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 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 2019

• Asia, an Emerging Continent
• Canadian Health Care
• Women in History

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Asia, an Emerging Continent

In the last couple of decades, the world has been experiencing the emergence of many of the Asian countries such as China, Japan, India, Pakistan and Korea. With access to cheap labour these countries have become powerhouses in producing manufactured goods for the rest of the world.

Family values, once an important aspect of these people’s lives, are slowly being eroded with consequences for governments, religions and traditions.

Some possible topics: Chasing cheap labour, Family values, Tourism, Stolen intellectual property, Reverse engineering, Ancient powerhouse of technology, Investment in the West, The culture creep, Military build-up and threat, Territorial disputes around the Sea of China.

Course number: 216032

Mondays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction: Jan. 7, Room 3

Course: Jan. 21 – Mar 11

Moderator: Michael Buxton-Carr

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Canadian Health Care

Canada’s publicly funded healthcare system is termed Medicare. Under the system all Canadian residents have reasonable access to medically necessary hospital and physician services without paying out of pocket.

Healthcare costs are shared between provincial or territorial governments and the federal government.

How does our healthcare system work to serve our changing needs? How could the system be improved? What challenges does it face now and in the future due to such things as an aging population, illegal drug use and funding problems? Are we focussing enough on prevention rather than cure?

Come to discuss various aspects of our healthcare system from personal experience.

Course number: 216031

Tuesdays: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Introduction: Jan. 8, Boardroom

Course: Jan. 22 – Mar. 12

Moderator: Betty Jane Antanavicius

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Women in History

We are all aware that women have played a significant role in history, both in Canada and internationally. In this course we will learn about some of them – famous, not so famous, and notorious. Perhaps you have a favorite you would like to tell us about. It might a member of royalty, a political figure, or a woman who has achieved in a so-called “man’s world” in science, medicine, exploration or literature. Maybe you could tell us about your great grandmother who was a pioneer!

This promises to be a wide-ranging topic with lots of opportunities for some worthwhile discussion. Come and learn more about Women in History; please join us for some enjoyable mornings.

Course number: 216033

Thursdays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction: Jan. 10, Room 3

Course: Jan. 24 – Mar. 14

Moderator: Jennifer Blackie


  • 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:


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