MAY SESSION

PLEASE NOTE: All courses held in-person will require that you show your BC Vaccine Passport and a piece of valid government photo ID in accordance with the direction from the BC Public Health Order upon entering the classroom.

Doing Business In China

Over the past 30 years China has seen the largest and fastest economic growth in the history of the world. This course will examine the "why" and the "how" such unprecedented growth has occurred to the "Middle Kingdom" with a focus on foreign direct investment entry strategies, cross border problems, operational issues, protection of intellectual property and exit considerations. 

ELDH 037 - i22Q01 (web registration)

4 sessions: Mon, May 2-30; 10:00-Noon (No class May 23)
Location: Parksville
$34.50 
  

RICHARD L. WAGEMAN, LLM, worked as a lawyer for many years in British Columbia and in China. From 2001 to 2015 he was foreign legal counsel with a leading Chinese firm and a partner with one of the world’s largest law firms. Richard has been recognized by “International Legal Who’s Who Business Lawyers-Franchise” as a leading franchise lawyer in China and internationally.   

Sacred Geometry For Creativity And Fun

Sacred Geometry is the devotional art of understanding the power of nature. This hands-on course is designed for the beginner artist to learn about the 12 elements of Sacred Geometry. We will create art on paper with colored pencils, utilizing the form of mandalas, yantras and spirals. Ideas and samples will be offered to prompt fun and creativity.  

ELDK 059 - i22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Mon, May 2-Jun 13; 10:00-Noon (No class May 23)
Location: Online
$46.00

Required Supplies: Bring a drawing pad, small ruler, inexpensive compass, colored pencils, black pencil and eraser. 

SOPHIA ANDRAS, PhD, studied dentistry at Semmelweis Medical University of Budapest. She became a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Texas and also studied nutrition at the Canadian Nutrition Institute. 

Our Amazing Sense Of Hearing

This course covers several topics concerning our amazing sense of hearing. We begin with an overview of the ear and how its parts all work together. The second session looks at the various types of hearing disorders. The third session covers "tinnitus" or ringing in the ear. The final session explores today's hearing aid technology. There will be a question and answer period at the end of each class. 

ELDJ 027 - i22W01 (web registration)

4 sessions: Mon, May 2-30; 12:30-2:00 pm (No class May 23)
Location: Online
$34.50 

TED VENEMA, PhD audiology (University of Oklahoma), was a clinical audiologist for NexGen Hearing in Victoria. He now teaches at BC’s only hearing practitioner program at Douglas College in Coquitlam. 

Why The Arts Matter

The arts are powerful and unique forms of expression used universally to convey and understand all manner of what it means to be human. This has never been more evident as the world grapples with a global pandemic, economic recession, unemployment, climate change, and widespread protests against racism. In this interactive course, students will extend their understanding of the arts and how they really are essential to living well.  

ELDH 066 - i22Q01 (web registration)

2 sessions: Mon, May 2-9; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Parksville
$24.00 

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. He is recognized widely as a leader in Canadian music education. 

The Art Of Listening To Music

Believe it or not, there is both art and skill involved in listening to music. This enjoyable and interactive course will involve a number of engaging activities to help participants develop their understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of a variety of musical styles by learning to become active and creative listeners. 

ELDK 037 - i22Q01 (web registration)

3 sessions: Mon, Jun 6-Jun 20; 12:30-2:30pm
Location: Parksville
$29.00 

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. He is recognized widely as a leader in Canadian music education. 

NEW - Beyond The COVID Death Pits 

COVID-19 exposed many of our long-term care facilities as ‘death pits’. This interactive course will explore questions like: How did we get here? When it comes to infection control and a better quality of life, what can we learn from best practices internationally, nationally, and locally? How do we fix an aging and broken system? What significant changes are already in the works? 

ELDJ 081 - i22Q01 (web registration)  

4 sessions: Tue, May 3-24; 10:00-noon
Location: Parksville
$34.50 

RUDY FRIESEN is a retired architect, author, and consultant who researches best practices for long-term care around the world, advocates for aging better in community, speaks to groups in Canada and abroad, and consults for long-term care organizations. See www.agingbetterincommunity.com  

Inspired Smartphone Photography

This course is designed to help you enjoyably and expressively take, then edit photos you love. Topics include: the key to meaningful photography; photography fundamentals; and how to use the photography features on your smartphone. 

