Continue your life-long learning by joining the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia, a volunteer-based registered non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable non-credit academic courses to seniors (age 50+) in Nova Scotia. Courses are for your learning enjoyment, without tests or assignments. Membership entitles you to enrol in any number of the 60+ courses offered per year, subject to class size limitations. It also allows you to participate in further developing this dynamic learning organization. Classes are offered in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Chester, Liverpool, Mahone Bay, and Truro.
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2020 SPRING TERM (apr-may)
Information and Registration Sessions (March 2020)
SCANS RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
MARCH 16, 2020
Dear Seniors’ College Members,
Many authoritative sources, including The World Health Organization, Canada Health, and locally, Dr. Robert Strang, the Chief Medical Officer of Health in Nova Scotia, have stated that there are interventions which, if taken early, can slow down the spread of the disease and create less pressure on what could be an over-burdened health system. Their recommendations include the cancellation of large public gatherings, and social distancing.
We know now that there at least three presumptive cases in Nova Scotia. We also know that seniors are more vulnerable and at greater risk of getting very sick.
In light of this information and in response to questions we have been asked by many of our members, volunteers and instructors, the Board has decided it was best to proceed cautiously. Therefore, with regret, we will be cancelling all Seniors’ College events and classes for the next couple of months. Public Lectures scheduled to be held in the next several weeks will be cancelled. The Annual General Meeting will be postponed, probably till early fall. The Information Sessions scheduled for the week of March 23rd will be cancelled, and most regrettably, we feel it necessary to cancel the courses scheduled for the Spring term. We will also cancel the Meet and Greet gatherings scheduled for March, April and May.
As you know, membership to the Seniors’ College is for a period of twelve months, and membership renewal can take place before any one of our three terms. Due to the cancellation of the Spring Term, the Board has decided to add on an additional term to everyone’s membership. Therefore, if your membership is up for renewal in the Spring of 2020, your renewal will be moved forward to the Fall of 2020. Similarly, if your membership is due for renewal in the Fall of 2020, it will be extended till the Winter 2021. Those whose membership is up for renewal in the Winter of 2021 will not have to renew until the Spring of 2021. Finally, to those of you who were going to renew their membership at the Information Session, you will not have to do so until the Fall of 2020.
We will update the website with any Seniors’ College news, and we will be updating you by email or in a newsletter in late spring or early summer with our plans going forward. You will be able to contact the office as usual.
We hope you will all stay safe and remind you of the precautions we should all take. Along with avoiding non-essential traveling, avoiding large gatherings, and social distancing, we need to avoid contact with people who are sick, and wash our hands often with soap and water, or if not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Tips for avoiding COVID-19 and updates are available on several websites, such as:
Be well. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia
REPORT OF THE MEMBERSHIP SURVEY CONDUCTED NOVEMBER 2019
As part of its strategic planning process, the Board of Directors of the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia conducted a survey of members during the Fall of 2019. This initiative resulted in 382 completed surveys and represents approximately 70% of those who registered for courses. Of those who were in a class and had the opportunity to fill out the survey, only a few declined to do so. The Board is extremely grateful that members took the time and care to answer the questions and to provide suggestions for improvements and topics for new courses. This report presents the results of the survey.
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 - POSTPONED
The 2020 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm, at the Captain William Spry Community Centre Multipurpose Room, 12 Sussex Street in Halifax. The Agenda and Nominating Committee Report will be posted on our website as they become available. We will let you know when this occurs. We will be emailing the Draft Minutes of the 2019 AGM and the Financial Reports to you as well, prior to the meeting.
We will be holding a reception following the meeting to celebrate our wonderful instructors and volunteers, and another successful year of the Seniors’ College. We invite you all to join us in this celebration!
This year the Board is proposing by way of special resolutions two changes to the Seniors’ College By-laws: First, we would like to redefine the official position of Vice President to President-Elect. The duties of the President-Elect would be similar to the duties of the Vice President and as well, at the end of their term, the President- Elect would be promoted to the position of President. The advantages of this change is that it will ensure clear continuity of succession to the role of President, and it provides the opportunity for the President-Elect to become familiar with the operations of the Seniors’ College. It would mean that going forward, beginning at the Annual General Meeting 2020, there would be elections for the President- Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and directors-at-large, but there would not be an election of a President since the President-Elect would eventually assume the office of President.
The other By-law change we are proposing is to delete the sentence from By-law 23 “Chairs of standing committees shall be chosen by the board from the board’s membership” and add it as a separate by-law where it is a more appropriate fit, under the Section “Committees of the Board”. It would become a new By-law 57, and the subsequent by-laws would accordingly be renumbered, so that current By-law 57 would become By-law 58, current By-law 58 would become By-law 59, and current By-law 59 would become By-law 60. We have attached these proposed changes to the By-laws here. Amendments are indicated with strikethroughs for deletions and by putting additions or changes in bold.
Opportunities to serve on the Board are still available to those of you who would like to offer their skills and experience. Nominations are welcome up to the date of the Annual General Meeting. If you are interested or wish to nominate another member, please email your information to SCANSinfo@gmail.com.
To help us prepare for this meeting and reception, we would appreciate your notifying the office by March 15 if you are attending. You can do so by email at the above address or by phone (902) 444-7588.
We welcome your participation and look forward to seeing you there.
President, Seniors' College
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