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  • August 19, 2015 11:45 PM | Barrie Braiden

    Thanks you for your support, once again - the series was announced on August 3, 2015 and the last of 150 ticket/card series were sold out on August 19, 2015.

    On September 21, 2015, we will process your registrations and provide you with your FALL 2015 name card.

    Since we have 150 Members to process quickly, before the 10:00 AM Series Kickoff, kindly arrive as early as you can, starting at 9:30 AM.

    There will be 3 tables to handle your registration - split three ways alphabetically. If you are picking up for some other Members, who are unable to attend our first presentation, kindly go to the table that has the card for that Member's name.

    See you in the FALL.

    Barrie Braiden

    Registrar, TALYR Inc.

  • July 15, 2015 11:00 AM | Barrie Braiden

    The Board of "TALYR Inc." is pleased to announce the

    Speakers and Topics for the FALL 2015 Event Series

    to be held at the Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora

     - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.


    September 21

    Dr. Larry Black - Russia & the Ukraine Affair: My lie is truer than your lie!

    September 28           

    Ellen Schwartzel Ontario’s Opportunities in a Changing Climate.

    October 5                  

    Iain Scott - How to become an opera buff in under an hour!

    October 19                

    Randy Barber - Winston Churchill: A True Renaissance Man.

    October 26                

    Matthew Bowser - Footbridges as Philanthropy: Bringing Social Change Walking World.

    November 2              

    Joanne McArthur - We Animals: My journey and adventures as an Animal Rights Photographer.

    *  *  *  *  *

    The FALL 2015 Program/Lecture Series of 
    6 Weekly Events will return on 

    Monday, September 21, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

    The Fall Series will go on sale on
    August 3, 2015.
    An email announcement will be sent to all of our Members and Mailing-List Friends, prior to the sale date of August 3, 2015.

    Those members, who do purchase the FALL 2015 Series, will pick up their Series "Name Card" starting at 9:30 AM, September 21, 2015.

  • July 10, 2015 9:30 AM | Barrie Braiden

    The FALL 2015 Speaker Event series will once again feature 6 outstanding and talented presenters.

    The roster of Speakers will be announced on the TALYR website and by Email, prior to their SALE, which begins on August 3, 2015.

    Speaker dates are: September 21 and 28, October 5, 19 and 26 and November 2.

    We look forward to seeing you in the Fall - have a safe and enjoyable summer.

    See you in September!

  • May 25, 2015 12:00 PM | Barrie Braiden

    The final presentation of the 6 events in our Spring 2015 Program series took place today, May 25, 2015.

    This event was highly anticipated and it was very encouraging that most of the TALYR membership were able to attend. Your support and participation is much appreciated.

    Thanks to everyone who provided comments and recommendations concerning our Program, Speakers, Topics and Venue on the 2015 Survey.

    You can expect to receive an email about your membership renewal, as the current membership period concludes on June 30, 2015.

    We are currently assembling the FALL 2015 series & speakers program - it will begin on Monday, September 21, 2015; full series details will be available 6 weeks before the FALL 2015 Series begins. You will receive an email announcement for our next Program.

    Have a safe and enjoyable summer - see you next on September 21, 2015.


    The TALYR Organizing Committee

  • May 11, 2015 2:26 PM | Barrie Braiden

    The Board of Directors for TALYR would appreciate that all Members complete a written survey of the Spring 2015 Event Series. We encourage you to rate the events and to provide us with your feedback on the Speakers, the Topics, the Location & the Facility.

    Suggestions for future topics for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 series are most welcomed.

    We will endeavour to locate compelling speakers, for the topics that you want presented.

    The survey is on the back of your Series Program: if you cannot locate it, Click here for the complete Program and Survey for you to print & to provide comments. 

    Please bring your surveys to be completed after our final Spring lecture on May 25, 2015. A summary of your valuable input will be posted to the Member-only webpage.

    See you on May 25th!

    Third Age Learning - York Region (TALYR)

  • May 06, 2015 2:00 PM | Barrie Braiden

    Please note that our "Memberships" run from July 1 to June 30. So, our current members will soon get reminders that their membership will be up for renewal.

    NEW memberships are always welcomed: you will have access to the Members-Only website pages and content, as well as being ready to acquire the next series - FALL 2015, which will go on sale about 6 weeks before the series starts. You may wish to register for a NEW membership anytime after July 1, 2015.

