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What is Third Age Learning (TAL)?

TAL is an international movement whose aim is to provide education and social interaction for those in their “Third Age,” a time in life when one is no longer fully employed and/or raising a family, and has the opportunity to enjoy learning for its own sake. Founded in France in 1973, the movement has spread worldwide under a variety of names (e.g., Lifelong Learning, Elder College, University of the Third Age).

The Third Age Network (TAN)

TAN is a network of Third Age Learning groups throughout Ontario. Third Age Learning Guelph is one of (currently) 33 members. As such, we benefit from shared ideas and experience, data, speakers’ lists, research and general organizational support.

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Third Age Learning Guelph


Third Age Learning Guelph (TALG) was founded in 1988, and formally incorporated as a non-profit volunteer organization in 2003. Lectures were initially held at the University of Guelph’s War Memorial Hall, then moved to the University’s Arboretum Centre. During the Covid-19 pandemic (2020-2022), lectures were delivered online via Zoom webinars. As of September 2022, lectures are held at Harcourt United Church in Guelph and also simultaneously streamed online, so registrants can choose how they wish to attend. TALG offers four Lecture Series each year, two in the fall and two in the winter.

With lectures ranging over a wide variety of subjects, we strive to create interesting and stimulating learning experiences for our participants. You can see more about the types of topics we’ve enjoyed so far, on our Archives page. We seek engaging speakers who are experts in their field (often affiliated with a university). There are no educational requirements for those who attend – just a love of learning!

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TALG is a financially independent, volunteer-run organization. We endeavour to keep lectures affordable, though lectures series fees are our sole source of income. Our volunteer Board of Directors operates under provincial not-for-profit legislation and according to relevant by-laws and policies. Our Policies and Procedures page explains more about how we conduct ourselves.

Board members serve specific roles with ongoing responsibilities, but also join ad-hoc committees to handle special projects as they arise. Many dedicated volunteers work together, to keep this inspiring program going. If you would like to volunteer with TALG, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us (see below) and let us know how you might be interested in participating.

TALG’s Board of Directors

Chair - Cathy Farr
Past ChairBill Chapman
SecretaryBarbara Bethune
TreasurerJoanne Grodzinski
Program CommitteeCo-Chairs, Bill Chapman & Patricia Flood
Public Relations CommitteeMonica Skinner
RegistrarKathy MacLean
Member-at-LargeGail Richardson

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TALG welcomes your enquiries, input and feedback! We’d love to hear from you, whether you have a question, a great topic or speaker to suggest, or are interested in volunteering.

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