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Weather Fails To Dampen Enthusiasm For Annual Facilitators’ Forum And Volunteer Lunch

By Gillian Long

Hart House was an agreeable venue on Tuesday April 17th for the Facilitators’ Forum and Volunteer Lunch. Despite poor road conditions in the aftermath of the weekend ice storm, there was a large turnout for both events. Joan McCordic and her Curriculum Committee are to be congratulated on their expert planning and organization of the Forum during which experienced and rookie facilitators networked and discussed best practices for leading stimulating workshops – the raison d’être of our Academy.

The Healthy Brain – Spring Talk #2 – April 18, 2918

In an interesting, at times even surprising, talk on Wednesday morning, April 18, Dr. Burford-Mason spoke to a rivetted Academy audience about how important the right foods are to the brain, which uses nutrients at 10 times the rate of any other tissues in the body – and is the first organ to suffer if we are deprived of essential nutrients. As a cell biologist and orthomolecular nutritionist, Burford-Mason’s ideas are evidence-based. “We have learned ….

Trying To Make Sense Of The Situation In Syria?

Some members of the Academy are meeting monthly by videoconference with fellow third-age learners in England to discuss current issues. The subject of the next session, which will be on May 15, is what the future holds for Syria. If you’d like to participate and have a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet) with a webcam and decent Internet access, contact Frank Nicholson.

A Fond Farewell

It is with a sad heart that we note the passing of long-time Academy member Jean Long. Jean and her husband, Stephen, have been part of the Academy family since 2002. This lovely obituary …..

2018 / 2019 Registration Update

As you know, registration opened on April 3, 2017 for our new academic year. You still have plenty of time to make your choices and register before our new year begins in September. If you have registered in the past week, we thank you!

On May 1, the Membership Committee will be doing randomization for oversubscribed workshops – beginning at 1 p.m. at Knox College in Room 5. You might consider joining / registering before this date if you ….

Your Rights As A Photographer In Toronto

For the amateur photographers in the Academy, click below to access a helpful article about the rules for taking photos in the City of Toronto. This is a matter that can be confusing. Note that the piece covers taking the photos and related permissions. It does not cover how they can be used.

Happy snapping!!

Belly Laughs, Smiles, And Chuckles At The First Spring Talk

Laughing Is The Best Medicine – Ron James & The Academy Comedy Workshop
by Mary Doucette

The first of the 2018 Academy Spring Talks had a full-house as we explored the idea that “laughing is the best medicine”. The highlight of the morning was Michael Cole’s Stand-Up Comedy workshop members who presented their original jokes on the topic of aging. Nothing was sacred: they joked about hearing loss, incontinence, loneliness, sex, death and cremation, memory loss, the challenges of technology, and much more …….

Strap On Your Walking Shoes!

Click here to check out the interesting Walks scheduled for May and June.

More on the Islands

Academy members who enjoyed this Fall’s Forum on the Toronto Islands may enjoy this collection of vintage photos.

Baby Boomers And Third-Age Learning

What does the arrival of the Baby Boomer generation mean for the Academy and other third age learning organizations? Find out by attending a forum being presented by Ontario’s Third Age Network at the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 21. The issues discussed will include:

• the impact of Baby Boomers joining our ranks
• the adaptations and programs that may be required
• ways to engage boomers as leaders in third age learning

The cost (including lunch) is only $25. Click the link below for further information and to register.