Special Interest Groups

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The Special Events and Activities Committee plans, organizes and hosts many different events and activities to socialize and connect in-person (following health protocols) and virtually. These include annual events, lunches, walks, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and the Coffee Chat.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Coffee Chat

The Academy Special Interest Groups launched in the Spring of 2021 to offer our members the opportunity to discuss various topics of interest in an informal setting. The Special Interest Groups typically meet monthly for 1-2 hours via ZOOM and presentations are not required (some groups may meet more frequently). In-person meetings may be scheduled in future 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?

SUGGEST A NEW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP > 

 

COFFEE CHAT

Frequency: Monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Duration: Ongoing

Delivery Method: Online via ZOOM

Facilitator(s): Various

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.

SIGN UP FOR THE COFFEE CHAT > 

 

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.

JOIN GARDENING SIG > 

 

MAC USER’S GROUP

Frequency: Every two weeks on Wednesdays

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Duration: Ongoing

Delivery Method: Online via ZOOM

Facilitator(s): Laura Tyson

Join fellow members to chat about all things Mac include Mac computers as well as iPhones and iPads. Start date and further details will be confirmed via email.

JOIN THE MAC USER’s GROUP SIG >

 

TRAVEL

Frequency: Monthly on the 4th Monday of each month

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Duration: Spring / Summer

Delivery Method: Online via ZOOM

Facilitator(s): Sandra Linton, Ann Garnett and Esme McMonagle

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.

JOIN TRAVEL SIG >

 

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Frequency: Monthly on the 1st Tuesday of each month

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Duration: Winter / Spring / Summer

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. Start date and further details will be confirmed via email.

JOIN DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES 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

Join this special interest group to chat about ways to improve your health and wellness. Start date and further details will be confirmed via email.

JOIN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SIG > 

 

BOOK CLUB

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. Start date and further details will be confirmed via email.

JOIN THE BOOK CLUB >