ELDK 097 - i22W01 (web registration)

4 sessions: Tue, May 3-24; 1:00-2:30 pm 
Location: Online
$34.50 
Required Supplies: Smartphone *this does not include an iPad or Android tablet 

DEBBIE FLYNN is a professional photographer who has captured precious moments in people's lives and in nature for over 30 years. For the past three years she has taught smartphone photography to dozens of people in the Oceanside area. 

NEW - TREES!

Enjoy a welcoming introduction to trees during this highly experiential course. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the ecological and cultural importance of trees and their importance in communities through a series of field trips, guest speakers and film. We’ll practice native tree identification in an early successional forest, a young forest, a mature forest, and a provincial park. Although native trees will be emphasized, we will also visit the Parksville Arboretum to see some trees of the world! This course requires transportation to the field trip locations and walking on moderate trails. Weather-appropriate shoes and clothing are necessary.

Choose one of the following sections: 

i22X01 i22X02
4 sessions: 
Tue, Apr 26-May 17; 1:00-4:30 pm 
4 sessions: 
Tue, May 24-Jun 14; 1:00-4:30 pm 
Location: Off Campus - Parksville Location: Off Campus - Parksville

Supplies: There is an additional $20 supply and entry fee payable to the instructor at the first class. 

LYNNE BROOKES, PhD, has a passion for nature and has taught biology, ecology, environmental science and conservation. She enjoys sharing with others the fascination of native plants, local ecology, birds and mindful gardening for wildlife. 

Vancouver Island History 1871-1914

Beginning in 1871, learn how British Columbia became a province of Canada and how Victoria ended up as its capital city. We will discuss how Victoria, once the biggest town in all of British Columbia, slowly lost its financial and economic position to Vancouver but survived as the political centre and base for the Royal Navy. Discover how the building of the Island's own Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway promised prosperity for the Island communities. Drop in on the infamous Dunsmuirs, learn about the Island's collieries, Craigdarroch Castle, the seal fishery, Victoria's red light district, streetcars and breweries. We will also uncover the lives of some of our more colourful Premiers including Amor De Cosmos, John Robson, E.G. Prior, Richard McBride.  

ELDQ 076 - i22X01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Tue, May 3-Jun 7; 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Downtown Nanaimo
$46.00 

DAVID HOBSON is passionate about history and has degrees in history and German from the University of Victoria and UCLA. He has taught at numerous institutions in BC including UVic, Camosun College and VIU ElderCollege. 

NEW - Archaeology of Afghanistan

This course provides a survey of the highlights of the Afghan past through the lens of archaeological work, while giving historical context to current events. Classes will cover the Bronze Age, early historic empires of the Persians, Greeks, Parthians, Sasanians, and Islamic archaeology until the 16th century. The instructor will describe the best known places and peoples including information about his own fieldwork. 

$29.00

Choose one of the following sections: 

i22Q01 i22W01
3 sessions: 
Tue, May 3-17; 3:30-5:30 pm 
3 sessions: 
Wed, May 4-18; 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: Parksville Location: Online

MITCHELL ALLEN, PhD, is an archaeologist who has taught at five universities, including several ElderCollege courses. He is one of the few North American archaeologists to have done fieldwork in Afghanistan.  

Bridge 1: Play And Learn

This course is for people who have completed Bridge 1, or those with some recent experience, but feel they need a little more practice before introducing their bridge talents to the world. Each class will contain a new nugget of knowledge plus the bidding and playing of predetermined hands, followed by a review and discussion of the bidding and play. The instructor will base comments on Standard American bidding system of the American Contract Bridge League. 

ELDR 015 - i22X01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, May 4-Jun 8; 9:30-Noon
Location: Nanoose Bay
$46.00 

Recommended Text: Bridge at a Glance by Audrey Grant 

BRIAN ATKINSON, architect, has played bridge throughout the world: under a hanging car headlamp while bombs dropped overhead in Iraq; in the rain forests of Costa Rica; and beside the Mekong River in Laos, amongst other places. 

NEW - Marine Life Of The Salish Sea

Take a look at the intertidal life of the Salish Sea, such as the Plainfin midshipman, sea stars, crabs and other marine life. We will examine non-native and invasive species. This course includes a beach walk to explore local marine life, including shellfish, intertidal fishes and seaweeds.

