Speaker series brings Haiti to ElderCollege

Vancouver Island University’s ElderCollege spring Saturday Speaker Series kicks off with a look at the Caribbean island Haiti.

Six speakers will be sharing their experiences and assessment of Haiti from Feb. 18 to March 24.

The series provides new perspectives on a nation that often seems to have insurmountable problems and little promise.

Speakers include Greg Fraser, a retired teacher and history buff; RCMP Staff Sgt. Marc Lavergne, who was as a member of the UN stabilization mission assisting Haiti with the development of its police force; Leslie Szeler, who spent eight years as a missionary in Haiti; Pauline Danoit, of the Danoit Haitian Relief Society; and Roger Annis, coordinator of Haiti Solidarity B.C.

The series takes place at VIU’s Nanaimo campus, Bldg. 250 Rm. 125. The lectures start at 10:30 a.m. and finish at noon.

Registration is open to anyone 50 and older. Cost is $42.56 for ElderCollege members and $59.56 for non-members. If space permits, tickets for individual lectures will be sold at the door for $10.

For more information on ElderCollege, please call 1-866-734-6252 or go to

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