Partners in Learning is pleased to get back in business this fall. We have changed our format to single sessions running every two weeks. The first session kicks thing off with a field trip, and the fall ends with our annual AGM / pot luck / Christmas gathering with presentations. Welcome.
HSUC’s re-gathering procedures requires vaccination verification of second dose on entry (only needed once for records) as well as wearing a mask and social distancing. Please enter the building using the Queen’s Avenue entrance (east) and exit via the Main Street (south) doors.
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 email@example.com 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.
Host: Jean Weigand Course Type: Guest Speakers and Discussion Registration Fee: no cost Times and Content:
Nov. 16, 1:30 PM – Pat Morden presents: The Importance of Trees Nov. 23, 1:30 PM – Daniella Kricper represents the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, and Mickey Gurbin gives the Psychological Effects of the Climate Crisis Location: a Zoom meeting Notes: Event Flyer Mike Ash (indabush at hay dot net) will send out the Zoom meeting link to members and friends 2 days before. If you are not sure you are on our contact list, let him know and you will be added.
This course is running in a similar way to Realizing Reconciliation last season. It is designed to appeal to members as well as to the general public. Climate change is worse than many of us expected. Our survival is threatened and we have to respond quickly and wisely for our grandchildren’s sake. How do we decide which issues should be priorities when so many seem urgent? Which activist groups should we support? How do we organize as a community to be effective? This series brings together speakers from government, the Indigenous community, activist groups, and others to share their views on a feasible path forward. If you want to worry less and find positive solutions, please join us.
Huron Shores United Church
Partners in Learning gratefully acknowledges the support of Huron Shores United Church and the Grand Bend Community Foundation for making this special program possible.
Moderators: Mike Ash Course Type: Peer Learning Registration Fee: The remaining 3 sessions are free to members Time & Content:
Monday, August 17, 1:00-2:00 PM The Magic of Kew Gardens with Karen Bowes-Sewell
Monday, August 24, 10:00-11:00 AM The Cuban Missile Crisis with Jean Weigand
Monday, August 31, 10:00-11:00 AM Pauline Johnson, poet & performer with Jackie and Jim Southcott
Location: Zooming it. A link will be sent to all members. Notes:
What historical event has captured your imagination? The significance of an event cannot be measured scientifically. Every historian, journalist or student could make
their own lists. This course is meant to draw attention to a number of events in history that left an indelible mark on peoples lives and an indisputable memory in the
minds of later generations. Pick something that interests you, and would interest the group and tell us about it. It can be an event over years or a point in time – a big
event or something small but significant. Any time period is fair game.
Moderator: Molly Russell Fee: $5 at the door – per session Time: The 4th Tuesday in the month at 2:00 PM
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend Notes: No preparation required, but think about a discussion topic.
On the fourth Tuesday of the month, we gather for informal discussion and debate about the latest and most engaging news of the time. We choose, by vote, a pair of topics and each member offers an opinion on the first. The battle is joined. The sessions usually run from September through March and perhaps April depending in the timing of Easter. Special Socrates / Social events usually occur in July and August at local residences.
Moderators: Various Course Type: Presentations and Discussion Registration Fee: $25 for all sessions, or $15 for PIL Forum and $5 per session for Discovery Talks Time: Mondays at noon to 2:30 PM on January 13 to February 10, 2020 Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend Notes:
Diverging from the pressure of the lecture hall, members took time to uncover topics especially meaningful to them, and worked in groups to find lively formats to engage members. Of special interest is the use of questions and interactive participation to stimulate discussion. Join us for a refreshing experience!
Jan 13: Textiles
Karen Bowes-Sewell, Nancy Winters
Jan 20: News, Fake News, and Spin
Nancy Winters, Jean Weigand, Jackie Soutcott
Jan 27: Considering Death
Molly Russell, Sybil Tinker, Peter Kybol–Syrovy and Mary Feret
Feb 3: tbd
Details to be announced.
Feb 10: Home Alone
Week five of Forum is available for a second Discovery Talk. Of interest to a great many of our members is how to manage “home alone”. Persons who have lost spouses, divorced, or who are otherwise facing aging alone will find this an illuminating subject, full of good advice and helpful coping strategies.
Moderators: Nancy Winters Course Type: Lecture,
video, discussion, participation, but no advance preparation Registration Fee: $25 Time: Mondays at 2:30 on January 13 to February 10, 2020 Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend Notes:
How come Shakespeare is a billion dollar world-wide industry four hundred years after he wrote the plays, while other playwrights of his time and later are utterly unheard
of? Because Shakespeare’s plays still work on the modern stage. Educators regularly spoil them by slogging the through texts. This course aims to undo some of the damage done in classrooms by making a case for their genius. Week by week, we will talk about what we already know, the men (heroic and villainous), the women (good and bad), the plot lines, and then, “what you will”.
Moderator: Richard Sewell Course Type: Peer Learning Registration Fee: $20 Time: September 16 to October 7, Noon to 1:30 pm Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend Notes:
Co-operation is an accepted and often preferred way to develop and complete projects This series builds on the success of last year’s Form and revisits the goal of providing members the option to create research topics in small groups rather than working alone. Anyone looking to gain confidence in making presentations will enjoy this group. Artist and educator Richard Sewell shifts the focus away from the competitive model toward a collaborative team process. Participants take time to exchange ideas, create topics, and present a short talk with a partner. Expect to enjoy the atmosphere of a retreat.
Moderator: Henry Hildebrand Course Type: Discussion Group Registration Fee: $5, open to non-members Time: October 21, Noon to 1:30 pm Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend Notes:
It can be helpful and meaningful for each one of us to adjust our deck chair and reflect on the voyage of our life. Annually there are experiences that we are unable to control, like the four distinct weather seasons. Similarly, we live Seasons in our Life. Life’s seasons are more prolonged but have similarities to the seasons of each year. Spring produces learning, Summer represents the highly productive years, in Fall there is reaping and sometimes repositioning and then Winter allows freedom. But Wait – there can be a fifth season – the “Second Spring”. Come join in on the conversation.