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2022 Spring Programming Listing Information

Information & registration – 613-937-1525

Payment: cheque, credit card (Visa, Mastercard)

Registration opens 14 March 2022

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**Note: You do not have to be a member to take a course.

Please note that all information, material and advice provided and any views expressed by Encore course presenter(s) during Encore sessions are solely and exclusively those of the course presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Encore Education Centre.

Table of Contents

01 - War & Its Aftermath

Coverage will begin with the War in the Pacific. Focus will then shift to the aftermath of the Second World War in Europe, Asia and Africa. We will see there were numerous consequences of World War II that were detrimental to many countries lasting until the recent past. We will also look at the Nuremberg trials, the Marshall plan and the buildup of the Iron Curtain.

Instructor:

Michel Billette

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, March 29-April 19

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $55 ( 4 sessions )

02- Hot Topics

For many years, Hot Topics has offered an opportunity to present and discuss ideas and events of interest. Join us and bring your ideas and concerns to the discussion. Not a formal debate with winners and losers; but a moderated open discussion between members of our community. Subjects are chosen by the members. Registrations are limited in order to guarantee every member an opportunity to speak on every topic. New ideas and voices are welcome.

Instructors:

Dave Holford, Elaine Kennedy

Tuesdays, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, March 29-May 17

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $80 ( 8 sessions )

03 - Write it Now

A course for ordinary people who wish to write their life stories as a gift to their children and grandchildren. Our aim is not to correct spelling and grammar. We merely want writers to tell and write their stories if they so wish. Join us for a ride and share in a wonderful journey of writing. The group is there to encourage and facilitate writing in a friendly atmosphere.

Instructor:

Mary Thibeault

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, March 30-May 18

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $80 (8 sessions )

04 - The St. Lawrence Seaway

A world-class waterway, strong environmental alternative, and energy-efficient transportation corridor for North American goods and services. Topics covered will include; a brief overview of the construction of the Seaway, today’s modern Seaway, and the environmental and economic benefits of marine transportation. Time will also be provided for questions and answers. Presenters are from St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

Instructors:

Jean Aubry-Morin, Nicolas Poirier-Quesnel, Nicole Giroux-Laplante

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Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

05 - LIFE IN ANTARCTICA

More than 90% of our planet’s fresh water is located on the continent of Antarctica in the form of ice. Yet, Antarctica is an icy desert, the driest of the seven continents. Several thousand people work on this harsh and inhospitable continent during the Austral summers in support of scientific research. As a Canadian, I was fortunate enough to spend two Austral summers in Antarctica while working for the United States Antarctic Program from 1999 to 2001. Come along with me as I share some of my photos, artifacts, and experiences of living and working in Antarctica.

Instructor:

Brian Power

Friday, April 8, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

06 - CORE BELIEFS, PRACTICES AND VALUES OF ISLAM

This session focuses on the core beliefs, practices and values of Islam. We will discuss the five pillars of Islam which form the room of most of the mandatory practices, the six pillars of faith (belief, Arabic Iman) and the inner values which breathe life into these beliefs and practices (Ihsan). We will further examine the societal values which arise by adopting these three elements. Lastly we can take a look at how these values transcended particular regions and cultures, morphing into a “World Islam” based on the Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad. While this session will build upon the previous one, the material will not be the same. 

Instructor:

Yousef Vakily

Monday, April 11, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

07 - VIMY RIDGE: BIRTH OF A NATION?

The Battle of Vimy Ridge represents for many Canadians an important marker of Canadian nationhood and identity. It was the first engagement in the Great War in which the entire Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together. Certainly it was a stunning victory, but did it really represent Canada’s birth as a nation? The tragic yet successful battle is commemorated by the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Indeed, the magnificent soaring limestone memorial in itself has fueled the Vimy legend and perhaps in its symbolism exaggerated Vimy as the place where Canada came of age on the battlefield. Were there not many other significant steps on our road to nationhood? 

Instructor:

Murray Barkley

Wednesday, April 13, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

08 - WORLD WAR II DIARIES

This is the story, based on his diary, of Archie Angus Robertson LAC (Leading Aircraft Mechanic) 421 Spitfire Squadron. The story follows his joining the RCAF in 1941; training at the Vickers aircraft plants in Montreal and Toronto. Sent overseas in Dec, 43; the diary then follows his experiences from Normandy, through Belgium, Holland and Germany until the wars end May 8, 1945. It is supported by the use of a series of his own photos.

