Contact: Geoff Richards, Tel. 226-820-2950 and email

Peer Learning Discussion Group

Peer Learning is for those seniors who like to have a good discussion with a friendly group. It’s a great way to meet new people and have fun while learning. Join us and bring your own experiences and ideas to the sessions.

Peer Learning Sessions:

Each course has a theme that gives rise to a number of possible topics. At the preliminary meeting, the moderator proposes a list of topics and the group may suggest others.  Each person then selects a topic and undertakes to prepare a 20-min talk to be given at some point in the next eight weeks.

At each weekly meeting, there are two 20 min presentations, each followed by a 30 min discussion. This allows time for a coffee break between sessions.

The word “peer” is used to emphasize that there is no instructor.  We learn from one another.  The moderator ensures that the sessions run smoothly and encourages us all to participate.

Sessions are held at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON; 519-823-1291

General Information and Registration: 

Researching and preparing a topic helps to keep your brain cells alive. It is usually easy to find material for your presentation on the Internet or at the Public Library.

Cost for each course: $18.00 + tax

Participants must be members of the Guelph-Wellington Seniors’ Association. However, a two-week trial is available for new registrants.

For more details, information or perhaps a little encouragement, contact Geoff Richards at: 226-820-2950 or

You may register using any one of the following two methods:
  1. In Person: at  the front desk of the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street, Guelph (near Riverside Park);
  2. By Telephone: Phone 519 823 1291 (the phone number of the GWSA);
  3. Online: at Login -> Programs -> Seniors -> Guelph Wellington Seniors. You will find Peer Learning courses there. Once you locate the program you want, click on “Enroll” and follow through with the payment options.

  • Topics for Winter 2020 
    • Current Events
    • World Migration Patterns Through History
    • Canada North of 60

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Current Events

This subject is back again, and there are plenty of issues to discuss!

Participants will look into the background of current topics from Politics, Economics, Business, Crime, the Environment, Science, Technology, the Arts, Sports or anything else the group decides.

Items  could  be   local,  national, or international.  Come and share your views.

Mondays:              9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction:       Jan. 6,    Room 3

Course:                 Jan. 20 – Mar 16

Moderator       Michael Buxton-Carr

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World Migration Patterns Through History

Many thousands of years ago early humans first ventured out of Africa and now inhabit virtually every corner of the world. Today, emigration and immigration continue to provide migrants with many opportunities and challenges. These have emerged in the last few years as critical political and policy concerns.

Come  and  join  us  as we explore the  journey  humanity  has   taken across  continents and  through the ages up until the present day.

Tuesdays:                 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Introduction:       Jan. 7,   Boardroom

Course:                   Jan. 21 – Mar. 10

Moderator:                  Andrew Webb

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Canada North of 60

Voyages of discovery to the Canadian Arctic began in the 17th century. Since then, the lifestyle of the Dene and Inuit peoples has been altered by the fur trade, missionary activity, military installations and government paternalism.  The creation of the Territory of Nunavut was a forward step.

Today, rapid climate change is threatening traditional modes of travel and building construction.  Some animal species are also at risk. Cruise ship activity in the North-West passage is increasing and there are challenges to Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.

There is much to discuss.

Thursdays:             9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction:             Jan. 9, Room 3

Course:                  Jan. 23 – Mar. 12

Moderator:               Malcolm Coutts

  • All sessions are held at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich St. Guelph, ON.
  • Cost for each course:
    $18.00 + tax for members

If you have any questions about Peer Learning, please contact:

“It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.” – Sam Ewing

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