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Tuesday 10 January

“The living classroom of the Carp River”

Janet Mason

Allen

    Over the past few years, have you noticed the remarkable transformation of the Carp River in Kanata. Come and find out how this transpired at our January meeting with Janet Mason. Learn how a straight ditch was transformed into a healthy wetland with an abundance of wildlife.
   Janet has been involved with Friends of the Carp River since its founding over 25 years ago to promote sustainable shoreline practices, restoration, education, and public events that increase knowledge of and appreciation for the river’s Ribbon of Life.
   Janet was an engineer and senior executive with over 34 years of experience in the defence and technology industries. She currently volunteers with local community organizations involved in environmental stewardship. She strongly believes that natural areas enrich their communities with positive effects on the health and well-being of their residents.
   She helped co-found Friends of the Carp Hills, which works with landowners, community groups, residents, conservation organizations, and government to foster conservation and sustainable recreation on the Carp Ridge.
   For the past seven years, Janet has sat on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority as a City of Ottawa representative, serving as its Chair for two years. She also serves as Chair of the Ottawa Stewardship Council and sat on the boards of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust and the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club.




Tuesday 14 February

“The English Language”

Ian MacKay



Suggestions for future speakers are welcome. Please email speakers@probuswesternottawa.ca

Previous Speakers

Where a speaker's name and topic is underlined, this is a link to additional information.

2022-23

September

October

November

December

January

Malaya Zehr --                  Inuit Culture and Larga Bafin

Paul Allen --                     When Tobacco Was King

Nick McCarthy --           The Governor General's Foot Guards

Martha Baltron -- Hospice Care Ottawa
 

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February

March

April

May

June

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2021-22

September

October

November

December

January

Tim Moses --      Preparing for the End of Life

James Powell --         The Assassination of D’Arcy McGee

Nick McCarthy: Beechwood -- Canada's
National Military Cemetery

James Jordan -- Celebrating over 100 years of The War Amps

Michele Vinčt --      Writing Behind Bars

February

March

April

May

June

Benoit Bazinet --         The Bees of Beechwood

Jacqueline Gori --  Filling the Gap with Furry Feet

Dawn Doyle --          Discovering the Azores

*Michael Boole --- Money Laundering, Human Trafficking & Child Exploitation

John and Jan Milnes  British Home Children

2020-21

September

October

November

December

January

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

John Boyko
Sir John's Echo

February

March

April

May

June

Tim Burrows - Should Your Next Car Be Electric?

Jacqueline Gori - Partners with Paws

Jaqueline Gori --         Life Changing Experiences with her Service Dog

Roman Talkowski --      Climate Change

    John Boyko--               How Canada fought in the Vietnam War

2019-20

September

October

November

December

January

Maggie McDougall
Understanding Medical Cannabis

Tony Atherton
The Decline and Fall of the Daily Newspaper

Col. Claude Desgagne
The UN mission to Haiti

Brian Hull
Ending world hunger
from the bottom up

Mags Gaulden
The Power of DNA

February

March

April

May

June

Dr. Judith Rygiel

Sue Williams

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

2018-19

September

October

November

December

January

Gary Sealey --
LRT Discussion.

Allan Symons --
Two Centuries of Canadian Clocks

Brian Tackaberry -
Thw lost generatio: Eastern Ontario during WW1

Valerie Knowles -
Well Known Ottawa Personalities from the Past

Dean Verger and Ruth Stewart-Verger - Connecting Through Story

February

March

April

May

June

Jennifer DeBruin - In Search of Home

Beth Sweetnam for Tony Atherton - Embarrassing Moments

Beth Porter - Accidental Friends - Stories from My Life in Community

Pam Thompson -
Art in Canada

Terry Colfer -
The Middle East

2017-18

September

October

November

December

January

Bruce Di Labio -- Birds in the Ottawa region

David Smith --  Einstein: his life and works

Greg Matte  --  From Helmets to Hardhats

 Charlotte Gray --              The Promise of Canada

Peter  Hamer -- EMR -- Electronic Medical records

February

March

April

May

June

Sue Garvey -- Cornerstone Housing for Women

 Kate MacNeil  -- The Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre

 Dr. John Hardie --         A dental murder mystery

Rachel Boere -- Arctic experience with Students on Ice

Judith Cox -- Purple Carrts, Honey Bees and Magic

2016-17

September

October

November

December

January

Howard Clifford -- The Wild Child, involving youth with nature

Frank Hitchens --         Are we alone in the universe?

