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Assignments for the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 were emailed to members April 07. If you did not receive your copy, contact info@llir.ca.

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Invitations to Waitlisters have been issued.



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 –        )


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.

Chance of Rain
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High 10°/Low 6°
Chance of Rain
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High 11°/Low 7°
High 12°/Low 7°
Partly Cloudy
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    • not much

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



President, Jane Sims

President’s Message, AGM March 19, 2016

Naomi, you have had a challenging year. You became president in the middle of a strike, you had six new Board members, and you had a fall that resulted in hip surgery. In spite of these challenges you have led us through a busy and successful 43rd year with patience and a bubbly sense of humour. On behalf of all of us, thank you.


A special welcome to our three new Board members, Christine Pearce, Fran Sayers and Linda Somers and a very warm welcome to Paula Macmillan, who is an elected volunteer.

I would also like to thank my program committee. You will recall that many of you signed up for a course on The Dilemmas of Democracy. We were all saddened by the death of Alan Borovoy but at the same time the Program committee was scurrying. It was our Academic Advisor, Geoffrey Ewan, who helped us find Dr. Saeed Raheena on such short notice. And of course the committee was working at the same time interviewing the course Directors you will be seeing next Fall and Winter.

We have just completed the Course, Some Extraordinary Canadians, Part 11. Michiel Horne was the course Director. A member of the Program Committee, Del Milbrandt has been working on “The Story” of LLIR, as we believe it is the oldest third age learning program in Canada, if not in the world. In her research, she unearthed that “In 1976, Dr. Michiel Horn, a professor at Glendon College, became the first Academic advisor of LLIR.” Michiel has been at Glendon for nearly fifty years and has been associated with us since our inception. Let’s give a big hand to Michiel.

I also want to thank all of you who gave out the name tags, acted as greeters and were willing to check name tags. Also many courses had multiple speakers and so we called on more volunteers than usual to thank our guests. Dr. Raheena had a debate and several of you even volunteered for that. And how could we survive without our AV people under the leadership of Gaylen Racine, who is also our webmaster!

We are growing. Just since I joined LLIR, we have moved from being a group of 600 to a membership of over 1100. We also have another  320 or so names on the wait list. Some of you may be a little frustrated but we have had to develop  and use modern technology to deal with this growth.  It is the registration team who is looking after this aspect of our growth and does yeoman work, particularly Molly Greenwood, along with Alan Boulton, and before that, Gail Carson are working diligently to assign courses to our 1100 members. Molly has modernized our database and has made online registration a much improved process. Thank-you Molly, Alan and Gail and thanks to all of you who have used this system. You will be seeing your new assignments by mid April. We also now offer ten courses, not six. In the next year or so we are going to be calling on more and more of you to volunteer for specific tasks.

This is our final meeting as the 2015/2016 Board. We are going to miss Bruce McCallum very much but we do know we can call on him and he too will become a valuable volunteer. And we are excited about getting to know our new Board members. Lastly a special thanks to all of you! Without you there wouldn’t be an LLIR.  Have a safe, happy spring and summer.

Jane Sims


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.

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LLIR is a member of the Third Age Network.