About ElderCollege

VIU Powell River Elder College

NOTE: Courses under this program will not be offered for Fall 2020 intake (September) due to our response to COVID-19. All of our decisions are based firmly on continuing to support the safety and well-being of our students, employees and broader community - Please check back for any updates.

VIU's New 'Community Classroom' Website

The Communications and Public Engagement Office has launched a new website called Community Classroom: Building resilience and community from home. It's still in the beginning stages of development, and contains some fun educational videos and cool activities created by VIU Faculty, Staff and Students. Feel free to check it out and let us know what you think. Link to the Community Classroom.

Exercise your mind! ElderCollege classes are open to everyone!

ElderCollege is an opportunity for adults of all ages to engage in classes for self-development and fun. Join life-long learners for interesting and stimulating courses.

If you are under 50, you can still be enrolled in the class of your interest, but you cannot become a member to get the reduced rate for the course.

Why is ElderCollege different?

  • a participatory learning experience
  • no quizzes or grade
  • lively, fun and full of discussion

How you can participate

Become a Member

If you are 50 years of age or over and have an interest in learning, become a member to take advantage of our many learning opportunities and the reduced rates for our courses. Younger spouses and partners of ElderCollege members are eligible to become members and attend classes at reduced rates.

ElderCollege operates over two semesters. Your membership runs from July 1 (of the current year) to June 30 (of the following year). You must be a member before registering for ElderCollege courses to get the reduced rates.

To get your membership (ElderCollege Powell River ONLY):

Phone 604-485-2878 (ask for course code RMEM 001 C19R01) or apply in person. Memberships can be purchased on the phone with a credit card, or with cash, debit or credit card in person at our campus.

Benefits of Membership


The annual membership fee is $20.00. Your membership allows you to enroll in ElderCollege courses delivered at the Powell River Campus.

Please note:

  • Course tuition varies
  • Lab fees may apply
  • Those under 50 can register for an additional fee of $20 + GST to attend any class (REC 001 C19R01)

Although instructors are volunteers, your tuition covers a variety of services:

  • registration & administration
  • photocopies & supplies
  • promotional expenses
  • special events
  • facility usage


To register for a course, please phone 604-485-2878, drop by or apply online.
Please note, you must be an Eldercollege member prior to registering online. Register with secure online registration (SSL).

Teach a Course

Interested in sharing what you love?

Why not teach an ElderCollege course? You can volunteer your time as an instructor. Join others with similar interests and share your knowledge and enthusiasm. Make friends and learn from each other.

VIU ElderCollege instructors do not need previous teaching experience, they just need to love their topic and be able to communicate it well to their students!

Benefits include:

  • Interested and interesting students
  • An enthusiastic and participatory environment
  • Few hours of teaching, rather than a full semester
  • No exams or assignments to grade
  • Complimentary VIU ElderCollege membership
  • A small monetary stipend

Complete the form and click on the Submit button at the bottom of the screen. Your information will be emailed to the ElderCollege Coordinator, who will contact you to set up your course.

Volunteers make ElderCollege a success!

Add your name to our Interest List

Can't find what you're looking for? Complete the form and click on the Submit button at the bottom of the screen.

For more information about ElderCollege, please contact Xochitl Hernandez at Xochitl.Hernandez@viu.ca or 604-485-2878 local 8053.

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