Rotary Club of Tsawwassen has donated $4,000 to ElderCollege Delta for the purchase of new tables to support the learning of more than 400 mature students.
“We conducted a needs analysis with senior serving organizations in our community and learned how digital literacy, access to technology and reduction of isolation were key to aging well,” said Rotary Club president Blake Cowan. “ElderCollege enriches the lives of seniors in our community and we are so pleased that our donation helps facilitate their valuable work.”
Loraine Littlefield, vice-president from ElderCollege explained that they offer courses, which are tailored to meet the interests and needs of mature students.
“We need a classroom that is as flexible due to the wide variety of our courses,” added Eldercollege administrator Louise Latremouille. “Just this month, course topics range from a field trip on local geology, updates on findings from the Hubble Space Telescope and a course on how to live in a digital society safely, including tips to prevent fraud and identity theft.
“The new tables are easily portable and adjustable to allow for the variety of learning settings we use, including individualized learning, conferencing and group presentations, something the loaned tables we used previously just couldn’t accommodate.”
Laureen McCleery, a Tsawwassen Rotarian, was at Eldercollege for the donation announcement and also because she was attending a course on travel and will soon be taking a course on the new artificial intelligence tool Chat GPT.
“I have attended many classes at ElderCollege for years and have benefitted from gaining some real-world skills that I use all the time both at home and in my community service work,” she said. “ElderCollege has been my best resource to keep me current with the ever-changing technology.”
ElderCollege Delta has been a registered society serving Delta seniors since 2003, with a current membership of 433 people aged 50 and up. Learn more at ElderCollege Delta (eldercollegedelta.wildapricot.org) or email email@example.com.
-Submitted by Tsawwassen Rotary Club