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With much regret, your Board has made the decision to cancel all Academy activities, effective Monday March 16th, at least for April and May. This includes the last two weeks of workshops, the Spring Luncheon, Facilitators Forum and Volunteer Luncheon and all up-coming Spring Talks. We will stay in close touch with you, our Academy…

A Forum Favorite – Presenting the Presenters

On March 11, in spite of fears of COVID-19, a good crowd of Academicians enjoyed an unusually stimulating session of the Academy tradition of showcasing our members’ presentations.

Trudy Akler’s presentation, Shocking! The Creative Life and Influential Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli, was a delight. Speaking without notes

What Makes a Good Life? – Feb 26 Forum

Dr. Tom Hurka, Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto, was the guest speaker at the fourth Wednesday Forum held on February 26th.  His topic was What makes a good life?  During his stimulating talk, he examined philosophical questions drawn from both world history and our own lives. Socrates believed that knowledge made for a good life while Plato and Aristotle upheld moral values, believing that virtue was good and vice was objectionable.  They believed that the journey was more important than the destination.  Today, we admire successful people who reach their goals.

With Sadness….

We are sad to let you know that David Mendelsohn passed away on March 1, 2020. David was a member of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, as was his wife Jenny who predeceased him. David was a fine gentleman who appeared to enjoy and thrive from his workshops at the Academy. In particular,  David was…


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This might be a valuable source for presentation images!

The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million High-Res Images Online And Into The Public Domain  

A Fond Farewell….

It is with sadness that we tell you about the passing of treasured Academy member Helen Klar. Please click here to read a very lovely obituary that beautifully captures Helen’s life.

A Sad Farewell….

We say a sad farewell to John Timothy Hourigan, an Academy member, who passed away January 14, 2020

Forum #3 – Bel Canto Canada: Turning Points in 150 years of a Grand Vocal Tradition

Bel Canto Canada: Turning Points in 150 years of a Grand Vocal Tradition were outlined for an attentive audience by Wayne Gooding, retired long-time editor of Opera Canada, at the third Wednesday Forum held on February 12. The Talks Committee did well to accept Josie and Mark’s recommendation of him as an eloquent and knowledgeable…

“How to minimize the risk of falls for seniors” by Ingrid Otten, Academy Winter Forum, January 29, 2020.

“Falls are the leading cause of injury and admission to hospital for seniors.” “Two-thirds of accidental deaths among seniors are related to falls.” These were two sobering messages from Ingrid Otten, a physiotherapist who spoke at the 2nd Academy Winter Forum on January 29, 2020. Ms Otten generously offered to speak after Agnes Makowski had to cancel due to illness.