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GUEST SPEAKERS

2023/24  Upcoming Guest Speakers 

October:        David Hobson - The Crazy English Language

November:    Judy Hancock-Holland - Take Better Pictures

January/24:    Lynne Bowen - Vancouver Island Coal Mining

Past Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers for 2020 to 2022  were held by Zoom. (recordings of these speakers on Members side of website)

 

2023 Guest Speakers 

January:       Stephen Watson, MSc. Land Use Planning (B.C. Hydro                                                    Communications Lead John Hart Generating Station Replacement                                   Project) 

 

February:     Jane Evans BC Cancer Foundation. Strides made in Cancer research.

March:         Sharon Speevak - Elderdog Nanaimo

May:                Ross Peterson from VIU Elder College 

June:             Laura Kristiansen will give a talk about invasive plant species.

 

September:    Ron Dimos -  How to evaluate the success of your investment portfolio                           and minimize risks in markets.

2022 Guest Speakers

March:         Dr. Adel Guitouni of the UVic Speaker’s Bureau on “Sustainable and                              Resilient Supply Chains with Applications in Health and Agri-food”

June:             Lieutenant Colonel Justin Olsen,

                     Commanding Officer 418 Search and Rescue Squadron

                     CFB Comox

September:   Bob Crosby - National Parks and Other Highlights of Utah and Arizona

 

October:       Laura Kristiansen - lighthearted and entertaining presentation on                                     Commerce and the Classics

November:    Evan Arbuckle-  Energy Transitions for the Future:  Canadian                                          Hydropower Resource Assessment - Understanding the  Trade-                                        offs/Economic Impacts of Hydropower and Alternative Energy Sources.

 

 

2021 Guest Speakers 

January:        Diny Van Beers,  walking the iconic Camino del Santiago Trail                                        extending 480 miles / 770 km from Santiago de Compostela,                                            located in Spain's far northwest to St. Jean Pied-du-Port in France

February:      Philippe Lucas, VP of Patient Research and Access, 

                     Tilray Pharmaceutical Company:  Medical Cannabis in Older                                           Patients, Results from a Canadian National Study of Patients Over 50.

March:          Sonia Voicescu from University of Victoria - Butterflies of                                                Southern Vancouver Island

April:            Dr. John Willis from the University of Victoria -

                      The Search for Life  in the Universe 

May:              Barb Riordan Project Co-ordinator of Mid Vancouver  Island Habitat                               Enhancement Society. Connecting communities to their landscape an                               works with local communities to protect and restore habitat related to                             salmon including watersheds

 

June:             Mayor Leonard Krog, Nanaimo City Mayor 

September:   Bob Crosby -  Earthquake Early Warning System for BC

 

October:       Dr. David Coupland  from Nanaimo Medical Staff                                                             Engagement Society  an update on their talk last year and how things are                          progressing with the hospital/medical services in Nanaimo. 

November:   Violet Hayes, Executive Director Island Crises Care Society – speaking                            on the challenges and the organization’s work to help our most                                        vulnerable citizens.

2020

November:    Bob Crosby,  Oceans Networks Canada and the work being done                                      on  our oceans floor.  VIA ZOOM CLOUD MEETING

 

February:      Dr. David Coupland, President, MSA  - Nanaimo Medical                                                staff  Association Roles and Goals: A Tertiary Hospital at NRGH.                                    

