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PROBUS clubs generally manage to attract some amazing people to talk to us at our monthly meetings.  And our club is no exception.   

Below is the schedule of speakers for the next few months.   If you have any comments or suggestions for future speakers for our club please let me know:  Laura Green

November 17 - Diane Dupuy

Image result for diane dupuyDiane Dupuy, member of the Order of Canada and winner of Ernst & Young (EY) Social Entrepreneur Award, is the founder of the internationally acclaimed Famous PEOPLE Players.

Diane recharges batteries, has everyone reaching for excellence and she will inspire you with her story of perseverance and determination.   She has the power to amaze and the power to inspire!    Diane has a presentation that will have you laughing out loud and yes, moved to tears.    Everyone must hear her story of the Impossible Dream made POSSIBLE.   Diane Dupuy has changed laws and attitudes for people with DisABILITIES  and is applauded  worldwide for her motivational and energized presentations.

To hear Diane Dupuy speak will be a life altering experience and one you will remember forever.      She had everyone on the first word that came out of her mouth!   What a story teller!   The hour flew by so fast!  Everyone gave two standing ovations”   Samvhav conference New Delhi India

January 15 - Dr Mike Daley

Dr. Mike Daley holds a Ph.D in music from York University and is a musicologist, specializing in the history of popular music.   He has taught at Guelph, McMaster, Waterloo and York Universities;  he has toured the United States and Canada as a musician with Jeff Healey;  and also featured on dozens of recordings as a guitarist and singer.   Mike and his wife Jill live in Toronto and are presently leading music-themed tours to New York, Nashville/Memphis, London/Liverpool, St. John's and New Orleans. 

Mike will speak about Leonard Cohen's life and work, interspersing his narrative with classic Cohen songs.   

The popular image of Leonard Cohen, who died at age 82 in November 2016, is that of the bard with the brooding baritone voice plucking away at a guitar.  But for Mike, that deep, sometimes-morose voice has concealed the richness and variety of Cohen’s musical and lyrical abilities.  “In checking out his whole body of work… his songwriting style is much more varied than I thought.” 

February 19 - Sandra Wright

Sandra Wright is a recognized expert in the field of Senior Move Management.   She is a Professional Organizer, accredited as a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist, and member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers.   

She is the owner operator of "Organizing Lives" which provides a multi-faceted approach to Downsizing and 'Aging in Place'.   A company whose business model is built on the belief that people can make profound changes in their lives one intention and one space at a time. 

Her talk will be on Conquering Clutter As  We Age:   Will your home suit your lifestyle as you age?   

To age in place means the capacity for any individual to safely, independently, and comfortably live in their own home.   Sandra will share organizing hints, tips and products to help you prepare your home to continue living an independent lifestyle that doesn’t require you changing your address.

march 18 - Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson is the President and CEO of Lakeridge Health, a position he has held since 2016.   Matt and his wife have lived in Brooklin for 15 years and they have three children.  

Matt has been working in health care since 1992 and rose quickly in his field to holding positions as the Chief Information Officer of University Health Network (UHN);  a Vice President at UHN;  CEO of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN); and CEO of William Osler - overseeing a $655 million budget, 5200 full-time and part-time staff and 850 physicians in a hospital system of more than 850 beds.

Matt will be talking about the upcoming changes and plans for health care , especially as it applies to  the Ajax/Pickering area. 

april 15 - neil crone

Neil Crone is a noted comedian, actor, author and speaker.  A Second City alumnus, Neil has been performing improvised and sketch comedy for over twenty years and has performed in dozens of commercials, TV shows, and is the voice of numerous cartoon characters every Saturday morning.   

Neil is perhaps best known for his six seasons playing the role of Radio Redneck Fred Tupper in CBC’s hit sit-com "Little Mosque on the Prairie".


He is also an award-winning syndicated humour columnist for Metroland papers and has published 4 books; "Semi-Colon; A Writers cheeky journey through Colo-rectal Cancer", “Who Farted?’ – Stories in Verse for big and little kids” and “The Farmers Secret Midnight Dance” and his first collection of syndicated columns Enter Laughing – The Early Years”.

Neil will present The Art of Saying Yes ; "a humorous and poignant presentation on life lessons a cancer diagnosis has taught me".  

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