Welcome to the Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA.)
We are a dynamic volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization which was founded in 2001 to provide lifelong learning to adults 50+. We invite you to join us!
ELLA partners with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension, to offer courses on the U of A campus.
Our 2018 Spring Session is scheduled for April 30 – May 18th, so save the dates!
The June Newsletter has just arrived – notes about Spring Session, photos, and a video. Check it out here. 08-MRK-Newsletter-2017-06
Meet ELLA Member: Writer Wendy Davis
Fifteen years ago Wendy Davis attended her first Spring Session for Older Adults (the precursor to ELLA). According to Wendy, attending the 3-weeks each Spring “changed my life. Being retired and single can drive you berserk. So many retired people just talk about their physical problems and it can be so depressing. At ELLA we have stimulating conversations about all the new things we’ve learned”.
To read the full article click here: Wendy Davis. 2
One of Professor Houlden’s goals in his course China: A Primer on a Global Power is to highlight the connections between Canada and China. In his lecture on China from 1911 to 1949 he covered the Winnipeg Grenadiers and their battle against the Japanese in Hong Kong in 1941. He shared with us the heroism of Company Sergeant-Major (CSM) John Robert Osborn who was the first Canadian soldier in WWII to be awarded a Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth’s highest honour for military valour. Professor Houlden also identified that CSM Osborn’s daughter – Patti Osborn was a member of the class. Click here for the full article and photo: Osborn