ElderCollege Spring 2019 Courses


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JANUARY COURSES (Jan 14 – Feb 25, 2019)

ONE-DAY SESSIONS (2 – 3 hours each)

Course held in Nanaimo Nanaimo    Course held in Parksville Parksville   Course held in Qualicum Beach Qualicum Beach

 MARCH COURSES (Mar 4 to Apr 25, 2019)

Course held in Nanaimo Nanaimo    Course held in Parksville Parksville   Course held in Qualicum Beach Qualicum Beach

 MAY COURSES (Apr 3 – June 19, 2019)

Course held in Nanaimo Nanaimo    Course held in Parksville Parksville   Course held in Qualicum Beach Qualicum Beach



$10 General Admission 
Free under 18

*Cash at the door

Nanoose Place Community Centre
2925 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay

All talks from 10am to noon. Everyone welcome!

February 23, 2019

Beginning With Genealogy

Discover how to search for your roots, your family history and what made you the person you are.

Presenter: Kathy Jones

About the talk: What is genealogy and why would you want to do it?   Curiosity about your ancestors - who were they, what were they like, what experiences did they live through. History is part of the reason as family history and the history of the times your ancestors lived are intertwined. Solving mysteries is also a huge part of wanting to find your ancestry.  More importantly, researching your family leaves a legacy for your children and grandchildren to know and recognize the individuals over the centuries whose lives helped make us who we are today.

About the presenter: President of Qualicum Beach Family History Society; webmaster of Society website; journal editor.  Extensive genealogy research experience.   Teach classes at the local Family History Centre on genealogy and related subjects.   Kathy Jones is a retired legal assistant and business owner. Currently president of the Qualicum Beach Family History Society and has many years of experience in the field of genealogy research.

March 9, 2019

Physical Literacy As A Cornerstone Of A Healthy Community 

Explore the role of Physical Literacy as the foundation for active and meaningful participation in society

Presenter: Drew Mitchell, Director of Physical Literacy, Sport for Life

About the talk: 

If there’s someone in this country who knows physical literacy, it’s Drew Mitchell. The Director of Physical Literacy for Sport for Life advocates tirelessly for it because of the positive impact it can have on our society. “Learning to move is as important as reading and writing skills, and the ability to work with numbers,” he says. Physical literacy refers to the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. Mitchell puts it simply: “Physical literacy is the foundation for active and meaningful participation in society.”

About the presenter: Drew Mitchell, Director of Physical Literacy, Sport for Life

Drew is the Director of Physical Literacy for the Sport for Life Society and works as a consultant focused on the development of physical literacy at the community level and promoting the Canadian Sport for Life Movement. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Drew has worked extensively in the sport system as an educator and developer of programs for the past 19 years. He managed Sport Technical and Performance Services for viaSport BC and was the Manager of Science & Medicine programs for SportMedBC where he worked with over 50 different sports at the local, provincial and national level. He is also a past member of the Canadian National Canoeing Team and the former Health & Lifestyle Coordinator at the Downtown Vancouver YMCA. Drew has been involved in sport and fitness for over 40 years as an athlete, coach, administrator, volunteer, developer and manager.

May 11, 2019

Vandals, Burglars, Thugs And Spies - The Politics And Economics Of Cyber Crime

Who is behind today's cyber attacks? Join us to discover who is responsible, why they do it, and the risks to you.

Presenter: Eric J. Byres (P.Eng, ISA Fellow, CEO, aDolus Inc.)

About the talk: They want to steal your identity, ransom your computer, manipulate your vote, hack your car’s computer, and crash your electrical grid.  Every day we learn about new cyber attacks on individuals, corporations and governments.  What shadowy figures are behind these attacks, and what motivates them? This talk will explore the economics and politics of the cyber underworld and what it all means for you.

About the presenter: Eric Byres (PEng, ISA Fellow) is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity for critical infrastructures  - the systems that are essential to our safety and way of life, like power, water and transportation. He has advised government intelligence agencies and major energy companies around the world, testified before the US Congress and is the recipient of numerous international awards, including the IEEE Outstanding Industry Applications Article Prize and the ISA Donald P. Eckman Education Award.  Eric was made a fellow of the International Society of Automation (ISA) in 2009 and given their highest honour, the ISA Excellence in Leadership, in 2013. 

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