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January 8, 2019

"CONNECTING THROUGH STORY"
 
Dean Verger and Ruth Stewart-Verger

After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Dean Verger started up a little folk club in Ottawa, a café named Rasputin's.

After hearing epic tales, Dean was inspired to seek out larger tales to tell. He has developed and toured one-hour versions of The Princess Bride, and Moby Dick. His latest project is Bram Stoker's 1897 “Dracula”. He has also written ghost stories, one of which was filmed by CJOH TV and aired on Halloween.

Dean has given workshops on microphone use, and storytelling. He has acted with Ottawa's Theatre for Children, Orpheus, and Ottawa Little Theatre. He has appeared at Centrepointe Theatre, on stage at the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage, and in the Museum of Nature. He has performed his original works on both radio and television, and across Canada at festivals, in schools, cafes, and libraries.

These days, when not performing, Dean teaches the Psychology of Creativity at Carleton University.

Upcoming Performance of Dracula Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:3pm at uOttawa's LabO, 10 Daly Avenue
For more information: www.ottawastorytellers.ca or the Ottawa Storytellers office Tel: (613) 322-8336

Ruth Stewart-Verger grew up in a storytelling household, immersed in the tales of travellers who dined at the family table, tales of her grandparents' childhood memories, and tales of Canada's historical heroes. She spent her early years north of the Arctic Circle where tales are told all winter long, and thus developed a respect for an oral tradition that lives in all cultures. Her love of the spoken word has been shared on stage, at festivals, in embassies, on radio, in the wilds of backwoods and the comfort of libraries and classrooms.


Future Speakers

Here are the other planned speakers for this fall (subject to change).

If you have any suggestions for future speakers,
please pass them on to Beth Sweetnam at program@probuswesternottawa.ca

February 12, 2019

Jennifer DeBruin will talk about "In Search of Home, the Loyalist Experience"

March 12

Tony Atherton will talk about "The History of Print Journalism"

April 9

Sidney Elizabeth Porter will talk about "L'Arche in Canada"

May 14

Pam Thompson will talk about "Canadian Art History 101"

June 11

Terry Coffer will talk about the "Experiences of a Canadian ambassador to Kuwait and Iran"


Previous Speakers

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

2018-19

September

October

November

December

January

Gary Sealey --
LRT Discussion.

Allan Symons --
Two Centuries of Canadian Clocks

Brian Tackaberry --
The Lost Generation:
Eastern Ontario in WW1

Valerie Knowles --
Well Known Ottawa Personalities From the Past

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February

March

April

May

June

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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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