Liberal Arts and 55+ Program

SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society

Our history

Created in 2005, our society is an independent, non-profit, registered society under the British Columbia Society Act. Our roots can be traced to the Opsimath Club, founded in the 1970s.

We are governed by our own bylaws and board of directors, which is elected at our Annual General Meeting. The use of SFU in our name maintains our link to the university while representing past and present senior students at Simon Fraser University.

Our philosophy

Lifelong learning through active participation in group situations and activities adds vibrancy and excitement to the life of seniors.

Our mission

To fulfill our philosophy, we are committed 
to the following:

  • Providing and promoting communication between our members, Simon Fraser University and the community.
  • Fostering a feeling of fellowship among all senior students at SFU, past and present.
  • Maintaining a liaison with the director of the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program regarding input on courses that fulfill the unique interests of mature students.
  • Providing financial assistance to undergraduate students through grants from our endowment funds.
  • Providing financial assistance for the free events offered by the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program.

Becoming a member

By joining the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society (SLLS), you can help support SFU Continuing Studies' Free Saturday Forums. These forums, which take place several times a year, have been very popular.

Our society has created two endowment funds. One endowment gives bursaries to SFU students each year. The other, the 55+ Program endowment fund, helps support the 55+ Program operations.

By joining the Seniors Lifelong Learners Society, you can help shape our organization by participating in the election of our board members. As a society member, if you so choose, you can stand to be elected to our board and help make decisions in the direction of our society. As a board member, you can make decisions that shape the university’s academic destiny in the area of continuing education for students 55+.

To become a member, please print and fill out the Membership Application Form.

Contact us

You can reach us by email at

Join Us

Membership application

Please join us by printing out and completing the membership form below and mailing it with your cheque or money order for $25 payable to the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society:

SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society
#2300 – 515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3