Comox Valley ElderCollege

Membership and Registration

ElderCollege courses are available for ElderCollege members. For information on how to join ElderCollege and how to register, visit the ElderCollege Admissions page.

Registration Guides

For help with registering, please see our registration guides:


ElderCollege is entirely run by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer form and submit. If you require further information, please contact

ElderCollege Newsletters

Stay up to date with the latest news and course offerings by reading our Comox Valley newsletter.


Comox Valley ElderCollege History

Comox Valley ElderCollege founders Betty Emery and Elizabeth Smith

In September 1999 two Comox Valley community members, Betty Emery and Elizabeth Smith, learned of the concept of ElderCollege. Inspired by the possibility of having a life-long learning organization in the Comox Valley, they took their vision to North Island College. The College president immediately embraced the idea and agreed to support the suggestion with classroom accommodation and assistance with registration.

Starting with 100 enthusiastic community members and volunteers, CVEC now has over 800 members aged 55+ years. CVEC is still based on NIC’s Courtenay campus and is a self-funding College program under Continuing Education and Training. It continues to be run completely by volunteers.

In 2017 CVEC celebrated Canada’s sesquicentennial by naming its two North Island College Foundation bursaries after the founders of the Comox Valley ElderCollege – The Betty Emery Founder’s Bursary and The Elizabeth Smith Founders Bursary.

Library and Learning Commons

As an NIC ElderCollege member, you can access print and digital collections, either on campus or remotely, to enrich your studies. For information, visit the Library and Learning Commons website.

Contact ElderCollege

Comox Valley Campus:
250-334-5000 ext. 4602