Learning has typically been seen as something you do when you are younger and it happens in educational institutes. But the idea of being a lifelong learner and bettering yourself at every turn possible has been embraced by successful people from all walks of life and that means you don’t stop when you get to a certain age.
The late, great Henry Ford was an early advocator for continued education in all walks of life and his words, “anyone who stops learning is old, whether they are 20 or 80” is taken to heart by the organizers of Lifelong Learning Stouffville, a community-based non-profit organization that, this year, is organising a series of top-notch lecturers covering, social issues, the connections between health and music, Canada’s place in the international order and the role of royalty in modern Europe among others.
Lifelong learning groups have been popping up in towns across the province and have proven that there is a healthy appetite for the kind of high-end learning that is well beyond rote instruction. The lecture series, held in each community, is a chance for people who like to think to keep their brain working even if they have long passed their formal school years. Markham Lifelong Learning sold out their spring series already and the Stouffville series should prove just as popular with tickets moving quickly even though tickets have just gone on sale.
Billed as a “journey of discover”, the Stouffville version features award-winning authors, PHDs and industry experts with the series of 6 lectures, spanning from April 1 to May 13 happening at Spring Lakes Golf and Country Club. Tickets are on sale now at www.lifelonglearningstouffville.com for individual lectures or at bundled price of $55 for all six.