The memorial lecture is named after the late Clifford Smith, an educator and superintendent of schools for many years with School District No. 46, and a former chair of the original Elder College board. He was a passionate advocate of lifelong learning. When he died, it was determined by the Board of Elder College that we would present an annual lecture in his name, with a prominent person of interest as speaker.
The event is free and open to all. It is presented annually at the start of the fall series of Elder College courses.
Speakers in recent years have included Wally Oppal (former BC Attorney General), Fin Anthony (local raconteur), Dr. Eric Paetkau (author), Hon. Stephen Point (former BC Lieutenant Governor), Shelagh Rogers, host of the CBC Radio program The Next Chapter and Dr. Rand Rudland, local doctor and noted wildlife photographer.