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February 2021 - Adam Shoalts - Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic. Adam tells the story of his nearly 4,000 km solo journey across Canada's Arctic. Shoalts has a Ph.D. from McMaster in history and is currently the Westaway Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He shared the story of his journey alone across Canada's Arctic." 



March 2021 Steafan and Saskia Performance.  Steafan from Ireland and Saskia from England, the Celtic duo have performed together for 20+ years.  They have recorded over 100 albums with other musicians and have run their own recording studio. Steafan has collected over 800 musical instruments during his travels, 40 of which he plays on a regular basis. Saskia plays violin, viola and cello. Together they make lovely Celtic music



December 2021- Mike Daley. Dr. Mike Daley tells the story of the Beatles, the band from Liverpool that charmed the world and changed popular music. Dr Mike Daley is a guitarist and singer based in Toronto. As a professional singer for over 30 years, Mike has toured Canada, the United States and England and has recorded extensively in a variety of music styles.  Visit


July 2021 Dr Ken Shonk -There ain’t much fun in medicine but there is a lot of medicine in fun!  is a retired physician and a very experienced and prolific speaker who has attended seven international conferences on Laughter and Play and has done over 950 speaking engagements in the last 15 years


November 2021  Dr. Plaskett's - "Sewing Lessons: My Year in Arviat, Nunavut" focused on the vital importance of cultural exchange and living in community. She shared experiences of her arrival in the treeless, snow-covered tundra, the symbolism of the ulu and joining a women's sewing group. Dr. Victoria Plaskett, OCT is an English teacher (retired) with 35 years of experience in Ontario classrooms.


August 2021 Dr Tommie Sue Montgomery   Tommie Sue is the author of three books on El Salvador, editor of books on Mexico and on peacekeeping in Latin America and has written widely for academic and popular publications. She has received three Fulbright awards, opportunities to study, lecture and/or conduct research, to Argentina, Belize, and El Salvador.


September 2021 Sarah Vaisler, Chief Librarian & Executive Officer of Ajax Public Library  Sarah spoke about the services and programs the Ajax Public Library currently offers including those which are specific for older adults. She also briefed us on the Library’s future plans to make the Ajax Library a community hub for information, education and social interaction


Earlier Speakers at Probus Club of Durham West




Jan.9th  Celtic Duo - Steafan Hannigan and Siskia Tomkins

Feb.13th  Karl Clarke - A Travelogue on the Highlights of Israel and Jordan

Aug.13th  Kevin Donovan - The Billionaire Murders

Sept.10th  Keriann McGoogan - Chasing Lemurs: My Journey into the Heart of Madagascar

Oct. 8th  Karl Clarke - The Galapagos Islands

Nov.12th  Lianne Harris - The Roaring 20's 

Dec.10th  Dr. J ( Jeff Ewing ) - Entertainer


Jan.10th  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

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

Jul.11th  Tom Rosebush - DNA and Me

Aug.8th  Tim Burrows - Electric Cars

Sept.12th  William Thomas - author, scriptwriter, and humour columnist

Oct.10th  Angelica Ganea - singer, songwriter and author

Nov.14th  Terry Fallis - Writer and Public Relations Consultant     


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 It 

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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2021 Speakers at PROBUS Club of Durham West

October 2021 Jennifer Merrick on Haunted Places.  Jennifer presented onhaunted places in Toronto, across Canada and the world. Highlights included Fort Henry: The most haunted place in Canada? The ghosts of Sable Island Other-worldly guests at the Banff Springs Hotel Ghosts of the Donnelly Homestead The Keg Mansion Toronto’s restaurant  and The “bloody lady” at Čachtice Castle, Slovaki


April 2021 Katie Daubs - The Missing Millionaire”

Katie Daubs will be speaking about an unsolved mystery of the disappearance of a Toronto millionaire in December 1919. Ambrose Small, the mercurial owner of the Grand Opera House in Toronto, closed a deal to sell his network of Ontario theatres, deposited a million-dollar check in his bank account, and was never seen again.



May 2021 Sue and David Williams - Adventure on the High Sea and Journey Within   Without any real blue water experience, cast off in their 37 foot sailboat from Hamilton and headed east to the North Atlantic Ocean. In the space of a year the couple completed two transatlantic crossings and spent 86 days on the high seas. Their adventure is chronicled in a memoir by Sue, Ready to Come About. 



June 2021 Dr Amy Barron - “Digger, Teacher, Soldier, Spy”,  The presentation was about the archaeologists working for military intelligence in World War I. Amy Barron has worked in the museum field for over twenty years most recently as the Curator of the Scugog Museums.  She has a PhD in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Toronto as well as a Certificate in Museum Studies from the OMA. 


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