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As we begin to open up for in-person activities, your Management Team has developed some 'In-person Venue Guidelines and Protocols' to assist us in navigating through our initial meetings.  Click here to review them.


PROBUS Pickering Lakeside is a proud part of a worldwide organization whose motto is Fellowship, Friendship and Fun.  We believe that retirement is the time to reinvent yourself and do the things you never had time for when you were working.  We strive to ensure our members can truly say - Retired and Loving It!  So scroll through our website to discover what's happening and all the activities our wonderful volunteers have planned and organized for our members.

For more information about PROBUS, visit the "About Us" page or better yet:


  Upcoming Events

We frequently add new events, so make sure you check back on a regular basis.

Club News

Meet Our Speakers 

Laura has truly gone global and lined up a great speaker for October.  Nick French was born in Zimbabwe and attended the University of Cape Town.  His working career covered marketing and general management, both in South Africa and a 20 year stint in Singapore.

To show that PROBUS is truly international, Nick is one of us.  He is currently the Chairman of The PROBUS Association of The Western Cape.

Nick is an historian and his presentation to us will be about something uniquely South African “The advent of open heart surgery”:   

From the mid 50’s to the late 60’s tremendous progress in heart surgery was made possible through pioneering work done at the University of Minnesota.   This is where Chris Barnard received his training and background in heart surgery.   From there huge strides were taken in developing techniques  to work on the heart, leading to the world’s first heart transplant by Dr. Christian Barnard and his team at Groote Schuur, Cape Town in December of 1967.   In this talk Nick will share how heart surgery evolved during those halcyon days and the challenges facing the transplant team and how they were overcome.

Good News - Our Annual BBQ was a great success

Our Annual BBQ was held on Wednesday, September 15 at Alex Robertson Park with 100 members turning out.  Lots of wonderful fellowship, games, draws, great lunch and, most important, ice cream for dessert.  It was a perfect weather day, with some clouds to reduce the heat of the sun, and a cool breeze that was refreshing.  To see more pictures of this event, click here.

Join us on Monday, September 20th for breakfast at Perkins.  This is an outdoor event under their dining shelter.  

Let's hope the weather holds out so we can continue to take advantage of the Pickering patios.

And we are heading into Toronto with the Tour of Historic Toronto where we will join Bruce Bell, a noted Toronto historian, for a tour of the St. Lawrence Market and Old Toronto.  This outing will culminate with lunch at the Hot House Cafe.  Please note that the events scheduled for Tuesday, October 5 and Tuesday October 12 has sold out.  

Lots of Choices - Join In

Check out all the Upcoming Events listed here.  Your Activities Coordinator and the Social Committee are working closely together to expand the options available, now that more things are opening up.  If there is anything specific you would like to see us do, don't hesitate to contact Lynne Stewart to let her know.  She is always looking for new ideas.  Want to be a volunteer, Lynne is happy to talk about what the level of involvement is when volunteering to run an activity.  

And The Good News Keeps Coming                

The PROBUS Pickering Club has graciously invited us to tag along on their first trips of the year.  

The Picton Wine Tour heads out on Thursday, September 16th and includes lunch at the Black Prince Winery and wine tasting at the Karlo Estates & Huff Estates.  As we have reached the limit availability, this trip is now closed.  We look forward to hearing the stories and seeing the pictures from those attending.

Also, check out the Georgian Bay Cruise on Thursday, 7 October.  This excursion includes lunch at the Log Cabin Inn and a three-hour tour of the 30,000 Islands.

Based on current guidelines, each of these trips are restricted to 40 fully vaccinated people who must wear masks while on the bus. For more information, contact Shirlie Van Putten at 905-619-8583 or at


One of the many benefits of membership is access to regularly scheduled gatherings of club members who share common interests.  Some Activities are seasonal, while others run throughout the year. 

Providing a variety of activities gives members an opportunity to get to know each other better while doing something that they enjoy.  We currently have over a dozen such groups in our club, many that have been adapted to Zoom for the duration of Covid-19.



Our members enjoy a variety of social events.  Some local events include going to theatres and tourist attractions and visiting local restaurants for lunch or dinner.  We educate as well as entertain by providing trips to museums, historic sites and tours of local businesses and industries.  We come together annually to celebrate special times together like summer BBQ's and Holidays. These special events require advance registration and payment.

City of Pickering Updates

 The City of Pickering, from time to time, request that we share information with our membership about issues of interest to our seniors.

Click on the links to the right to find out more.


Our sincere thanks to the City of Pickering for

their ongoing support of our Club

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