Contact: Geoff Richards, Tel. 226-820-2950 and email richards@execulink.com

PEER Learning Discussion Group

Peer learning is for those seniors who like to have a good conversation with a friendly group. It’s a great way to meet new people and have fun while learning.

The way that it works:

Each course has a theme that gives rise to a number of 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 minute talk to be given at some point in the next eight weeks. These talks can be taken from articles found on – line in magazines or newspapers or can be your own personal research and thinking on the subject.
At each weekly meeting, there are two 20-minute presentations, each followed by a 30-minute 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.

You can register using any one of the following three methods:
  1. At  the front desk (Evergreen Seniors Community Centre)
  2. online at: http://regexpress.guelph.ca; Then enter the particular course number
  3. Phone 519 837 5699

Topics for Winter 2018

• Great World Events & Discoveries
• Current Events
• New Technologies

Great World Events
And Discoveries

Join us in a round table discussion of great events and discoveries that have opened up our minds to the mysteries of our planet, the limits of human endurance and the advancements in science over the centuries.
Such discussions could cover subjects as:
Conquest of the South Pole.
First successful heart transplant.
First successful ascent of Everest.
Determination of longitude at sea.
Discovery of the tomb of King Tut.
Breaking of the sound barrier.
Dead Sea scrolls discovery.
Sinking of the Titanic.
The Halifax explosion.
Just a few of many examples.Will you join us?Course number: 207335

Mondays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction: Jan. 8, Room 3

Course: Jan. 22 – Mar 19

Moderator: Michael Buxton-Carr

 Current Events

This session is a perennial favorite. The topics discussed will be selected from the issues of the day. It could be Politics, Economics, Business, Crime, Environment, Science, Technology, Arts, Sports, Sociology or anything else that the group decides.

Participants will have an opportunity to delve into the background and the context of stories that are making headlines today. The items could be local, national or international. We will make a special effort to find some “good news” stories.
Come and share your views.

Course number: 207336
Tuesdays: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Introduction: Jan. 9, Boardroom
Course: Jan. 23 – Mar. 13
Moderator: Cyril Chalk

 

New Technologies

The way we live our lives nowadays is very different from the way our parents lived, even very different in some ways from our own lives 20 years ago. New technologies have had both good and bad effects.

Some of these changes are exciting, offering undreamed of possibilities. Others may be alarming. What will life be like for future generations?

Let’s discuss amazing new developments in medicine, weaponry, cars, green technology, astronomy, artificial intelligence, communications, agriculture, genetics, weather prediction, information storage – you name it. How are they changing our world?

Course number: 207337
Thursdays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Introduction: Jan. 11 , Room 3
Course: Jan. 25 – Mar. 15
Moderator: Barb McLeod


  • All sessions are held at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich St. Guelph, ON.
  • Cost for each course:
    $18.00 + tax for members
    $33.00 + tax for non-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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