About the Seniors' Association

The Seniors' Association is an independent, not-for-profit organization affiliated with George Brown College.

The Association has its own Constitution and By-laws and elects a Board of Directors composed of volunteer officers, committee chairs and members-at-large.

The Association offers seniors innovative programs of a cultural, educational, and recreational nature that serve lifelong learning needs and interests. Each winter and fall – a variety of lecture courses are offered and also each spring and fall we have a series called Great Treasures. Courses are usually 10 weeks long

We provide opportunities for voluntary participation in the activities within the Association and for collaboration with community programs.

Each year several scholarships are awarded to students entering second year Gerontology studies and the Nursing Program. We also provide a bursary to mature students in the George Brown Theatre School and the Financial Services School. The recipients are selected by the Faculty. These scholarships and awards are supported by our membership on a continuing basis and are administered by the George Brown Foundation.

Please Note: Cancellation for any course must be received no later than 10 business days prior to the beginning of the course in order to receive a refund. A $10 administrative fee will be charged for each course cancelled.


Winter 2020 Courses

Online Registration is currently unavailable. Registration forms have been sent via Canada Post

ITALIAN with Luciana Benzi $45.00

Mondays 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
February 10th to April 20th Room -108 St.James Campus
No Class February 17th for Family Day

Our Italian studies continue for those who have good basic knowledge of the language and wish to build on their skills. Basic grammatical aspects and vocabulary will be reviewed before the introduction of all new material. Classes will give priority to language practice with particular attention to pronunciation. Some homework may be required. We welcome students new to the class. Though they should have reasonable knowledge of Italian, we are glad to help them integrate with our class.
From 1962 to 1976 Luciana Benzi taught the Italian language at the University of Toronto in the Department of Italian Studies, the School of Continuing Studies and the Faculty of Music. During these teaching years she wrote many articles on topics of the Italian language and literature and gave papers at symposia and talks on Italian culture at various institutions. She received a grant from the Italian government to research and prepare material for a textbook written by her on the principles of Italian phonetics for first year students of the Italian language.

THE POLITICAL FILM with Andrew Close $45.00

Mondays: 1:00 pm to 3:00PM
February 10th to April 20th Room 418A, St. James Campus
No Class February 17th for Family Day

This series will take a look at the versatile genre of film known as The Political Film. This genre contains so many sub-genres that it becomes difficult to give a simple definition. So, what films do we look at: do we feature films where politics is the driving force, or include films where politics are merely the starting point? Do we only look at American politics, as Hollywood is the largest producer of the political film, or also look at what the International arena has produced? How far back do we go, as this genre has been around since the inception of film? To get a sense of this film type, it is important to look at several key sub-genres to start, and to look at both the Hollywood and the International films they include. This course will look at several kinds including The Political Thriller, International Relations, Political Ideologies, The Political Comedy, Elections, Colonization, Communism, and the Cold War. Films to be viewed will include Z, Battle of Algiers, The French Minister, The Mouse that Roared, Wag the Dog, The Mission, Canadian Bacon, Seven Days in March, and Wind That Shakes the Barley. A full list of films will be available on the first day of the series.

Andrew Close is returning to present his ongoing and popular series. He has been with George Brown College since 2002.  He has taught in several different disciplines throughout the College, one of which has been the Film Studies course.  He has brought the world of film and how to view it to many members of our Seniors’ Association.

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE - AND YOU BRAIN with Judy Steed $45.00

Tuesday 1:00PM to 3:00 PM
February 18th to April 21st Room 240E, St.James Campus

You can teach an old dog new tricks! Neuroscience and discoveries about brain plasticity show that what and how we think actually change the structure of our brain. Aging can be stressful—yet now we can rewire our brains with new skills and techniques to enhance memory, improve cognition, practice mindfulness, and find inner peace. Speakers, group discussion, and areas of stress management will be included. Come prepared for an interactive course relying on the active involvement of its members. And, wear comfortable clothing for easy and fun warm-ups. The class is limited to 30 people. We sit together to share our insights. Baycrest experts will discuss brain plasticity, and nutritional experts will talk about the anti-inflammatory diet and brain health.

Judy Steed was for many years a feature writer at the Globe and Mail, and then at the Toronto Star, and did research into neuroscience and brain plasticity. She received the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy in 2007 to study aging. Ms Steed has been teaching mindfulness and guided meditation for about 10 years. Her focus now is on brain plasticity, teaching skills and techniques to reduce stress, and to improve cognition and memory. Her course in the fall term was her first at George Brown Seniors, and proved to be very popular.

A CONCISE HISTORY OF INTERIOR DECOR with James S Thompson $45.00

Thursdays 10:00 AM to 12:00PM
February 13th to April 16th Room 418A, St. James Campus

Beginning with the earliest surviving examples of domestic interiors from Pompeii, this course will explore the human desire for status, and the comfort found in elegant and beautiful objects, whether they be décor or furniture. We begin in Pompeii and finish in the great mansions of New York, then ending with Peggy Guggenheim’s retreat in Venice. Along the way we will meet some of the great European designers – many British – including Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill, the Adam Bros., John Nash, and William Morris. Another objective is to show how interior design can often complement fashion—for instance the decor trends of Greek Romantic Revivalism, Chinoiserie, Turquerie and Japonisme, all influenced fashion in France and Britain.

James S. Thompson is an Ontario Ministry of Education certified teacher with a Masters in History, a diploma in Art History from the Courtauld Institute, London, and a Masters in Museums Studies. He has been teaching later life learners for ten years. He has taught on politics, history and culture in Europe and Asia and is committed to teaching courses involving experiences and opinions of later life learners.

GREAT SONGS OF THE SIXTIES with Jordan Klapman $45.00

Thursday, 1:00 PM to 3:00PM
February 13 to April 16 Room 418A, St. James Campus

Jordan Klapman presents an eclectic and entertaining musical survey of the greatest pop/folk/rock songs made during the tumultuous 1960s. We’ll learn the stories behind the songs and many of the greatest popular songwriters and singers of the 20th century. We’ll include everyone from Bob Dylan to The Supremes, Bobby Darin to Johnny Cash, The Beatles to Peter, Paul and Mary, Glenn Campbell to Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones to Shirley Bassey and many, many others!

 Jordan Klapman is a professional musician and popular music lecturer who has taught at Ryerson’s LIFE Institute, The Miles Nadal JCC, and elsewhere. He specializes in the history, personalities and music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood film music, among other aspects of music. A performing musician, Mr. Klapman is also an active pianist, vocal accompanist, music director, and concert and recording producer. He has released 8 albums of mainstream jazz, klezmer, pop and original tunes.

George Brown College Seniors' Association
St. James Campus Room -106
Tel: 416-415-5000 Ext. 2418
P.O. Box 1015 Stn. B Toronto, ON M5T 2T9
senex@georgebrown.ca