Instructor:

Mackie Robertson

Thursday, April 14, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

09 - MEMORY LANE

As Baby Boomers gradually become senior citizens, they are taking more than a fleeting glance in life’s rearview mirror. As the lyrics in the song Memory Lane put it, “Let’s take a ride down memory lane and try to see where we’ve all been. It’s been so long and everything’s changed.” Presenter Claude McIntosh writes a weekly Seaway News column, which takes a look at the “good old days.”

Instructor:

Claude McIntosh

Thursday, April 21, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

10 - SCOTLAND, 1707 AND ENGLISH GOLD

The year of the union of the parliaments of Britain and Scotland in 1707 was rife with controversy, but it marked the beginning of the modern empire of Great Britain. Today, this creation is under assault from all sides and we, as Canadians, are in every sense, children of this creation. Our workshop will lay the foundation of this great story.

Instructor:

David G Anderson

Thursday, April 21, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

11 - CLIMATE REALITY:

 A talk on climate change as seen through the prism of revolutions – from agricultural to industrial and on to the year 2022. There is a need for everyone, regardless of their standing in society, to understand that, even though we are contributing to climate change, we did not cause the problem in the first place. We need to look at how the world came to this frightening point in history. This talk will provide a balanced look at how climate change occurred and its impact on the environment.

Instructor:

John Milnes

Friday, April 22, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

12 - SHOULD EXERCISE BE CONSIDERED A COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURE?

Over the last two years, there is an accumulating body of evidence that suggests exercise can decrease the chances of severe outcomes from COVID-19. As we begin to lift mandates and shift measures, could the inclusion of exercise be part of the solution to giving us the resilience we need to live with the virus? Join Shannon Marion, Registered Physiotherapist and Meghan Cafferky, Therapeutic Pilates Instructor to find out what this means and what it could look like for you. Come and participate in a Pilates exercise session and experience the benefits.

Instructors:

Shannon Marion & Meghan Cafferky

Friday, April 22, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

13 - CORNWALL COMMUNITY MUSEUM

This session will provide an update on the SD&G Historical Society/Cornwall Community Museum’s new vision, plus improvements and upcoming community projects for 2022 and 2023. Attention will then focus on the history of the Indian Act and the Residential School System from the 1830’s to the present and it’s impact on Indigenous Peoples and Canadians today.

Instructor:

Jean-Yves Lemoine, Senior-Curator, Cornwall Community Museum

Monday, April 25, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

14 - CENTRAL AMERICA: AN OVERVIEW

Central America is an overlooked part of the Western Hemisphere, with six small countries separating Mexico from Colombia in South America. It might appear that the six countries would have much in common, including for the most part a common language, Spanish. But in this overview the objective is to show the differences within this diverse region. We’ll look at the region’s history, its development, its fairly recent descent into numerous internal conflicts, and the contemporary issues that drive the governments in each country.  While only an overview, it should set the stage for more specialized examinations of each of these interesting countries.

Instructor:

Daniel Livermore

Wednesday, April 27, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

15 - MAISON BALDWIN HOUSE WOMEN’S SHELTER

We will provide information on Maison Baldwin House as an agency – who we are, our services, and whom we serve. We will touch on different types of abuse, the cycle of abuse, narcissistic personalities, red flags, etc. We will also discuss our Social Enterprise, Serendipity Boutique, a thrift store we run in support of the shelter and the volunteer opportunities therein.

Instructor:

Danielle MacNeil, Public Educator, Maison Baldwin House

Thursday, April 28, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: no fee, but you must pre-register to attend

16 - RETIREMENT LIVING OPTIONS!

For many seniors and their families who are new to the world of senior retirement living, wading through the vast array of residence options and care levels can be overwhelming. We will discuss the different levels of care, starting with fully independent options such as apartments up to higher levels of care that can include an array of care services. We will also discuss Short Stay options where you stay for a shorter period of time, typically to rest and recover from a surgery, or any other situation where you may benefit from some extra support in the short term.

Instructors:

Victoria Newark, Marvel MacDonald, Michel Beaudry, Lois Van Beek Barrette

Thursday, May 26, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

17 - MEDITATE? – YES I CAN!

Meditation has been shown to be beneficial from both a health and spiritual perspective. However, many of us have been unsuccessful in discovering a methodology that works for us. You might have wondered: “Is there something wrong with me?” Am I doing it the right way? You are not alone. Join David Rawnsley as he unravels the science behind meditation and guides you towards obtainable objectives and realistic expectations. Assisted by Lorna Foreman they will share with you the benefits of 100 years unlocking and understanding meditation.

