General Meeting – May 27, 2021


Our featured speaker in May 2021 is Aaron Prasad

Aaron Prasad is a passionate plant-based lifestyle advocate, cyclist, open water swimmer, and stair climber. As a hobby, he has spent the last eight years learning how to optimize health through food choices without sacrificing taste and enjoyment. He will be making this hobby a profession upon completion of a Holistic Nutritionist Certification he is pursuing.

Aaron will be sharing stories from his experiences and offering both practical and simple ways to promote health is our daily lives while reducing our impact on the world around us.

General Meeting – April 22, 2021


Our featured speaker in April 2021 is Dr. Caitlin Mahy from the Psychology Department at Brock University.

“Caitlin Mahy is a developmental psychologist who studies memory across the lifespan. She received her PhD from the University of Oregon in 2012 and started her position at Brock in 2014. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and directs the Developing Memory and Cognition Laboratory at Brock University. Much of Dr. Mahy’s research focuses on how we remember to carry out our future intentions, an ability known as prospective memory. Prospective memory is a critical ability in maintaining independence in our daily lives. In her talk, Dr. Mahy will describe recent research on prospective memory across the lifespan with a focus on how it changes with age. She will also provide some tips on how individuals can support their memory abilities that are supported by research findings and highlight some findings that suggest motivation can play a role in maintaining prospective memory during aging.”

More information from the Brock University Website

General Meeting – March 25, 2021

General Meeting – March 25, 2021

Presentation about Safety on the Internet by Steve Chappelle

Steve Chapelle has been providing information privacy and security education to Canadian organizations since 2006. Prior to that he spent over 20 years in information technology management, analysis and customer service, primarily in the financial services sector. Information management experience has included security, availability and disaster recovery planning. He has also written a book about the Spanish Flu pandemic, ‘No Decision: The 1919 Stanley Cup Final’, available at Amazon.

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