Clifford Smith Memorial Lecture

Clifford Smith Memorial Lecture

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  board member and chair in the early years of Elder College. 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.

You can register for the 2021 Clifford Smith Memorial Lecture here.

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)
  • Dr. Rand Rudland (local doctor and noted wildlife photographer)
  • Mike McKay – an influential educational leader – presented When will what we know change how we educate our children?
  • Dr. Michael C. Klein gave a presentation titled Challenging the Medical System: The Career of a Dissident Doctor.
  • Dr. Erwin Diener gave a very timely presentation in 2020 titled The Immune System; its Protective and destructive Nature.
  • The talk this year (2021) – titled Stories as good Relations: Imagining Together (and Apart) in Incurious Times will be presented by Dr. Daniel Heath Justice on Saturday October 2, 2021 at 2 – 4 pm on Zoom. Details to follow.