Instructors:

David Rawnsley, Lorna Foreman

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, May 10-24

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $45 (3 sessions)

18 - WRITING HISTORY RIGHT

Maggie Wheeler, the Seaway Valley’s Queen of Crime, shares her experiences and process for bringing history to life on the page. Learn the basics of working with setting, characters and plot within the added challenge of an historical framework. Wheeler will top off with a brief sample from her seventh and final Farran Mackenzie mystery set for launch this fall—The Last Wave By.

Instructor:

Maggie Wheeler

Thursday, May 5, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

19 - CAPE BRETON ISLAND

Haunting highland beauty and an interesting blend of Mi’kmaw, Scottish and Acadian cultures and warm hospitality. We will explore its’ geography, resources, economy, languages and government: also the lives of the early pioneers as they eked out a living from the land and the sea in their new rugged homeland. This is the story of an island. Although connected to Nova Scotia by a causeway since 1955, it is still far enough away from “the mainland” for people to have developed their own ways!

Instructor:

Duncan MacPhee

Friday, May 6, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

20 - COMPARATIVE LOVE MELODIES

This session will be about comparative love melodies between Western and Egyptian music. There will be live play by keyboard with explanations. We will examine the impact of 1/4 tone on some Melodies. The melodies of famous western and eastern singers will be compared.

Instructor:

Maged Botros

Monday, May 9, 9:30 to 11:00 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $15

21 - A HUMBLE INQUIRY INTO THE INQUISITION

The Sacred Office of the Holy Inquisition has come down to us through a lot of unflattering and in many cases inaccurate stereotypes. Although these have a ring of authenticity, none is particularly accurate. It is important to judge movements and events within their historical context. The Crusades are crucial to understanding the origins of the Inquisition which partly grew out of them. Having failed miserably in the Holy Land, the Crusades were brought home to stamp out alleged heresies within Christendom, whether these stemmed from pious sects, religious orders, Jewish and Muslims converts, Protestants, scientists, or witches.

Instructor:

Murray Barkley

Wednesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, May 11 & 18

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $30 (2 sessions)

22 - ART BEGINS WHERE SCIENCE LEAVES OFF

The brain has two main sides. Left science and right art. We will study science as a means to an end and art as an end in itself. Each person’s life is an art form. Learning to play a musical instrument is pure science. The art is how the composer uses this science. By the permutation of genes, each person is unique so each life is an art form. Group discussion will be encouraged. Situations will be used as examples.

Instructor:

David Smith

Thursday, May 12, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

23 - THE AMAZING LIFE OF A BEE

Bees are an essential part of your life! Learn about the life of a bee, its colony and their necessity to our environment and daily lives. You will see the construction of the hives and methods of extracting honey. You will have a new appreciation of these beautiful creatures. Don’t worry, I will not bring any of my bees with me, however after learning about them you might become a new bee keeper. 

Instructor:

Rev. Wendy Wright

Thursday, May 12, 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $15

24 - ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

We all hope that we will be able to navigate the end-of-life experience with confidence and dignity. It is important to think about and express our wishes for health care and treatment at the end of life. Join us at Encore Education for this session that will provoke thinking, conversation and planning. The aim is to encourage communication between you, your family and your health care providers. 

Instructor:

Duncan MacPhee

Friday, May 13, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

25 - WHERE IS BELIZE?

Belize is a country we don’t hear much about even though it is part of the Commonwealth. Elaine Kennedy travelled there in February with her sister Linda to birdwatch, learn about this country and enjoy its sights, sites and food. Join her for an afternoon in a new country.

Instructor:

Elaine Kennedy

Thursday, May 19, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

26 - WRITING YOUR OWN OBITUARY

Is it important to you that your obituary contain certain information? Do you want to avoid any possible mistakes that sometimes happen when obituaries are hurriedly written? Then consider writing your own. Join Duncan MacPhee for this interactive discussion. You will examine guidelines, content ideas, pitfalls and restrictions. Make this part of your life story as well as part of your end-of-life planning. Say what you want to say, in the way that you want to say it. Come join in 

Instructor:

Duncan MacPhee

Friday, May 20, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

27 - FUN WITH DAVE

An exploration of the many, and strange, things people – and other animals – will do for the sheer FUN of it; along with some serious things that did not work out quite as hoped for. All presented in short videos, pictures, documents and stories with the aim to provide a, hopefully, interesting and entertaining end to the week.  

Instructor:

Dave Holford

Friday, May 20, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

 

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