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ElderCollege Delta celebrates 10 years in the community

Volunteer organization makes lifelong learning fun and affordable
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Coun. Ian Paton is flanked by Paulette Tattersall and Dennis DesLauriers at ElderCollege Delta's 10th anniversary celebration.

ElderCollege Delta members and guests gathered last month in Tsawwassen to celebrate 10 years of continuing education designed for those over 50.

The volunteer organization has been fortunate to find professional facilitators to lead the courses. Most are retired teachers living in the community who enjoy teaching older students who have a real interest in the subject.

Class fees are low cost so anyone who is interested can attend, and courses are held in local venues near bus routes. All venues are accessible so no restrictions apply. Thanks to the Ladner and Tsawwassen Rotary clubs, some students who find it difficult to meet the low costs may apply for a subsidy.

At the 10th anniversary celebration, several community partners and VIPs participated, including Coun. Ian Paton, MLA Vicki Huntington, KinVillage CEO Donna Ellis and school board chair Laura Dixon. Founding past director Beverly Mason joined ElderCollege Delta chair Paulette Tattersall to speak to the gathering.

A traditional cake was cut (supplied by Thrifty Foods), refreshments were served and an award was presented to June Morin for 10 years of loyal service to ElderCollege Delta as a council member.

The ElderCollege Delta Singers entertained along with string musicians, Alanna Hunter and Samantha Kung, of the Delta Richmond Youth Orchestra.

Retired Delta school district administrator Dennis DesLauriers led the formal ceremony, which provided an opportunity to recognize the behind-the-scenes volunteers and community partners who support ElderCollege Delta.

Further information is available at 604-943-0262, by emailing or by dropping by the office in KinVillage on Wednesdays.