Board of Directors 2018-19

 PositionPhone & Email
Pat BowersPresident519-884-8337
Valerie BeckettVice-President519-886-4166
Rick KitchenTreasurer519-742-2495
Keith MyraRegistrar519-886-4423
Sylvia Ranson
Secretary & Archivist519-576-6387
Elizabeth RubyAssistant Registrar519-725-4608
Gail WrightHospitality and Volunteers Coordinator519-884-0365
Marie BeattieProgram Director519-742-4699
Chuck ErionProgram 
Barbara KempeProgram 
Jean Coughlan-BednarskiProgram 
Elaine WetherupProgram 
Wendell PrimeTechnical Team Leader519-664-2017
Valerie BeckettTechnical 
Mike HunterTechnical 


TAL-KW is a non-profit organization run by volunteers, according to its constitution and bylaws. Board members may be elected for a maximum of six consecutive years.
View the TAL-KW By-Laws (February 2018)

View the TAL-KW Policy Manual (September 2018)

The 2018 Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 3:35 p.m. in the Forbes Family Room, RIM Park. (This followed the final lecture in the Thursday series.)  Agenda for the 2018 AGM is available here.   Minutes of the 2018 AGM are available here.

TAL-KW is a member of the Third Age Network (TAN).


TAL-KW contributes to the following bursaries with funds declared by the board to be surplus to the needs of TAL-KW.
Since 1992, TAL-KW has given money to an endowment for financial assistance to deserving graduate students in gerontology studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo. The annual bursary is awarded to a student who proves financial need.

In 2010, an endowment fund was established at Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Beginning in 2012, an annual bursary has been awarded to a full-time student who is enrolled in a School of Health and Life Sciences and Community Services program which contains a gerontology component. Students must demonstrate their financial need as well as an interest in working with seniors.

In 2014, TAL-KW established the Third Age Learning Kitchener-Waterloo Graduate Student Bursary in Gerontology and Movement Disorders Research at Wilfrid Laurier University.  An annual bursary may be awarded to a full-time graduate student who is conducting research related to gerontology and/or movement disorders. The recipient will have a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.0 and proven financial need. First preference for these funds will be given to graduate students who are conducting research at the Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC).

Volunteering with TAL

The Board of Directors is seeking applications for 2 volunteer positions on the Board starting this Spring. To continue to have the programs you enjoy, we need additional TAL members to join the Board each year. We’d love to speak with interested persons about the various duties to best align with your skills, abilities and interests. If you are seeking an interesting volunteer opportunity email me at and share your reasons why you would like to be a member of our Board.

In particular we are seeking applicants for a Board member at large and for the Tech Team.   For example, if you are comfortable with routine computer operations and presentation support we would like to hear from you.

The Board has always been a most congenial and cooperative group and works diligently to deliver high quality programs we can all appreciate.  It’s a most satisfying “job”! Your time and talents will be appreciated. Come and find out more about TAL- KW.

Pat Bowers, President TAL-KW