Top 2 Over 90


Turning 93 this October, my Dad is one of two recipients of the ‘Lifelong Learning Award’ presented to him by Dr. Scott McLean, Director of Continuing Education, University of Calgary.

In the past two years, he has taken courses from the Calgary Seniors College, co-organized by the U of C Continuing Education and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Courses my Dad has taken include Computer, Chinese History, and Chinese Medicine.  Here’s a glimpse of yesterday’s Graduation and Award Ceremony.

No published work, no writing aspiration either.   Just a learner… for life.  Maybe that’s achievement enough.


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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

13 thoughts on “Top 2 Over 90”

  1. Hats off to your Father for such great achievement. This is one good example of living life to the fullest and loving it.



  2. Arti, that’s wonderful! Congratulations to your father – he surely has influenced your love of learning as well.

    Learning for the pleasure of it – what could be better?


  3. Oh that is a wonderful achievement for sure! Congratulations to him. He has a wonderful smile and countenance :0)


  4. How wonderful! Learning for learning’s sake is a lesson for us all. Hearty congratulations to your dad–he’s an inspiration!


  5. Thank you all for your very kind words and warm thoughts. It’s my pleasure to share this exciting event with you.

    To quench any curiosity about the ‘like father like daughter’ query, here’s my take. My Dad is a WWII veteran. He’d served in the British Navy in Europe on D-Day, not at Normandy, but close enough. While Arti’s exposure to that piece of history is just by sitting on the couch to watch John Wayne star in The Longest Day, I admit I’ll never be able to emulate such toughness and determination. I’m afraid his ‘can-do’ spirit just remains as his own personal trait.

    It’s interesting to note too, that it’s after he’d turned 90 that my Dad started taking courses at the newly established Calgary Seniors College. Just shows that it’s never too late to improve and enrich oneself through learning.

    And for my love of reading, I owe that to my mother. An avid reader herself, she’d introduced me at an early age to the wonderful world of books. Unfortunately, due to poor eyesight and the onset of dementia, she has not been able to pursue her interest these past couple of years. Comes October, she’ll be 91.

    A note about the Calgary Seniors College. It’s the joint effort by the U of C Continuing Ed and the local Lutheran Church, under the direction of Rev. Peter Chau. The purpose of the College is to serve the many seniors in the Chinese community, using Chinese as the language of instruction (except ESL classes of course), thereby removing the major obstacle for them in their pursuit of higher education. It has been expanding quickly since its inception. This project is an inspiration in itself.


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