West End Learning Unlimited


West End Learning Unlimited (WELU) Status Update 2020/04/04

  • The WELU Executive met on April 3, 2020 via Zoom to discuss our future program. It is with regret that, given the medical and governments' social distancing recommendations, limits on sizes of gatherings, and the uncertainties of the duration of the COVID-19 virus pandemic (with its highest impact on seniors), we have decided that:

    1. We will postpone our planned series which was scheduled for October 2020,
    2. In June we will reconvene to consider the medical advice, based on the control and progress in treatments of the pandemic, as to whether there is a likelihood of offering our January 2021 lecture series.
    3. We plan to provide an update to our members and wait listed people via email in July.
    4. The WELU website will also be updated with information as our planning proceeds.

  • If you are a Member you will continue to be a Member. If you were on the Wait List you will remain on the Wait List.
  • Thank you for the well wishes we have received. We wish you all to stay safe and keep well until we meet again.


  • Members and those registered for the current series may access the Members pages of the site. To do this you need:

    1. your userid, which is your email address, and
    2. your password, which is the last 4 digits of your home phone number.

    Please inform the registrar at welu.reg@gmail.com if either of these change.

  • Presentation slides and other material from some of the past series are now on line for members. Go to the "Members pages" and click on 'Presentations'.


"To present to mature adults of West-end Ottawa, daytime lectures which provide intellectual stimulation and a better understanding of the world we live in and its history.".


West End Learning Unlimited (WELU) is an organization dedicated to providing seniors with a stimulating learning environment.

WELU is the brainchild of David Farquharson and Wilf Pilsworth. They started it in 2001 because they saw a need and an interest. Today a group of dedicated volunteers continues to run WELU as a not-for-profit organization.

The organizing committee has been able to attract speakers who willingly give up their time free of charge. These two factors enable the fees to be kept down to an easily affordable level.

Each year about 18 lectures are presented in three separately themed series. Each lecture session comprises a one-hour talk followed by a refreshment break, and ending with half an hour of questions.


The following list illustrates the wide variety of subjects covered by the programme.

Speakers have included diplomats, lawyers, university professors, entrepreneurs, members of the clergy, physicians, scientists, astronomers, musicians, architects, journalists, members of the military, and public servants.

Looking forward, WELU plans to widen even this ambitious coverage, and expects to continue to attract high quality speakers.

When and Where

Talks are held on Tuesday mornings at the Kanata branch of the Royal Canadian Legion,
70 Hines Road, Kanata, ON K2K 2M5
Phone: 613-591-5570
(Map and directions here).
They begin at 9.30 am sharp and finish around 11.30 am.