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Our Mission

  • To offer fun, affordable classes to anyone 50 and over   

  • To encourage more socialization and intellectual stimulation to people that have a thirst for learning 

  • To inspire students and teachers to share their knowledge and skills in a dynamic and fun environment

  • To promote diversity and multiculturalism by connecting people within our communities


A snapshot of our classes

Class offerings change every semester. Below is list of our Winter 2023 Semester course offerings. Specifics can be found by clicking on this happy camera: 

  • Watercolour Painting

  • Mental Wellness

  • Short stories discussion group

  • Memoir Writing

  • Piano (multiple classes)

  • Social Media apps for iPhone/ iPad

  • Quilting Group

  • Knitting Group

  • Excel for daily life

  • Bridge

  • Drawing

  • Acrylic painting

  • Calligraphy

  • More iPad Fun!

  • More iPhone Fun!

  • Desktop Basics

  • Photos for Smartphones

  • Load File Edit Photos

  • Genealogy

  • Beginner's Mandarin

  • Beginner's Hindi

  • Intermediate German

  • Ukulele

We're looking for new instructors all the time so if you're retired and interested in teaching a course or you know someone who is, don't be shy! You can email us: or give us a call: 604-517-8732. We'd love to hear from you! 

Established    in 1973 

Community Centred College for the Retired

Learn for Fun, Teach for Pleasure!

The college is currently closed for Spring Semester, we're sorry for the inconvenience 

An exceptional woman with an exceptional idea!


In 1972, over the age of 60 years, Mabel Dunham of Burnaby received her Bachelor of Education and Adult Education diploma from UBC.   Convinced other people her age would also be interested in furthering their education it became Mabel's mission to structure a self-help college.


In 1973, encouraged by UBC Professors Thornton and Neimi, she began by offering a course entitled "Explorations in Reading" at Edmonds House - a newly opened senior citizens centre in Burnaby. This was the beginning of a new and exciting program for people over the age of 55. The response and interest proved there is no age barrier to the desire to learn new things.


The Western Community Centred College for the Retired Society, known as WCCCR, or Community Centred College for the Retired, was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1977.  


On May 1, 1977 the Federal Government granted WCCCR status as a Registered Society.  With the help of a three-year New Horizons grant, two Canada Works Projects and several well respected members of the Community, WCCCR was able to expand to what it is today.

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