Public Announcements: Announcing Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning Updated 12/1/2017

The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre

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Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning

What is the Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning Program?

Built on the philosophy that learning has no age limit, the Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning Program offers in-person classes and studio sessions that encourage participants to learn, to grow and to connect with others who share common interests. Different from university art classes or lectures, participants will enjoy a welcoming and collaborative learning environment without the pressure of grades or exams. Courses are open to anyone with a passion for learning, including residents of the Perley Rideau, volunteers, tenants, family and all members of the Ottawa community.

Participants can choose from a selection of studio-based and lecture-based courses led by engaging instructors who are experts in their fields. Studio-based courses provide hands-on learning in the creative arts, including music and visual art. Lecture-based courses explore topics through presentations, discussions, short films and reading materials. Courses cost $100 for 4 weeks and $150 for 6 weeks, not including the cost of materials, if applicable.

All courses are held in existing facilities at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. Located in the Alta Vista community, the Perley Rideau is the ideal location to build an active and supportive learning environment. The centre is in many ways a village, offering apartments for independent seniors, long-term resident care, fully-equipped ceramic art and painting studios, spacious meeting rooms, a cafeteria, a pharmacy, an art gallery and more. Parking will be validated for registered participants.

Important Links:

  1. Read the media release announcing Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning
  2. Course Catalogue for Winter 2018
  3. Register for a Course
  4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Program Policies
  5. Background on Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning and Active Seniors
  6. Directions to the Perley Rideau
  7. Parking Map
  8. Getting Around in the Perley Rideau
  9. Take a flight around the Perley Rideau Village

Course Catalogue, Winter 2018

From Longhouse to Lumber to Legislature | Instructor: Phil Jenkins

This course explores Ottawa’s rich social history in chronological order, from the arrival of the First Nations and the Europeans to today’s multi-cultural capital city. Participants will learn how each new arrival made use of Ottawa’s geographical setting, and will discover how notable peoples, events and advancements shaped our city. Expect to enjoy a lively and enriched learning experience that includes anecdotes, biographies, illustrations, photographs and songs.

Duration: 6 weeks | Price: $150 (incl. parking) | Day & Time: Tuesdays, 1pm – 3pm | Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 | Room: Lupton Hall | Class size: Up to 60 participants


The Family Archives: How to Preserve and Share the Family Photo Instructor: Breanne Fedak

This course teaches participants how to turn photo negatives into digital computer files that can be easily enjoyed, preserved and shared with others. Participants will learn how to organize and scan photo negatives, as well as how to create and maintain a digital photo archive. To end the course, participants will design their own digital family photo album using Blurb. Basic computer knowledge is required. Participants must provide 5 to 10 photo negatives and a USB stick. Cost of photobook is extra. Minimum of 50 digital photos needed for photobook.

Duration: 4 weeks | Price: $100 (incl. parking) | Day & Time: Tuesdays, 1pm – 3pm | Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30 | Room: Games Room | Class size: Up to 12 participants


Learn the Ukulele | Instructor: Samantha De Benedet

This hands-on course introduces participants to the basics of the ukulele, a lightweight and portable instrument with soft strings that are easy to press down. Regardless of skill level, participants will find the ukulele to be a fun and accessible instrument and will quickly feel comfortable leading a sing-a-long around a campfire or at a dinner party. Your instructor, a Certified Music Therapist, will provide demonstrations, lead vocal warmups and assist with technique. This course focuses on reading tablature rather than music notation and on ukulele playing rather than voice skills, however there will be singing and vocal warmups. Participants must bring their own ukulele.

Duration: 6 weeks | Price: $150 (incl. parking) | Day & Time: Wednesdays, 1pm – 3pm | Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 | Room: The Games Room | Class size: Up to 12 participants


Canada’s War Art | Instructor: Laura Brandon

Discover the powerful history of Canada’s War Art from the 18th to 21st centuries. This course explores the relationship between war art and propaganda, as well as the role of notable artists and patrons. Participants will enjoy a richly visual learning experience, with the opportunity to view paintings, photographs, sculptures and illustrations from the country’s most pivotal wars, including the World War One, the Second World War, the Cold War and ongoing conflicts.

Duration: 4 weeks | Price: $100 (incl. parking) | Day & Time: Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm | Dates: February 6, 13, 20, 27 | Room: Lupton Hall | Class size: Up to 60 participants


Register for a Course

Spaces are limited for all courses. Participants are invited to secure their spot as soon as possible by registering over the phone or by mail.


Participants are invited to call 613-526-7171, ext. 2222 to register. Please leave a voicemail with your name, telephone number and the name of the course you wish to register for. Please do not leave any banking or credit card information in your voicemail. We will return your call within two business days. Requests are processed according to the date and time of your voicemail.


Participants are invited to send a cheque and completed registration form by mail. Click here to download and print a copy of the registration form.

Cheques should be addressed to: The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre

Please mail your cheque and completed registration form to:

Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning

1750 Russell Road

Ottawa, ON

K1G 5Z6

Confirmation of Registration

Participants will be sent confirmation of payment and registration. Our preference is to correspond with you via email. If possible, please supply your email address when you register so we can send your confirmation electronically. Otherwise we will mail a confirmation letter to the address supplied at the time of registration. Note that we will only use your email address to share pertinent information about the Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning Program.