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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Facebook:   partners in learning@thecoffeeishot

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 .

The many faces of religion

Moderator: Don Santor
Registration Fee: $25
Time:  weekly for 5 weeks starting a 2:00 PM on September 17th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes:  Traditional peer learning participation expected
Religion has been an important part of the human experience from time immemorial. Despite the criticism it receives, it just won’t go away. It’s here for the long haul. While it is often the cause of war, conflict and human suppression, it also offers solace and comfort to millions in their time of need. Also, many turn to religion to define their purpose and meaning in life. This course will examine the many expressions of religion that have served humanity over the millennia. The purpose of this course is not to proselytize, but to inform, and to engage in critical inquiry.

Possible Topics

What is religion?
Why religion?
Are we wired for religion?
The idea of God/gods
World religions
Native spirituality
Psychology and religion
Missions and missionaries
Mysticism
Creeds and doctrine
Religion and the afterlife
Religious Reformers

    • Buddha
    • Jesus
    • Luther
    • Calvin
    • Loyola
    • Mohammed

Religious revivals
The Vatican
Religious fundamentalism
Turning points in Christianity

Televangelists
Miracles
Religious wars
Prayer and meditation
Sacred scriptures
Faith-healing
Women and religion
Feminist theology
Creation myths
Creation and evolution
Religious scandals
Purpose and meaning in life
Religion and politics
Liberation theology
Philosophy and religion
Spirituality
Religion and ethics
Can we be good without God?
Religion and Hollywood
Atheism and agnosticism
Is humanism a religion?
The demise and evolution of religion?
The future of religion

Accomplished Canadian Women

Moderators: Jean Weigand and Sybil Tinker
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks starting at 12 noon on October 29th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: Presentation followed by discussion
Perhaps they are not so easy to find, but the search is a worthy activity and the results are illuminating. This is a good course for those who are a little shy about presenting at our learning table. Bring us a name and some facts and let’s talk about the woman you think has been either woefully overlooked or simply forgotten by history. Or, introduce us to a woman you have known who probably will never be recognized by the Governor General or presented a medal. But she may be a woman whose influence in the lives of even a few others others, is legendary.
Elsie MacGill

It was better when?

Moderator: Mike Ash
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 week starting at 2:00 PM on October 29th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: Traditional peer learning participation expected
How many times have you heard someone of our generation say “I’m so glad to have lived in the best of times, because the future doesn’t look so good.” We look back on our formative years with great nostalgia and fond memories, but was it better? I It must have been better, gas was only $0.37 cents a gallon! Let’s look objectively at aspects of life then, now and going for-ward, and try to get the real story. Perhaps the next generation will also see “the best of times”.

Possible Topics

The cost of things
Education
Standard of living
Personal safety and security
Job opportunities
The quality of work life
Personal growth and development
Health care
Communication
Transportation
Leisure and recreation
Work / life balance
Your personal experiences
The nature & relationships within families
Societal & political structures
Technology
Aspirational vision and goals
Spirituality
The advancement of the common good
The United Nations
International relations
Ethics and truth
The role of science
Human rights
Prejudice
Gender equality
Mental health & emotional well being
The nature of society
The urban / rural divide
The polarization of society
The changing goals of each generation

Spring 2018, Potpourri Events


April 9,  10:00 AM to noon, Pine Dale Motor Inn

A WINTERS’ DAY

Two members of the eighth Winters generation in Canada are taking the family history in whole new directions. Michelle Winters, a translator, writer, painter, demonstrated to the whole of Canada that the two official languages of our country can successfully – and even dazzlingly – be combined, through her first novel, I am a truck, a Giller Prize finalist. Cousin, Philip Winters, with a strong sense of environmental mission leading to a life of growing and brewing, will speak to his eye-opening arctic cruise with his father, Hank. Two Winters, alike in age and origins, are our fascinating guests for this event.

Members $5, non-members $10 at the door.


April 16,  Blyth, Ontario

WHAT ABOUT CRAFT BEER?

Road trip: Cowbell Brewery, Blyth, Ontario. Learn what is unique about this beautiful, family run, state-of-the-art facility and what craft brewing is all about. Besides the beer is too good to pass up!

Car pool leaves at 11:00 am from the Pet Smart parking lot, arrive at the brewery for lunch of your choice and at your cost.  A guided tour follows at a cost of $15 / person. There is no PIL fee for this event.

Please meet at the parking lot before 11:00 AM with $15, to sort out who is going with who.  If you can drive please contact Mike Ash to verify that we have enough vehicles – 519-238-6747 or indabush@hay.net.


April 23,  10:00 AM to Noon, Pine Dale Motor Inn


ALL THINGS KIWI

Join Sid Huff to discover fascinating New Zealand. The most common things Canadians say about New Zealand include, “I’ve heard it’s beautiful”, and “I’ve always wanted to go there.” Sid will explore similarities and differences between New Zealand and Canada and emphasize the many aspects of New Zealand’s striking beauty. You will definitely want to go there!

Members $5, non-members $10 at the door.


April 30,  10:00 AM to Noon, Pine Dale Motor Inn

TREE-MENDOUSLY IMPORTANT!

Science is beginning to discover what the ancients knew all along: trees talk, look after one other, and feel pain. They also help humans live healthier lives. Ultimately, they may help to save the planet. Max and Pat Morden are current Chairs of the Lakeshore Eco-Network, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the planting of native trees, and raises awareness around issues of biodiversity and climate change. Join Pat and Max to learn more about the crucial role trees play in our world and what can be done to preserve and sustain them.Members $5, non-members $10 at the door.


May 7,  Kleinburg, Ontario

THE MCMICHAEL CANADIAN COLLECTION

The McMichael’s iconic collection consists of over 6,400 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists. Current exhibits include Inuit sculpture and Inukshuk art, and the Gallery Director’s special selection of Canadian art. Enjoy Canada in a unique way. Details: Bus transportation (limit 16), lunch and gallery fees of $95 are due by April 16th. Departure 9:00 am from the Pet Smart parking lot.

Preregistration is mandatory, and we regret there can be no refunds after April 16.

Register with Jean Weigand  dweigand@hay.net  or 519.237.3418 by April 16, 2018.

 

Pinedale Motor Inn is located at 107 Ontario Street South, Grand Bend.


Discoveries: Inspirations, January 15, 2018

Moderators: Karen Bowes-Sewell and Sybil Tinker
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks, Monday, Noon to 1:15 PM, January 15 to February 12
Location: Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format: Videos and Discussion

Tales of grief and woe are showcased routinely in the daily news. The hopeful story is far more elusive and appears as an afterthought, given a little nod by the grace of more serious affairs. Such a worldview is arguably lopsided and could be characterized as “Chicken Little Syndrome”.  This course offers inspirational stories as an offering of light in the dark days of deep winter. Please join us to consider ingenious solutions to intractable social problems, original thinking that reveals links between music and architecture, the value of play and storytelling, and more.

Presentations not required.