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ElderCollege Comox Valley

What is ElderCollege?

ElderCollege is designed for adults 50+ years (55+ in the Comox Valley) who are looking for an enthusiastic community of lifelong learners. Come for the laughter, friendship and new knowledge. There are no prerequisites, tests or exams.

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Bridge class
Tablet Clinic

Mission Statement

The Comox Valley ElderCollege is committed to enhancing the quality of life for adults aged 55+ years by offering affordable opportunities for continued learning.


You must hold a current ElderCollege membership to register in courses.

Annual memberships are available from May 1 and are valid from September 1 to August 31. They can be purchased online or in-person at NIC.

Fees are set and there will be no refunds.

Course Fees

Comox Valley ElderCollege membership and short course fees are:
$10.50 Annual Membership (CVEC 0001)
$34.65 Regular Courses
$48.00 Lecture Series
$6.00 Single Lecture
$21.00 Four Week Courses
$10.50 Short Courses

Volunteers Get Involved


Comox ElderCollege (CVEC) is 100% volunteer driven and managed. Some 65 member volunteers serve on five operating committees and an additional 55 volunteers plan and lead a full array of courses. Other volunteers are engaged in one-time CVEC projects.

If you are interested in joining our enthusiastic team please complete the attached Volunteer Form and contact CVEC Volunteer Support at and tell us about your experience, skills/abilities and interests, and how we can contact you.

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ElderCollege History


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 lifelong 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, Comox Valley ElderCollege (CVEC) now has over 800 members, aged 55 and up. CVEC is still based on NIC’s Comox Valley campus and is a self-funding 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 its founders – The Betty Emery Founders Bursary and The Elizabeth Smith Founders Bursary.

Comox Valley ElderCollege

Contact Us
250-334-5000 ext. 4602

Course Information
Newsletter pdf
Connector pdf

How to Register Online for Membership & Courses
Register online by following the steps outlined in step-by-step guide pdf.

Campus Maps & Hours
NIC Directory

Key Documents
CVEC Governance Manual pdf
2016 AGM Minutes pdf
2017 Strategic Planning Report pdf

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