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.

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.

For more details, information or perhaps a little encouragement,

contact Geoff Richards at: 

226-820-2950 or

You can register using any one of the following three methods:
  1. At  the front desk (Evergreen Seniors Community Centre)
  2. Phone 519 823 1291

Topics for Fall  2019 

  • Impacts of an Aging Demographic
  • The Wisdom of Great People
  • Human Rights in the World Today

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Impacts of an Aging Demographic:

Some of the many topics which we can discuss are:

Government policies in Canada and other countries regarding Employment, Retirement income, Housing, Health care, Mental health, Community support and Family caregiving. Healthy aging: Heart health, Physical activity, Medicines, etc. Research in diseases common in seniors, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancer, etc.
Financial planning and protection, Powers of Attorney, Wills, Living wills. Implications for business and the job market: Changes in the demand for large houses, small houses, condos, clothing, and other products. More positions caring for the elderly.

Come to learn and give us your views.

Course number:                    215944

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

Introduction:          Sept. 16, Room 3

Course:                  Sept. 30– Nov. 25

Moderator:                Geoff Richards

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The Wisdom of Great People:

How long has it been since you’ve read some of the writings by the sages of old, or had a chance to discuss their sayings with others who have similar interests?

The Tuesday afternoon sessions of Peer Learning are going to be doing just that. We’re going to take a look at the lives of these learned people, what they had to say and why they said it. We’ll rediscover some of the opinions they held for their times and see if they hold any relevance for today. There are many deep thinkers to choose from, whether it be Socrates, Plato or Siddhartha Gautama from the distant past or the more recent Immanuel Kant and David Hume. Maybe you have a favourite of your own you’d like to bring forward.

If this is something to your liking, please join us.

Course number:                    215945

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

Introduction:  Sept. 17, Boardroom

Course:                    Oct. 1 – Nov. 19

Moderator:             Christina Karsten

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Human Rights in the World Today:

Human Rights and Freedoms – Are they at Risk?   The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) presents ideal goals.  But do these rights exist in our world today?  Even in Canada, with our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982), are we at risk of losing what we assumed was secure?    Over the past few months, the news has dealt with Privacy Rights, Prisoner Rights, Children’s Rights, the Right to Die, Reproductive Rights, Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of the Press and many more freedom issues.  But the greatest number of articles have addressed the issues of Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech.  Did you think these were secure?  Join in on our discussions as we explore what the current situation is in Canada and in other parts of the world.

Course number:                  215946

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

Introduction:     Sept. 19, Boardroom

Course:                    Oct. 3 – Nov. 21

Moderator:                    Janet Fowler

  • 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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