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 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)
  • 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.
  • The talk this year (2020) – titled The Immune System:
    its Protective and Destructive Nature”
    – is presented by Dr. Erwin Diener. The event will be presented online via Zoom. Please note that even though the event is free you will need to pre-register. Details will be published here and in an upcoming newsletter.