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Tuesday 8 May

"Arctic adventure opportunities for youth" 
Rachel Boere

    At our next meeting on 8 May be prepared to be transported to the Canadian Arctic. Taking us on that journey is Rachel Boere who has participated in several arctic expeditions with Students on Ice.
   The Students on Ice Foundation (SOI) was established in 2000 with the mandate to educate the world’s youth about the importance of the polar regions. In the core expedition program, SOI takes youth from around the world on life changing journeys to the Polar Regions. They are introduced to a broad spectrum of dialogue related to these regions ranging from arts and culture, history and politics, science and sustainable development, glaciology and climate change, economy, governance and geopolitics and many other polar topics.
   For the past 18 years, SOI has taken over 2,500 students, scientists, educators, elders, artists, musicians, historians and business leaders to the Arctic and Antarctic.
   Last year’s Canada C3 voyage was a signature initiative for Canada's 150th Anniversary. From June 1 to October 28, the Canada C3 ship travelled from Toronto to Victoria across Canada’s three coasts. A former Coast Guard icebreaker served as the vessel for conversations about reconciliation, diversity and inclusion, the environment and youth engagement.
   A diverse group of Canadians were invited on board. Using art, music, research and storytelling, participants elevated Canada’s collective knowledge and built connections with each other and remarkable people across the country.
Rachel Boere is the Program Assistant for the Alumni Program at SOI. She had the opportunity to join the 2015 SOI Arctic Expedition as well as legs 11-15 of the Canada C3 Expedition.
   Rachel says that these experiences opened her eyes to new parts of Canada, the impact of experiential education and the power of storytelling.
   As a graduate of the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University, Rachel developed a love for the many ways sharing can bring people together. She aims to work in spaces where she can facilitate important and impactful storytelling that share insights and passions on a variety of topics.


Wednesday 10 June

"Purple Carrots, Honey bees and Magic"
Judith Cox 


Previous Speakers

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

   


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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