Unpacking Learning, Jan. 14 to Feb. 11

Moderator: Richard Sewell
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 4 + 1 weeks from 12 noon to 1:15 pm starting Jan. 14
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: This course is a follow up to “Introducing PIL Cooperative Forum” in the fall.  The fall course is not a prerequisite.
This series emerged from a need to develop a new approach to researching and presenting material at PIL. With Richard Sewell as our guide, a group of enthusiasts worked together to identify issues, brain storm solutions, and experiment.
  1. Jan. 14 – Diverse Learning Spaces (Fredi, Jean, Sybil)
  2. Jan. 21 – Finding Your Own Learning Style (Mike, Jackie)
  3. Jan. 28 – Traveling Schools (Elaine, Karen)
  4. Feb. 4 – Wrap Up – discussion of our process and the pros and cons of working collaboratively vs alone and share some of the sometimes surprising outcomes of our experience.

PIL was started about 13 years ago by some transplants – Bill Metcalfe and John Merkies – from the London Society for Learning in Retirement (SLR). On the theme of “Unpacking Learning”, join Jeff Keenor and Susan Booth from SLR in our 5th session on February 11 as they share their experiences in successfully engaging retirees in the process of life-long learning.

Annual Potluck Lunch and General Meeting, Dec. 3, 2018

Dear Friends, 
Please find attached news about our upcoming 
 
Partners In Learning Pot Luck and Annual General Meeting.
Monday December 3rd  at 12 noon
Southcott Clubhouse
 
Former members and guests are warmly welcome.
We hope to see you at this warm and cozy get-together!
Winter Newsletter: CLICK HERE
Cheers from all of us on Executive !

Realizing Reconciliation, Jan. 14 to Feb. 11

Moderator: Bob Kennedy
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm starting Jan. 14
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: This is a course that no one will want to miss!  This a special course offering from Partners.  No preparation required.

Words are not enough …

There is a deep hope for Canada that there can be reconciliation. We would like to believe that every Canadian could imagine a Canada in which every person will live with dignity, value, and a shared purpose. But to do that, there must be a reflection of our shared history and the harmful events that continue to haunt us.

Come and explore the progress, or lack of progress that we are making in our current undertakings with this important issue.

  1. Jan. 14 – Elizabeth Stevens will talk about preserving indigenous languages
  2. Jan. 21 – Bill Henderson and Bonnie Reynolds will discuss native spirituality.  Bill is an artist and has studied Native cultural and spiritual traditions for the past 40 years.  Bonnie is engaged in spiritual healing workshops for women and youth.
  3. Jan. 28 – Tom Patterson is a Deacon of St. James Anglican Church in Stratford and will describe his commitment to helping non-Indigenous people seek truth and reconciliation, and why it is important to build new relationships between our communities.
  4. Feb. 4 – Jeffrey George (a.k.a. Red Dog) a well known local artist will talk about his personal journey: Living through abuse and restoring ones self-worth as a native person, overcoming challenges, facing fears and following a dream with the wisdom of his elders.
  5. Feb. 11 – Jorden George is a Research Consultant, and a Member of the Kettle and Stony Point Community. He will speak about First Nations Treaties and Reconciliations, as well as Restorative Justice. He will also address the history of his People.

“Vintage” Partners Present … Feb. 25 to Mar. 25

Moderator: Each presenter for their own session
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks from 12 noon to 1:15 pm starting Feb. 25
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: A mixed bag of topics the we can discuss in our usual open and congenial manner.

Join 5 different moderators with 5 totally different topics that will generate lots of discussion. Over the years many in our group have been very involved in Partners and acquired skills with moderating and presenting. Let Bob, Jim, Nancy, Mike and Molly peek your interest, give you something to think about and dispel those March blahs!

1. Feb. 25, Factfulness – Bob Kennedy

Our world, for all its imperfections, may be in a better state than we think. If we worry about imaginary ideas, we lose focus on things that really do threaten us. This presentation will concentrate on embracing fact and losing our irrational fears.

2. Mar. 4, My Ghost Town – Mike Ash

Early settlers created literally hundreds of small communities that did not survive. Let’s examine the process with a local example – Kastnerville.

3. Mar. 11, A Second Look at Bridges – Jim Southcott

Every bridge has a story. Let’s examine historical and contemporary examples in this follow up to Jim’s popular course from 2011.

