Third Age Learning at Kwantlen returns with online and in-person courses

Tue, Oct 5, 2021

Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK) has returned for fall 2021 with a diverse range of online and in-person courses for the 50-plus age group.

The courses provided by TALK, a volunteer-run organization that has offered courses in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) for more than 20 years, are ideal for retirees who want to continue learning. Course fees are kept low by inviting KPU professors and community professionals to volunteer their time. 

“The variety of courses and the standard of presenters over the years has been excellent,” says Mary Phillips, a TALK member for 15 years.

Courses being held in person at KPU’s Surrey campus this fall include democratic policing and Claude Monet, while B.C.’s commercial fishing industry is one of those being held at KPU Richmond. Online courses over Zoom this fall include literary designs, armchair travel to Menton, France, Ukrainians in Canada, and Komagata Maru.

“We live in very uncertain times. What is certain is that lifelong learning, keeping your brain and body active, and keeping your social networks strong is always a good choice. TALK is here to help,” says Jane Diston, TALK chair. “We have both on-campus and online courses this fall, so there is something for every comfort level.

“Our Philosophers’ Corners will be free Zoom meetings, open to the public this year, with topics to stimulate vibrant conversations among the participants. This is a wonderful way for seniors who have been shut in to connect with others in a relevant and safe way.

“TALK is an organization that runs on the energy and enthusiasm of its member volunteers. We always encourage and welcome all members to join our program or marketing committees and board, and be part of the fun at TALK.”

All TALK events are aimed at those who are 50 or older. Most courses are $15 or $20, in addition to the $10 annual membership fee. The TALK Annual General Meeting, which is free for members, will be held on October 25.

Full details of the fall schedule and how to register area available through the TALK website (, as is information on how to volunteer. Courses are available through to early December and registration is open now.