About Lifetime Learning

For 27 years, Lifetime Learning Centre Society has provided active living and healthy aging opportunities through its community and general interest adult education programming. We serve not only for Mission’s older adults, but anyone interested in intellectual and wellness pursuits.

The Centre offers a wide variety of programs and invites you to become one of our active members. Annual fundraisers such as our Fashion Show, Walkathon and Golf Tournament bring together participants, volunteers, and much community support.

Lifetime Learning Centre is a non-profit organization, and all monetary donations are tax deductible.  Join us in celebrating a quarter century of intergenerational activities, healthy aging, and productive partnerships in Mission. We look forward to our next milestone as we promote an elder-friendly community and programs that enrich our lives.

One of our new members says: Who could believe one could grow after one has passed the 80 year mark? I did.

Our Mission

Lifetime Learning promotes active living and healthy aging for older adults and others by providing opportunities to continue lifelong learning pursuits through community and general interest adult education and wellness programs.  These programs enhance quality of life, improve general knowledge and provide opportunities for the citizens of Mission to remain mentally and physically active.

Our Vision:

Active and healthy aging for the whole of our society, intergenerational cooperation, productive partnerships and elder friendly community, providing programs to enrich our lives.

Programs consist of: 

  • Community forums
  • Educational lectures
  • Field Trips and Outings
  • Arts, Cultural, Heritage and Humanities programs
  • Fitness, Health & Wellness programs and activities tailored to senior specific needs
  • Preservation of our community’s history through Oral History collection and transcription of oral stories
  • LLCS promotes partnerships and intergenerational cooperation to achieve these goals

Board of Directors

2014 Board

Maniam Kuppusamy; Joan MacLatchy, Vice-President; Dr. Ian Graham, President; John Laing; Diana Muntigl, Executive Director;John E. Herl; Standing Danny Plecas, Treasurer; Mel Hundert; Karin Edberg-Lee, Secretary; and Gilli McLaren. John Laing (not in picture.

Thank You Sponsors!

Lifetime Learning and Lifetime Learning Wellness gratefully acknowledges the financial support of:

  • District of Mission
  • Government of British Columbia
  • Government of Canada
  • Mission Community Foundation
  • PharmaSave
  • Prospera Credit Union
  • Soroptimist International

and our networking and support partners:

  • Carrington House
  • Cedarbrooke Chateau
  • Fraser Valley Regional Library Mission Branch
  • M.A.S.H. Mission Association for Senior’s Housing
  • Mission Arts Council
  • Mission Community Services
  • SFU Philosophers’ Cafes
  • St. John’s First Aid
  • Sue’s Copy Place
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • University of Victoria – Centre for Aging
  • Coffee News Fraser Valley

and THANK YOU to all of our generous volunteers for their time and financial support!

About our Board

Ian Graham

Born in a small town near Ottawa where his father was principal of the public school. The family moved to Orillia, Ontario when he was nine years old. As a youth he enjoyed playing sports such as baseball, hockey and football. Music attracted him and he learned to play bagpipes at age fourteen. He also joined the town concert band and learned to play clarinet and saxophone.

After attending high school in Orillia he entered medical school at the University of Toronto and graduated in 1962. He did a year of internship at Toronto General Hospital and then spent a year  travelling to Japan, southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, Egypt and Europe. After studying anaesthesiology in England for six months he travelled through Russia to Japan where he married Kikuko. They came to Mission in 1965. Their three daughters were all born and raised in Mission.

He retired in 2003 having spent thirty-eight years in the practice of family medicine. His current interests are playing saxophone in a seventeen piece dance band, learning to speak french, and attending programs at Lifetime Learning Centre.

Karin Edberg-Lee

Lifelong resident of  Mission,  graduated ‘Class of ’58′ from Mission High School.  A lifelong love of music, fashion and history has  found an ongoing, creative outlet at Lifetime Learning.  I have a daughter and son,  3 grandsons,  2 granddaughters, 1 great granddaughter and 1  greatgrandson.  I also volunteer at  Silverhill Community Hall and Branch 57,  Royal Canadian Legion where I get a chance to enjoy my  enjoyment of  cooking and feeding people.  My chief enjoyment is entertaining and   providing  costumes and vintage clothing for  community endeavours when asked and produce  vintage fashion shows for  special events at other lower mainland venues as well.  The latest  efforts have been costuming for  the Cedars  calendar and  Christmas play,  and  an anniversary  fashion show for the White Rock Museum  and  just committed to producing another for them in June 2014.    While raising my family  I  ‘graduated’ from being a 4-H member to club leader/instructor,  coached  girls softball ,  been a seamstress, and  5-pin bowler,  worked at a few retail outlets,  a bank  in Mission  and Maple Ridge,  and  for 12 years was an administrator for a Federal  home improvement program.  Since  then  I have travelled to  Scandinavia,  the former USSR,  southeast Asia/Malaysia and Barbados.  Now  I  keep busy with my volunteer  career,  and the days are never long enough.

Maniam Kuppusamy

Maniam grew up in Taiping, Malaysia. Finished  his University of Cambridge School Certificate  at St.Georges Institution in Taiping and took up medical training and graduated  with a diploma in medicine . He then left for India and attended the University of Madras  in India and obtained a degree in Chemistry and Natural Sciences. Then on to England to obtain a degree in Clinical Chemistry at the University of London. Worked at several London hospitals  as a hospital biochemist. His interest has always been on the research side of medicine. Left London to work on a research project in liver diseases at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles under the sponsorship of the U.S National Institute of Health . Spent five years in Los Angeles. Co and Maniam met in Los Angeles and were married at the University of Southern California. Co was also working for the university and is from Holland.

At the end of five years they left Los Angeles to settle in British Columbia. His first job in B.C. was at the Mission Memorial Hospital lab. Then on to the Maple Ridge Hospilal followed by a job at  the Royal Columbian Hospital lab, in New Westminister in the department of Clinical Chemistry until his retirement in 1992.

Then Co & Maniam left for India where they helped to set up a lab for a charity hospital in Agra, North India. Believe it or not  this hospital was almost next door to the Taj Mahal!

 In Mission Maniam was involved in scouting where he finally ended up as regional director of scouting. He also served in the board of Mission Community Service and also in the board of St.Andrew’s United Church.

Maniam started the Amnesty International group in Mission and we were very successful with other groups in getting several Prisoners of Conscience released in different parts of the world.

At present he is serving in the board of Lifetime Learning Centre. Both Co and Maniam are also involved with the work of Amnesty International.

Gilchrist ( Gilli) McLaren

Gilli worked in a British Multinational Light Engineering Corporation for 27 years where he became Head of the Sales and Marketing Division of the Company and a Director of the Company. He holds  Graduate degree in Economics and History, and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Delhi as well as over the years he has acquired  Master’s degree in Theology from Vancouver School of Theology. UBC, is a graduate of the Administrative Staff College of India, and has attended many management courses.

Gilli enjoys travel and is widely travelled is interested in reading, history and culture.

Maniam Kuppusamy

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