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Tuesday 13 November 2018

"THE LOST GENERATION: EASTERN ONTARIO DURING WORLD WAR1"
 
Brian Tackaberry

Brian Tackaberry was born and raised in Trenton, and graduated from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mathematics and, in 1979, with a Bachelor of Education degree. He lives in Almonte, Ontario where he has taught for 30 years, retiring in 2009.

Mr. Tackaberry is very involved in community activities in and around Almonte. He has been conductor of the Perth Citizens' Band since 1986 and has served as a director with the North Lanark Highland Games in Almonte since 1984. He is also a member and researcher for the North Lanark Historical Society.

He is currently a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada and the Ontario Genealogical Society.

His first book published his researches on the McMasters family entitled James McMasters and Family: To Quinte and Beyond and he has done extensive research on the Bay of Quinte region, doing several local cemetery and census transcriptions.

He has done extensive research in the military history of the Almonte area and was co-author of the publication The Lost Generation of Mississippi Mills: WWI Casualties to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1.

His second book, Forgotten Heroes, dealt with Valour Award Recipients from the war.


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

December 11, 2018:

Val Knowles, Ottawa historian:
"Well Known Ottawa Personalities from the Past"

January 8, 2019

Story tellers Dean and Ruth Verger will talk about "Connecting Through Story"

February 12, 2019

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


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

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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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