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.

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.

Socrates Café is back for 2018-19

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.


Year round, on the fourth Tuesday of each 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. Molly Russell moderates.