Comox Valley Eldercollege Search Results

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CVEC-0001-CVS1 CV Apr 30 $10.00

CVEC-1797

Improv

Join us for improv, where laughs are guaranteed and learning is fun. During this course, participants will build on the knowledge they have learned to further their skills as improv performers. If you are new to improv and want to give it a try, step outside of your comfort zone and join us. As Victor Borge stated, "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-1799

Intermediate Improv

This course is for participants who have taken Improv classes and are interested in learning more advanced techniques. Participants will build on the knowledge they have learned to further their skills as Improv performers and to examine how the pros make it look easy. It may not be easy, but it's definitely fun. Money back guarantee if you do not laugh with everyone in the class. Instructors: Susan Osso & William Fradgley

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-1837

All That Jazz

Learn about jazz - the artists, styles, and recordings that make up the story of this great music, in the US, Canada, and elsewhere. No musical ability needed; good ears recommended. "Stop playing all those weird notes. Play the melody." - Thelonious Monk

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-1889

Maintaining the Mature Singing Voice

Participants will learn techniques designed to increase the fullness and richenss of their voices, to increase vocal range and breath support, plus vocal projection. Instructor: Oliver Clarke

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-1935

Kwaguitl/Tlingit Traditional Regalia

K'omoks Elder Fernanda Pare will share traditional Kwaguitl/Tlingit regalia used during family feasts, potlaches, and the K'omoks First Nation Traditional Welcome. She has made button blankets, aprons, and cedar headdresses, which are part of her family treasure box and sacred to her.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-1982

Artists in Their Studios

Gain an insider's view of the creative process through visiting six central island artists in their studios. Studio visits include Lynda Glover (designer, crafter and art teacher), Douglas Walker (metal fabricator and sculptor using musical instruments), Larissa McLean (acrylic artist and teacher), Jo Swallow (hand weaver), Brian Scott (acrylic painter), and Helen Ustal (acrylic and oil painter).

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-2310

Writers' Workshop

This is an interactive class where writers and would-be writers have an opportunity to share their work with others and receive creative feedback. Any form of writing is welcome. In the first class, the participants will be divided - one class for the more advanced writers and another for the less experienced writers. Instructor: Marvin Haave/Ian McIntyre

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-2337

Telling Your Story: Writing a Memoir

This class will give you the tools to start that memoir you have been thinking about. The models to bring your memories to life will be such famous people as Churchill, Clive James, David Niven, and Michael Caine. We hope for voyages of self-discovery and that after sharing and fine tuning your recollections, you will have launched your own story. Instructor: Peter Coleman

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-2348

More Writing With Emily Carr

This course will explore imaginative writing in the genre of memoir, taking selections from Emily Carr's The House of All Sorts for examples. The instructor has developed a series of exercises to help participants generate writing ideas out of their personal experience. At each meeting we will apply one of these to a short writing activity. Those who choose can read their work to the group for comment and affirmation. Instruction will include thoughts on how to respond helpfully to the work of others. Participants will be invited to revise their work during the following week to share when the next meeting takes place. Instructor: Bill Graham

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-2761

Fundamentals of Photography

This is a non-technical look at how to improve your photographic composition. Although many of the concepts presented will apply to adjustable cameras, concepts will also apply to point-and-shoot cameras. Students should be familiar with the basic operations of their camera and should bring a camera to each class. A tripod is useful but not mandatory. There will be three field trips. Instructor: Norman Mathew

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-3531

Wills in Estate Planning

Every adult in BC should have a will. Learn why and how to decide who would be appropriate executors, guardians, and beneficiaries. The instructor is a lawyer specializing in financial and estate planning. Students will receive a planner for a $10 fee.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-3532

Be Kind to Those You Leave Behind

Death is inevitable. Before and after that day, there may be health care decisions to make, information required for estate probate, many arrangements to be made, and wishes to be followed. We can be kind to those we leave behind, making it easier to handle all that will be required of them. This course will guide and encourage you to clarify your wishes, gather information and documentation into one place, and have "the conversation."

