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Five Third Age Learning members took part in a workshop at the 14th Global Conference on Ageing on August 8 at Ryerson University.
The International Federation on Ageing was formed in 1973, and now has consultative status at the United Nations and its agencies. According to president Bjarne Hastrup, it is “working towards changing attitudes and creating a world where older people have a right to a good quality of life and are accepted and welcomed as contributing, active members of our communities.”
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For the July 24th Academy walkers it was ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ remembered. Led by our dedicated walks-coordinator and leader, Ken Snelson, the group started out in the historic Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, which are named after the famed composer Alexander Muir, who penned the patriotic song ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ in 1867. The maple leaf appears throughout the gardens in various decorative and natural forms. Since none of the group could recite the words to this patriotic tune, an enroute iPhone YouTube recording refreshed our collective memories. Our path continued …..
Well, for the 10 intrepid Academy walkers who gathered one steamy Tuesday morning at St. Clair West Station, it certainly was hot enough…. but it got even hotter as they wandered the trails of the beautiful historic Wychwood Park Community, past Casa Loma with a peek into Spadina Gardens, then down the many steps into the shade of the Nordheimer Ravine, and ending our near-two-hour steamy journey in the air-conditioned spaces of Boccone Deli on Yonge Street for a delicious lunch.
report from the trails by Renje Laukat
Thanks to Mike Foss for leading us onto sandy beaches and shady trails on the beautiful Toronto Islands on July 10th. There were 15 of the ‘long’ walkers disembarking the Toronto Island ferry at Hanlan’s Island, with most joining the ‘short’ walkers a couple of hours later for lunch in the shade of the Island…
Q2, 2018 Welcome to the new Academy Quarterly Review Welcome to issue two of the Academy Quarterly Review – fondly referred to as AQR! Our website brings you Academy information and news on a regular basis. Information on Walks, Forums, Talks, Member Spotlights, accomplishments and opportunities can now be seen “as they happen,” as it…
Thoughts from Gillian Long
Dr. Michael Benarroch, Provost and Vice President, Academic at Ryerson University since July 2017, delivered the Third Spring Talk on Wednesday April 25th 2018. His topic was Being Bold and Pushing Boundaries: Thoughts on the Future of University Education. He is the bold child of immigrants from Tangiers (to chilly Winnipeg!) and was the first member of his family to push boundaries by graduating from university. A large, engaged audience listened closely to his thoughts on the future of university education and later asked many pertinent questions.