Lifelong Learning Mississauga
2019 – 2020 Annual Meeting,
June 19, 2020
A Message from the Board Chair
This has been a year of change for LLM’s
Board and volunteers, with the focus of expansion to west Mississauga and the
gradual shift from being an operational board to a governance board. With the
support of Board members, a dynamic group of new volunteers worked together to
offer a lecture series in the West. One of the major problems facing this group
was finding a suitable location. The Implementation Committee finally landed on
the Clarkson Community Church. The first lecture series was held there in the
Fall of 2019, to a sold-out crowd. The Implementation Committee has evolved
into the Event Organizing Committee West and its chair sits on the LLM Board.
Committee was formed in February 2019 and has guided LLM in its shift from the
day-to-day running of the organization to focusing on governance. They
undertook the rewriting of the Constitution and applied for incorporation as a
not-for-profit organization with the federal government. Both tasks were
accomplished by year end.
With the goal of creating one organization,
two locations, the Board chose to establish a single Program Committee to
coordinate LLM’s programs. The existing Program Committee expanded its
membership as it is now organizing lectures three mornings a week and in two different
locations. All lectures were sold out in the Fall 2019 and registration went
well for the three Spring 2020 series.
The Event Organizing Committee East supported
members of the EOC West as they worked to implement lectures in the West,
sharing information, best practices and advice. At the same time, the City of
Mississauga community centres decided to no longer provide coffee services. The
EOC East was challenged in how to continue providing a social experience
without refreshments. With the assistance of Burnhamthorpe Community Centre
staff and some new LLM volunteers, the committee now provides this service.
Then the pandemic struck and our lecture
series had to be cancelled. The Event Organizing Committees contacted all 380
registrants to inform them of the cancellation and then issued refunds to
A special thanks to LLM’s wonderful
volunteers, who continue to work collaboratively and effectively, to implement
change and growth. I would like to recognize Margaret Handley who is retiring
from the Board. Maggie is a founding member of LLM and is a valuable member of
the Event Organizing Committee East.
LLM continues to have enthusiastic and loyal
participants. We couldn’t do what we do, without you. I would like to thank
Amica at Square One who host our Board meetings.
I would also like to acknowledge the benefits
LLM has received from the City of Mississauga under the Community Group
Registry program, including facility rental benefits and staff liaison,
especially with the staff of the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre.
Nora McAuliffe, Chair
We wish to thank the City of Mississauga for the support and benefits LLM has received as an Older Adult Provider in the Community Group Registry Program