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Guest Speakers

2024  Upcoming Guest Speakers 

May:

Mali Bain - Getting Unstuck: Finish Your Life Story or Family History Book

June        

Tim Schewe - Tim is a 25 year veteran of the RCMP. He will test our knowledge with a series of quiz questions that should generate some interesting conversation and questions about driving and road safety.

 

Past Guest Speakers

2024

January:

Lynne Bowen - Vancouver Island Coal Mining

February:  

Graham Sakaki, Regional Research Institute Manager; Mandy Hobkirk, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Coordinator.  Discussing  current projects including climate action initiatives, and opportunities for people to get involved.

March:

Ross Peterson - Emergency Preparedness 

April:

AGM no guest speaker

 

2023 

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 gave an informative talk about invasive plant species that threaten our local ecology.

 

September:    

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

October: 

David Hobson - The Crazy English Language

November:

David Hobson - Part 2 - The History of Middle English

2022 

Guest Speakers for 2020 to 2022  were held via Zoom

(recordings of these speakers can be found on Members side of website)

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 gave a lighthearted and entertaining presentation on              "Commerce and the Classics"  or  "The use of popular classical music in cartoons, movies and advertising".

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 

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 and            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 gave 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 MEETINGS 

 

February: 

Dr. David Coupland, President, MSA  - Nanaimo Medical  taff  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 "BearFacts"  

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 Ukraine.

February:

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

January:

Roger Griffiths - Adventures of 5 Old Mountain Men RETURNS!

2016

November:

Michele Hiller - Executive Director of Literacy Central Vancouver  Island.                   

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 Centre

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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