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-3535

Leaving a Legacy

Learn how creating a bequest can help you leave more funds for your loved ones Professional advisors will answer questions about estate planning, probate and tax laws. Discover opportunities in our community to have your legacy leave a meaningful impact forever. Instructor: Erin Petersen

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-3540

Enduring Power of Attorney

Are you concerned about handling your future financial and legal affairs? A lawyer specializing in financial and estate planning will guide you in creating an Enduring Power of Attorney. A planning booklet will be provided for a $10 fee

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-3600

Big Data: Internet-Past,Presnt, Future

Are you ready for what's coming? As an active MBA instructor, my responsibility is to keep pace with developments. This session will not be "conspiracy theory," but a focus on factual trends and strategies, shared collectively: enabling family elders to join the vital conversation. Instructor: Rob Thompson

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-4017

Microprocessors Explained

They're everywhere; they're the heart of your computer, your cell phone, your car, even your electric toothbrush. In this class, you'll learn what they are, how they work, and how you (and hackers) can program them.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-4555

Beyond the Basic Mac

This course is for those with some, but limited, experience on Macs or PCs. You will be introduced to Mac's OS and its more useful apps, including Mail, Safari (to explore the web), Time Machine (a back-up for peace of mind), iTunes, Photos, and many others. You will also learn how all Mac computers and devices are linked. We will cover a lot, but we will have fun doing it. Come join us!

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-4565

Creating Slideshows with iMovie

Learn how to use iMovie to turn your holiday photos into a movie with music and titles, for playing on your TV, iPad, Apple TV, and computer. Must have working knowledge of Photos and Mac computers and a selection of photos and music on a memory stick.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-4569

A Day in the Life of my iPad

Selective coverage of my favourite applications ("apps") and features including Internet use and management, e-mail, photo sharing and albums, word processing, dictation, printing, presentations, iCloud storage, and iPad maintenance/manuals. Apps covered include those for news, sports, radio stations, games, birdwatching, currency conversion, hearing aid management and marine traffic. This is an intermediate course for people who have a basic familiarity with their iPad. Instructor: Peter Newsted

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5320

Self-Hypnosis for Chronic Pain

Self-hypnosis can help you be in charge of your well-being and decrease chronic pain. Through relaxation, you can let go of resistance to and reduce sensations of discomfort. Using imagination, you can replace sensations of discomfort with sensations that are more tolerable.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5335

Thrpeutc Essentl Oils Fr Health/Wellenss

Participants will learn how essential oils are made and how to identify quality, safety considerations, and four common ways to use the oils. In Weeks 2 & 3, we explore how oils can support the emotional, mental, and physical health of users. Week 4 includes some hands-on blending with rollerballs, and participants get a take-home sample. Each week features new oils to experience directly. Instructor: Sue Pearson

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5412

Yoga for Men Level 2

An Iyengar Yoga class for men who have already completed the Introductory Yoga Course for Men. In this course, we will introduce slightly more advanced work. The location of the class will be provided by the instructor to the registered students at a later date. There will be an additional fee of $10.00 payable to the instructor at the first class to cover the external room.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5413

Universal Devotional Chanting

The educational focus and benefit of this course is the realization, through actual experience, that all traditions are based in the same spirit. Like yoga, devotional chanting unites us with the essential energy of the universe. That may be called God, The Tao, The Voice, Great Creator, or re-creative energy found in nature. All are encouraged to participate and all levels of singing ability are welcome. Instructor: Oliver Clarke

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5455

Introduction to Meditation

Meditation is a mindful practice; it is calming, relaxing, grounding, and helps one to focus. Regular meditation is an exercise for the brain and increases brain activity in the happy, calm zone of the brain. Meditation is simple; everyone can meditate.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5461