January:        Celebrate 2020 with entertainment by the Frogs, Acapella Group

                      Enjoy Lead  Ray Bertram, Bass Ron Dodd, Baritone Roy Sage                                        and  our own Tenor Mac Dallman  CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

 

 

2019

November:   Brian Riddell - Science Advisor, Pacific Salmon Foundation

 

October:       Mike Hooper - President and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport Authority                            

September:   Mike Annan, Executive Director, Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs                           

June:             Darin Guenette - BC Ferries

May:             Randy Spensley - BC Kidney Foundation

April:            No speaker  PNN lunch social

March:          Greg Fraser - Vancouver Island University Elder College

 

February:      Pierre Simard - Vancouver Island Symphony

 

January:       Robert Grose - Milner Gardens

 

2018

November:   Bob Crosby -  Earthquake Early Warning for B.C

                     

October:       Paul Sibley and Cathy Dyck - Nanaimo Community Hospice Society                             

September:   Rachelle Muller – Story Telling (and how to pass them on)

 

June:            Jane Hope - Alzheimer's Society of BC

May:            Melissa Tomlinson RDR Emergency Preparedness     

April:           No speaker  PNN lunch social

March:         Joanna Hesketh - VIU - Protecting your Privacy Online

 

February:     Steve Williamson - BC Wildlife Photographer

January:       Rob Hallam - Habitat for Humanity 

 

2017

November:  Tim Palmer  North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

                     "Bear Facts" 

                    https://www.niwra.org/

October:      Lorne Hildebrand - Nanaimo's Proposed Ocean Discovery Center

                    https://ndda.ca/

 

 

September:  Isobel MacKenzie from the office of the Seniors Advocate            

                         

June:           Janice Perrino, CEO of Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation

May:           Melinda Franklin - National certification as a Diabetes Educator                                       Diabetes management and prevention of complications.

April:          No Guest Speaker.  Probus  Special Event.

March:        Nestor Gayowsky _ a career Canadian diplomat and former                                               charge d'affaires of the Canadian embassy in the Ukraine.

February:    Tim Schewe -  Retired RCMP  http://www.drivesmartbc.ca 

January:      Roger Griffiths - Adventures of 5 Old Mountain Men RETURNS!

2016

November: Michele Hiller - Executive Director of Literacy Central Vancouver  Isalnd.                   

October:     Bill Hicks - founder Bill's Place (cancelled due to illness)

September: Tracy Samra - Nanaimo Chief Administrative Officer

June:          Roger Griffiths - Adventures of 5 Old Mountain Men

May:          Peter Sinclair - Executive Director, Loaves and Fishes

April:         Bernie Dumas - President and CEO, Nanaimo Port Authority

March:       Toni O’Keeffe -Vancouver Island Health Authority

February:   Edward Goodfellow - "Investing is just Math and Psychology"

January:     Giselle Roeder  - member and author - "My life in 3 Germanys"

2015

November: Bill McKay - Mayor City of Nanaimo

October:     Margaret Hosfield and Ian Kennedy - Authors Tofino and 

                   Clayoquot Sound  history 

September: Jamie Morgan - Hearing Education Outreach Program

June:          Member Show and Tell

May:          Darcy O'Toole - Pharmacist Memorial Medicine Center

April:         Kim Smythe - CEO Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

March:       Steve Warren - Nanaimo Public Library

February:   Katia Langton - Certified Pedorthist Canadian Diabetes Rep

January:     Umish Lal - Nanaimo Fire Prevention Officer

2014

November: Anne Sison - Professional Falconer with Eddie the Eagle

October:     Mark Costales - Johnson Medical Ins and Medoc Prestige travel

September: Teresa Ludvigson and Traci Higgins  - Habitat for Humanity

June:          Arthur Black - Author, Humorist, Writer, Broadcaster

May:          David Minto - BC Salmon Farmers Association 

April:         Jeff Lott and Gerald Laport - BC  Summer Games

March:       John R. Manning - Lawyer Estate Planning

February:   Judy Hancock - Nanaimo Hospice 

2013

November: John Gillham, Wally Roth, and Barry Tucker  - Photography 

October:     Rosemarie Davenport - NI Wildlife Recovery Centre

September: Constable Gary O'Brian RCMP  

June:           Gord Bibby Oak Tree Manor

May:          Melanie Craik - BCAA travel insurance

April:         Lisa Holloway VIHA Home Care and Residential Services 

January:     Judi Malcolm Bethlehem Retreat Centre

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