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Welcome

We welcome all to the spring portion of our speakers program!

The Probus Club of Western Ottawa is part of the international organization of Probus Clubs
designed to serve the retired and semi-retired community.

Our club meets on the second Tuesday of each month except during July and August.

The morning begins at 10:00 a.m. for socialization and signing up for activities followed by a speaker.

Topics are varied, interesting and stimulating.

Special social events occur throughout the year.

Western Ottawa Probus meets at
the Kanata United Church, 33 Leacock Drive.

Visitors are welcome!

Recent Speakers/Programs

At our April 9 Meeting, Sydney Elizabeth Porter spoke on
"L'Arche in Canada"

At our May 14 Meeting, Pam Thompson spoke on
"Canadian Art 101"

Coming Speakers/Programs

At our June 11 Meeting, Terry Coffer will speak on
"Experiences of a past Canadian ambassador to Kuwait and Iran"

Terry Colfer started his globe-trotting ways early.
Born in the UK, he was raised in Dorval, QC, and attended both McGill University
and the Royal Military College in Kingston.
He completed his studies with a Commission in the Canadian Army and a degree in political science.

During his military career, he served in the Gaza Strip and Europe. Upon his return to Canada,
Captain Colfer (a paratrooper) accepted an offer to join the Canadian Foreign Service.
His three decades plus of diplomatic service, primarily as a Trade Commissioner,
included postings in Europe, Australia, the USA, Africa and the Middle East.

Terry served more than 25 years of his Foreign Affairs career abroad
and he also held various senior management positions in Ottawa.
His final diplomatic postings overseas were as Canadian Ambassador
to Kuwait, Qatar, and The Islamic Republic of Iran.

Since retirement from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Terry has continued to pursue his interests
in international affairs both on the lecture circuit and
as an international election observer in the Middle East, Ukraine and Central Asia.
Recently he completed consulting contracts with Foreign Affairs
located in Ottawa, Mexico, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In 2012 Terry was awarded the Queen's 'Diamond Jubilee Medal'
in recognition of 'outstanding contributions to Canada'.

Terry is also busy as an Executive Coach, a pilot with the Rockcliffe Flying Club,
Air Search and Rescue volunteer, Volunteer Adviser with CESO,
and Board of Directors member with the Conference of Defence Associations Institute,
Gatineau Gliding Club, and the Royal Military College Foundation.
Not one to sit still, Terry loves skiing, scuba diving, running, riding his motorcycle, golfing,
and watching the sun set with a good book, though preferably with a glass of wine.

There will be no coffee before the June meeting which will start at 10:00 am
because we will hold our season wrap-up lunch at the Church after the meeting.
There will be lots of seats in the Church to hear our speaker, Terry Coffer,
but there were only 80 tickets are available for our catered lunch ($10 each).
Sometimes, there are a few last minute cancellations so check on arrival if interested.

See Our Coming Social Activities

Our last Bridge/Euchre on June 7 will be a pot-luck lunch!
Please come at 11:30 am to eat at Noon and play at 1:00 pm

See the June Probus Pilot Newsletter


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