ELDJ 056 - i22N01 (web registration)

3 sessions: Wed, May 4-18; 10:00-11:30 am 
Location: Nanaimo
$29.00 

Recommended Text: Whelks to Whales: Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest (2011) by Rick Harbo & Pacific Reef and Shore (2017) by Rick Harbo 

RICK HARBO, marine biologist and photographer has written marine life guides and scientific papers on marine invasive species. A former habitat biologist and resource manager for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, he currently volunteers as a Research Associate, Natural History, Royal BC museum 

A Sensible Look At Natural Medicine

Explore the clinical evidence and published science about natural approaches to health and wellness. Find out how the role of traditional therapies has changed and what they have to offer in the world of modern medicine. Topics include nutrition, supplementation, and herbal medicine to treat common conditions. The emphasis will be on integrative approaches that take individual needs into account and will look at patients from a holistic perspective. 

ELDK 010 - i22Q01 (web registration)     

4 sessions: Wed, May 4-25; 10:00-Noon
Location: Parksville 
$34.50

LISA LEGER is a holistic practitioner with a long career in natural health care. She is on the faculty of an online college that teaches a masters level course for reproductive health practitioners with a specialty in fertility education. Lisa was a natural health consultant in a local community pharmacy for over 20 years and brings her knowledge of the natural health products industry to this course. 

Publish Your Family's History Book

Great stories often get lost with each generation - preserve your family history in print! Capture your ancestry, the lives of family members, or favourite memories from your own life. This course will help you start with what you've got - written material, photos, genalogical research, letters, interviews - and create a clear, compelling book framework. Leave a legacy that inspires future generations: a family history book.

ELDJ 036 - i22N01 (web registration)

3 sessions: Wed, May 4-18; 12:30-2:00 pm
Location: Nanaimo
$29.00 
 

MALI BAIN, BA (UBC), BEd (SFU), MA (UBC), a former high school teacher, has also worked in university, philanthropic, and non-profit settings. She is a certified guided autobiography facilitator. 

Who Knew Writing Could Be Fun!?

Afraid to put pen to paper? This user-friendly course will focus on the process of writing and the pleasure in hearing other's stories. There will be no editing advice! By writing in a safe, non-critical environment you will avoid the "editor-in-your-head" and discover you have something to say. 

ELDR 066 - i22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, May 4-Jun 8; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Parksville
$46.00 

SANDRA PETRIE has a teaching background in early learning and has worked in both private and public schools in Scotland and Canada. She is a student of learning who feels that all that happens in life teaches us something. 

Estate Planning For The Mature Client

This course will assist you in arranging your, or your loved ones’, affairs and investments in order to make end of life planning easier for the estate. Topics include: making a Last Will and Testament; a Health Care Representation Agreement; other Health Care Directives; and Enduring Powers of Attorney. Special attention is given to alternate processes designed to avoid or reduce the necessity for Probate of a Will.  

ELDK 019 - i22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Wed, May 4-Jun 8; 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: Parksville
$46.00 

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

Populism, Social Media, Elections And Fake News

This course examines the rise of populism and its relationship to social media, fake news, and recent elections in the US, Canada, the UK and elsewhere. Varieties of populism are explored and placed in historical context. Whereas it first arose in the US, today it has spread worldwide challenging the basis of representative democracy. Examined in particular is the role of social media in facilitating the rise of populism. 

ELDK 047 - i22W01 (web registration)

4 sessions: Wed, May 4-25; 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Online
$34.50 

JAY SMITH, professor emeritus in political science (Athabasca University, Alberta) has published in such areas as new communications technologies, globalization, religion, trade politics, transnational networks, democracy and citizenship. 

Write On!

You love to travel and want to share your experiences with friends, family or perhaps even for publication. Through group discussions, interactive exercises and hands-on assignments, this travel writing course will include topics such as: idea generation; research; and adding colour and atmosphere to your articles. 

ELDH 047 - i22Q01 (web registration)  

5 sessions: Thu, May 5-Jun 2; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Parksville
$40.50 

MANDY TRICKETT is a freelance travel writer who has lived and worked in 12 countries on four continents. Trained as a long-haul tour director, she has directed international travel programs and worked as a travel counselor. 

Music And Health

Music is considered to be a natural human faculty and has been used across cultures and through the ages as a healing agent. This course provides an overview on the influence of music on human behaviour and the role of the music in society. The course is both didactic and experiential, students will have an opportunity to actively explore their own values, beliefs and ways of communicating through music. No musical training necessary.  

ELDH 038 - i22W01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Thu, May 5-Jun 9; 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Online
$46.00
 

ALPHA WOODWARD (PhD, MMT, MTA, FAMI) is an accredited music therapist who has worked with geriatric populations (Vancouver) and children (Bosnia/Herzegovina) for 15 years. She has been teaching music therapy in Universities in Canada, Ireland and the USA since 2010.   

