The History of ElderCollege

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The initial inspiration for Canterbury ElderCollege came from a similar college established at Capilano University in North Vancouver, C. Lloyd Brown John, Professor Emeritus University of Windsor had been told about the Capilano ElderCollege program and decided to present the idea to Gordon Drake, Principal of Canterbury College. They worked together to develop the ElderCollege idea for this area and obtained full support of the Canterbury College Board of Directors. Using the Capilano version as the basic premise they decided to add something entirely unique which was our ElderCollege would offer courses in multiple locations in Windsor and throughout Essex County. This uniqueness was recognised in a Resolution unanimously approved in the Ontario Legislature on May 12th, 2011. The Resolution seeking Ontario Government support for development of ElderCollege programs in Ontario used Canterbury ElderCollege as its model. Since that resolution, ElderCollege proudly expanded it's reach to also include Chatham-Kent County (Spring of 2013).

The ElderCollege program was officially launched in September 2011 under the auspices of Canterbury College which is an affiliate College of the University of Windsor. ElderCollege fulfils part of the mission of Canterbury College to enhance accessibility to education at all levels, and to stimulate lifelong learning.

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