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ElderCollege Course Offerings - Spring 2014 (Chatham-Kent Campus - NEW!!)


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A Porous Border: Canada, the American Civil War and the Fenian Raids

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The American Civil War had a major impact on Canada and the drive for Canadian Confederation, but the story has faded from public memory. The course will focus on four major themes:  1) The British North Americans who joined the conflict and their experience with the armies of the North and South.  2) The confederacy’s attempt to carry the War deep into the North.  Southern agents launched a series of raids from Canada (several in southwestern Ontario) into the northern states and then returned to the sanctuary of neutral British territory.  3) The resulting border tension helped to drive the British provinces into a broader Canadian Confederation.  4) Fenian Raids by Irish gangs over a much longer period and across Canada were also a factor in brining Confederation.

Class Size: Maximum 50
Course Code: POROUS BORDER
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Kent Public Library
120 Queen St., Chatham

Class Date:
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
from: 1:00PM until 3:00PM



Facilitator: Frank Scott-Pearse
Instructor: Al McGregor
BIO NOTES:

Al has been involved in media for many years as an anchor, reporter and producer. Starting with CBC, he is best known as co-anchor on CFPL-TV news for ten years 1988 to 1998. He teaches broadcast journalism at Fanshawe College. He is an author and recently published a historical novel based on his research on the Canadian/ American relationship at the time of the American Civil War and the Fenian Raids. He lives in West Lorne


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Family History Research - Climbing Your Family Tree

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Kent Branch, OGS

 

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were or where they came from? 

This course has something for everyone. Students will be introduced to the basics of tracing their ancestry and family history research. Whether you are just beginning, still learning the basic techniques of genealogy or wanting to stay up-to-date with the ever changing and challenging facets of family history, this course is for you. The Kent Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society assists and promotes family history, and this course is a great way to improve your research and organizing skills, learn about records and resources, and increase your knowledge of your ancestor’s life and times.

 

Session 1: Adding to the Basics

Whether you are just beginning your family research or need to add a few more branches to your tree, this session introduce you to the resources available in Kent County. 

Session 2: What's next??As you progress in your research, you will need to document, organize and store all those family facts. This session will touch on programs to keep your family tree safe and manageable.

Class Size: Maximum 12
Course Code: FAMILY HISTORY
Course Cost: $35.00 + HST(13% ) = $39.55

LOCATION:
Family History Library - 2nd Floor Chatham Public Library
Queen Street, Chatham

Class Dates:
Monday, April 28th, 2014
from: 10:00AM until 12:00PM

Monday, May 5th, 2014
from: 10:00AM until 12:00PM



Facilitator: Frank Scott-Pearse
Instructor: Tom Mountain
BIO NOTES:

Tom has been a member of the Kent Branch OGS since 2000 and has been involved with family history since 1990.

He is a regular volunteer at the Chatham OGS research room located in the Public Library.

His own family research has been focused on Hamilton, Kent Co. and Grey Co. in Ontario, and in southern New Brunswick.

In addition to his own family, he has assisted many others with their personal research.  He also has done extensive research on loyalist families and WW I & WW II soldiers.


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Fraud, Scams and Identity Fraud

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Join OPP Constable Janine Belanger in gaining a better awareness of our susceptibility to scams and frauds including the prize pitch scam, false charities, cheque overpayment fraud, advanced fee letter fraud, telemarketing fraud, grandparent scam and more.  Constable Belanger will offer guidance on how to protect yourself from identity fraud.  The course will provide you with insight on how to become alert and deal with those deceitful people.  Constable Belanger will offer tips on how to identify those who want to separate you from your money!

COURSE FEE:   FREE with ElderCollege Membership

Class Size: Maximum 30
Course Code: FRAUDS & SCAMS- Chat
FREE with Canterbury ElderCollege Membership.

LOCATION:
Active Lifestyle Centre
20 Meritt Ave., Chatham

Class Date:
Friday, April 25th, 2014
from: 10:00AM until 12:00PM COURSE FREE WITH ELDERCOLLEGE MEMEBERSHIP



Facilitator: Frank Scott-Pearse
Instructor: Constable Janine Belanger
BIO NOTES:

BIO NOTES:  Constable Belanger is a member of the Chatham-Kent Detachment of the OPP in Chatham.  Her seven years of  service have been in the Lambton and Chatham-Kent Districts. She is the Community Relations specialist. She was born and raised in the Grande Pointe area.

 


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How to Get the Show on the Road: An Introduction to Theatre Arts

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This 2 session course enables you to experience, hands on, the many ways of using improvisation and creativeness to expand your imagination. This can be used not only in theatre, but in everyday living. Areas to be dealt with include grop dynamics, stage presence, public speaking, action/reaction techniques, improvising, and mental stimulation. This course should prove to be “lots of fun for all participants”. It will provide a broad overview, leading to more specific involvement in later courses.

