Who We Are

Meet the people behind the Sunshine Coast ElderCollege

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Sunshine Coast ElderCollege Society. This includes developing policy and procedures, and overseeing program development for the effective operation of ElderCollege.

Monthly meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month.

The Annual General Meeting takes place in August when new Board members are elected. Board members serve two terms, each term has a duration of two years.

The Officers of the Board include the Chair, Vice-chair, Past-chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

2023 to 2024 Board of Directors

  • Jacqueline Schach, Chair
  • Stephen Williamson, Vice-Chair
  • Mary Beth Knechtel, Past-Chair and PC Chair
  • Loraine Gallant, Treasurer
  • JoAnne Bentley, Secretary
  • Bryan Norton, Registrar
  • Ann Hopkins
  • Ian Cochran
  • Sahra Hailey
  • Al Clyde
  • Ex Officio Member:
    - Suzanne Perreault, CapU Liaison

The Program Committee

The Program Committee plans and carries out the Sunshine Coast ElderCollege course program with the approval of the Board. It is made up of a minimum of ten people, approved by the Board:

They include:

  • Chair, ex officio member of the Board
  • Vice-Chair
  • The Current Board Past Chair
  • At least seven others with broad interests and experience and having the skills necessary to both propose and facilitate courses.
  • One of: the Program committee Chair, Vice-Chair or Current Board Past Chair attends Board meetings and reports on behalf of the Committee to the Board at each of its meetings.

All members serve for a one-year term with no limit on the number of re-appointments.

2023 to 2024 Program Committee

  • Mary Beth Knechtel, Chair
  • Thomas Kern, Past-Chair
  • Harriet Hunter, Secretary
  • Barb Chapman
  • Karen Bell
  • Michael Bradley
  • Ian Cochran
  • Juergen Dankwort
  • Margot Hallman
  • Michael Healey
  • Ann Hopkins
  • Dana Jantzen
  • Monika Karpinska
  • Laura Maddalozzo
  • Keith Maxwell
  • Kareen McCaughan
  • Jack Pope