Lifetime Learning Centre Society was founded in 1986 by a group of Mission seniors in partnership with Fraser Valley College, now the University of the Fraser Valley. We grew rapidly, and in 1989 moved to St. Andrew’s United Church on Grand Street. After 20 years, Lifetime Learning once again found new quarters in 2009 and now resides in the former Fraserview School on Seventh Avenue in Mission.
Over the past quarter century the organization has grown, increasing its membership, its programs and participation. Lifetime Learning Centre Society is a fully independent organization with its own board of directors and staff, who work closely together to carry out a shared vision. LLCS responds to community needs by innovative program development.
1986 Founding Members & Early Directors
- Cathie Marcelllus
- Don Crosby
- Ellen Pearce
- Betty Dandy
- Ron Coreau
- George Harkies
- Charlie McPherson
- Marion Sharpe
- Phyllis Canning
- Julie Fawcett
- Harvey Inskip
- Harry Guest
- Gordon McColl
Community Adult Education Programs:
Since 1987, Lifetime Learning Center has been instrumental in promoting lifelong learning in Mission through its innovative and varied educational programs. At Lifetime Learning, we have provided programs that range from presentations about travel, politics, history, geography, literature, art and culture to discussions about the environment, health, heritage, languages and music.
These are only a few of the educational programs offered at Lifetime Learning, all of which have been recognized over the years for their stimulating and thought-provoking content.
Over the years, Lifetime Learning has been recognized for its positive contributions to the Mission community. We received a Fraser Valley College Community Service Award for “extraordinary contribution to Adult Education and Community Development” in 1991 and an “Honourable Mention” at the International Columbus Film and Video Awards in 1999, for the production of the documentary film “A Flood of Memories”. This documentary, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1948 flood, was the result of a collaboration with BC’s Knowledge Network and the BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks.
In 2006 Lifetime Learning received the District of Mission Community Service Award in “recognition of the extraordinary contributions … towards enriching the lives of Mission residents through educational, wellness and intellectual pursuits”.
At Lifetime Learning, education has been linked closely with heritage initiatives, including our significant collection of Oral History recordings. This is an ever-growing archive, intended to underscore the importance of remembering our community history and keeping it alive with interaction between the generations. The Oral History collection is part of our legacy to the community, and will serve to educate present and future generations about Mission and the stories of its people.
Lifetime Learning Wellness Programs:
The Lifetime Learning Wellness Program was born in response to the need for improved health awareness among seniors and the recognition of the value of preventative health strategies for seniors.
Lifetime Learning brings trained, inspirational and dedicated instructors to its Wellness activities, which are known for their Third Age specialty design. We have collaborated with BC Women’s Health to bring the first OsteoFitness program to the Fraser Valley, and offer activities specifically designed for those with osteoporosis.
In time, we have expanded with Nordic Pole Walking, well-known for its low-impact yet advanced cardiovascular and overall conditioning, as well as specialty and therapeutic fitness exercise programs. Recently we have added workshops on chronic pain management.
Our approach to Wellness spans the generations and brings social interaction as well as a sense of community to the participants.