UNB’s Andrews Initiative is thrilled to announce its 2016 Year of Creativity & Inspiration programming. Our programming for the year is designed to showcase the diverse ways in which we can experience and enact creativity throughout our lives. From memoirs to LEGO® to resiliency in the face of adversity, creativity has a huge impact on our approach to every day life. This year’s activities promise to be impactful, engaging, and inspiring!

Our first activity will be a creative life-writing course, entitled “Tell Your Story.” On Wednesday evenings in June, participants will work with instructors to begin producing a creative memoir. Classes will include a memoir writing session with Kathie Goggin, a creative storytelling and illustrating session with Jane Stewart, a typesetting workshop with David Brewer, and a bookbinding session with Denise Rowe. By the end of the course, participants will have created a beautiful book they can continue to fill with reflections and creations, while completing a memoir. This course is for those aged 50+. Registration for the course will begin soon – visit http://www.unb.ca/cel/programview/enrichment/fredericton/tell-your-story.html for updates.

In October 2016, we will welcome Jacqueline Lloyd, a world leader in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ methodology, and the founder of Whistler, BC’s Strategic Play. Strategic Play uses LEGO® bricks in creative ways to encourage team building, problem solving, and strategy generating. Jacqueline will deliver a free public talk entitled Inspiring Creativity and Innovation with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ that will draw on the nostalgia of playing with LEGO®, and encourage communication and shared play across generations. This interactive lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 7:30 PM in the Wu Conference Centre.

Portrait of Margaret Trudeau by Sian Richards

To cap off our year of Creativity & Inspiration, the Andrews Initiative will be hosting Canadian icon and renowned public speaker, Margaret Trudeau on November 23, at 7:30 pm in the Wu Conference Centre at UNB. Ms. Trudeau will deliver a free public lecture entitled “Changing My Mind”. This inspiring and engaging talk will discuss Ms. Trudeau’s turbulent life as wife of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, her struggles with bi-polar disorder, and her role in the public eye as a respected mental-health issues advocate. Ms. Trudeau will bring her formidable life story to the audience, a story of resilience and inspiration.  A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

We hope you will join us for these creative, inspiring, and exciting events! The Andrews Initiative was created by UNB president emeritus John McLaughlin, and launched in 2011. We offer quality learning opportunities in contemporary topics for the 21st century.

For more information please contact Sarah King, Andrews Initiative Program Assistant, 506-453-4623 or sking@unb.ca







Quality Learning Opportunities in Contemporary Topics

Launched in 2011 and evolving, the Andrews Initiative was conceived as an intellectual journey for mature learners (and anyone else) interested in exploring substantive subjects of current importance.

Featuring prominent subject experts drawn from international, national and local communities, the Andrews Initiative explores national and local communities, the Andrews Initiative explores topics of relevance in the 21st century. Through a variety of formats– lectures, seminars, discussion groups and on-line, the Andrews Initiative is intended to stretch the mind and test the intellect.

Let the Andrews Initiative be your guide.