Reinventing ElderCollege Delta in the COVID-19 pandemic

ElderCollege Delta, like many non-profit organizations, has been particularly hard hit due to COVID-19 with the inability to access office space at KinVillage, cancelling its spring semester, closure of venues, and social distancing requirements.

ElderCollege has reached out to the community seeking financial support in order to manage its large deficit, however, at this time there are plenty of needs in the community deemed higher priority for immediately available grants, so fundraising efforts continue. But there is some good news, thanks to the generosity of Century Holdings ElderCollege has just acquired and set up a temporary office in one of the store spaces in Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall. Thrifty Foods also continues to support through their Smile Program. “We are grateful for this assistance as we seek a new approach to fulfilling our vision of providing social support through educational programs for the seniors in our community, many of whom are currently feeling increased isolation,” said Helen Kettle, ElderCollege communications chair. “We are naturally taking our time to craft and introduce new ways of reaching students and enabling learning and are planning to soon offer some online courses as well as some very small in-person classes to be held in our new space.”

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Some of the courses planned include a sprinkling of the technology courses as well as some of its popular general interest courses in the areas of history and current events, Indigenous Peoples in Canada, What’s News and Ted Talks, language and literature and lifestyle.

Full details will soon be sent to all members via email and as always ElderCollege welcomes new members. If you are in the mall, please drop by. ElderCollege is now located adjacent to Joe’s Market and across from Centre Stage.

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