NEW - Lady Chatterley's Lover

Set out calmly and beautifully by DH Lawrence, this novel first published privately, in Italy 1928, and France 1929, was not published openly until 1960. It became the subject of an obscenity trail against the publisher Penguin Books, and was banned in the United States, Canada, Australia, India, and Japan. Join this class and examine the truths about love and sex in the “unexpurgated” version of Lady Chatterley's Lover. 

ELDJ 078 - i22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Thu, May 5-Jun 9; 3:00-5:00 pm 
Location: Parksville
$46.00 

Required Text: Lady Chatterley's Lover (The Unexpurgated 1928 Edition) 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. 

Around The World With Art - Part I

This hands-on course delves into the biographies and works of selected famous artists from Spain, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Canada. Following 45 to 60 minutes of study and discussion, we will use the inspiration of these artists to paint our own acrylic paintings. All levels welcome - experience the joy of creativity! 

ELDK 002 - i22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Thu, May 5-Jun 9; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Parksville
$46.00 

Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. 

TERRI BOWEN, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning Through the Arts school in Calgary. A four-time winner of Lighthouse Country's Grand Aggregate Arts Award, and 2020 winner of Oceanside's Art Warz contest, her knowledge of art is augmented with visits to major art galleries in North America and Europe. Her art can be found from the UK to Florida and across Canada. She works in many mediums and formats including murals. 

Around the World with Art - Part II

Part II of this hands-on course delves into biographies and works of selected famous artists from England, Germany, Australia, Japan, Scandinavia and the USA. Following 45 to 60 minutes of study and discussion, we will use the inspiration of these artists to paint our own acrylic paintings. All levels are invited - experience the joy of creativity. 

ELDK 003 - i22Q01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Thu, May 5-Jun 9; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location: Parksville
$46.00 

Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. 

TERRI BOWEN, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning Through the Arts school in Calgary. A four-time winner of Lighthouse Country's Grand Aggregate Arts Award, and 2020 winner of Oceanside's Art Warz contest, her knowledge of art is augmented with visits to major art galleries in North America and Europe. Her art can be found from the UK to Florida and across Canada. She works in many mediums and formats including murals. 

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 - i22N01 (web registration)     

6 sessions: Fri, May 6-Jun 10; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Nanaimo
$46.00
 

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

NEW - Parliamentary Procedure - Having Great Meetings 

Meetings can be so contentious! Meetings can go on and on without true progress. Roberts Rules of Order can solve many of the typical problems experienced by non-profit societies. Using practical examples, students will be guided through the way of processing typical motions in an orderly and logical manner. 

ELDK 043 - i22N01 (web registration)

3 sessions: Fri, May 6-20; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Nanaimo
$29.00

Supplies: A $20 supply fee for reading materials to be paid to the instructor at the start of the first class.

TONY SHAW is a retired school principal and is certified by the National Association of Parliamentarians as a ‘registered parliamentarian’.

NEW - Down The Rabbit Hole - Writing For Children And Youth

Writing for young readers of today involves more than writing the kinds of stories you liked as a kid. This course presents an overview of what aged child reads what, and will help you develop ideas and craft them into something a child will love to read. Course work includes: brainstorming; writing exercises; optional homework assignments; and suggested readings from Kidlit booklists.   

ELDJ 064 - i22N01 (web registration)

6 sessions: Fri, Apr 29-Jun 3; 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Nanaimo
$46.00
  

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 level.

Registration for all VIU ElderCollege courses is now available online! 

Click the web registration links to register online to register today!

ONE DAY SESSIONS 

PLEASE NOTE: All courses held in-person will require that you show your BC Vaccine Passport and a piece of valid government photo ID in accordance with the direction from the BC Public Health Order upon entering the classroom.

Yogic Energy Techniques

Back bends are not required to benefit from yoga. This course explores the simple techniques you can use while sitting in your chair. It introduces the yogic energy system of Prana (life force) and Nadis (pathways). It explores how breathing techniques (peanayama) and hand positions (mudras) are used to direct the flow of energy in the body and the effects this has on the mind. 

ELDJ 019 - S22W01 (web registration)     

1 session: Mon, Feb 28; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Online
$13.00
 

DEBBIE NARVER, BSc, MBA, MScIB, has a background in science and business administration. She has practised yoga for over 15 years and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014.  

NEW - Lunigiana: The Other Tuscany

Lunigiana, in northern Tuscany, is an historic region between the Apuan Alps and the Ligurian Sea. Its varied landscape of mountains, woods, rivers and plains is dotted with ancient castles of the Malaspina family, picturesque churches and remnants of Etruscan civilization. This slide presentation will explain its unique attractions and give you practical advice on when and how best to experience them.   

