Meetings and Social Events
Sept. 2020 – May 2021
Due to Covid 19, the speakers will be participating via Zoom. More information is forthcoming about how to access this. We hope members will join us for these informative talks. New speakers will continue to be added in upcoming months.
|Stu Kellock -Chair, St. John Ambulance COVID Pandemic
What went wrong: what have we learned, and where do we go from here? In addition to spending over 30 years in policing, and serving as an advisor to the Federal Department of National Defense in areas of National Security, Extremism and Terrorism, Captain Kellock is currently engaged by the Federal Government on management and crisis issues surrounding the COVID pandemic. A very timely talk by a knowledgeable speaker.
|Oct. 21, 2020||Anne Dagg (Author) and Alison Reid (filmmaker) “The Woman who loves giraffes”
Film screening followed by Q/A dialogue with zoologist and author Anne Dagg and filmmaker Alison Reid. Anne Dagg was the first single female to venture into Africa to study animals, in her case giraffes. This was before Dian Fossey, who studied gorillas, and Jane Goodall, who studied chimpanzees. A compelling story that has a backline about women and tenure difficulties from the male community in the late 1050s, as well as how far we have come today. See the official trailer here.
|Nov. 18, 2020||Scott Christian, Composer
Scott Christian talks about his new musical “Dead Reckoning” which is based on the life of Amelia Earhart and the true story of the teenage girl who received Amelia’s final distress signal. Scott and his co-writer Leslie Wade have continued to develop the piece, and with the support of the Canada Council have adapted an excerpt of the piece for film.
|Dec. 16, 2020||Daniel Aonso – Music: A Winter Wonderland of Yuletide Favorites
It’s the holiday season! A presentation covering the classic sounds of Bing Crosby, the jazz of Vince Guaraldi, and even Elvis Presley! (The Sugar Plum social will be booked for December 2021. )
|Jan. 20, 2021||D. Paul Schafer, Author – THE ARTS: Gateway to a Fulfilling Life and Cultural Age
This book is collection of articles written on the arts over the last few years that have been updated in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent race protests, and the powerful role arts are capable of playing in the world. This includes how the arts, and especially arts education, can play a major role in helping young and older people who have been affected by these and other problems to develop new and their own employment possibilities as well as pursue new career paths and ways of life.
|Feb. 17, 2021||Dr. David Chandross – The Fascinating World of Coco Chanel We will explore the fascinating world of Coco Chanel, the greatest fashion “influencer” of all times. Coco Chanel redefined feminine beauty, creating an image of women capable of participating in the business world. Special attention will be paid to her post war re-launch in 1947, where she had a new and more formidable opponent….Christian Dior! Dior, Yves St Laurent and even Estée Lauder owe their success to this trailblazing woman from the roaring 20s!|
|Mar. 17, 2021||Lianne Harris: Historian/Performer – The Luck O’ the Irish: A Journey into the Land and People of Ireland
Mysterious, superstitious, religious, courageous, and indomitable. Before pubs and St. Patrick, beyond leprechauns and shamrocks, take a journey into the history of the people and land of Ireland. Come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this fun and informative speaker.
|Apr. 21, 2021||Arlene Chan, Author – Jean Lumb: A Woman of Many Firsts Ms. Chan, daughter of Jean Lumb, has written a wonderful narrative about the context of the development of the Chinese community in Toronto. Jean Lumb is a recipient of the Order of Canada and her story is fascinating to hear. Chinatown in Toronto wouldn’t exist without Jean Lumb.|
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