PROBUS Club of Durham West

Speakers at Durham West Probus Club 

The following is provided for information only. It is not an endorsement by the Durham West Probus Club or any of its members. 

Often contact information is available through the speaker’s Linkedin professional profile, the organizations or businesses listed or online. The details are true to the date they were  originally posted.


Jul. 11th  Tom Rosebush - "DNA and me"

Jun. 13  Christine Allum from the Ontario Securities Commission - " Protect Your Money "

Jan. 10  Jim and Sue Waddington  "In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven"

Feb. 14th  No speaker - 10th Anniversary Celebration  

Mar. 7th  Eric Conroy - The story of the S.S. Keewatin

Apr. 11th  Andrew Jordan - Regional Manager of Canadian Cannabis Clinics

May 9th  Dave Patterson "the 1492 Guy" - An examination of this period of North American History


Nov. 8   Dr.Amy Barron - Agatha, Archaeology, and Alzheimers's

Oct. 11  Peter Jennings, Author  " Why Being Happy Matters"

Sep.13  Dave Phillips, Senior Climatologist at Enviroment and Climate Change Canada  

Aug. 9  Lianne Harris Racioppo - History, Culture & Social Studies Resource Specialist Consultant with the Toronto District School Board

                   "The early history of Canada, Rogues and Rebels"

Jul. 12  Zac Wrixon, Regional VP with AGF Investments  "Investing in Unstable Times"

Jun. 14  Neil Crone,  actor, author and comedian

May 10   John Mason, President of "Friends of Guild Park and Gardens"

Apr. 12   Janine Agnew-Cato from the Durham Literacy Network

Mar. 8    Ted Barris, The Great Escape

Feb. 8    Michael Neumann, Electrical Solutions Advisor (electrical &home safety) contact: Angela Hoyos at 905-569-1818, or                                          email at

Jan. 11   C. J. Calvert , inspirational speaker & author   “Living an Exceptional Life”


Jan. 12   Andrew Felker,  lawyer at Walker-Head law firm   'Estate Planning & Probate Process" 

Feb. 9    Social activity 

Mar.9    Rick Atkinson,  President of RA Retirement Advisors, "Don't Just Retire. Live It. Love." 

Apr.13   Dan Buchanan, author   “A family tree search led to a murder buried in the past." 

May 11  Steve Craig  "Zoos and their importance" 

June 8   Steve Burrows, author  “Murder Mysteries and travel regarding birds and other events." 

July 13   Becky George, librarian and historian  "Pickering/Ajax in the Age of Confederation" 

Aug.10   Thanh Campbell, motivational speaker   "Orphan 32 (Vietnam rescue)" 

Sept.14  Talli Osborne, inspirational speaker   "How to stay positive when life is difficult" 

Oct.12    Dr. Francine Dallaire, chiropractor   "Optimum Health and Detox." 

Nov.9     Bill McKee,  award winning Town Crier  for Scugog, Uxbridge & Oshawa 


Jan.12    Speaker  from Room 217 Foundation  “Music & Palliative Care” 

Feb.11.  Loretta Tanner  "Alzheimer's and other related issues" 

Mar.10   Speaker ? 

Apr. 11   Gord. Whatley , owner of The Armchair Motorist,  will talk about his small museum of automobile books and items of history!  

May 12  Barry Risk, author, retired border security & intelligence officer   "Border Protection and You"  

June 9   Speaker ?  "Camp X, but from a daughter's perspective" 

July 14   Laura Clements, corporate trainer and health specialist,  Alzheimer Society of Durham Region    "Brain Health and Vitality"                        

Aug.16   Jason Slone (Dr. J.)  " Music from the 50's to the 80's" performance 

Sept. 8   Tammy Miller, owner Country Cheese Company   "Cheese with including types and pairing with wine"                                                       

Oct.13   Kristie Virgoe, Land Securement Program Manager   "Oak Ridges Moraine and Land Trust" 

Nov.10  Becka Soyka, Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator at CAMP ERIN  "Dealing with grieving children and family dynamics."                


Jan. 8     Bruce Woods, author   "Between Two Women" 

Feb.1     Robert Winslow, playwright, actor, director. theatre founder  "Fourth Line Theatre"  

Mar.12   Lesley Page, motivational speaker  " On Becoming a Pilot" 

April 9    Brock Godfrey, volunteer with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC)   "Fraud Awareness" 

May 14   Maryanne Ford & Steven Nash  "Nordic Pole Construction" 

June 11   Alan Mallory, speaker, author & performance coach  "Climbing Everest" 

July 9      Lisa Smith  "Horizon House" 

Aug.13   Speaker  ? 

Sept.10  Geoff Cutten,  Ministry of Environment ret. "Gardens and Bugs" 

Oct. 8     Speaker  ? 

Nov.12   Christopher Colton  " National Air Force Museum of Canada" 


Jan. 9      Speaker  none recorded 

Feb.13    Freda Daniels  "Living Under Apartheid in South Africa"   

Mar. 20   Johnathan Van Bilsen, photographer   "Exotic Travel" 

Apr. 10    Speaker ?  "Fun Yoga" 

May 8      Gary Bowen, watershed planning specialist   "Toronto Region Conservation Authority" 

June 19    Speaker  none recorded  

July 10     Anne Walker, musician & storyteller    performance 

Aug, 14   George Laidlaw, author  "The Joys of Canadian history" 

Sept. 11   Janet Matthews, author  "Chicken Soup For the Soul" 

Oct. 9      Terry Fallis, author 

Nov.13    Speaker is a representative from ACE. Advocacy Centre for the elderly 


Jan. 10    Dr. Nicholas Anthony, chiropractor   "Fall Prevention & Exercise for Healthy Living" 

Feb.14    Speaker  none recorded 

Mar.28   Cheryl Cooper, author  "The War of 1812" 

Apr.11   Speaker  none recorded 

May 9    Brian Finley & Donna Bennett, performers/founders  Westben  Arts  Festival  Theatre  performance 

Jun 13    Jim Craigen, instructor facilitator, Jim Craigen Educational Associates  "Brain Research" 

July 11   Olexander Wlasenko, Station Gallery curator  "Art and the Cinema" 

Aug.8     Ellen Roseman, columnist Toronto Star ret.   "Consumer Advocacy" 

Sept.12  Eduard Klassen, harpist   performance 

Oct. 10   Speaker ?  "Haunted Houses in Ontario" 

Nov.14   Shen Yun Performing Arts   "Chinese Music & Dance"








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