T'ai Chi Gong

T'ai Chi Gong is a cross between T'ai Chi and Chi Gong exercises. It is a series of 20 simple movements that are slow, gentle, repetitive, and a non-martial art form. It is a meditative exercise incorporating "chi" or energy that provides the practitioner with improved balance, circulation, and calmness. It can be done by anyone regardless of age or physical condition and can be modified to suit the individual's needs and abilities. Choose a morning or afternoon class.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5476

Learn to Meditate

Learn different approaches to mindfulness awareness meditation. Each method will be introduced, then there will be a short practice of that method and time for dialog and feedback. A handout is included so that participants can take away the material and practice at home or in a group setting.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5485

Fly Fishing: An Introduction

This beginner's course will cover fish habitat, behaviour, food, and how these all relate to fly fishing. We will show a variety of equipment and discuss how to choose appropriately. We'll also touch on the fine art of fly-tying!

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5493

Bike Right

Learn/review rules of the road and safety skills through classroom, parking lot, and on-road activities. Participants should be comfortable handling their bikes. Bring bike, helmet, suitable clothing, water, and snack. $10 CV Cycling Coalition membership fee payable at the time for insurance.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5506

Walking Local Trails

These six walks will take us to different areas of the valley. The trails, while fairly flat, will have some hilly sections and the occasional rough patch. The walks will be about 1½ to 2 hours long and about 5 to 7 km in length. Coffee or lunch after is an option. Well-socialized dogs are welcome, but no more than two per person.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5520

Scenic Hikes (No Dogs)

These 2 - 3 hr. hikes of 7 - 10 km are for those who walk and hike regularly. Carpooling is encouraged, as we will travel as far as from Campbell River to Bowser. The hikes go on rain or shine, and trail conditions can vary, so appropriate clothing is required. A great way to explore, exercise, and meet people.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5521

Scenic Hikes with Dogs

Explore the Comox Valley in this series of 6 to 8 km, 2+ hour walks/hikes beside rivers, through forests, and along trails. Having your dog(s) off leash, watching them interact and enjoy the journey is a large part of the experience. Most of the trails have occasional steep, muddy, or interesting sections, so appropriate footwear is advised. We usually stop part way through for a snack and to give the dogs a treat. Those who do not have dogs are welcome. Instructor: Raymond Randolf (Tuesdays) & Rod Bell-Irving (Thursdays)

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5623

Lacto-Fermenting for a Healthy Gut

Lacto-fermentation is a process that transforms raw ingredients into preserves using salt, water, and vegetables. The result is high in probiotics, which stimulate a healthy gut environment. Learn the basics with a simple sauerkraut demonstration. Other fermented foods will also be provided.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5723

The New Role of the Pharmacist

Pharmacists are taking on expanded roles, increasingly being recognized as the medication management experts of the health care team. Award-winning local pharmacist Tara Oxford shares how these changes can have a practical impact on your health and the health of our community.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5751

Good and Bad Bugs: The Human Microbiome

In the last seven years, there's been a scientific revolution in our understanding of the human microbiome - the trillions of bacteria that live in/on us and are now known to be essential for normal development and function of our brain, immune systems, and metabolism. Learn how medical science is taking the first small steps that could lead to powerful new approaches to obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and - perhaps - autism. Instructor: John North

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5844

Biofilia: Our Connection to Nature

Biofilia is about affiliation. Life - all living organisms - function at the cellular level with identical biochemical processes. The course reviews our most recent understanding of these processes at the molecular and cellular levels and some of the relationships of multicellular organisms like plants and animals. The goal of these lectures is to leave you with a sense of awe, feeling closer to Nature. When we know our place in Life, we understand that belonging comes with responsibilities and boundaries.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5875

Rumi's Insights. What is he Saying?

