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
Volunteering for Learning – Thank You ELLA Volunteers!
|Did you know that for more than 15 years, the Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA) has supported learning by older adults largely through voluntary effort? Each year many skilled and willing volunteers invest thousands of hours in maintaining and growing the organization, with special emphasis on producing the annual Spring Session, for adults fifty plus, at the University of Alberta.|