Seniors Program

The seniors program got its start in 1975 as a Great Books afternoon course held on a weekly basis in a retirement home. By 1977, TMI had developed an official Seniors Outreach Program geared toward cultivating a rich and stimulating learning environment for seniors. While still grounded in the reading-discussion method, TMI was careful to make these sessions especially fruitful for learning within a senior’s context. That first year, trained discussion leaders conducted twenty weekly sessions of a course titled “The Things People Do”, which featured films obtained from the National Film Board of Canada about interesting people – artists, poets, politicians, explorers – in unusual situations. 

By 1982, TMI had expanded its programming to a number of residences across Quebec, namely: Almage Senior Community Centre in Montreal, Mount Royal Villa in TMR, Griffith McConnell Residence and St. Patrick Square in Cote Saint-Luc, The Teapot Senior Centre in Lachine, Maison Desaulniers in St-Lambert, Villa Marguerite in Pierrefonds, and Father Dowd Memorial Home in Hudson. The Seniors Program continues to operate in various residences to this day.