Participants will share and enjoy Rumi's poetic art and his understanding of the "field beyond." We will consider if this 13th century writing has relevance to our daily living. Please bring one book of Rumi's poetry to class and be prepared to discuss some 'out of the box' ideas. The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks is $25. Instructor: Ann Johnstone

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-5940

Visiting Uncommon Corners of the Globe

A course for those interested in less visited corners of our world: far west China, Pakistan, Turkey, Georgia (former Soviet Republic), Tajikistan, Madagascar, Iran, Nepal, and north India. Built around photo narratives from past cycling tours, which highlight the countries and communities visited, we see plenty of history, geography, culture, and current events layered on top. Group interaction encouraged. Come join us if you need to scratch a travel itch. (Note: There will be overlap with the fall 2018 travel lecture on Cycling the Mountains of Central Asia, though the course sessions will be in much more detail). Instructor: Gregg Strong

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6120

Public Art around the World

This course offers a surprising look at public art in its many forms. There may be a cross-over between 2D and 3D images, digital, and living forms. We'll go from local art and graffiti to the visual splendors of Las Vegas and Dubai.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6172

Highway to Hell

Take a tour of the Greco-Roman underworld. This survey of Hades' domain will also show how ancient visions of Hell have an impact on later artistic, musical and literary portrayals of the scary realm.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6215

Who is Penelope? East/West Classicl Lit

Are we different from ancient people? Find out in this lively discussion group based on readings from the Eastern and Western canon. Explore the literature of the world, beginning with the ancient Egyptians and moving on to the Greeks for this semester. Later classes will continue the journey. Two to three hours of reading a week are required, and links to the material will be provided at no cost. Instructors: Rose Webber and Frances Wright

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6246

Mah Jong

In this class, you will learn to play Mah Jong. It is an ancient tile-based game developed in China. The player will be challenged to eliminate all 144 pieces from the board. This is the version played at the two senior centres in the Comox Valley.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6250

Bridge - Bidding (Intermediate)

This course is designed for intermediate players who are looking to add more bidding tools to their game. We will explore the more frequently used Conventions, Cue Bids and Doubels. Instructor: Gary Priestman

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6252

Bridge - Intro to Modern Bidding

This course is designed for new players or players returning to the game. The course will cover the modern Standard American system of bidding. Instructor: Gary Priestman

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6253

Bridge - Play the Hand, Defend the Hand

This course is designed to help new or less-experienced players to better play a hand as well as how to defend a hand. Instructor: Gary Priestman

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6283

A Different Taste of World's Religions

From the beginning of humanity, God has been part of the equation, but is this the same God who we talk about today? As the concept of God has evolved, so has religion; OR should we say, "As religion has evolved, so has the concept of God." We'll explore and discuss this together with specific reference to the five major world religions and the cultures each sprang from and influenced.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6285

Russian History, Thought & Culture

Nations with long histories cannot break with their past. Recently, Russia endured two transformations; the Russian Empire was supplanted by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, then the USSR fragmented into 15 States. Although this fragmentation marked the end of the Cold War, the old antipathy towards Russia continues. This course aims to acquaint you with the Russian past and its cultural heritage and to explain the Russian worldview. Instructor: Nicholas Tyrras

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6288

Terrible Beauty in Irish Short Stories

Countries that go through crises and wars mostly reveal the truth of those times through their literature. However, history books are written by the victors, complete with their biases. This course aims to provide an in-depth exploration and lively discussion of the changing face of modern Irish society as revealed by its literature. Through looking closely at this one small country, we can discover a microcosm of the universal condition. Instructor: Margaret Nyland

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6320

Extinctions & Mass Extinctions

Evolution is not only about the origin of new species, but is also equally about extinction, the loss of species. In fact, few species actually survive more than a few million years. In this course, I will describe the reasons for, and mechanisms of, species extinctions, giving special emphasis to the fascinating periods of mass extinctions: those periods (including the present day) when a large percentage of extant species disappeared.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6324

Geology of Planet Earth

We will discuss the geological history of our planet, including where it sits in the universe and our galaxy, when it formed, the rock cycle, plate tectonics, fossils and the fossil record, evolution and mass extinctions. Emphasis will be on our local geology, earthquakes and crustal tectonics, and the formation of selected ore deposits - how diamonds form and what natural processes produce economic concentrations of lithium, lead, zinc, copper, and uranium. We will consider where we are currently in the evolution of our planet

