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
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.
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 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
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
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
November: Tim Palmer North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
October: Lorne Hildebrand - Nanaimo's Proposed Ocean Discovery Center
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!
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"
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
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
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