General Meeting – January 23rd, 2020

Stacey Cherwaty-Pergentile, “The Health of the Great Lakes”

Stacey completed a Bachelor of Science in 1997 and a post-diploma in Environmental Management in 1998. She began her career as an intern working on local watershed issues and promoting restoration activities.  Stacey joined Environment and Climate Change Canada in 2002 and has been working on Great Lakes indicators and reporting for over 16 years. She has been involved in the writing and development of numerous State of the Great Lakes reports.

General Meeting – November 28, 2019

November 2019 Meeting Minutes

A Conversation with Tim Carroll, Artistic Director, Shaw Festival

Tim Carroll is a renowned theatre and opera director with more than twenty-five years of experience and international credentials.

Mr. Carroll began his career with the English Shakespeare Company in 1990.  Since then his work has been seen in theatres all over the world, including the Lincoln Center in New York, the Sydney Opera House, and Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy. In London, his Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III enjoyed record-breaking runs in London’s West End and a Tony Award-winning visit to Broadway.

2019 marks his 3rd season as Artistic Director for the Shaw Festival where he is currently directing The Ladykillers and Victory.

General Meeting – October 24, 2019


David Galbraith, “The History and Cultural Landscape of the Royal Botanical Gardens”

David is Royal Botanical Gardens’ head of science. A wildlife biologist by training, he oversees the library, archives, herbarium, and RBG research.  Since 2007 he has led the development of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System park alliance, for which he was named Hamilton Environmentalist of the Year in 2010. David is also an adjunct professor in the biology department of McMaster University, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a Fellow International of the Explorers Club.

General Meeting – September 26, 2019

Sept 26, 2019


Owen Bjorgan, “Hiking the Bruce Trail: 885 km, 37 days”. 

A story accounting the beautiful and harrowing solo expedition on Canada’s oldest and longest marked hiking trail. The scenery of southern Ontario will definitely surprise you, the stories will make you wince, and the heartwarming community effort to support this hike will inspire.

General Meeting – August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019

Cindy Biancaniello, IAMANINUK ( I AM AN INUK).  

Our speaker on the 22nd is Cindy Biancaniello and her talk is titled: IAMANINUK ( I AM AN INUK).  She will be sharing 120 years of Inuit culture with us as experienced by her and her family, touching on a variety of topics including culture, living conditions, hunting practices and the recent issue of food insecurity.  Cindy is an Aboriginal Events Coordinator at Brock University.  Minutes of this meeting are available.

Cindy Biancaniello, IAMANINUK

General Meeting – July 25, 2019

Rick Meloen, The Forts at the mouth of the Niagara River – an historical look at Fort Niagara, Fort George, Fort Mississauga and Butler’s Barracks.

Rick Meloen is a lifelong resident of NOTL with a keen interest in local history. He retired from the NOTL Public Works Dept as a supervisor. Rick is a director with the Friends of Fort George and is a member of the Niagara Historical Society. He has done historical walking tours for the museum for the past 7 years. He and his wife Janet operate a small scale farm in NOTL.

General Meeting – June 27th, 2019

Grant LaFleche, All the Chair’s Men

Grant LaFleche is an award-winning investigative journalist with the St. Catharines Standard in Niagara, Ontario.

His investigation into Niagara’s regional government, in a series of stories called All The Chair’s Men, played a major role in triggering an Ontario Ombudsman’s investigation into the Niagara Region and impacted the 2018 municipal election. That series won the Ontario Newspaper Awards investigative journalism award, and Grant was named journalist of the year.  All the Chair’s Men also won the National Newspaper Awards George Brown Award for investigative journalism and the community media award from Canadian Association of Journalists.

General Meeting – May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

Karen Fraser, The Poverty Reduction Network

Karen is a passionate volunteer and has been contributing to the Niagara community for over 30 years.  The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is working collectively to wipe out poverty through education, collaboration and advocacy to address poverty’s root causes.


General Meeting – April 25, 2019

Patricia Vanstone, The Foster Festival

Patricia Vanstone is an award-winning director, performer, and dramaturge with almost 40 years experience in professional theatre.  She will be performing in “Hilda’s Yard” this summer opposite Norm Foster and she looks forward to directing the two world premieres with a company that will confirm The Foster Festival as the home of Foster’s trademark humour with heart.

Check out the amazing 2018 summer shows.