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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 meetings for the next few months and our Speakers are listed on the right.

If you have any comments or suggestions for future speakers for our club please let me know: 

Laura Green

Meeting Schedule

March 11 - 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.” 

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”, “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".  

may 20 - peter jennings

Peter Jennings is a renowned Canadian author, speaker and "Happiness Expert".    He has written professionally for more than 40 years and is the author of 6 best selling books designed to "help people transform their existence, inspiring them to â€‹capitalize on the advantages life offers".   

Prior to turning to writing full time in 2009, Peter spent his career in corporate communications in Toronto working with  top-ranked businesses of all types and sizes, from McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, IBM, etc., to niche start-ups.  He has been a Guest Lecturer on marketing at Centennial College in Toronto and at the Government of Ontario’s Self Employment Assistance Program (where the students voted him 9 out of 10 for effective teaching).  

In his leisure time, Peter delights in Fairview, his modern lakeside residence overlooking Georgian Bay where activities include listening to cool jazz and symphonies, films, spirited conversations with good friends, travel, cooking and blogging about life's adventures.

Peter's talk will be about "Why Being Happy Matters":   What happiness means, how it improves a person's outlook, adds value to their days and enhances their peace of mind.  He also talks about why being happy is so important in a world often influenced by unhappy events along with heightened levels of stress and anxiety.

June 17 - Deb stratas

Deb Stratas is a writer based in Oshawa, Canada.  She is also a proud royalist with a lifelong passion for the British monarchy.  An avid Diana-watcher for over 30 years, Deb was thrilled to cheer on the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton on the streets of London in 2011 and she was honoured to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2015.   

Her Diana Spencer trilogy tells the story of Princess Diana’s fascinating life from her first introduction to Prince Charles to her death in 1997.

Do you remember where you were when you heard that Princess Diana had died?    Deb will tell us of  Diana's extraordinary life and lead us through her journey from girl next door to royalty through to her tragic death. 

July 15 - Chris DiCarlo

Back by popular demand, Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a philosopher, educator, and author.  He teaches in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and is a member of Humanist Canada.   


His book “How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Asking the Right Questions” is a best-seller in Canada and the U.S.


He will be discussing  Critical Thinking in a ‘Post-Truth’ World:   With advances in technology involving the increasingly rapid transfer of information throughout the world, it has become more difficult to determine what is legitimate news from what is fake.  The skill set of Critical Thinking provides one with the abilities to analyze information, understand the importance of bias and context, consider what counts as evidence, and be able to identify fallacies or errors in reasoning.

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