ELDJ 051 - S22W01 (web registration)

1 session: Mon, Feb 28; 12:30-3:30 pm
Location: Online
$13.00 
 

CONNIE KOVALENKA and JOHN BLACK, professor emeritus in liberal studies (VIU), have visited Lunigiana many times, in pursuit of both John's academic research and an interest in a unique part of Tuscany. 

NEW - True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island

Learn about the lives of trailblazing women as featured in the instructor’s books. You will learn about better-known women like artist Emily Carr and backcountry gardener Cougar Annie along with lesser-known women like farmer Kimiko Murakami, lighthouse keeper Mary Ann Croft, Nuu-cha-nulth language champion Barbara Touchie, and shipwreck heroine Minnie Paterson. These true stories will be presented geographically from south to north and will be exciting no matter what your interests and hobbies. 

ELDJ 082 - S22W01 (web registration)

1 session: Mon, Feb 28; 3:00-4:30 pm
Location: Online
$13.00
 

HALEY HEALEY, BPHE, BEd, MACP is passionate about telling the true stories of women from Vancouver Island's past. She is the author of On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island, Flourishing and Free: More Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island, and a book of fiction Immortal Grit. 

NEW - A Birder's Paradise - Adventuring In Tanzania

Tanzania is a Birders Paradise where over three-quarters of East Africas 1,448 recorded species have been sighted. Learn about the range of habitat and the unique flora and geographical features of this area. Share the excitement of a North American birders first adventures in this part of Africa, including what is needed for a safari and other travel information.   

ELDJ 073 - S22W01 (web registration)

1 session: Tue, Mar 1; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Online
$13.00
 

DIANE BOYLE is a small animal veterinarian with an avian interest. She taught Veterinary Technology at Douglas College. She enjoys watching and learning about birds locally and internationally. 

NEW - BC's Place In The World Of Wine Making 

This course explores why British Columbia's wines are making a name for themselves. The world is noticing. Bring your questions, stories, experiences, and a tulip shaped glass for swirling and tasting. 

Choose one of the following sections 

S22Q01 i22Q01
1 session: 
Tue, Mar 1; 12:30-2:00 pm
1 session:
Mon, Apr 25; 3:00-4:30 pm 
Location: Parksville Location: Parksville

Supplies: Bring your own wine glass, there is an additional $10 supply fee which is payable to the instructor at the first class. 

CHRIS HERBERT is a wine advisor in Parksville representing VQA Wines of British Columbia, the winemakers’ group that oversees the quality and standards of wines that receive VQA designation. 

NEW - The Painful Relationship Between Humour And Horror

Comedy and horror seem pretty different; one's a pie in the face, the other's an axe in the skull. But could there be congruencies between funny and fear, snickers and screams, gore and gags, slapstick and slaughter? This class proposes that the two genres are not mortal enemies, exploring that using examples ranging from Freud & Kant to Abbott & Costello.  

ELDJ 076 - S22W01 (web registration) 

1 session: Tue, Mar 1; 3:00-4:30 pm
Location: Online
$13.00
 

DAVID MISCH is a television and film writer whose credits include Mork and Mindy, The Muppets Take Manhattan and Saturday Night. He's taught at USC and UCLA and lectured at Yale, the Smithsonian Institute, Oxford University and University of Sydney.         

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.  

$13.00  

Choose one of the following sections: 

S22W01  i22W01 
1 session:  
Wed, Mar 2; 9:30-11:30 am 
1 session:  
Wed, Apr 27; 10:00-noon 
Location: Online  Location: Online 

 

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. 

NEW - Boosting Soil To Grow Better Food

Mineralized food demands mineralized soils. Growing food on Vancouver Island is difficult because our soils are poorly mineralized and often undeveloped. Come to this class If you want to grow your own soil and grow better food along the way. Prepare to get dirty. Using your own soil sample, learn to test soils and find out how to make your soil work for you and your garden.  

ELDJ 047 - S22Q01 (web registration)

1 session: Wed, Mar 2; 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Parksville
$13.00
 

Supplies: Bring your own soil sample, there is an additional $10 supply fee which is payable to the instructor at the first class. 

DONNA BALZER, horticulturist, author and former HGTV garden show host, loves growing food. She has written three books and is interviewed frequently on CBC radio in Alberta and British Columbia. 

