GWSA peer learning

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

Fall 2017  

Canada:150 Colony to Nation 

We began as a union of colonies on usurped aboriginal lands. Gradually filling our vast expanses with European and American immigrants, we connected the cities with railways, and increasingly exported the products of our agriculture, forestry and mining. 

Sobered and matured by two world wars, we have evolved into a bilingual sovereign nation that has provided a haven for refugees at various times in its history. Along the way we have developed our own identity in Education, Art, Music, Literature, Broadcasting and Sports. 

Let us talk about who we are and reflect on the changes that have occurred in the past 150 years. 

Course number:      205194 

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

Introduction:            Sept. 11, Room 3 

Course:                       Sept. 25 – Nov. 20 

Moderator:                 Malcolm Coutts


 Today’s Problems and Possible Solutions 


Which of today’s problems would you like to discuss: poverty, growing inequality, loss of jobs due to technological change, under-employment, terrorism, proliferation of nuclear weapons, risk of wars, threats to democracy, climate change, loss of biodiversity, damage to oceans, lack of water, migration from developing countries, mental illness, resistance of parasites to drugs? 

Can capitalism adapt to solve many of these problems so that our economy will become more sustainable? 

Come and join us for fascinating talks and discussions on current problems, work that is being done to solve them, and suggestions on how we can do more to solve them. 

Course number:       207333

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

Introduction:             Sept. 12, Boardroom

Course:                        Sept. 26 – Nov. 14

Moderator:                  Geoff Richards

Revolutionary Ideas

The successful Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries impacted millions of lives, improving most but dislocating many. 

Entering the 21st century, a new Revolution of ideas and changes is taking place. One example is the dramatic change in media, with marginalization of print and the distribution of news and information through various digital platforms, from profound to trivial. 

This course covers a wide range of recent and ongoing revolutionary ideas such as renewable energy, space research, free trade, world-wide transportation, dangerous financial structures, social behavior, access to knowledge and decline of American exceptionalism. 

Course number:       207334

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

Introduction:             Sept. 14, Room 3

Course:                        Sept. 28 – Nov. 23

Moderator:                 Alex Reid


  • All sessions are held at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich St. Guelph, ON.

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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