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June 11,2024
Malcolm Kelly, Journalist
Women in Air Force Blue

A professional journalist for 37 years and founder of the Sports Journalism Program at Centennial College in Toronto, Malcolm’s main interest in his study of military history lies in the human stories of those in combat.

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May 14 Ryan Uytdewilligen 

Comedy Canadian Style

Ryan will define Canada’s specific sense of humour, highlight its contribution to humour around the world, and watch clips from celebrated comedians and entertainers like Dan Akyroyd, Rich Little, Leslie Neilson and Rich Mercer.

April 9 - Power of the Pen Handwriting Analysis - 
Elaine Charal

Come prepared to laugh and learn during Elaine's "Power of the Pen" while you discover how to communicate even more effectively with family and friends through knowing what the strokes of handwriting mean.  Everyone will learn about their strengths as reflected in the 'paper mirror' of their handwriting.  Elaine will be e-mailing Handwriting Profiles to the Participants who fill out the Handwriting Form! [See email from PROBUS].

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March 12 - Luck of the Irish
- Lianne Harris

Lianne will bring history to life presenting The Luck of the Irish in period dress. She was a former Social Studies Resource Specialist Consultant with the Toronto District School Board and curriculum advisor for Upper Canada College.

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Feb 13 - Information Protection and Privatization
- Steve Chappelle

Steve has been providing security education since 2006 after spending 20 years in information technology management, analysis and customer service primarily in the financial services sector.

Steve will emphasize minimizing unnecessary visibility of your personal information including:

Account and Device Settings, Browser, Records of Activity,   Encryption.

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Jan 9 - Brain Health and Aging - Maryse Raymond 

Maryse Raymond is Education Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County.

The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County is dedicated to providing help for people living with dementia, and their care partners. They offer programs and services in communities right across Simcoe County. Learn more about healthy aging.

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Nov 14 - Rich Thistle - The Art of Rich Thistle


RICH THISTLE is a multi-disciplined, Canadian visual artist respected for his aviation art as well as watercolor and acrylic landscape paintings of Ontario's lake country. 

Over the years Rich has given numerous presentations to service clubs, historical, Probus and community clubs, aviation associations and veteran's groups. These presentations feature his paintings and career as an artist with particular focus on the Canadian history depicted in his many historical aviation images depicting both military and general aviation aircraft.

Sept 12 - Ted Barris - Rush to Danger, Medics in the Line of Fire


A favourite speaker for our group, Ted Barris is Canadian writerjournalistprofessor and broadcaster. He writes a weekly column, "The Barris Beat", and is a regular contributor to The Globe & Mail and The National Post. His non-fiction works focus on Canada's military heritage. Barris has authored 17 books. 

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July 11 - Terry Fallis - Tracing the Roots of a Novel


A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the author of eight national bestselling novels—including five #1 bestsellers—all published by McClelland & Stewart. The Best Laid Plans was the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008, and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. It was adapted as a six-part CBC-Television miniseries, and a stage musical. The High Road was a Leacock Medal finalist in 2011. Up and Down was the winner of the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal. His fourth novel, No Relation (2014)won the 2015 Leacock Medal. His fifth, Poles Apart (2015)was a Globe and Mail bestseller and a finalist for the 2016 Leacock Medal. One Brother Shy (2017) and Albatross (2019) were both national bestsellers. His latest, Operation Angus (2021) was a national bestseller and a CBC Best Books of 2021 selection.

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