Free Events

Throughout the year, we provide opportunities for you to engage and get involved with Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement through thought-provoking presentations and lectures, performances, volunteer programs, and more. Learn and grow with us by exploring all the free events we have to offer.

Digital Media Workshop: Blogging

When: Friday, May 24, 2019, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Where: Student Learning Centre, SLC508, 341 Yonge Street, Toronto

How do you get millennials to read your blog? By taking our workshop of course! Learn the dos and don’ts of blog writing; discover the tips and tricks to building a personal brand through blogging; and try your hand at designing a blog with encouragement and assistance from the Ryerson Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab.

Anika SyedaSpeaker: Anika Syeda
Anika is a diversely skilled journalist, and brings much more to the news industry than her writing skills. Over her four years at Ryerson University’s esteemed Bachelor of Journalism program, Anika has trained herself in graphic design, data journalism and data visualization, info-graphic design, broadcasting, radio, and podcasting. With her growing skill set, Anika endeavours to be the “Swiss Army Knife of journalism.” She believes multimedia skills are imperative to the future of the industry.

This event is free with registration.

Idea Exchange

An intimate drop-in offered to those who are 50 and older, Idea Exchange is a place for stimulating conversations about what it means to be an older adult in today’s world. It’s a place to share ideas and an opportunity to connect with peers. Each Idea Exchange session is centered on a theme, and will feature a special guest presentation, a discussion, and a chance to network.

Summer Idea Exchange: Find the Right Volunteer Opportunity

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Presentation and discussion
11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Networking
Where: Heaslip House, 7th floor, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto

The landscape of volunteering has changed considerably over the past decade, and you may be surprised how it looks today. Our guest speaker, Zena Gopal, will provide an overview of Volunteer Toronto’s approach to securing a satisfying role that meets your needs and goals.

This practical and insightful session will provide a look into the recruitment process, teach you how to connect with nonprofit organizations actively looking for support, and highlight the advantages older adults have in this market.

Zena GopalSpeaker: Zena Gopal
Zena Gopal is a non-profit education professional with experience in social work, advocacy, and labour management. Prior to joining Volunteer Toronto, she oversaw St. Felix House, a transitional Housing program for women experiencing homelessness, where she developed programs for enhanced case management, community support, and employment skills training. Zena has also had years of teaching and facilitation experience through her work at York University, and is pleased to be working again in the education sector to assist others in gaining the skills and information they need to engage meaningfully with their communities.

This event is free with registration.


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