Sooke Region Lifelong Learning


Who We Are

Sooke Region Lifelong Learning is a volunteer organisation offering educational programs and workshops for older adults in the Sooke region. Based on the Elder College model, we provide stimulating and enjoyable learning environments which address the unique and diverse interests of participants. Programs are offered at SEAPARC Leisure Centre and at other locations in the community. Sooke Region Lifelong Learning functions as a working group under the auspices of the Sooke Region Communities Health Network (SRCHN).

Contact Us



You can register through this web page by sending an email to . Your email address will be used to register you in a ZOOM program. You will receive an email with a ZOOM link for the programs(s) closer to the time that each program begins.  Please do not share your Zoom email information with others to protect the integrity of our ZOOM registration and programs.

At present, the sessions are free of charge, but if you wish to donate to support SRLL, please send a cheque to :


Sooke Region Lifelong Learning

c/o Sooke Region Communities Health Network

PO  Box 642

Sooke BC, VOZ 1H6

or click on the donation button below and view the drop-down offer for Sooke Region Lifelong Learning, and you will immediately receive an electronic tax receipt.

SRLL Winter 2021 Program Offerings

All programs are free of charge and are open to all adults.  Programs will be offered using the ZOOM online platform. Registration will be through sending an email to, where you can request to be registered in the program(s) of your choice. You will then be sent a link to the ZOOM meeting by email closer to the time of the start of your program.

Sooke Region Lifelong LearningZoom Meet and Greet for all presenters and Committee members

Location: ZOOM
Tuesday Jan 5th , 2021 

1 to 2:30pm

Free/1 session



World Events
Short one hour sessions to talk about current and on-going items in Canada and around the world and how they impact our lives here in Sooke.
Hosts: Chris and Lynn Moss
Location: ZOOM
Thursday Jan 7, 14, 21, 2021

1 to 2pm

Free/ 3 sessions



Understanding Brain Injury: An “Invisible” Injury
Two introductory sessions on Brain injury presented by the Victoria Brain Injury Society. “What is brain injury? What are its effects?” These two
questions will be addressed in the first session. The second session will respond to topics suggested by the group and go into more detail on the
secondary effects of brain injury.
Presenter: Sarrah Boyer. Sarrah is a Case Manager with the Victoria Brain Injury Society. She provides one on one support with clients and
oversees the Peer Support program for VBIS

Location: ZOOM
Tuesday Jan 12, 19, 2021

1 to 2:30pm

Free/2 sessions


Canada After Covid 

A discussion group in which participants consider the tension between returning to the “old normal” or forging a “new normal”.
Depending on participants’ interests, the discussion could range widely over such Canada-wide concerns as economics, politics, education, entertainment and culture. An investigation into the changes reflected onto the Canadian experience by the Pandemic times in which we live.
Presenter: Bob Stamp- Bob Stamp trained as a historian but spent most of his working career as an educator. He is retired from the University of Calgary and has lived in Sooke for the past five years. Despite his background in Canadian history, he now finds himself much more interested in the country’s future.
Location: ZOOM
Thursday Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 18

1 to 2:30pm

Free/4 sessions

SRLL Book Club by ZOOM
A reading and discussion group. This session we will be looking at the book “A Good War” by Seth Kline. A fascinating book on combating climate change.
Presenter: David Mallett
Location: ZOOM
Tuesday Feb 2, 9, 16, 2021

1 to 2:30pm

Free/3 sessions

Sooke Talks are a great way to get people out telling their stories but for most of us, public speaking is daunting at best. Come and
learn how to share your story with others. Sooke is a diverse, interesting community that is changing rapidly. By telling our stories,
we exchange ideas of the kind of community we want to have for all. For many years, I taught non-native speakers of English to
overcome their fears and speak well in public. I want to pass on the simple techniques I taught them. Come and join us to make new
connections and learn more about other members of our Sooke community.
Presenter: Veronica Diment     Veronica has taught English as a second Language for many years. She lives in Otter Point.                                    
Location: ZOOM
Thursday March 4, 11, 2021

1 to 2:30pm

Free/2 sessions

EAT WELL TO AGE WELL: Maintaining Emotional Balance

In these 2 interactive sessions we will have a chance to talk about how we are feeling and coping after a year of Covid restrictions and share with one another our ways of maintaining our sanity and groundedness. Diet, as always, is foundational and something we do have control over. During each session Jo will intersperse our discussion with info on the many helpful (and unhelpful) ways food can impact our mood.


