Upcoming Meetings

    • June 29, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Armenian Community Centre 15 International Village Drive Cambridge ON

    Mark Rector is a Communications Professor from Humber College. His topic is "Oh Canada! Our Home and Inventive Land"

    We will learn about all of the great innovations and inventiveness in this great and vast land of ours. From the compound steam engine and gasoline of the Industrial Revolution, to the telephone and light bulb (yes, the light bulb) of the Victorian era, to the Canadarm and BlackBerry of today.

    The stories of Bell Canada, Northern Telecom, the Robertson screw company, SPAR Aerospace, Easy-Off and the invention of hockey! They are all here, as are 150 more great stories, in a light, easy to read, pick up and put down format of short vignettes and some longer, detailed histories of some of the biggest names in Canadian history.

    Also in this meeting, Ray Baker will be delivering his personal vignette.

    • July 27, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Armenian Community Centre 15 International Village Drive Cambridge ON

    Dr Sharon Bal was honoured with a 2021 Award of Excellence for her community and medical leadership by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada Awards of Excellence recognize family doctors for exceptional achievement in the specialty of family medicine in the previous 24 months. Nominations come from peers or the public to the provincial chapter of which the nominee is a member.

    Dr. Bal is no stranger to rolling up her sleeves to make a difference. From the early days of proposal development, Dr. Bal has been actively involved in the design and implementation of the Cambridge North Dumfries Ontario Health Team (OHT). For the past several years, she has been working to engage her physician colleagues and develop strong partnerships across various sectors to promote the importance of creating one seamless, integrated healthcare team to improve community care. In the year leading up to the creation of the OHT, Dr. Bal rallied colleagues to implement best practices and support surge planning – all to establish a more responsive primary care system. Her strong person-centered, team approach has made her a trusted leader in Waterloo-Wellington’s evolving system.

    Dr. Bal was tapped by Ontario Health to oversee the local COVID-19 response in long-term care and retirement homes. She has fearlessly entered facilities considered destabilized and unsafe, as needed to assess residents and help ensure their clinical needs could be met – no doubt making a difference to outcomes in these homes and saving lives. As the primary care contact for the region’s COVID-19 response, Dr. Bal has advocated for primary care involvement in testing and vaccination. She also ensured populations with the greatest vulnerabilities were not overlooked, working to support Indigenous community-led efforts around testing and vaccines, as well as collaborating with outreach workers to support local shelters, including during outbreaks.

    A passionate advocate for accessibility to quality care for vulnerable populations, Dr. Bal also works to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in medicine. As co-chair of OMA Women, gender pay gap, ally-ship, women in leadership and mentoring of early-career women physicians are among the topics addressed in committee outreach and programs.

    Also in this meeting, Dave Bechtel will be delivering his personal vignette.

    • September 28, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Armenian Community Centre 15 International Village Drive Cambridge ON
    Guest speaker Peter Hunton is one of our PROBUS club members and a Past President.

    The title of his presentation is "The Egg and I".

    Peter worked in the poultry industry his entire career. He has a Ph.D. in animal genetics and worked initially in the breeding industry, for Shaver in Cambridge and for one of its competitors in Scotland.

    He later became Poultry Specialist for what is now Egg Farmers of Ontario. In this role he worked with farmers and was also involved with research and development.

    When, in the 1980’s, eggs became vilified due to their cholesterol content, he was part of the effort to reinstate them as a valuable part of an everyday diet.

    He has eaten 2 eggs daily for as long as he can remember!

    • October 26, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Armenian Community Centre 15 International Village Drive Cambridge ON

    Notes from John . . .

    My 8th book, The Devil's Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War, explores the largely unknown ways in which Canada was involved in the war and changed by it.

    Sir John's Echo: The Voice for a Stronger Canada, was released by Dundurn Press in 2017.

    Cold Fire: Kennedy's Northern Front, was published by Knopf Penguin Random House in Canada and the US in 2016. It was short-listed for the Dafoe Prize for Non-Fiction.

    Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation was published in 2013. It was a national bestseller and chosen as one of the Globe and Mail's Best Books of the year. It was shortlisted for a Governor General's award for its translation into French.

    My other books include Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation, Into the Hurricane: Attacking CCF and Socialism in Canada, and Last Steps to Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian Racism.

    I enjoy writing my Monday morning blog (johnboyko.com) and I also write op-eds for newspapers across Canada and entries for the Canadian Encyclopedia.

    • November 30, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Armenian Community Centre 15 International Village Drive Cambridge ON

    Bryan Larkin was appointed as the 7th Chief of Police of the Waterloo Regional Police Service on August 31, 2014 by the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board.

    Bryan began his policing career in 1991 as a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, working as a front-line Constable assigned to Division #1 in Kitchener. Over the course of his career, Bryan has held a number of progressively responsible positions including; Community and Media Relations, Special Assignments, Traffic Services, Human Resources, Recruiting, Media Officer, Executive Officer to the Chief of Police, and Superintendent of Central Division.

    Chief Larkin is an active member of the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Chiefs of Police. He serves the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police as Past President as well as represents the OACP on the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation and is the Co-Chair of the Provincial Police Joint Health and Safety Committee. Bryan also serves as the co-chair on the CACP Drug Advisory Committee. Bryan is a member of the Board for Nutrition for Learning and is a member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet for Waterloo Region Communities.

    • February 22, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Armenian Community Centre 15 International Village Drive Cambridge ON

    Professor Greg Steinberg is the Canada Research Chair in Metabolism, Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, with the research centre at McMaster University.

    Greg is also the son of one of our members, a very proud Bob Steinberg!

    Diabetes contributes to 40% of heart attacks and 30% of strokes in Canada. Greg is working to prevent sudden heart complications in people with diabetes.

    Dr. Steinberg and his team develop new tests to help predict which people are at highest risk. With a new therapy that prevents inflammation and lowers blood glucose, these findings could reduce heart attacks and strokes and save lives.

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