Richard Brisson -- The Enigma Machine

Service Clubs -- Dwight Brown, Rotary, Linda Leinan, Lions

 Barrie Kirk -- Automated vehicles are here to stay

February

March

April

May

June

Dawn and Peter Doyle: Our cruise to Iceland

 Rick Baker  --  CARP

 Caroline Midgley and  Jeannie Mathews --  Home care options

Randy Boswell -- Digital databases help re-discover our past

Brock Godfrey -- Mass marketing fraud awareness

2015-16

September

October

November

December

January

Cheryl Cooper: Tall Ships and the War of 1812

Jonathan Moore: The Franklin Expedition ship Erebus discovery

Kanina Dawson: My Afghan war experience

Ian Smillie: Blood diamonds in Africa

Jane Madigan: Service dogs and anxiety disorder

February

March

April

May

June

Michele Leboldus: Our heritage and the next generation

Robert Hannaberry: "Sooner or Later" housing/ care needs

Gerda Kraft: Making refugees feel welcome

Jim Holmes: Kanata Theatre and the community

Dr. Andrew Frank: Memory loss and Alzheimer's

2014-15

September

October

November

December

January

Joyce Trafford --           The Carp Fair

Joy Forbes --                 The One-Room Schoolhouse

Miriam Rawson -- Matthew House and the Ottawa Furniture Bank

Don Wiles -- Uranium in my Bones

Matt Craig  -- The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority

February

March

April

May

June

Norm Christie  -- Canadian war graves -- Our Sacred Places

George Laidlaw -- The joys of Canadian history

Roddy Bolivar -- The Carp Road Corridor BIA

Brian Hartley -- Bridging the  Chasm

Nelson McDougall-- The NAC Orchestra

2013-14

September

October

November

December

January

Mac Evans --             Canada's Space Program

Bob Slack - the Canadian Snowbirds

Dr. Andew Burtch
The Korean War

Doug Harvey-Smith
DesignAbility

Dr. Tim Pychyl -- Procrastination

February

March

April

May

June

Nadine Fowler and Cristina Myers -- The Queensway Carleton Hospital

Barry Risk -- Canada Customs    "The Thinner Blue Line"

Dave Brown -- After 10,000 columns

Guy Thatcher -- Walking the Camino de Saint-Jacques

Terry Currie --              The great Fire of 1870

2012-13

September

October

November

December

January

Dr. Kent MacDonald -- President Algonquin College

Karen Bell -- Seniors Nutrition

Ronald Cohen -- Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa

Dr.Janet Biggar and Jim Jamer -- Empowering youth in Africa

Dr. Aisha Sherazi -- Women in Islam

February

March

April

May

June

Ian Farthing -- St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Matt Warin -- US Embassy         Trafficking in persons

Peter van Boeschoten -- Ottawa Older Adult Plan

Helen Forsey -- Eugene Forsey and the Senate

J.F. Sauriol -- 
Computer Security for Seniors

2011-12

September

October

November

December

January

Max Keeping -- Community Ambassador

Mayor Jim Watson

Guy Parent -- Veterans Ombudsman

Jamie Lunn -- The War Amps of Canada

Allison Knight -- Office of the Information Commissioner

February

March

April

May

June

Barbara Carriere -- Kilimanjaro grannies

Grete Hale --     Baker's daughter

Hon. Bill Rompkey -- Senate reform

Hon.Peter Milliken -- longest serving Speaker of the House of Commons

Rotary Club and Ottawa Police -- The ABC's of Fraud


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