Upcoming Meetings

    • February 22, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a philosopher, educator, and author. He often teaches in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Toronto (in Scarborough) and the Life Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto.

    He is also a lifetime member of Humanist Canada and an Expert Advisor for the Centre for Inquiry Canada.

    He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences and written many scholarly papers ranging from bioethics to cognitive evolution.

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

    His latest book: So You Think You Can Think? Tools for Having Intelligent Conversations and Getting Along was released in May, 2020.

    In April 2008 he was awarded TV Ontario’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer in Ontario Award. In August 2008 he was honored with the Canadian Humanist of the Year Award from the Humanist Association of Canada. In September 2008 he was awarded the UOIT Complementary Faculty Teaching Award.

    ​Dr. DiCarlo is the Principal and Founder of Critical Thinking Solutions, a consulting business for individuals, corporations, and not-for-profits in both the private and public sectors. He is also the developer of the first Pilot Project in Canada to introduce Universal Critical Thinking skills into the Ontario Public High School curriculum which has begun in the Upper Grand District School Board.. Dr. DiCarlo is also the Ethics Chair for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Waterloo/Wellington) and the Critical Thinking Advisor and writer at Pixel Dreams Creative Agency in Toronto.

    LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

    • March 29, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, 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.

    PERSONAL VIGNETTE: Also in this meeting, Jim Fiddler will be delivering his personal vignette.

    LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

    • April 26, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Forensics in Crime Solving

    The complex world of crime scene investigation is explored in two parts. In the first half, Dr. Nafte will takes us through the fast-evolving field of police forensics with an overview of the protocols governing death scenes, expert witnesses, and the processing of physical evidence.

    In the second half, she examines the highly specialized area of identifying human remains. Determining a biological profile, the manner versus cause of death and the challenges of facial reconstructions are all brought to life through real life images and case studies. Due to the nature of the physical evidence she’s recovered, it has been Dr. Nafte’s experience to work alongside law enforcement, scientists and homicide investigators as part of a collaborative team. Along with the important procedures involved with such collaborative efforts, she will discuss some of the most challenging cases of her career.

    As a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Myriam Nafte is an active advisor and consultant for criminal casework across North America. She received a Specialized Honors BA in Medical Anthropology from York University, a BEd degree in Science from Brock University, and completed an MA and PhD in Physical Anthropology [Skeletal Biology] at McMaster University. Currently, Nafte is an instructor at McMaster University where she teaches upper-level courses in Death and Dying, Global Health, Infectious Disease, and Narratives of Health and Illness. Nafte is the author of numerous articles and books including Flesh and Bone: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology; Crime and Measurement: Methods in Forensic Investigation; The Skin of Murder Victims [Editor], and the forthcoming anthology Trophies and Talismans: The Traffic of Human Remains.

    LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

    • May 31, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Each ADS service dog enables an autistic child, who may otherwise feel isolated, to build self-esteem and participate in school and community life.

    Autism Dog Services (ADS) was founded in 2007 by Wade Beattie, a pioneer in the autism service dog field. ADS is accredited by Assistance Dogs International and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools. ADS makes a very positive impact on the lives of children and their families and is honoured to serve the community with its strong values.

    ADS is a unique and highly effective provider of service dogs for children in between the ages of three to 18 years of age with autism and related disorders in most parts of Southwestern Ontario. All interested applicants have the right to be considered to receive a service dog.

    LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

    • June 28, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    100 Years of Galt Arena Gardens, a History

    David Menary is a member of our club. He is a well-known local journalist, author, artist, and poet, as well as a former newspaper sports editor and teacher.

    He will share his work to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Galt Arena Gardens in his latest book, “100 Years of Galt Arena Gardens, a History”.

    David is known to have a passion for uncovering ‘a good Canadian story.’

    He was one of three founders of the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, along with Al Findlay and Cam Allan, and am still on the board. We’ve inducted more than 200 members, including some who are members of PROBUS.

    Over the years, he won various newspaper awards including a Milt Dunnell Award for sports and another for a heritage feature story about Marion Tait.

    He is also the author of the sports book 'Terrier Town: Summer of ’49', published in 2003 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

    LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

    • July 26, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Dave Brodhagen is a member of our club. He will share his experiences that involved years writing short stories and articles for outdoor and sporting magazines. And how recently he has turned to writing long form fiction.

    His first novel, Operation Serpent, introduced readers to CSIS agent Spencer Cook. His newest novel, Cyber War—a sequel to the first—focuses on Cook’s new position as the agency’s assistant director.

    David Brodhagen although not an espionage expert, is well equipped to write on the topic of political crime with six decades of observing the infection destroying our society.

    David lives in Cambridge, Ontario with his wife Lynda Lou. He is currently at work on a prequel to Operation Serpent, David also enjoys woodworking, hunting and travel.

    LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

    • August 30, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    THREE VIGNETTES:
    Instead of a guest speaker, at this meeting we will hear vignettes from 3 of our members.

    Thank you to Ross Earnshaw, John Edgar and Rick Thomas for preparing and sharing their vignettes with us!  

    LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

    • September 27, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Dr. Asa Ahimbisibwe is a Cambridge Memorial Hospital Obstetrician. He could have easily not become a doctor. Growing up in Uganda, Africa, the young professional always had the world pushing against him, but his desire to obtain an education persisted until he found success.

    Even though his dream of becoming a medical professional came true, his female family members have not been as fortunate due to the lack of support for women’s health and education in developing countries.

    Dr. Ahimbisibwe recently published 'Hopeful', a book about the challenges of the many children growing up in developing countries who yearn to have an education. Hopeful is an account of Dr. Ahimbisibwe and his cousin who, born in disadvantaged villages in Uganda, embark on the uphill task of changing their lives, but end up in completely different places.

    Dr. Ahimbisibwe has set a goal of raising $10,000 for CMHF through his book proceeds.

    LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

    • October 25, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    The Devil's Trick: How Canada fought the Vietnam war

    Forty-five years after the fall of Saigon, John Boyko brings to light the little-known story of Canada's involvement in the American War in Vietnam.

    Through the lens of six remarkable people, some well-known, others obscure, bestselling historian John Boyko recounts Canada's often-overlooked involvement in that conflict as peacemaker, combatant, and provider of weapons and sanctuary.

    LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.


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