NEW - Dining On The Danube

As an armchair traveller you will tour the Rhine and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest with the instructor as your guide. Learn more about the European Union, castles and fortresses and canal locks as you view magnificent scenery based on first-hand experience. 

1 session: Wed, Mar 2; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location: Parksville
 
$13.00

KAREN STRONG, BEd, MA, is a retired BC educator. She has traveled extensively, both as part of tour groups and privately with her husband.   

Probate Bypass Strategies

The process of probating an estate can be time-consuming, costly and very stressful. This course is designed to introduce ways to bypass this process and to eliminate or reduce many of the taxes, time and fees associated with it. Students will receive information on these strategies and a clear explanation of how to use them in their own circumstances. 

$13.00 

Choose one of the following sections: 

S22W01 

i22Q01 

i22Q02 

1 session:
Fri, Mar 4; 9:30-11:30 am 

1 session:
Tue, Apr 26; 9:30-11:30 am 

1 session:
Wed, Jun 15; 10:00-Noon 

Location: Online 

Location: Parksville

Location: Parksville

LEN PAISLEY is a Certified Financial Planner who has worked in the financial services industry for 38 years. He was licensed as a securities broker for 30 years. 

NATHANIAL PAISLEY is a Master's in International Business Degree graduate who has worked and studied business around the world for the last 10 years. He has been working alongside his father at Nathina Financial Planning for the last 5 years.

NEW - Acrylic Painting For Beginners

This course is designed for those beginning their journey with acrylic paints as well as those wishing to enhance their painting techniques. Learn or review the basics from start to finish. Elements of art will be referred to while completing a small West Coast landscape painting. Bringing your own reference photo is ideal but it is not necessary.  

1 session: Fri, Mar 4; 10:00-Noon 
Location: Parksville 
$13.00 

Supplies: The instructor will provide all materials (except brushes) for a $10 fee which is due at the first class. 

TERRI BOWEN, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning Through the Arts school in Calgary. A four-time winner of Lighthouse Country's Grand Aggregate Arts Award, and 2020 winner of Oceanside's Art Warz contest, her knowledge of art is augmented with visits to major art galleries in North America and Europe. Her art can be found from the UK to Florida and across Canada. She works in many mediums and formats including murals. 

NEW - Greece: Athens And The Ionian Islands

Get prepared for a self-guided tour in Greece. Begin in Athens with visits to some of the major sites before heading to the lesser-known islands of Corfu, LefkadaKefalloniaIthaka, and Zakynthos. Transportation and accommodation options will be presented along with highlights from each of the other islands in the Ionians.  

1 session: Fri, Mar 4; 12:30-3:30 pm 
Location
: Online
$13.00

STEVE LANE, PhD English literature (UVic), is a retired VIU professor and administrator who has travelled Greece several times for stays of varying duration. 

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 should you become incapable. To be legally empowering it must be done while you are capable. This course provides information only, not legal advice.  

Choose one of the following sections:   

S22W01: i22W01:
1 session: 
Thu, Mar 31; 9:30-11:30am 
1 session: 
Wed, Apr 27; 9:30-11:30am 
Location: Online Location: Online

Required Text:  

My Voice: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment by BC Ministry of Health. Download for free at: https://health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2020/MyVoice-AdvanceCarePlanningGuide.pdf  

CHRIS ARONSON is a volunteer with Nanaimo Hospice and VIU ElderCollege. He taught ESL at VIU and at universities abroad until retirement. He is relieved that his Advance Care Plan has been completed. 

Vancouver Island Birds

Everybody knows what birds are, but have you ever wondered how many species have been seen on Vancouver Island, where they come from, when they come, and why they come? These questions and many more will be discussed and answered through the photography of the instructor. 

1 session: Mon, Apr 25; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location: Parksville
 
$13.00 

MIKE YIP is a retired teacher and a noted bird photographer. He is the author and self-publisher of several books including Vancouver Island Birds and Vancouver Island Butterflies. 

NEW - Buster Keaton Existential Slapstick

Silent film comic Buster Keaton is recognized as one of the most daring and inventive comedians ever; in addition to his incredible physicality, he somehow communicates emotion without speaking, or even changing expression. Using copious video clips, we'll see how Keaton's art springs from the beginnings of comedy, the mythical Trickster, and how his movies, made 100 years ago, still influence filmmakers today. 

1 session: Tue, Apr 26; 12:30-2:00 pm 
Location: Online
 
$13.00 

DAVID MISCH is a television and film writer whose credits include Mork and Mindy, The Muppets Take Manhattan and Saturday Night. He's taught at USC and UCLA and lectured at Yale, the Smithsonian Institute, Oxford University and University of Sydney. 

