Even though we are not able to meet in person, PIL wants to provide you with some food for thought over the next few months. The following topics will be presented via Zoom on the dates indicated. This program is free and everyone is welcome. If you are a member of Partners you will receive a link to the meeting prior to the event. If are are not a member, please contact our Technical Coordinator, Mike Ash, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the distribution list for the link.
All sessions are 1 1/2 hours max. and start at 1:30 PM on the second Monday of the month.
Presenter(s) and Topic
February 8, 2021
Dr. James Kennedy: Maintaining good brain performance during aging
March 8, 2021
Lee Arsenault & Marilyn Staig: Lee is a volunteer pilot with Hope Air, a national, non-profit organization that provides flights for folks from remote and northern communities to get to and from medical appointments and treatment. Find out about the important service Hope air provides to those who have no other travel alternative.
April 12, 2021
Memorial to Past PIL Members: It is over a year since we lost our exemplary moderator Don Santor. And, at the end of 2020, we lost an enthusiastic lifelong learner and friend, Rene Steiner. For many of us the memories of both these men are clear as if we saw them both yesterday. Before the memories begin to fade, let us share our most pleasurable recollections of these wonderful members. Please jot down your reminiscences of Don and Rene in preparation for April 12.
May 10, 2021
Huron Shores Area Transit Project: Marina Cajic, Transit Coordinator will outline this new transit service which launched in December. Get where you want to go with this new bus service designed to provide residents with affordable transportation options within the region, connecting our local towns, villages and hamlets to one another and to Sarnia and London. Operating with Covid-19 precautions and equipped with accessibility aids and accommodations.
We completed this special program from the spring by adopting our new, favourite(?) technology – Zoom. The contribution by our last two speakers is very well described in the article by Dan Rolph of the Exeter Lakeshore Times-Advance.
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 Forumwhere 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.