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 ElderCollege that we would present an annual lecture in his name, with a prominent speaker upholding Clifford’s passions with interesting and challenging topics.
The event is free and open to all. It is presented annually at the start of the fall series of ElderCollege 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. In 2018 Mike McKay influential educational leader presented “When will what we know change how we educate our children?”
Update Aug 2019:
The talk this year is titled “Challenging the Medical System: The Career of a Dissident Doctor” presented by Dr. Michael C. Klein. Click here for further details on this event.