4. Mar. 18, The Shakespeare Mystery Redux – Nancy Winters.

The authorship debate does not abate. And Nancy has a theory that she just can’t shake.

5. Mar. 25, Life Choices – Molly Russell

The various restrictions associated with Assisted Dying will be explored as well as the subject itself.

Finding Balance, Feb. 25 to Mar. 25

Moderator: Karen Bowes-Sewell
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm starting Feb. 25
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: A topic of interest to all us retired folks, presented by an expert.

Balance problems are the strongest predictor of falls, and one in three adults over the age of 65 will fall each year. Because balance is a process, not a destination, we constantly adjust to the pull of gravity to stay upright. We use input from our eyes, sensations, and inner ear, and when balance is good, we ignore it, but when it’s off, we are in trouble. We love our exercise, but we can also slow down and examine how we move. This course is about each person’s experience, not about doing well. Using safe, relaxing movement, you will monitor yourself better, improve comfort, move more freely, and prevent falls. Welcome!

Please wear warm, loose clothing.


Karen is a movement specialist and a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method® of intelligent movement. She performed with the National Ballet of Canada and is a Senior Scholar (Dance) at York University. Karen assists those with movement difficulties arising from neurological conditions, chronic pain, injury, surgery, and theatre performance.

Partners In Learning Changes and Grows

Partners In Learning, a non-profit group in Grand Bend, opened its doors in 2005 to answer the need for stimulating, casual-learning courses for mature adults.  There is good evidence to show that life-long learning not only increases one’s knowledge but also the ability to use that knowledge in meaningful ways. Doing so in the friendly social setting of Partners In Learning, makes for a very enjoyable activity.  We aim to provide peer learning in a relaxed setting, diversity in interests and learning styles, meaningful topics, discussion and practice courses, forums for current events, weekly meetings, and field trips.  All this is on offer as we begin our fourteenth season in a brand new location. We now meet at Huron Shores United Church, a stunning, fully equipped, and newly renovated space on Main St. in Grand Bend. It is an inspiring environment and we look forward to working with the Huron Shores community as we begin fall courses.

In addition to traditional listening/discussion courses, Partners In Learning launches two new initiatives this year. First, we know not everyone is comfortable with the “work alone” format normally used in planning and presenting a talk. And yet, all of us have wonderful stories to tell, topics we’d love to know more about, and friends who yearn to hear them! Our answer to this dilemma is the new PIL Co-operative Forum where members work in small groups with a friendly guide to find their preferred way of gathering information, putting together a talk, and sharing it.  As well, we have another practical course, Finding Better Balance, coming up in the new year. It provides a relaxing movement experience especially designed for retirees who wish to prevent falls and move more comfortably overall.

Partners In Learning Open House is on September 10th from 12noon – 2:00pm at Huron Shores United Church. Moderators for courses will be on hand to talk about their courses and registration begins. Light lunch is provided. Fall courses start September 17th and include PIL Co-operative, The Many Faces of Religion, Accomplished Canadian Women and It Was Better When. Socrates Café, a forum for discussion of current events, is on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Please join us for many exciting new adventures!

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Partners has changed our venue!

Partners in Learning has enjoyed many successful years at PineDale Motor Inn.  Thank you Mary Jo for your gracious hospitality and support.

The Huron Shores United Church has recently undergone major renovations to create a community hub, that is ideally suited to our type of organization. Therefore we decided to relocate to the church.

This move is not without some nostalgia for PineDale, where we have been since our inception and held hundreds of interesting and stimulating sessions. We look forward to serving our life-long-learners in the new location.

Please consider Partners in Learning to keep your mind sharp and enjoy interacting with other area residents who have similar interests.

The new location can be accessed from Queen’s Ave.  Enter the double doors, go upstairs, turn left and enter the Sanctuary. Nancy is standing in front of the entrance.

Introducing PIL Cooperative Forum

Moderator: Richard Sewell
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks starting 12 noon on September 17th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: A new format for PIL

We are past due for some new forms of presentation, especially as so many have declared themselves uncomfortable with the idea of being responsible for a full hour of solo presentation.

So we were thrilled when Richard Sewell offered to create a new approach for our first noon hour series.

Richard’s role will be to put together several groups of 3-4 members each, at our first Forum session on September 17, and to continue to work with them in a cooperative manner toward their presentations during the first sessions in January. The groups will continue to meet and work on their own out-side of the PIL fall schedule. Richard will meet once again with each group in November. An exciting new format in which all members are invited to participate .