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 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:; Then enter the particular course number
  3. Phone 519 837 5699

Topics for Winter 2018

• Current Events
• Historical Blunders
• The Changing World of Agriculture

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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 that the group decides.

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

Course number:                 215944

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

Introduction:          Sept. 17, Room 3

Course:                    Oct. 1 – Nov. 26

Moderator:                  Barb McLeod

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Historical Blunders

We will choose topics from the many blunders that have been made.

Some examples are: In 1999, Yahoo refused an offer to buy Google for $1,000,000.

Mexico invited Americans to Texas, which led to Mexico losing Texas.

Prohibition resulted in robbery, homicides, and the use of cocaine.

Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, forcing America into war against it.

Hitler ordered the German army at Stalingrad to stay there.  France tried to hold Vietnam, leading to defeat at Dien Bien Phu.  The US supported South Viet Nam, ending in failure.

Nixon’s men broke into Watergate, ultimately resulting in his ouster.

The blunders could be political, military, business, environmental or of other kinds.  Come and join us for lively discussions.

Course number:                    215945

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

Introduction:  Sept. 18, Boardroom

Course:                    Oct. 2 – Nov. 20

Moderator:                 Geoff Richards

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The Changing World of Agriculture

In the past two decades, the use of genetically modified organisms has achieved remarkable results in agricultural productivity and pest control, both domestically and globally.  To what extent these achievements are sustainable and desirable remains to be seen.

Aside from GMO’s, there are other contemporary agricultural issues that are worthy of discussion.  Some examples: Results of climate change and urban sprawl, Hydroponics, Greenhouse technology, Animal welfare, Aquaculture, Global trade, Supply-management,  and Precision farming (GPS and drones).

Join us for a lively discussion. 

Course number:                215946

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

Introduction:     Sept. 20, Boardroom

Course:                    Oct. 4 – Nov. 22

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
    $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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