Yvonne Hinks

I liwas overjoyed to discover the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learning through some advertising in a pubcation that I regularly read. I had been looking for opportunities to continue learning and most of the offerings through local universities, colleges and school boards carried a hefty price tag. CALL was different – less costly and based on a volunteer-driven model.

I immediately joined CALL and my first “peer learning” experience was with the Are We Losing Our Democracy group held at the Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership and led by Janet Keeping. Participants were eager to participate and to learn and were very supportive of individual efforts.

In 2012, I was approached to take on the role of Secretary on the Board of CALL to fill an unexpected vacancy. I was appointed by the Board and then elected to the position of Secretary at the 2012 AGM in October. As Secretary, my role is to take accurate minutes of Board and Executive Committee meetings as well as at the Annual General Meeting. I also collect and distribute the documentation for each Board meeting. This includes the agenda, the minutes of the last meeting and committee reports. I normally spend 2-3 hours per month on this activity. Add to this, the 3 hour monthly Board meeting and a 3 hour Executive Committee meeting for a total of 9 hours per month. Serving on the Board has given me in depth knowledge of the workings of the organization together with the opportunity to participate in the many important decisions that need to be made such as our recent decision to participate in the cSPACE project, or the decision to upgrade the website.

I have also been a participant in a number of interest groups, such as the Urban Walking group, the Canada at War group, Canada’s North group, the Hidden Gems group and the wine-tasting group. I have attended many of the CALL Cafes and the Science Lecture series as well as Treks and Travels. CALL has more than met my expectations for lifelong learning opportunities and I have met a lot of wonderful people with interests similar to mine.

I would encourage members to consider taking on a volunteer role with the organization. It is an opportunity to work with dedicated individuals while learning a great deal and making a difference to the success of this important lifelong learning venture.


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cSpace Bridge
cSPACE Wordfreaks
Reading Non-Fiction
Mystery Book Club

The Crusades: A Dark History
Shakespeare Studies 
Antony and Cleopatra
Lawn Bowling at Stanley Park
Literary Classics (new series)
Ukestra-Ukulele Workshop and Concert

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Interest Groups in the Works

Painting and Sketching
Poetry Workshop
Hamilton - The Book! The Musical!
Canada 150: What CALL's you
"Alberta Views" monthly discussion group
Music Theory for the Classical Guitar


Literary Classics

May 15 & 29, June 12 & 26, 10 am - 12
cSpace 3rd Flr, 1721-29th Ave. SW
Short stories of Katherine Mansfield


Health and Wellness
Tuesday, June 6 10:00-12:00 PM
cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW 
(Note: This is a change of location)
The Dwindling--A Daughter's Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life

Science and Environment
Wednesday, June 7, 7:30-9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall

Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets

Arts and Humanities Speaker Series
Friday, June 9 1:00 - 3:00 PM
cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW
In Conversation with Louis Hobson

Monday, June 12, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
Calgary’s Stampede Queens

Treks and Travels
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30-9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
Ecuador and the World Heritage Gal√°pagos Islands

Employment Think Tank
Tuesday, June 27 1:00 - 3:00 PM
cSpace, Suite 310 - 1721 - 29 Ave. SW
Facilitated by Bruce Furlong

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