NEW - Grow Citrus on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island's unique climate makes it possible and practical to grow your own citrus. Find out the best plants to grow here and then take your own Meyer lemon cuttings home to root this winter. This lemon tolerates temperatures down to minus 7C so it is an ideal first citrus plant for beginners to grow. Take advantage of our splendid climate: grow lemons this year!  

1 session: Wed, Apr 27; 1:00-3:00 pm 
Location: 
Qualicum Beach
 
$13.00  

Supplies: Sharp pruning shearsthere is an additional $10 supply fee which is payable to the instructor at the first class. 

DONNA BALZER, horticulturist, author and former HGTV garden show host, loves growing food. She has written three books and is interviewed frequently on CBC radio in Alberta and British Columbia.

Planning Your Last Will And Testament 

This 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. 

1 session: Wed, Apr 27; 1:30-4:30 pm 
Location: Parksville
$13.00
 

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.

Walking The Back Roads Of Valencia

Walking the back-country trails of the Valencia region will introduce you to the real Spain:  ancient Moorish forts; mom and pop cafes; centuries-old ice storage houses; olive orchards; and cork harvesting. After the hikes, there is the city of Valencia, with its futuristic City of Arts and Sciences and its annual Las Fallas celebrations. Join the instructor for a slide presentation of some Spanish roads less travelled.   

session: Thu, Apr 28; 9:30-11:00 am   
$13.00  

MANDY TRICKETT is an established freelance travel writer and travel newsletter editor who has lived and worked in 12 countries. She also teaches the “Write On!” travel writing course for ElderCollege.

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 will start this course by 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. 

1 session: Thu, Apr 28; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location: 
Parksville
$13.00
 

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.

Exploring Life And The Afterlife

This talk explores what near-death experience (NDE) accounts teach us about life and the afterlife, and discusses our understandings through the juxtaposition of science and spiritual teachings. We explore scientific research on NDE, some perspectives from quantum science, and verifiable personal NDE experiences. 

ELDK 017 - i22N01 (web registration)       

1 session: Thu, Apr 28; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location: Nanaimo
$13.00
 

LYNN ECHEVARRIA, professor emerita in sociology (Yukon College), has taught in Canadian universities, spoken internationally, and has been widely published. Her research and enthusiasm about near death experiences and spiritual perspectives converge in this non-academic talk. 

Iceland: Reykavik, And The Golden Circle

Let's explore Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice! On Iceland's west coast, the country's capital, Reykjavik, is both charming and hip. The southern coast is garnished with black-sand beaches and unique basalt columns. Inland, the Golden Circle Tour showcases Iceland's amazing natural wonders: Thingvellir National Park; Gullfoss Waterfall; and the Great Geysir geothermal area. Finally, we'll warm our hearts imagining a dip in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. 

ELDJ 039 - i22W01 (web registration)       

1 session: Fri, Apr 29; 10:00-11:30 am 
Location: Online
$13.00
 
 

TRICIA ABBOTT, 4th year BA liberal studies, journeyed solo to Iceland in May, 2018. While there, she explored Reykjavik, the Golden Circle, the south coast, and the Blue Lagoon. 

Sustainability, Social Change And Fun

With human activity pressing against planetary limits, perpetual growth is no longer an appropriate goal. This changing relationship with the Earth requires a different approach to mutual provision (the economy). Time-tested biological processes can secure long-term well-being as society's economic "metabolism" adapts to our new situation. A glimpse of a future our grandchildren might enjoy can be seen through the precept 'more fun, less stuff'.  

1 session: Fri, Apr 29; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location: Online 
$13.00 

MIKE NICKERSON founded the Institute for the Study of Cultural Evolution in 1971. He has since written and spoken extensively on sustainability and how we might achieve it.

NEW - Super-Bowl, Useful Paper Mache Fun

This class will introduce you to a streamlined method of working with paper mache. You will learn to make a bowl in whatever shape you want, whether it’s whimsical, traditional or contemporary. No experience required, most supplies provided.  

ELDK 088 - i22Q01 (web registration)  

1 session: Fri, Apr 29; 12:30-3:30 pm 
Location: Parksville
$13.00
 

Required Supplies: Bring your own scissors and ruler. 

INA GRIET RAATZ-VON HIRSCHHAUSEN has a master’s degree in teaching, health science and physical education. Since 1999 she has been a professional artist and performing poet. She works in a lot of different media. 