    Fall 2015 Speakers and dates are being finalized presently.

    See you on Monday!

  • April 13, 2015 10:00 AM | Barrie Braiden

    Our 2015 Speaker Event Series began on Monday April 13, 2015 @ 10:00 AM.

    Our featured speaker was Bernie Frolic, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, York University and Senior Researcher at the Munk School for Global Affairs University of Toronto. 

    Mr. Frolic packed in 100's of details and nuances about China's emerging and leading role in today's marketplace and economic realm. For a summary of the presentation, please visit the Member's Only section, located under MEMBERS banner located at the TOP of the Page.

    If you were unable to pick up your Membership Event Series Card, you may do so on the next Event Day - Monday April 20, 2015 between 9:30 and 10:00 AM -  just go to the 2nd Floor Registration Desk - we will have your Registrations details and CARD for pick up.

    If you are requesting that someone else pick up your CARD, please ensure that you have identified who that person will be, in an EMAIL sent to us at

    See you next Monday that features Kevin Courier - an author (Randy Newman's American Dreams), film critic at CBC Radio and writer/ broadcaster. He teaches part-time film courses at Ryerson University in Toronto and the Prosserman JCC. Mr. Courrier also reviews popular culture for the website Critics at Large (


  • March 25, 2015 6:00 PM | Barrie Braiden

    See you all on April 13, 2015! 

  • February 23, 2015 5:44 PM | Barrie Braiden

    Good day!

    The TALYR Spring 2015 Speakers Event Series has been finalized and is scheduled to begin on April 13, 2015. 

    Event details are being posted to our website presently.

    Ticket series go on sale on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

    Members and non-members were be notified by email announcement mid-week.

    We look forward to hearing frorm you, about our latest roster of Speakers and Topics.


    Your TALYR Organizing Committee -  

  • September 11, 2014 11:40 AM | Barrie Braiden

    We wish to express our gratitude for the tremendous support that we have received from the Membership - you have embraced our Fall Event Series wholeheartedly and so, we are 100 % sold out, as of earlier today, September 11, 2014.

    As well, our thanks extends to our founding Sponsors:


    Our new TALYR Membership website was first launched on Friday August 15, 2014. We were advertised on the York Region website as well.

    We have successfully sold 84 Individual and 33 Double/Couples Event series.

    That has put us at the 150 persons limit for our venue, Brevik Hall, in the Aurora Cultural Centre.


    Your TALYR Organizing Committee

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Results of Audience Survey 

May 2014

Your pick for future speaker topics

Social Issues
 Science 8
 Politics 9
 Medicine 10

Formation of TALYR

There have been several Third Age Learning (TAL) groups successfully providing quality and informative lectures for those who wish to acquire knowledge without having to be tested afterwards. It became important to a group of six people that a similar organization should exist in York Region. With that in mind, in order to test this assumption, posters were made, sponsors obtained, and two lectures in May 2014 were presented at the Aurora Cultural Centre in Aurora, ON. These lectures, provided by Dr. Mike Daley and Dr. Peter Russell were extremely well received as well as very well attended.

In answer to this response, the TALYR organization committee decided to follow through with a series of six (6) lectures in the fall of 2014 and potentially another 6 lectures in the spring of 2015.  We agreed to centre the topics on “Innovation “.  Whether future topics will be discussed as six different topics, or as a series of six lectures on one topic, will be decided by the committee in the future.

In that regard, a website has been established and the first opportunity to become a member of TALYR occurs on Friday, August 15, 2014.  It was decided that a membership fee will be $10.00 for the year of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. It was also decided that, to attend any future TALYR lectures, one must first become a member of TALYR.  At the same time, the first series of six (6) lectures is available as a group of six, rather than six individual lectures. The cost of the series is $50.00.

On August 15, 2014, we are providing the initial opportunity to become (1) a member of TALYR, and (2) register for the first series of six lectures in the fall of 2014.

Currently we have over 215 contacts but know that we are limited to a maximum of 150 attendees at any lecture at the Aurora Cultural Centre. It is for this reason that we are using the “First Come, First Served” approach to determine which of our contacts will be able to attend our first lecture series.  In the event that the maximum of 150 is not attained, the committee will determine if individual lectures may be purchased at the price of $10:00 per lecture.

We are very excited about the potential of this new technology for Third Age Learning in York Region.

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