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Posted 02 August 2011 - 09:19 AM


You're never too old to learn.

That's why Lloyd Brown-John is working to launch ElderCollege in Windsor and Essex County this fall.

"It just makes a lot of sense," the University of Windsor professor emeritus said Thursday.

"It's a really fun idea and it's long overdue in this area."

Brown-John has spent the last few months making the rounds of local municipal councils to get support for the project.

The program, Brown-John said, will offer an assortment of low-cost courses to residents 55 years and over.

"There are ElderCollege programs in British Columbia and there's one in Manitoba, but we will be the first in Eastern Canada," Brown-John said, adding the local program will be unique because it will run in both the city and county.

"On May 12, the Ontario legislature passed a unanimous resolution calling on the Ontario government to support ElderColleges and ours was given as an example of how an elder college should be done."

Classes start Aug. 30 and will be held throughout the region in locations like libraries, community centres, halls and Canterbury College at the University of Windsor.

Brown-John said the courses will range from astronomy, to wine appreciation, to Canadian politics, to iPhones, to a course in conjunction with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

There are 18 courses scheduled in the county and 10 in the city. Brown-John said he's hoping more courses will be created as people volunteer to teach a subject they're interested in.

"I'd love to have someone come out and teach a course on the War of 1812, local history, first nation history or the history of railroads in Essex County," Brown-John said.

He said the key to ElderCollege is having short courses that won't involve months of commitment, no exams to reduce pressure and low fees to accommodate everyone.

The cost for each course will range from $25 to $45, or a person can sign up for the "buffet option" where they take as many courses as they like in a semester for $105 or as a couple for $195.

The program will be run in association with Canterbury College. For more information or to sign up for a course, visit www.uwindsor.ca/canterbury/eldercollege.

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