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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021 ~ 1:30 P.M.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Arlene Chan
TOPIC: The Story of Jean Lumb, a Proud Chinese Canadian
Jean Lumb was a Chinese-Canadian woman whose activism and dedication to her community ultimately shaped Toronto's Chinatown and the rights of Chinese people in Canada. Her story shows us the importance of community advocacy, and how food can play a role in building meaningful cross-cultural connections among Torontonians.
Arlene Chan is a Chinese Canadian historian, activist, athlete, and author from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her works focus on documenting the lived experiences and histories of Toronto's Chinese community, as well as the cultural celebrations and traditions important to the Chinese Canadian diaspora. Jean Lumb is her mother.



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021 ~ 1:30 P.M.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Jean Miso
TOPIC: Canadian Armed Forces: Remembering Their Service and Sacrifice
Jean will provide positive messages from our Canadian Armed Forces that collectively emphasize the importance of Canadian citizenship; responsibility to self and others; co-operation through teamwork; care for Canadians and others in the world as well as integrity and respect of self and others.
Jean was educated at York University and Brock University in Ontario. Jean Miso is a retired teacher and has authored five books about the Canadian Armed Forces.



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2021 ~ 1:30 P.M.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Bertie Pearce
TOPIC: A Dickens of a Christmas
In his lecture Bertie Pearce reveals a Dickensian Christmas with readings, biographical details and conjuring tricks.
Bertie has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University, and a Diploma Internationale from the École Internationale du Théatre, Jacques Lecoq. He has toured the world with a magic cabaret show and a one man show entitled All Aboard. Bertie has written articles for newspapers and magazines on entertainment and theatre.



THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2022 ~ 1:30 P.M.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Olivier Courteaux
TOPIC: All About Paris
Want to escape the winter blahs? Join us on a tour of Paris with wondrous sights and a little history along the way.
Dr. Courteaux received his B.A. in history, M.A. in war and conflict studies and Ph.D. in contemporary international relations from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He has lectured at various Canadian universities, including Ryerson and the Royal Military College of Canada.



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2022 ~ 1:30 P.M.

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GUEST SPEAKER: TBD
TOPIC: Grandmothers to Grandmothers
When the AIDS pandemic swept across the continent of Africa, it took the lives of nearly an entire generation - 35 million perished - which left their children alone and vulnerable.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to raise millions of children orphaned by AIDS.
We will hear about how the SLF helps to provide resilience-building support, often led by grandmothers, including healthcare, grief counselling, parenting assistance, leadership training, and income-generation.



THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2022 ~ 1:30 P.M.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Lianne Harris
TOPIC: The Luck of the Irish
Mysterious, superstitious, religious, tenacious, ingenious, courageous and indomitable. Before pubs and St. Patrick, beyond leprechauns and shamrocks, take a journey into the history of the people and land of Ireland.
Lianne has been a history, culture and social studies resource specialist with the Toronto District School Board almost 20 years and has been the guest instructor and workshop leader for teachers across many boards in Southern Ontario.



THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2022 ~ 1:30 P.M.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Tobi Bruce
TOPIC: Beaver Hall Group Women Artists
The Beaver Hall Group was a diverse assortment of like-minded Montreal based artists, many of whom shared a studio and exhibition space on the city's Beaver Hall Hill in the early 1920s. Tobi Bruce is the Director, Exhibitions and Collections & Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.



THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2022 ~ 1:30 P.M.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Freeman Patterson
TOPIC: Fine Arts Photography
Freeman Patterson, C.M., O.N.B., R.C.A., M.Div. of Shamper's Bluff, New Brunswick, Canada, has had a career in photography and visual design that spans more than 50 years. Several disciplines have influenced his career: philosophy, divinity and photography. He has taught innumerable workshops in Canada and throughout the world and spends part of each year teaching and making photographs in Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, as well as other countries. He has authored 15 books, five of them on photography and visual design. A recent book, Embracing Creation, was published in conjunction with the opening of his large retrospective exhibition at New Brunswick's Beaverbrook Art Gallery in September 2013. Freeman's unique perspective and experiences will become self evident in his talk to us.