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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

In Memoriam - Kevin Courrier

Kevin Courrier (1954- 2018)
Kevin Courrier (1954- 2018)
It is with deep sadness that The LIFE Institute shares the news that Kevin Courrier, a much-adored LIFE lecturer of many years, passed away Friday, October 12. Many of you will remember Kevin from the years of movie courses he taught for The LIFE Institute. Kevin was a gifted, insightful scholar who elevated our understanding and appreciation of popular culture.

As per his wishes, a Sarcoma Research Fund has been set up at the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in Kevin's name, should you wish to make a donation.

A memorial service also is being organized; details will be shared on the Critics at Large website
in the near future.  Kevin and his beret will be deeply missed.

Thursday, August 23, 2018


You must be a current 2018-2019 LIFE Member to attend.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Volunteer for the 50+ Festival

JUNE 1-3 2018

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement is excited to host the 10th annual 50+ Festival from June 1-3, 2018 and is eagerly sourcing a team of volunteers to be a part of the experience.

Each year, the festival celebrates the continuing contribution of the older adult to culture, to society, and life itself. This year’s theme: Past, Present, Future is jammed packed with stimulating sessions. Full program details are available online: fiftyplusfestival.ca  

Become a volunteer and assist in one of the following roles:

  • Welcome Committee and Directional Help: Welcome attendees as they arrive on-site, help them follow the signs to the session, distribute the festival brochure, etc.

  • Registration and Ticketing: In these roles you will not be responsible for scanning tickets or processing at-the-door sales as the Festival Team will take care of those duties, but you will be available to help with signing up late ticket purchasers, providing wristbands to pass holders, gathering last-minute or complimentary tickets at the door, directing attendees to line-up in between sessions, etc.

  • Session Assistance: Usher attendees to seats, provide time-keeping for speaker, pass floating microphones during Q&A, assist attendees as they enter/exit the room, be available to find people/track supplies if necessary.

  • Special Event Assistance: Assist the Festival team with at-the-door ticket sales (again, this does not require you to deal with money, but rather signing-up late ticket purchasers) and serve as a table attendant to distribute parting gift to attendees.

Detailed information regarding the number of volunteers required, role descriptions, and shifts are included in the attachment to this email.

Volunteers will receive a free entry into the session for which they are volunteering. Due to the nature of certain roles, some volunteers will enter the session 15-mins after the start time. Roles will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline to sign-up to be a volunteer is Friday, May 11.

All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session. Orientations will be held May 22-25 and May 28-29. At the orientation, you will learn more about the festival, including what to expect as you prepare your role(s).

To sign-up to volunteer, please contact Melanie Santarossa at
msantarossa@ryerson.ca. In your email to Melanie, please include the following:
·         Your name (first and last)
·         Your email
·         Your phone number (cell is preferred if available)
·         The volunteer position(s)/shift(s) of interest.
You are welcome to sign-up for more than one shift. Once all volunteers have signed-up, Melanie will invite you to an orientation session.

Thank you!

Friday, April 20, 2018


LIFE BULLETIN: Office closure / remodel

The LIFE Institute office is closed until 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 for a space and networking restructure.

Should you wish to check or confirm your classroom assignments, please:

1) Log in to your LIFE I.D. using your email address and password and click on
     View my classes and room assignments               or
2) Visit the LIFE website and view the COURSES page

Use Ryerson's very helpful interactive Google map or PDF campus map to locate:

• Your classrooms
• Ryerson facilities, such as the Library, Bookstore and Athletic Centre
• Nearby parking
• Streetcar and subway stops
• Security Offices and the campus Information Centre
• Wheelchair ramps

We hope to be operating at full-capacity as quickly as possible on Monday, but have been warned that service disruptions may occur.

We request your kind consideration and patience should delays ensue.

Many thanks in advance,
The LIFE team

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Click on map to zoom in

CED : The Chang School, Ryerson University. 279 Victoria Street
ILLC: International Living Learning Centre, Ryerson University. enter via 133 Mutual Street or 240 Jarvis Street
KHE: Kerr Hall East, Ryerson University.340 Church Street
LIB: Library Building, Ryerson University. 350 Victoria Street
POD: Podium Building, Ryerson University. (Connects Library Building to Jorgenson Hall) 350 Victoria Street 
RAMADA: Ramada Plaza. 300 Jarvis Street
TEXTILE: Textile Museum of Canada (Auditorium). 55 Centre Avenue
VIC: Victoria Building, Ryerson University. 285 Victoria Street

For more information on Ryerson University class locations, please visit the LIFE Institute's AROUND RYERSON page where there are links to interactive maps, including the Ryerson University Accessibility Map.