General Meeting – November 26, 2015

General Meeting – November 26, 2015

Presentation by Jim Steel on Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Jim Steel is a veteran Financial Analyst, Tax Advisor and Financial Advisor whose financial career has spanned over 38 years helping both business and private clients build wealth. Jim began his career in public accounting at Crawford , Smith, and Swallow, later moved into the private sector in financial analysis and accounting management with John Deere, and since 1998 has focused in the financial planning and investment field.

A resident of Fonthill, Jim and his family have deep roots in the Niagara region.

With the loss of his wife (Karen), father(Don), and mother(Hilda) all to cancer in 2014, Jim decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa to raise money for cancer and as a tribute to his lost family members. The thinking and training behind the climb, and the experience during and after the climb are what his talk will entail.

General Meeting – October 22, 2015

General Meeting – October 22, 2015

Presentation by Laurie Straw er al on Hospice Niagara Services

Laurie Straw is Director of Care at Hospice Niagara, is a Registered Nurse and has specialized in palliative care for over 30 years, including experience in hospital, community and hospice areas.

Laurie will be talking about Hospice Niagara, the Stabler Centre, their philosophy and their source of funding. She will also share some personal stories.

General Meeting – September 24, 2015

General Meeting – September 24, 2015

Presentation by Peter Ferguson on Wildlife Photography

Peter Ferguson is an award-winning wildlife photographer. Since he retired from teaching in 1999 he has been avidly photographing all aspects of nature with a special affection for Algonquin Park. He is reported to be about as comfortable in the Park as he is sitting in the backyard of his Pelham home. He’s had three exhibits of his natural photos in the Algonquin Room in the Park’s Visitors Centre. Also, his photographs have appeared in the Park’s newsletter and in various nature magazines. Peter is a Past President of the Welland Camera Club.

General Meeting – June 25, 2015

General Meeting – June 25, 2015

Presentation by Margaret Pickles on Monarch Butterfly Migration

Margaret Pickles: The “Bug Lady”

Margaret Pickles is a science professor at Niagara College and is known as the
“Bug Lady” because of her enthusiasm for sharing with others all things interesting
about insects. She loves to tell people just how “cool” bugs are. Margaret’s interest in
bugs began at the age of seven when she started her first butterfly and moth
collection. Much of her youth was spent studying insects and often rearing Monarch
caterpillars into butterflies. She went on to do a bachelor degree in biology with a
specialty in entomology (that is bugs) at the University of Guelph and later completed a
Master of Science and Teaching at MacMaster University. She worked for several years
at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, before starting her own business visiting
schools with her “Science is Alive” program: Discover Dinosaurs, and Bugs Are Cool.
In 1996, Margaret and her husband moved to Niagara Falls so she could fill the
position of Assistant Curator at the newly opened Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
During her time at the Parks she also taught Entomology at the School of Horticulture.
She now teaches chemistry, biology, and nature at Niagara College. Two year ago she
introduced a new course, Bugs Among Us, an overview of insects in society.
Margaret is an avid member and, until recently, the newsletter editor of the Niagara Falls
Nature Club. She also loves travelling, photography, kayaking, and tri-cycling.

Margaret Pickles is a science professor at Niagara College and is known as the
“Bug Lady” because of her enthusiasm for sharing with others all things interesting
about insects. She loves to tell people just how “cool” bugs are. Margaret’s interest in bugs began at the age of seven when she started her first butterfly and moth
collection. Much of her youth was spent studying insects and often rearing Monarch
caterpillars into butterflies. She went on to do a bachelor degree in biology with a
specialty in entomology (that is bugs) at the University of Guelph and later completed a Master of Science and Teaching at MacMaster University.

Margaret is going to share with us the story of the Monarch Butterfly and its
amazing migration. She has followed this story as it unfolded over the years and has
traveled to California and Mexico to see the overwintering sites. She hopes that you too will be amazed by this Majestic Butterfly.