Learning is ageless…and so are you!!! Whether you are 50 or 95, we hope that learning for the sake of learning inspires you! Research has shown that people who continue to learn new things well into their retirement are healthier and happier than those who don’t. That’s the philosophy behind Third Age Barrie, known by most of us as TAB. We are a group of retirees just like you who are excited about life, learning and the opportunity to be vibrant contributors to society!
The learning opportunities that we co-ordinate are offered several times a year at prices that we hope will be affordable to most. We don’t do this to make a profit, we do it for ourselves and for people who want to share in our enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
We hope that you will join us! TAB is a dynamic and interesting way to learn, explore new ideas, discuss topics and remain young in mind.
Third Age Barrie builds a community of mature learners to enhance their participation, knowledge, understanding and well-being.
Third Age Barrie (TAB) is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing intellectually stimulating and entertaining presentations for mature learners living in Barrie and neighboring communities.
The Origins of Third Age Learning
The Third Age Learning Movement was established in France in 1973. It rapidly spread through Europe and the United Kingdom and first arrived in Canada, (Sherbrooke Quebec) in 1975. Worldwide, there are now many organizations offering third age learning opportunities through universities, community organizations, and independent groups like ours. There are now over 50 such learning groups in Canada with Third Age Barrie being among one of the newer ones.
Our founding members came together in March 2014 and launched TAB’s inaugural series to a sellout audience in the fall of 2014. Since then a 5-part series has been offered each spring and fall.
Who We Are Today
Third Age Barrie is now a not-for-profit corporation. The Board consists of volunteers with diverse backgrounds, who are committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities in the Barrie community and area. We hope to provide a means for activating the brain, increased socialization with like-minded peers, and overall life enrichment.
The Board is responsible for the curriculum development and event planning.
TAB is a member of the Third Age Network of Ontario, which enables us to access information on potential speakers, make informed decisions on best practices, and benefit from networking opportunities with other chapters.
Current Board Members
Retired Board Members
Third Age Barrie is a volunteer organization. In addition to the eight board members, TAB has many others who assist in a variety of ways, including helping with registration at events, ushering, and media relations.
We would like to thank all the volunteers including:
- Janice Black
- Stuart MacMillan
- Lorraine Maher
- Judy Odlozinski
- Paul Bassett
- Larry Black
- Penny Bassett
- Bonnie Collacutt
- Martha Hopper
- Erryle George
- Donna Thompson
- Mari Lafleur
- Jane Binns
- Cherry Robinson
- Sheila Nazerali
Dave Collacutt is the creative genius who designs the posters and bookmarks for each TAB event.
The Barrie Chapter of Grandmothers and Grandothers provides refreshments and parking assistance at each of the events. Donations from the refreshments go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Grace United Church provides the venue for lectures, the use of audio-visual equipment and space for committee meetings.