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.
Come out and meet your neighbours!
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 LLM’s 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.
Starting in the fall of 2020 and during the coronavirus pandemic, LLM’s lecture series were all delivered virtually as Zoom webinars. Participants from Mississauga and beyond were able to enjoy these stimulating lectures from the comfort of their homes, and audience numbers grew.
In the spring of 2024, LLM is finally able to offer an in-person lecture series with its social component again, back in the newly renovated Burnhamthorpe Community Centre. The in-person lecture series will be presented on Tuesdays from April 9 to May 28, 2024 in the original format from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
The Thursday lecture series will continue to be offered as Zoom webinars from April 11 to May 30, 2024 in the virtual format, i.e. with a shorter break and your own coffee.
Board of Directors and Committees
Chair: Sandy Leppan
Vice Chair: Vacant
Treasurer: Henney Bryant
Past Chair: Nora McAuliffe
Secretary: Donna Del Re
Chair, Governance Committee: Nora McAuliffe
Chair, Event Organizing Committee: Chris Hobson
Chair, Program Committee: Anne Murphy
Chair, Technology Committee: Sandro Del Re
Chair, Audiovisual Committee: Bob Murphy
Director: Colman Klein
Director: Joyce Dalrymple
Director: Naz Husain
Director: Barry Everatt
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 well-attended lecture series are presented using Zoom webinars
- Fall – two virtual lecture series run from October to December with large audiences
- 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