Encore education Centre
The idea for a seniors’ education centre for Cornwall originated with Encore’s founder, Beverly Hincks. Eugene Cardinal (Director of Continuing Education) at St. Lawrence College was then approached with a very rough draft proposal to start a seniors’ academic program at the Cornwall campus.
September 1993 to January 1994
Research during this stage included a needs assessment study. The conclusion was that there were no daytime academic programs available to the seniors in this area.
A formal proposal was made, with the assistance of Randy Swedburg (from the Elderhostel Institute Network), to the St. Lawrence College Administration, for the formation of the Encore: Seniors’ Education Centre.
The program was started on a trial basis. The College agreed to give Encore the jump start it needed, and the opportunity to see if it would be well-received by the community. An Advisory Committee of Seniors was formed. This group worked very hard, and within eight weeks, Encore was ready to open its doors.
The Advisory Committee promoted the program and invited area seniors to an Open House. Ninety-five interested seniors took part in the festivities that day.
Encore had its first classes, with a grand total of 70 members registered. All six study groups were full.
Encore was awarded the prestigious Provincial “Conny Award for Best Program, 1994” in the Continuing Education Departments of Ontario’s 25 Community Colleges.
During a continuing education conference in Kansas City, Encore received the “Outstanding New Program Award, 1994” from the Association for Continuing Higher Education, an international organization that promotes excellence in education.
Encore Seniors received the “Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in Ontario”.
After sixteen successful years spent at St. Lawrence College, Encore re-locates to the former General Vanier Secondary School building on Cumberland Street as tenants of the Upper Canada District School Board.
Encore moves again in June 2018 to the Centre Charles Emile Claude building on Chevrier Avenue. The move provides Encore with a larger, brighter classroom and improved accessibility for Encore participants.