Lifelong Learning launches spring 2019 program

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Lifelong Learners and organizers gather around the pool (table) at the new Valcartier Family Centre on Boulevard Hochelaga.

Some 40 Lifelong Learners attended a Welcome Tea held on Jan. 15 in the Valcartier Family Centre at its new address on 2630 Blvd. Hochelaga.

The gathering was an excellent opportunity to meet new members and hear about upcoming activities.

Lifelong Learning (often abbreviated to LLL), a program for English-speaking adults aged 50 and over in Quebec City, provides opportunities for idea exchange, peer learning and active participation. Programs include discussion groups, workshops, computer skills, multicultural topics, food, and a whole lot more! Membership is only $20 a year.

LLL is a program run by the Quebec City Reading Council (QCRC), which operates from the Eastern Québec Learning Centre. The QCRC also provides adult programs for students ages 16 and over, and family programs for preschool-aged children.

LLL program co-ordinator Meghan Radden welcomed everyone to the tea, which was accompanied by lots of delicious cookies, cakes and fresh fruit. She outlined the schedule of programs that have been organized for the months of January, February and March. All programs are based on suggestions from members of the group, and she welcomed more ideas for upcoming months and through the summer.

Radden then introduced Cathy Nolan, executive director of the QCRC; Alexandra Harding, project co-ordinator from Voice of English-speaking Québec; and Amy Bilodeau, volunteers co-ordinator with Jeffery Hale Community Partners, each of whom spoke briefly about the services provided through their organizations.

Ted Gunn discussed the upcoming Burns Supper, organized by the 78th Fraser Highlanders, St. Andrew’s Garrison in Quebec City, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Hôtel Château Laurier.

The lucky winner of the door prize – a tea-filled ornament from David’s Teas – was Yvon Lachance, a French-speaking Quebecer who attends LLL events to improve his English.

Lifelong Learners’ next event, on Jan. 30, is entitled “Meet me at the Met.” They will be watching New York’s Metropolitan Opera encore presentation of Nico Muhly’s opera Marnie on the Sainte-Foy Cineplex Odeon theatre’s giant screen. It is as good as, and almost better than, actually being there (at the Met). This event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Read more about it on the Lifelong Learning website at lifelonglearningquebec.org, or on the QCT’s Community Calendar on page 7 of this edition.

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Meghan Radden (centre) presents the door prize to the lucky winner, the appropriately named Yvon Lachance (right). On the left is Cathy Nolan, executive director of the Quebec City Reading Council. Photo by Shirley Nadeau