PROBUS Club of Durham West

Meeting new people, making new friends, discovering new interests


Our members are retired business and professional persons residing in Durham Region, including Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin, Oshawa and other areas.  Our monthly meetings feature informative and entertaining speakers.  Along with monthly social events and 22 activity groups who meet regularly, its a great way to meet new people, make new friends and discover new interests.  Read More:

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Next General Meeting

April 13th, 2023, HMS Ajax Room

South Entrance Ajax Community Centre,
75 Centennial Road, Ajax, ON L1S 4S4

Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

April Speaker

Prof. Mark Rector – "OH CANADA"! Our Home and Inventive Land

It was a Humber professor’s experiences while teaching that inspired his new book.

Throughout his teaching career, Professor Rector has collected stories about Canadian inventors and inventions as learning material for students in his electronics engineering classes.

This led to his latest book “Oh Canada”! Our home and Inventive Land chronicles the history of Canadian firsts in industry, technology, and society.

A passionate, entertaining, and gifted presenter with the ability to hold an audience and bring stories and anecdotes from across this land to life in a fun and engaging way. 

For more information on Prof. Rector:  Go to April's Speaker

Social Events

For details on recent Social Events go to the Social Events page.  You can Click Here.

REMINDERS: There are NO REFUNDS if you sign-up for an event and are unable to attend. You may have someone go in your place by getting payment from them and notifying the Convenor of the event of the change along with the name and phone number of the person replacing you.

Upcoming Events


Experience the music of one of the most moving musicals in history. An all-star cast assembles at The Barn to bring to life all the favourite musical moments from this international hit.

Date:  Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Time:  2:00 p.m.

Cost:   $52.00 (Concert only)

This is a self-drive, carpool event.

After the concert you may opt to join us for dinner at the Mill Restaurant in Cobourg, at your own cost.

Registration Now Available

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For any of the following excursions please contact Shirlie Van Putten at or call 905-619-8583.

Day Trips

Thursday, April 20 - Dunlap Observatory

The David Dunlap Observatory is Canada's largest optical telescope with a primary mirror measuring more than 1.88 metres (74 inches) in diameter. Constructed in the 1930s, the Observatory is located in the heart of Richmond Hill.

For more details Go to the Event.

Thursday, April 27 – Niagara Parks Power Station Tour

From the most towering turbine to the tiniest detail, uncover fascinating stories hidden within the historic Niagara Parks Power Station, our newest must-see attraction. New this year, descend 180 feet in a glass-panelled elevator and explore the 2,200-foot-long tunnel, leading to an observation deck at the river's edge. You will be dropped off at Clifton Hill for lunch.

For more details Go to the Event.

Wednesday, May 17th – Stratford Theatre Presents “Rent”

With a song list that includes the iconic “Seasons of Love, ”Rent” tells a story as relevant today as when it took Broadway by storm more than 25 years ago.

For more details  Go to the Event.

Tuesday, June 13 – Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens & Whistling Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada. It is located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Four distinct formal gardens are contained within 1100 hectares of a nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment.

For more details Go to the Event.

Multi-Day Trips

Wednesday, June 7-10 – Louise Penny – Three Pines Tour 

Award-winning Canadian author Louise Penny has captivated the world with her compelling mystery novels set primarily in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  Her wildly popular books from the Three Pines series have consistently topped the New York Times bestseller lists and have been translated into 29 languages, selling more than 10 million copies worldwide.  Her recent collaboration, co-authoring the State of Terror with Hillary Rodham Clinton has cemented her as one of the mystery genre’s all-time greats.

Flyers will be available at the next General Meeting on April 13.

For more details Go to the Event.

July 14-24 – Newfoundland

Every Canadian should go at least once to Newfoundland to experience the people and see the magnificent scenery. This excursion includes 10 nights accommodation in Newfoundland, site seeing, boat cruises, etc.

For more details Go to the Event

Sunday, September 3-8 - New Orleans 

Your five-night stay in New Orleans is at the DRURY INN -Located in the historic Cumberland Phone Building just one block from the St. Charles trolley.

Your stay in New Orleans Includes:

  • New Orleans City Orientation tour;
  • Tour to the Houmas Plantation, including lunch;
  • Bayou Swamp Tour.

For more details Go to the Event.

Thursday, November 16-23 – King Meets Country – Memphis & Nashville 

Your trip includes:

  • Round trip direct airfare from Toronto to Nashville;
  • Three nights in Memphis – downtown hotel including breakfast;
  • Four nights in Nashville – downtown hotel including breakfast - also includes evening “Happy Hour” - snacks & drinks;
  • City tours of Memphis and Nashville;
  • Graceland - the “Elvis Experience” and Sun Studio;
  • Country Music Hall of Fame + RCA
    Studio B;
  • Grand Ole Opry and The Ryman Auditorium;
  • Performance at the Grand Old Opry - the highlight of the tour!!! 

For more details Go to the Event.

Activity Groups

If you are interested in joining a group, we look forward to hearing from you! Please reach out to Bev Waite at

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Member's Corner


  • Group Leaders - Assistance for virtual Group Meetings
  • EngAge Arts Ajax (St. Francis Centre)
  • Community Survey - Shape the Future of Arts and Culture in Ajax

      • Library Bridge (Schedule)
      • Insurance Discounts through PROBUS Canada

           Go To Members Corner for more details


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