Class Size: Maximum 1
Course Code: SHOW ON THE ROAD
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Christ Church Hall


Class Dates:
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
from: 1:30PM until 3:00PM

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
from: 1:30PM until 3:00PM



Facilitator: Frank Scott-Pearse
Instructor: Mary Ellen Herder & Cherie McGuire
BIO NOTES:

Mary Ellen Herder: Professional Actress, Director, Writer and Acting Coach with an extensive background in theatre and film. She is a voice-over artist for industrials, commercials and animation. Her training includes studying under Ginger Howard Friedman- New York; National Institute of Broadcasting; Bongo Productions-Toronto; The Disney Institute- Walt Disney World; Ryerson University. She is the recipient of 21 Showmanship Awards with Famous Players Ltd. and numerous web awards for Take A Bow.

Cherie McGuire: A retired Professor at St Clair College. She is an Actor, Acting Coach, Drama Instructor and Producer for Take A Bow and its productions - March Break, Summer Drama and Education through Drama programs.


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Tai Chi at St. Andrew's Residence

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Tai Chi is a slow, easy series of movements designed to increase awareness of balance, and gently exercise all muscles in the body. Many health organizations recommend Tai Chi to reduce stress, and improve coordination and strength. This Tai Chi course is an open level.  Depending on enrolment two levels of Tai Chi can be available: Basic, Easy, Introductory and/or Advanced lessons for experienced players. Wear loose pants, and running shoes. Move and relax.

Class Size: Maximum 20
Course Code: TAI CHI- CHAT
Course Cost: $45.00 + HST(13% ) = $50.85

LOCATION:
St. Andrew's Residence
99 Park St.  Chatham

Class Dates:
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Monday, March 10th, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Monday, March 17th, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Monday, March 24th, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Monday, March 31st, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
from: 11:00AM until 12:00PM



Facilitator: Melissa Parker
Instructor: Mary Lou Handysides
BIO NOTES:

Mary Lou has been teaching Tai Chi Chuan for 15 years. She has qualification as an Instructor(Black Sash) in Yang Style Long Form Tai Chi, Sun Tai Chi for arthritis as well as Short 24 International Tai Chi. She also teaches Chi Kong, an in-place series of relaxing moves aimed at improving mobility, breath control and circulation. For Advanced Tai Chi Players, Mary Lou also teaches Sword Tai Chi Forms.


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Wine with Dinner?

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Let Ron help you understand wines and how they fit into a meal. There are wines to sip before a meal, wines that go well with different main dishes, wines to have with dessert and even wines to drink after your meal. There are also wines to avoid with certain flavours and dishes. Ron will lead a tasting of wines at this session.

Class Size: Maximum 12
Course Code: WINE WITH DINNER
Course Cost + Material/Trip Fee(s): $25.00 + $5.00 + HST(13% ) = $33.90

LOCATION:
Smith and Wilson Estate Wines
8368 Water St. R.R. # 1 Blenheim Hwy. #3 West at Cedar Springs, Blenheim.

Class Date:
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
from: 1:30PM until 4:00PM



Facilitator: Frank Scott-Pearse
Instructor: Ron Bellefleur
BIO NOTES:

Bio Notes: Ron Bellefleur is a graduate of the Master Taster program of the Niagara College Teaching Winery. He is associated with Smith and Wilson Estate Wines.


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Writing Your Story

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What value has a life story? If someone offered you a copy of your
great-grandparent's diary, would you want it? Imagine your
great-grandchildren or other relatives reading your story 50 years from now. You could pass on family stories, tales of the events in your own life, your beliefs, and your accomplishments. Historians in the future could read first-hand accounts from your book about the era in which you lived and worked. The greatest gift you can give is the gift of yourself. Let's get writing!

# 1:  Writing an Autobiography or Biography or Novel

# 2:  Making your story come

# 3:  Publishing

Class Size: Maximum 12
Course Code: WRITING YOUR STORY
Course Cost: $35.00 + HST(13% ) = $39.55

LOCATION:
Blenheim Branch Public Library
16 George St.

Class Dates:
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
from: 1:30PM until 3:30PM

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
from: 1:30PM until 3:30PM

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
from: 1:30PM until 3:30PM



Facilitator: Frank Scott-Pearse
Instructor: Patricia Weaver Blonde
BIO NOTES:

Patricia wrote her first book at age 10 and later published two poetry books, and a local ball diamond commemorative booklet. After working on a life book for her parents, she has written several local family stories from interviews and had them published. She researched and wrote for the weekly CFCO Farm Show for 12 years, wrote for the Senior Paper, and contributes a monthly column for farm papers. Patricia has facilitated numerous workshops on Writing locally and elsewhere, as well as a Publishing acourse for St Clair College. She is a 28 year member of the Kent Writers' Guild and edits their bi-yearly anthologies. Currently, Patricia is working on a novel.

 

 


 


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