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6325

From Wellhead to Your Gas Tank

This course will review the processing of crude oil to produce the fuels used in transportation. First, we will review the characterization of crude and then the basic processes of separation, conversion, purification, and blending of refinery streams to produce the various fuels.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6330

Metals of Antiquity

An introduction to the "metals of antiquity" - those found and used by mankind from earliest metalworking times, including the precious metals gold and silver and the base metals copper, lead, zinc, and tin. We will examine metal uses and sources from earliest times to today. Talks are generally non-technical, with explanations in lay terms. No materials are required. Illustrations include photos, drawings, paintings, and maps, with artifacts for examination.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6333

Basalt Pebbles:Finding and Knowing Them

This is an introduction to pebbles in the Comox Valley, specifically, basalt pebbles. Why are basalt pebbles plain, exotic, and abundant? We will investigate basalt's various types (vesicular, amygdaloidal, and hyaliclastic), how they formed, and their geological history. Don't be deterred by the strange words; basalts are easy to find, easy to identify, and fun to collect. Recommended resource: A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles (pamphlet, $10).

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6350

Modern Astronomy

Astronomy is the study primarily of stars and the galaxies in which they reside: their births, lives, and deaths. Because of the recent advent of space-borne telescopes, we are living in a truly golden age of astronomy with new discoveries almost daily. In this course, we will explore the heavenly bodies from dust particles to massive black holes, to huge galaxies, as well as the forces that create and control them.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6421

Understanding Canadian Constitution

This course will provide participants with an overview of the Canadian constitution. Topics discussed will include general principles relating to the Constitution Act of Canada and other constitutional documents and conventions. In addition, participants will gain a better understanding of what activities fall under the governance of each of the federal and provincial governments. Limitations imposed on all levels of government by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms will be reviewed.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6550

A Look into the Future

The 20th and early 21st centuries saw more significant change than all the other centuries combined since the dawn of civilization, but those changes are likely minor to what lies ahead. Beginning with a drive down memory lane, to taking glimpses of what daily life may look like 20 years from now, to examining the megatrends of the future, this course provides greater insights for tomorrow and the years to come.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-6605

People Types and Tiger Stripes

Myers-Briggs Type Theory is based on Jungian psychology and describes inborn preferences for various ways of seeing the world and operating in it. The preferences describe opposite strengths. Understanding these allows us to reflect on our own filters and those of the people around us. This focus can show us how to maximize our own talents as well as accommodate and appreciate the differing gifts of others. Instructor: Mary Sullivan

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-7353

History of Brewing and Beer Part 2

This course, the second of two, continues our investigation into the relationship that humanity has had with beer. (Part 1 is not a prerequisite.) We pick up the story in the Industrial Revolution, examine the success story of both lager and of the American beer barons who made it, the backlash that resulted in Prohibition in both Canada and the US, the globalization of beer, and the craft beer revolution. $10 materials fee is payable to instructor at first class. Instructor: Alan Brown

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-7550

Backyard Composting

Composting makes use of waste and livens up soil, and it's easy to do! Come learn the secrets of safely and quickly making rich nutritious compost out of your kitchen and yard waste. Learn why, how, where, when, and what.

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-7922

Mason Bees: An Introduction

You will learn their life cycle and how to make nesting tubes, boxes, and a starter house. There will be a $15 charge for starter kit and tube materials. Optional additional charge of $20 for 20 cocoons. Help your fruits and veggies! Instructor: Al Morton

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-9000

Ordinary Canadians, Extraordinary Times

If we do not know our history, are we bound to repeat it? It is the 100th anniversary of the formal ending of WWI and the veterans of the Great War are gone. They did not glorify war nor speak much about the horrors they experienced. In this series, historians share uniquely Canadian perspectives about the geopolitics of the day, the battle experiences of men in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, and the roles played by women. We learn about trench culture and flying machines, we meet the famous and infamous, visit the Homefront, and take an intimate look at WWI diaries and letters

