Dear Lifelong Learners –
We are pleased with the response to the exceptional 2018/2019 lecture series that the Curriculum Committee has put together – once again. The value of these lectures is recognized by so many that demand for some lectures often exceeds the number of seats available. The Video bundles will remain on sale for everyone at the current price until Sept 1, when individual lectures will also be available.

This year we implemented a new website and registration system to correct problems and ensure a fair distribution of tickets. Volunteers provided phone support for those purchasing.

Your board has spent considerable time and effort exploring ways to efficiently use what capacity we have and making lectures more widely available. Seats were added in the back of the New Life Church so we could offer more tickets. Walk-ins fill empty seats unused by members. We investigated a video link to the New Life gym as well as moving to a larger venue. They did not meet our cost, timing, frequency of use and facility requirements.

Our Video Program provides professionally recorded lectures via the internet to your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone – at home or wherever you travel. It has been used by many, some of whom have hosted small discussion groups or lectures parties.

With the influx of new people to the region, the unmet demand for stimulating sessions will continue to grow. GTLLI would support the creation of a second Lifelong Learning organization in the region, which could offer more live lectures or perhaps peer-led groups that use our videos as a basis for discussion. This peer-led format is used in many other lifelong learning organizations.

For those of you who did not get the courses you wanted this year, we understand your disappointment. Walk-in tickets and the video option are both excellent ways to view/attend a lecture when you have been unable to purchase a ticket.

If you would like to support the formation of a second Lifelong Learning or have ideas, questions or feedback, contact us at Info@gtlli.ca or leave a message at 705 300-3251.

Have a great summer
David H. Green
Chair, GTLLI