Presenter: Jo Philips.  Jo is a retired Nurse and Nutritionist 
Location: ZOOM

Feb 23, March 2, 2021         

1 to 2:30pm                            

Free/ 2 sessions

Elder Orators
A fun time to practice the skills needed to feel confident about speaking to others. We will practice some the exercises used to prepare us for
speaking. Look at the production of sound and how to control it and project it to fill a room. We may, if time permits, try some different
dialects, talk about, and try, different modulations in speech, and, do some talking and reading out loud to feel the effects of our new skills.
Presenter: Chris Moss Chris trained as an English and Drama teacher. But his real love was Theatre, and he has been involved in local theatre
productions as an actor and Director for thirty years.
Location: ZOOM
Thursday March 18, 2021 and Thursday April 1 st , 2021

1- 2:30pm

Free/2 sessions
(note the sessions are two weeks apart for this program.)


Introduction to Solar Power
An introductory look at the topic of solar power. Steve Unger repeats his presentation on solar energy.
Presenter: Steve Unger. Steve Unger is an engineer with Veridian solar energy Co-op and has many years of experience in this area.

Location: ZOOM
Thursday March 25, 2021

1 to 2:30pm

Free/ 1 session

Sooke 2020 to 2030
Join us to discuss the future of Sooke and area, from 2020 to 2030. A series of speakers and discussions. We hope to have speakers from all parts of life in Sooke and area sharing their vision for our community over the next ten years.

Location: ZOOM
Host: Chris Moss
Presenters: Various, follow our web page for specific topics and session speakers.
Tuesday March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021

1 to 2:30pm

Free/4 sessions

Spiritual and Social Wellbeing: Building Our Community as a Haven of Unity and Compassion


Don will be applying modern science and contemporary religious thought to holistically develop our individual spiritual wellbeing and contribute to a community of shared values of unity and compassion along with practical tools for self mastery and social wellbeing.”

 Presenter: Don Brown,  BSc Engineering, MBA, is a retired organization systems consultant, who has worked with public, private and social sector/charitable organizations in Canada, and Jamaica and during five years of service at the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel.

Don has lived in Sooke since the year 2000 during which time he authored two books, has been an active member of the local Bahá'í community, involved in various men’s groups and is participating in the development of the Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative since its inception in 2017. 

Location: Zoom

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 

1:00 - 2:30 PM                   

Free/ 1 session

Sooke 2020 to 2030

Join us to discuss the future of Sooke and area, from  2020 to 2030. A series of speakers and discussions.  We have speakers from all parts of life in Sooke and area sharing their vision for our community over the next ten years.

Host: Chris Moss


Session one:  March 9th, 2021    

Maja Tait  (Sooke District and present and future development)

Britt Santowski  (Sooke Chamber of Commerce and the future of Business in Sooke) 


Session two:  March 16th 2021   

Andrew Moore ( SCRHN and  the building of seniors residences in Sooke)

Arno Keinonen  (The Harmless Home and the future of housing construction in Sooke)


Session three: March 23rd 2021  

Sam Webb "Wild Wise" (The future of our wild areas) 

Yvonne Court  (The Rights of Nature)


Session four: March 30th 2021  

Mary Alice Johnson (The present and future of Farming in Sooke)

Gordon Baird  (Managing our Water supply using rainwater catchment in the CRD)


Location: Zoom  

Tuesday     March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021             

1 to 2:30pm                 

Free/4 sessions

Our Story

Sooke Region Lifelong Learning is part of a growing North American network of volunteer organizations providing informal learning opportunities for adults. These groups exist under a variety of names: Elder Colleges, Institutes for Learning in Retirement, Lifelong Learning, etc. Our Sooke group began planning in Spring 2017, and offered some initial courses over Fall 2017/Winter 2018 under a “Sessions for Seniors” program run by the Sooke Age- Friendly Committee with a partial grant from the federal government’s New Horizons Program.

With meeting space, promotional help, registration assistance, and volunteer support from SEAPARC and from the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, we were able to offer a full slate of programming for Fall 2018.

Fall 2019 Sooke Region Lifelong Learning
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Fall 2018 Sooke Region Lifelong Learning

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