In mid 2007 the Association of Dalhousie Retirees and Pensioners (ADRP) authorized a Task Force to organize a seniors’ college in Halifax modelled on the Seniors College of the University of Prince Edward Island. By September, four instructors had agreed to teach for 10 weeks to 104 seniors, each of whom paid $60 to register for up to 4 academic courses.
On November 16, 2007, course registrants adopted a constitution for the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia (SCANS), which became an officially registered society in January 2008.
At the first AGM (May 24, 2008) membership dues were set at $120 per calendar year, later changed to any 12 months from the date dues were paid, and 3 terms per year as of January 1, 2009.
Starting in January 2010, active instructors got free memberships for 1 year. Also, SCANS opened satellites (“Chapters”): Mahone Bay began in September, Truro followed in January 2011, Liverpool and Chester in 2013. In 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding clarified the functioning of SCANS chapters.
In 2012, funding was obtained for a part-time Office Manager; after August 2013 the position came under the operating budget. As of January 1, 2013, membership dues were raised to $135/year, which was acceptable to 97% of about 500 members surveyed.
In 2014 Bloomfield Centre (SCANS base since inception) was closed, and new course venues were needed; the office was moved to Gottingen St. In December 2017 SCANS moved again - to the Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts.
On June 1, 2015, SCANS began collecting HST on membership dues. The Office Manager-Registrar’s position was increased to 80% FTE; the board held a Strategic Planning Session.
In 2017 <theSCANS.org> was initiated. As of late May 2018, SCANS had about 720 members and on June 1 dues would rise to $150/year (+ HST).
A Brief History of SCANS: From an ADRP Idea to a Mature Society (Colin Stuttard)