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SUMMER 2014

FALL 2014 COURSES: A SNEAK PEEK The following courses are tentatively scheduled to be offered this fall. The course brochure, due out the week of July 28, will have all the final details. Registrations will be processed on September 9; confirmation letters will be sent out September 10. Registrations will be accepted until the start of classes or until a course fills. Most courses begin the week of October 13 (although the university is closed on Thanksgiving Monday). • • • • • • • • •

JERRY SALLOUM — Wondering as we Wander: A Geographical Journey Through our Physical World BLAINE CHIASSON — Modern China ELMER THIESSEN — Biomedical Ethics JIM WELDON — Poetry Appreciation: William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens LEN FRIESEN — From World War to Cold War: International Relations in the 20th Century SCOTT GALLIMORE — An Archaeology of Disaster: Exploring the Site of Pompeii DOUG McCREADY — Life, Work and Living: Generational Trends of the 20th Century JOANNA RICKERT-HALL — Early Cultural Groups in Waterloo County ERNIE REGHER — Arctic Security

Additional courses also currently in development. The course brochure will have all the final details. Stay tuned!

“HOOKED” ON LEARNING: MEET SHARON DOWN by Rebecca Kieswetter, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator: Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE)

Meet Sharon Down, a recent transplant to Waterloo and a brand new student to LALL. I sat down with Sharon to ask her about her life and hobbies, as well as her interest in lifelong learning. An hour later I would leave our meeting feeling inspired and knowing a little bit more about being a hooker — more on that later. Sharon’s story begins in Saskatchewan during the early 1960s, when she was a student at University of Saskatchewan. She was enrolled in the school’s nursing faculty, under the leadership of Dr. Hazel B. Keeler, who Down recalls as being “very progressive” for that time. “She was the best dean in the world,” Sharon said, “Wonderful and dynamic.” At the time, students had to ask permission to marry and remain in enrolled in the program. After some consideration, Dean Keeler replied with “I don’t see why not,” to Sharon’s request. A year later, 13 of Sharon’s classmates also married while in enrolled in the nursing program. Sharon graduated with her Bachelor of Science (Nursing) in 1965. “I was a registered nurse before I was considered a legal adult,” Sharon laughs.

I saw a need and created a program

Her nursing career was a rewarding one, beginning in northern Saskatchewan as a public health nurse. She was placed in an area that had been without access to regular, basic health care for approximately 10 years. Sharon recalls immunizing residents along lumber roads from the trunk of her car. She lived in a hotel, bringing regular health care to isolated families along a 70-kilometre stretch of road. Sharon says her most satisfying work was done in the Hudson Bay area. “I saw a need and created a program,” she says of her Red Cross outpost where she worked from — alone. She recalls holding post-natal clinics for new mothers from the hotel room where she lived. The fathers would wait in the hotel’s tavern while their wives and children saw Sharon for care. In 1965, Sharon and her husband, Glen, came to Ontario. Glen, a commercial pilot, took a position with Air Canada; the couple settled Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning

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northwest of Orangeville on a large farm, staying there until just last year. The Downs came to Waterloo to be closer to their three grandchildren. Interested in personal learning, Sharon attended a KPL Ideas and Issues lecture at the Forest Heights library in Kitchener and heard about the LALL program. A neighbour also attended previous LALL courses, providing high praise for the program. Sharon, a member of PROBUS groups in Orangeville and Waterloo, thought it might be time to try out one of these “geezer” courses, as her neighbour so lovingly calls them. She registered for Rose Murray’s spring 2014 course on the culinary writings of Edna Staebler. The course appealed to her as she owns many of Edna’s cookbooks and finds the Mennonite culture fascinating, considering how its old world culture lives quietly alongside the vibrant, high tech community of Waterloo. As our meeting wound down, I asked Sharon if there was anything else she would like me to include in the article. “I’m a hooker,” she told me, a wry smile developing on her face. I’m sure I looked a bit surprised, as she hastened to add some additional clarification to her statement. “A rug-hooker, that is.” I laughed a small laugh of relief and the proceeded to be quite impressed by the gorgeous rug hookings that adorned the walls of Sharon and Glen’s home. Sharon is a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Rug Hooking branch that meets at the Wing 404 RCAFA Adult Rotary Centre and has plans to attend a punch needle workshop at the Southampton Art Centre this summer. Sharon has travelled across Canada, the US and Britain with her fellow ‘hookers’. “They’re lovely ladies, “ Sharon says. Wonderful, dynamic and lovely are just a few of the words I would use to describe Sharon. She models how keeping your mind active allows the rest of your life to feel young. Thank you, Sharon, for allowing myself and the LALL group to peek inside your life.

17 YEARS YOUNG: A LOOK AT THE LALL ANNIVERSARY LECTURE AND SOCIAL Thank you to all who joined us for our anniversary lecture and social with Elizabeth Witmer on May 27. The evening was full of excellent insight in to the personal and professional life of someone in the political arena. Elizabeth shared some heartfelt stories and proved that if you’re willing to take a risk, you can challenge yourself to go beyond what you ever thought possible. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Eliot Our 18th anniversary event will take place on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Save the date and stay tuned for details! We look forward to celebrating with you all again next year.

LET’S CONNECT! DID YOU KNOW?

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From 2000 - 2012, there has been a 22% increase in seniors ages 75 and older using social media. Are you part of this statistic? Read the full CBC article here.

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LALL Summer 2014 Newsletter