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 Fall 2020 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.

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION  - 8 spots left                                                                    These two sessions will conclude the spring course that was cut short by COVID-19.   China Mieville's book “October” is an account of the Russian revolution, told as a gripping story.  Mieville's story will be our point of departure for discussion on the successes and failures of that revolution, and its impact on the 20th century.   

Presenter: Jack Gegenberg

Location:  ZOOM

Th                  Sept 10 – Sept 17                  1:00 – 2:30pm                   FREE/2



EV UPDATE - 6 spots left

Come and join David and Carol Mallet for an update to the Electric Vehicle landscape in British Columbia. Those that attended their sessions last year will be interested in the changes to the market, as it has been effected by external forces from the glut of gasoline, to COVID 19,  to social distance and the use of EV Chargers.

Presenters: David and Carol Mallett

Location:  ZOOM

Thurs                  Sept 24                  1:00 – 2:00 pm                        FREE/1




Nature is essential to our well being.  However, does nature only have value in material terms  – as a resource to sell, to make things with, to build our cities and power our industrial economy?  Can we identify the cultural roots of this instrumental relationship with nature?  Are there threads in our culture that offer hope for a different relationship with nature?

Presenter: Hester Vair

Location: ZOOM

Tues                  Oct 6 – Oct 27                  1:00 – 2:30pm                   FREE/4



EAT WELL AGE WELL-  continuing topics - 2 spots left

 Jo Philips is back with more of her very popular series of talks on health and foods.  This time she plans to talk about the human immune system and the types of support your body needs to strengthen its response to diseases in the world around us.

Presenter: Jo Philips

Location:  ZOOM

Thurs                  Oct 15 – Oct 22                  1:00 – 2:30pm                  FREE/2




IN SIGHT!–PHOTOGRAPHY - 3 spots left                                                    

Intended for the novice photographer, we will cover the basic understanding of photography, knowing your camera, where to continue learning, and what to consider when printing photos.  Please bring a camera, whether a cell phone or the latest DSLR camera will do.  Camera basics – file size, JPEG, Raw files, Composition, and Lighting.  The program times may change at instructor’s discretion, but we will let you know.  

Presenter: Michael Ingram

Location: ZOOM

Thurs                  Oct 29– Nov 12                  1:00 – 2:30pm                  FREE/3



Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking: Jill has been preparing meatless meals as part of her lifestyle for the past forty years and has been a full time pescatarian for the past eight years.  Expand your vegetarian options and learn some tips for converting conventional recipes into vegetarian items. Session one “Introduction to Vegetarian meals” Session two “Vegetarian menus and recipes” Session three will be offered only if there are changes in the current  social distancing restrictions.  “Potluck long table meal”

Presenter: Jill Marchand

Location:  ZOOM

Tues                  Nov 3 – Nov17                  1:00 – 2:30pm                   FREE/3

PLAGUES, PESTILENCE AND THE RISE OF NATURE - 2 spots left                   

A review of the book “Plagues and People” by William H. McNeill.  Pandemics sweep regularly across the world effecting the rise and fall of  civilisations.  In this program we will create a timeline from pre-history to the modern day showing these effects. You will never approach history in quite the same way once you have taken this class. The class will be interactive and class discussion and sharing of ideas is encouraged.

Presenter: Chris Moss

Location:  ZOOM

Thurs                   Nov 19 – Dec 10                  1:00 – 2:30pm               FREE/4



GREEN ENERGY: Four Steps to Net Zero Energy Consumption - 4 spots left

Transition Sooke’s Green Energy Team will be sharing our research on how to sustain our planet for future generations.  The Green Energy Team will be offering 4 sessions to coincide with the 4-step approach to reaching net zero energy consumption.

Presenter: Lily Mah-Sen

Location: ZOOM

Tues                   Nov 24 – Dec 15                   1:00 – 2:30pm                  FREE/4

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.

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