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:

About Us

Next General Meeting

July 14th, 2023, HMS Ajax Room

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

Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

July Speaker

Elaine Charal - Power of the Pen

Come prepared to laugh and learn during Elaine's "Power of the Pen" presentation. Discover how to communicate even more effectively with family and friends by 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!

If you would like to find out some interesting things about yourself via your handwriting, plan on participating in this exciting activity at our July General Meeting.  CLICK HERE to access the form needed to provide an example of your handwriting to Elaine.  Print and complete the form then scan it or take a picture of it and email it back to Elaine.  Deadline to complete the form is June 15.

Anyone who submits their handwriting will be provided with an analysis.  Elaine will pick a few random samples for use in her presentation from those who have given their permission for her to use their writing as an example.

For more information on Elaine click here.

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


Come join us on Wednesday, June 21st for a fun afternoon playing mini-putt in the dark.

(Wear something white if you want to see yourself glow.) We will be playing in groups of 4. (No need to prearrange your groups. When you arrive people will form themselves into groups.)

We will play 18 holes. It is lots of fun and each hole is different (and very brightly coloured!!) No need to be good at golf...just have a good time socializing with others.

Date:   Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Time:  1:20 to 2:50 p.m.

Cost:   $14.25 including tax

Location:   Putting Edge, 75 Consumers Drive, Whitby

Registration is now available

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This exciting two-hour tour starts at Union Station and ends at City Hall on Bay Street. We have been assured that this tour is at a leisurely pace with places to sit while listening and washrooms available throughout. 

Bruce Bell will walk us to different sites and provide historical information about each one. Check out his website at

We will meet Bruce at 61 Front Street East (SE corner of Front and Bay).

Date:   Monday, June 12, 2023

Transportation:  GO train

Time:  10:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Cost:   $26:00 for the tour only (includes admin fees).

We will end the tour at noon with lunch at Sap restaurant located at 401 Bay Street, (own expense).

When you register please be sure to indicate if you will or will not be joining us for lunch.

For more details and to register for the event 

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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 is Now Available

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The last exciting game of the season is taking place at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, October 1st and our club has secured 50 seats!

Date:         Sunday, October 1, 2023

Time:         3:07 p.m.

Cost:          $59.95

Location:   Rogers Centre

For more information and to register

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

Day Trips

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.

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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.

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Friday, 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
  • 55+ BBQ - Thursday, June 8, 2023 at
    11:30 a.m. at Rotary Park, Ajax Waterfront
  • Library Bridge (Schedule)

      • Insurance Discounts through PROBUS Canada

      Sharing Our Recipes


      I offer rhubarb recipes this month:  a muffin, a torte, a sauce and a rhubarb cake (pictured here). Get ready to bake! 

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