Vancouver Island Butterflies

Butterflies are the most fascinating and charismatic creatures in the world, and 70 species have been recorded on Vancouver Island. Although many populations have been decimated over 50 species can still be found. Learn about butterfly biology, Vancouver Island species, and when and where to find them through the instructor's beautiful photography. 

ELDK 053 - i22Q01 (web registration)  

1 session: Tue, Jun 7; 12:30-2:30 pm 
Location:
Parksville
$13.00
 

MIKE YIP, a retired teacher and noted bird photographer, is the author and self-publisher of several books including Vancouver Island birds and Vancouver Island butterflies. 

So You Want To Go On Safari 

Would you like to go on safari but are unsure of what type of safari would suit you best? Having lived in various African countries, the instructor will provide an overview of several types of African safari, from self-drive to luxury. Topics such as comfort and mobility issues, your risk tolerance when among wild animals and packingwill help you choose the trip of a lifetime. 

ELDK 041 - i22Q01 (web registration)  

1 session: Thu, Jun 9; 9:30-11:00 am 
Location:
Parksville
$13.00
 

MANDY TRICKETT is an established freelance travel writer and travel newsletter editor who has lived and worked in 12 countries. She also teaches the “Write On!” travel writing course for ElderCollege. 

NEW - Paper Mache Mandala

Dive into a 3-dimensional experience of mandala making on a 10x10 base with paper mache. The finished piece will take 3 to 4 days to fully cure and be wet when taking it home. No experience required, most supplies provided.  

ELDJ 080 - i22Q01 (web registration)  

1 session: Fri, Jun 10; 12:30-3:30 pm 
Location:
Parksville
$13.00
 
  

Required Supplies: Bring a small hand towel, a rag, 2 old newspapers, a clean empty yogurt container with lid, and a clean plastic bag. 

INA GRIET RAATZ-VON HIRSCHHAUSEN has a master’s degree in teaching, health science and physical education. Since 1999 she has been a professional artist and performing poet. She works in a lot of different media.

Following Darwin - A Galapagos Adventure

Come along for a virtual visit to the Galapagos Islands and follow in Darwin's footsteps. See what he saw and studied from the perspective of how these ecosystems shaped his research on natural selection and his theory of evolution. The instructor, who has visited the islands, will focus on the diversity of birdlife, marine life and other animals found there. Find out about ongoing research and work to keep these islands safe.  

1 session: Wed, Jun 15; 10:00-Noon   
Location: Online
$13.00  

DIANE BOYLE, faculty of Douglas College Technology program, is a companion animal veterinarian with an interest in avian medicine. She is also an avid birdwatcher and adventure traveler.

Current Issues For Seniors In BC

Isobel Mackenzie, Seniors Advocate for BC, will cover current seniors' issues.  Topics may include: the changing face of seniors; long-term care - what needs to be changed; and the impact of COVID-19 on seniors - how did BC do?   

1 session: Thu, Jun 16; 1:00-2:30 pm  
Location: Online 
$13.00  

ISOBEL MACKENZIE, BA, MBA, became BC’s first Senior’s Advocate after working with seniors in a variety of settings for over 20 years. She has served on numerous boards and commissions and is widely recognized for her accomplishments.

SATURDAY SPEAKER SERIES

Time: 10am to Noon

Location: Online via Zoom

Admission Fee: $13.00 per presentation

January 29, 2022

SALISH SEA SALMON - RESILIENCE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE 

Presenters: Isobel Pearsall PhDDirector, PSF Marine Science Program and Jason Hwang BSc, PSF VP Salmon

About: A discussion on the health and future of Salish Sea salmon populations and PSF’s Freshwater and Marine Climate Adaptation Strategies.

ELDJ 084 - S22W01 (web registration)

$13.00

March 5, 2022

HOW AND WHY I CAME TO POSSES MEARES ISLAND

Presenter: Barry Gough, PhD, DLit, LLD, Private Scholar

About: A personal account including the BC Government’s monumental shift in policy regarding aboriginal land title. 

ELDJ 085 - S22W01 (web registration)

$13.00

April 9, 2022

THE MOUNT ARROWSMITH BIOSPHERE REGION: BALANCING COMPETING INTEREST IN A FINITE SPACE

Presenter: Pam Shaw, PhD, RPP, FCIP, FRCGS

About: Find out about the importance of maintaining a long-range focus when addressing complex issues within a finite space.

ELDJ 086 - S22W01 (web registration)

$13.00

For further details, please click this link Saturday Speaker Series - Spring 2022