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Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.
So says Philosopher, John Dewey,  (1859-1952)
You are never too old to get better.
So says Engineer, Irving Schwartz (1940 –        )
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    • Mar 21: Want to volunteer as a board member, a committee member, or do AV, or take attendance, then send an email to volunteering@llir.ca
    • Mar 15: Online course registrations closed. Members can pick up paper registration packages at class on March 21 and 28. The remainder will be mailed.
    • Mar 11: Check the Member’s Page for new announcements
    • Mar 5: Added photos of the New Members Reception on Feb 21
    • Feb 17: Started online registrations so members could chose courses on the website
    • Jan 29: Added suggested reading to the Jan 24 Glen Gould Lecture 
    • Jan 13: Added Course notes to Changing Brain
    • Nov 18: Added Course outlines for 2104 Winter classes
    • Nov 17: Added Newsletter_2013Nov
    • Nov 10: Added photos of the 40th Anniversary Celebration on Nov 08
    • Nov 04: Added link to the most recent Financial Statements to the Board page

LLIR, Who We Are.

Living and Learning in Retirement (LLIR), the oldest 3rd Age learning program in Canada, is an autonomous, not for profit organization for retired persons eager to pursue the challenge of continuous learning, but without examinations or term papers.

It was established in 1973 by a small group of volunteers, who met with staff from the Glendon faculty of York University to explore ways to enrich their retirement years. The group was able to obtain a start-up grant under the federal ‘New Horizons’ program and Glendon made facilities available for this purpose. The first lecture was presented on September 28, 1973, with 144 registrants. Since then, membership has grown to over 100, with ten to twelve courses presented during each academic year.

What LLIR is all about

Our Vision        To be a leading Third Age Learning organization providing academic opportunities that meet the learning needs of the increasing number of retired adults.

Our Mission    To plan, direct and manage excellent academic programs for the education and pleasure of retired adults.

In providing service to our members, the following values represent the elements that we are committed to preserving and enhancing as LLIR moves forward to meet future challenges and opportunities. In effect, these core values also become the base criteria for evaluating future decisions and initiatives.

  • Learning and its contribution to the quality of life for retired adults
  • Program and course quality
  • Accessible and affordable courses
  • Professional organization of classes and administrative procedures
  • A warm and caring atmosphere that is conducive to learning
  • A spirit of community that recognizes our members’ social interests
  • Our relationships with Glendon College, its students, faculty and staff
  • A committed, active volunteer Board of Directors



A word from our president: 

The board members of LLIR are planning a couple of celebrations for our members this year to mark our 40th anniversary.   From a small beginning 40 years ago, we now have 915 active members.  We also opened up the waiting list in February 2013 and over 300 new people applied.   This obviously attests to the high quality of our lecturers and programs and the fact that we have been able to keep our course fees at a reasonable rate.

Thank you to all the members that completed the recent survey and forwarded course and speaker suggestions.  The results will be posted on our website when tabulated.  This is a membership driven organization and it would be difficult to plan ahead without your input.

Later in the year we plan to open a paypal account so that those of you who wish to do so, can pay your fees on the internet and save paper!

Please feel free to contact any of our board members with any concerns and do check our website frequently as it is continually updated.


Carole Langford


March 2013


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