2021-2022 Speaker Program

Schedule for General Meetings 
4th Tuesday of the month

Our monthly General Meetings will take place at Water Street Church but will be limited to 45 pre-registered members.  Members may also attend the meeting virtually via Zoom.

Water St Church,

287 Water Street, 

Guelph, ON  

Contact us for more information



7:00 – 7:30 (or 7:40) pm
Business Meeting
7:40 – 8:00 pm

8:00 – 9:15 pm
Speaker and Wrap-Up

Upcoming Speakers: 

October 26, 2021

Jasmin Habib, Dept. of Political Science, University of Waterloo

Why Understanding Trump’s Supporters Still Matters.”

It’s been several years since our eyes first trained on the Trump campaign which seemingly came out of nowhere and first took on the Republican and later the Democratic Party to win the White House. Soon thereafter, news of Brexit hit and in early 2019, Israeli populism outflanked left, right and centre parties to victory.  This presentation will share stories and experiences from the field — both Israel and the United States — that can help us not only to understand some of the “what’s happened” but also allow us to consider how political strategies and mediated politics easily shift our attention away from the meaningful to the superficial.



Previous Speakers

September 28, 2021

Cyndy Moffat Forsyth, Chair Guelph Community Foundation

“Youth Mental Wellness: One of the Options”

Cyndy has been the Director of the Integrated Youth Services Network since July 2020. This network, led by the Rotary Club of Guelph, hopes to bring an integrated youth services model to Guelph and Wellington County in which youth aged 12 – 26 are at the centre of available services and have equal access to a continuum of services. Their vision is to build a system to better meet the needs of youth in our community. Prior to this appointment, Cyndy was the Chief Development Officer at Homewood Research Institute. She is passionate about improving youth mental health.



2020-21 Speakers

October 27, 2020

Ian Evans, Adventure traveller

“LUNATIC – Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

Ian has embraced adventure all his life – from scaling the shed roof at age 3 to skiing to the South Pole at age 58.   He has also climbed 5 of the “7 Summits“, cycled 5,000 kms solo and unsupported across Australia (twice), around the coastline of Iceland and to the Arctic Ocean and run 10 marathons. Ian is a passionate speaker who shares the lessons learned from his adventures with his audiences.

January 26, 2021

Jeff Hollingsworth, Program Manager, Homewood Health Centre

“Mental Health Services in the Community”

Jeff has worked in the field of mental health for more than 17 years in a variety of different programs with people aged 12 to 90.  Over this time he has worked as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Liasion Nurse, a charge nurse on the Acute Crisis floor, Program and clinical care manager and most recently on the Community based ACTT mental health team.  A majority of his experience has come from working at the Homewood Health Center.

February 23, 2021

Douglas Gibson, Editor, publisher and writer

“Great Canadian Writers”

Doug was born in Scotland, moved to Canada in 1967 and is best known as the former president and publisher of McClelland and Stewart. In 1974 he became editorial director of Macmillan of Canada and became publisher in 1979. While at MacMillan, he negotiated Mavis Gallant’s first Canadian publishing deal and established relationships with Robertson Davies, Bruce Hutchison, Jack Hodgins, Alice Munro and Morley Callaghan. He also contributed film reviews to CBC Radio’s Sunday Morning and contributed to The Globe and Mail, the National Post, Books in Canada, Toronto Life and Maclean’s. He moved to McClelland and Stewart in 1986, became publisher of the company in 1988 and president in 2000, before retiring in 2008.  In 2011, Stories About Storytellers, Gibson’s long-awaited memoir, was published. His second book, Across Canada by Story, a continuation of his experiences working in the publishing industry, was published in 2015. Both were turned into stage shows. To celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial, he created a new stage show entitled “150 Years of Great Canadian Storytellers 1867 – 2017” which celebrated the greatest storytellers since Confederation; english, french and indigenous.

March 23, 2021

Nicky Carswell, Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo

Human Trafficking”

Nicky is the Coordinator of the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region. This program provides flexible and unique wrap-around supports to those at significant risk of experiencing or have experienced sexual exploitation and sex trafficking within the region. It represents a piece of the Ontario Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and it has recently been recognized for serving over 140 unique individuals and was granted annual funding. Nicky is passionate about her role and spends her time addressing service gaps and advocating for our community’s most vulnerable people.

April 27, 2021

Peter Sweeney,  CEO YMCA of Three Rivers

The Y and Wellness in Guelph

Peter Sweeney is currently the CEO of the YMCA of Three Rivers, Canada’s newest Y, following the October ’20 amalgamation of the YMCA/YWCA of Guelph, the YMCA of Stratford-Perth, and the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, where he had been CEO since September 2016. Previously, Peter served as the President of the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation from 2004-2016. In 2010, he was also named President of the St. Joseph’s Health System International Outreach Program where he managed global health projects in Uganda, Haiti, and Guyana. Peter was named as one of the Waterloo Record’s inaugural 40-under-40 and was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by his local Rotary Club. He and his wife Krista have three children and live in downtown Kitchener.   

May 25, 2021 

Annual General Meeting 

Anne-Marie Zajdlik, Founder, Bracelet of Hope

“A tale of two pandemics and why humankind is clever enough to defeat both”

Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik is a family physician and regional HIV specialist. She is the founder and Medical Director of the Masai Centre for Local, Regional and Global Health, a provincially funded HIV/AIDS clinic in Guelph, Ontario. In 2010, Dr. Zajdlik, opened Masai’s satellite clinic in Waterloo. The clinics now provide care to 700 HIV positive patients in Guelph-Wellington, Grey Bruce, and Waterloo Region. In March of 2019, Dr. Zajdlik founded Hope Clinic, the new Center for Excellence in HIV Treatment in the region.
Dr. Zajdlik is the founder of Bracelet of Hope, a charitable community-based organization that raises awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa and funds for HIV/AIDS relief in Lesotho, Africa. She is a previous board member of the Ontario Hospital Association’s OHAfrica project and member of the OHAfrica Canadian Medical Team that helped open the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Lesotho in 2004.