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-9001

Origins of the First World War

Wars are caused by situations developing, incidents occurring and individuals meddling. When these factors come together at the same time and in the same place, war is most possible. Frank Frketich draws upon his extensive experience teaching modern European history, and his many visits to WWI battle sites to bring history to life. We review the specific causative factors - some having their origins long before 1914 - that led to the Great War and we learn how Canada got involved. Instructor: Frank Frketich

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-9002

Magnificent Men in Flying Machines WWI

Military Subject Advisor of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, Ken MacLeod presents the role of the air war in WWI and the specific and significant contributions of Canadian airmen. To honour these men, Dale Erhart, former CF-18 pilot and formation lead in the Vimy Flight - in which a replica bi-plane re-enacted flyover of the Vimy Memorial Monument - shares the Vimy Flight story and his fighter pilot's perspective of flying these primitive yet lethal machines. Instructor: Ken MacLeod & Dale Erhart

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-9003

Cdn WWI Myths and Anti-Heroes

The full scope of WWI can be seen in individuals rarely discussed in the histories of the First World War. David Zimmerman, author and professor of military history, reveals the tantalizing facts behind the myths. From naval officers to physicists, Canadians played crucial roles in the conduct of the war. While some made heroic contributions to the war, others were branded outright cowards, and one was a fraud who took undeserved credit for one of the greatest technological discoveries of the conflict. Instructor: Dr. David Zimmerman

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-9004

Firing Lines: Three Cdn Women Write WWI

Author and historian Debbie Marshall shines a light on the lives of women in the Great War. Many journalists wanted to cover the War - few were given the opportunity. Based in London and Paris, three Canadians: Mary MacLeod Moore (Saturday Night Magazine), Beatrice Nasmyth (Vancouver Province) and Elizabeth Montizambert (Montreal Gazette), were assigned to provide the "women's viewpoint" - everything from war shortages and bombing raids to the ways women were serving near the front. Instructor: Debbie Marshall

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-9005

Soldiers' Culture in the Great War

Canada's foremost military historian, acclaimed author, and Canadian War Museum curator Tim Cook reveals details about ordinary Canadian soldiers during the Great War. Along the Western Front, in a place of tremendous death and destruction, soldiers forged their own cultural tools to survive the strain of combat. Songs, poetry, slang, trench newspapers, superstitions, theatre, and trench art were all cultural products created by the soldiers for the soldiers. Together they offer insight into questions of identity, camaraderie, and ordinary men coping with the unending battle. Instructor: Dr. Tim Cook, CM

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-9006

Home & Home Again

Member and Chair of the Pacific Coast Branch of the Western Front Association, historians Yvonne and John provide insights into activities on the Canadian home front during WWI and explore the return home of those serving overseas at war's end. Throughout the war, Canadians at home worked tirelessly to keep the country going and support the troops overseas, the families left behind, and people in the European war zones. After the armistice, the return, demobilization and reintegration of Canadian troops was a massive undertaking. Instructors: Yvonne Van Ruskenveld & John Azar

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-9007

Canada's Hnd Days Final Cmpgn WWI

With 41 years military service, Col. Maxwell shares his knowledge and passion for military history with us. In this session we learn that after four years of entrenched siege warfare, the First World War came to a dramatic end in a dynamic 100-day campaign that led to the Allies-dictated armistice of 11 November 1918. The Canadian Corps, ranks bolstered by a wave of 25,000 conscripts with more on the way, played a critical spearhead role in the defeat of the German Army. This is their story. Instructor: Colonel (Ret'd) Keith Maxwell, OMM.CD

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.

CVEC-9008

Voices From Past: Letters of Great War

Professor Davies, founder of The Canadian Letters and Images Project, examines Canada's war experience through the letters of the participants themselves. Letters put a human face to war and provide a unique perspective to our understanding of the war experience, permitting us to know the participants as individuals, as ordinary Canadians, and not simply as statistics or as names on a cenotaph. Instructor: Dr. Stephen Davies

For the latest schedule, see your local campus ElderCollege newsletter.