About Lifelong Learning Mississauga
Lifelong Learning Mississauga is a non-profit organization formed in 2012 to engage older adults in continuous learning. We offer informative and affordable lecture series and workshops on a wide range of themes and topics, including academic and general interest. Lectures are led by recognized leaders in their field of study in a relaxed social atmosphere during daytime hours.
Our lectures are ideal for older adults who love learning and want to keep their minds active – with no concerns about essays or exams.
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Lifelong Learning Mississauga gratefully acknowledges a founding grant from the federal government’s New Horizons Program as well as startup and ongoing support from the City of Mississauga and Learning Unlimited Etobicoke.
About Our Lectures
Are you curious about broader issues beyond your formal education, past experience or working career? Lifelong Learning Mississauga offers educational and lively lectures on a wide variety of topics. The lectures challenge your mind and provide an opportunity to ask questions.
During the coronavirus pandemic, LLM’s lecture series are not being offered in person but are instead being delivered virtually via Zoom Webinar. Each series of eight lectures is priced at $40 to cover the costs of the speaker’s honorarium as well as licensing and other fees associated with delivering virtual lectures.
Lectures are two hours long, from 10 am to 12 noon
- Lecture – 1 hour
- Coffee break – 10 minutes
- Questions and answers – up to 40 minutes
Let your friends – wherever they live – know these stimulating lecture series are now available from the comfort of your own home.
Board of Directors and Committees
Chair, Board of Directors: Nora McAuliffe
Vice Chair, Board of Directors: Sandy Leppan
Treasurer: Brendan Meagher
Past Chair, Board of Directors: Barry Everatt
Secretary: Donna Del Re
Chair, Program Committee: Patsy-Ann Baker-Dean
Chair, Event Organizing Committee West: Chris Hobson
Chair, Event Organizing Committee East: Alice Klein
Chair, Governance Committee: Nora McAuliffe
Chair, Technology Committee: Sandro Del Re
Chair, Audiovisual Committee: Bob Murphy
Co-Chairs, Virtual Lecture Group: Sandro Del Re, Bob Murphy, Marjanne Lyn
Brief History of Lifelong Learning Mississauga
- January – for the first time, LLM offers two lecture series in the winter, which, because they are virtual, attract record numbers of participants
- Spring – two lecture series are scheduled using Zoom webinars
- Fall – two lecture series are lined up to begin in October, either virtually or possibly even in person
- January – LLM is certified as a Not-for-Profit Corporation
- COVID-19 forces the cancellation of three spring lecture series
- Fall – LLM delivers two virtual lecture series to 250 participants
- LLM expands to offer lecture series in two locations, East and West Mississauga, but continues to operate as a single organization
- Spring – both spring lecture series sell out within two days
- Fall – all three lecture series, two in the East and one in West Mississauga, sell out quickly
- Plans begin for expansion to West Mississauga
- Peer-Led Learning runs two sessions, winter and summer
- All four lecture series sell out in a couple of days
- A new LLM program, Peer-Led Learning, runs two sessions – 12 weeks in the winter and six weeks in the summer
- All four spring and fall lecture series sell out
- The fall lecture series move to St. John’s Dixie Anglican Church during renovations to the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre
- The Board begins the process of formal affiliation with the City of Mississauga
- Two successful lecture series run in both spring and fall
- Both fall lecture series sell out with 200 participants each
- A marketing plan is developed and the website is redesigned
- Two eight-week lecture series run in both spring and fall
- December – a lecture series sells out for the first time with 200 enthusiastic participants
- Spring – both lecture series move to a larger venue to accommodate the increasing numbers of participants
- June – LLM holds its first AGM and approves the Constitution
- All four lecture series (spring and fall) break even
- LLM receives a startup grant from the federal New Horizons for Seniors to cover essential audiovisual equipment and the cost of operations for the first year
- April – the first two eight-week lecture series are launched for small but appreciative audiences (33 and 51 participants respectively)
- October – two more lecture series are delivered to larger audiences and one “breaks even” with 110 participants
- Spring – a handful of Mississauga residents and the Older Adult Coordinator, City of Mississauga, convene to create an organization (LLM) that will offer lecture series to older residents of Mississauga
- LLM joins the Third Age Network to contribute and receive ideas about delivering stimulating lectures
- LLM begins to craft a Constitution and develop an organizational structure