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The Annual General Meeting of LLIR will be at 11:30 a.m. in Room A100 at Glendon College on Friday, March 17.

Welcome Back LLIR Members!

Jane Sims, President

Jane Sims, President

I hope you had a happy holiday and I wish you a very Happy New Year. This winter term we have four exciting new courses: Bernie Lucht will be joining us for the first time to discuss radio documentaries. We are welcoming back both Jonathan Salem-Wiseman and David Crombie , and lastly, Bernic Frolic, another new course director, has arranged the course on China.

In February you will be selecting your courses for 2017/18. I think you will be very pleased with the next program and may even have difficulty deciding which courses you wish to register for.

Again we have volunteer co-chairs as well as volunteers for AV positions and volunteer greeters etc. A special thank you to all our volunteers who make Living and Learning in Retirement such a success.

See you in class,

Jane Sims
January 2017

WEATHER ADVISORY: Watch this site for updates on course cancellations when classes are in session. Courses are on Fridays, so that’s the day to focus on. For reference, here is York University’s weather status web page.

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    • Web pages for individual courses get updated periodically as we get new reference material.
    • Members. You can see your course assignments for Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 by logging in under Registration and Membership.
    • Detailed Course Outlines for 2016 Fall are now available. Go to menu option “Course Information”, above, for details.

LLIR, Who We Are.

Living and Learning in Retirement (LLIR), the oldest 3rd Age learning program in Canada (and maybe the world, but who’s counting!), 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 1000, with ten courses presented during each academic year, 5-6 in the fall and 4-5 in the winter. All courses are on Friday. For more information on LLIR history go to the Story of LLIR

When do we meet?

There are two 10 week sessions one in the fall (Sept-Nov) and one in the Winter (Jan-Mar). Each session has 4-6 courses, some in the morning starting at 9:50 AM and some in the afternoon starting at 12:50 PM. All courses are on Fridays at Glendon College on Bayview Ave.

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

If there is anything you feel needs to be added to the site, then please send a note to info@llir.ca . We appreciate your input.

Thank you for visiting the site. We hope you find it useful.

LLIR is a member of the Third Age Network.



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 –        )