Special Interest Groups / Clubs

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The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) / clubs are organized by the Special Events and Activities Committee. Special Interest groups and the Coffee Chat meet online via Zoom.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Coffee Chat

The Academy Special Interest Groups offer our members the opportunity to chat about various topics of interest in a discussion group. The Special Interest Groups typically meet monthly for 1-2 hours after 4:00 pm online via Zoom and presentations are not required (some groups may meet more frequently). In-person meetings may be scheduled at the discretion of the facilitator(s) in accordance with health protocols.

For those who are already members of any of the Special Interest Groups (including the Coffee Chat), you do not need to re-register.

Members can join any time. Simply click the link below for the requested group(s), fill out the form and you’ll be added to the invitation list.

Interested in facilitating a Special Interest Group?

REQUEST TO START A NEW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP > 

 

COFFEE CHAT

Frequency: Periodically

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Duration: Fall and Winter

Delivery Method: Online via Zoom

Facilitator(s): We are looking for volunteers to facilitate the Coffee Chats. If you'd like to volunteer, email academylifelonglearningto@gmail.com.

Craving a little social time? Join your fellow members for an informal chat in the comfort of your home. Bring your favourite beverage and be prepared to be stimulated, informed and entertained while chatting with members new and familiar. Details will be confirmed via email.

Free for Academy members

SIGN UP FOR THE COFFEE CHAT > 

 

BOOK CLUB A (TUESDAY)

Frequency: Monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Duration: Ongoing

Delivery Method: Online via ZOOM

Facilitator(s): Priscilla Platt

Love to read but yearning to discuss what you’ve read with others? Join this book club to discuss interesting works of fiction and non-fiction. Details will be confirmed via email.

Free for Academy members.

JOIN BOOK CLUB A > 

 

BOOK CLUB B (WEDNESDAY)

Frequency: Monthly on the 4th Wednesday of each month starting in September 2023

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Duration: Ongoing

Delivery Method: Online via ZOOM

Facilitator(s): Brenda Doyle

Due to the popularity of our first Book Club, we have added another Book Club. Love to read but want to discuss what you’ve read with others? Join this book club to discuss interesting works of fiction and non-fiction. Details will be confirmed via email.

Free for Academy members

JOIN BOOK CLUB B > 

 

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Frequency: Monthly on the 1st Tuesday of each month

Time: 4:45 – 5:45 pm

Duration: Ongoing

Delivery Method: Online via Zoom

Facilitator(s): Sandra Linton

Join fellow ALLTO members to chat about what’s happening in the field of Disruptive Technologies including artificial intelligence, drones, robotics, security, and any other technology-related topics the group would like to discuss. Details will be confirmed via email.

Please note that members who do not attend 3 consecutive meetings will be removed from the group.

Free for Academy members

This group currently has a waiting list.

JOIN THE WAITING LIST FOR DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES SIG > 

 

GARDENING

Frequency: Monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Duration: Ongoing

Delivery Method: Online via Zoom

Facilitator(s): Gillian Long

Join fellow ALLTO members to chat about gardening topics. Come and exchange tips and ideas for the best way to tuck your garden in for the winter, plan for spring and maintain and enjoy in summer.

Free for Academy members

JOIN GARDENING SIG > 

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Frequency: Monthly on the 1st Monday of each month

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Duration: Spring / Summer

Delivery Method: Online via Zoom

Facilitator(s): Priscilla Platt

If you are interested in the latest science and what's new and exciting in the fields of Health and Wellness, please join us for discussion and insights.

Free for Academy members

JOIN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SIG > 

 

TRAVEL

Frequency: Monthly on the 4th Monday of each month in Spring / Summer

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Duration: Spring / Summer

Delivery Method: Online via Zoom

Facilitator(s): We are looking for volunteers to facilitate the the Travel Special Interest group. If you'd like to volunteer, email academylifelonglearningto@gmail.com.

Like to travel? Join the Travel Special Interest Group to chat about travel, where you’ve been and where you’d like to go. Start date and further details will be confirmed via email.

Please note that members who do not attend 3 consecutive meetings will be removed from the group.

Free for Academy members

JOIN TRAVEL SIG >

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Special events include the Facilitators Forum, Volunteer Luncheon and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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