2020-2021 Speaker Program

Schedule for All General Meetings 
4th Tuesday of the month

With the rise in COVID cases locally, we have decided that our General Meetings will be held via Zoom until at least January 2021.  Hopefully we will be able to meet in person then.

Water St Church,

287 Water Street, 

Guelph, ON  

Contact us for more information



7:00 – 8:00 pm
Business Meeting
8:00 – 9:00 pm

Upcoming Speakers: 


November 24, 2020 – Zoom Meeting

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

Dupes and deplorables; how anthropology might help us to better understand populism”


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.

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

Discussion of Resolutions from CFUW National


March 23, 2021

Nicky Carswell, Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo

Human Trafficking”

Nicky is the Co-ordinator 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

Geoff Vogt, CEO, Guelph Y

“The Y and Wellness in Guelph”

Geoff has a long history with Guelph and with the Y. He grew up in Guelph and still has family here. In the early 1990s while a student at GCVI, Geoff completed a co-op placement with the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph when it was on Speedvale Avenue and worked at the day camp on Guelph Lake beginning a lifelong admiration for the vision and values of the Y.

Geoff spent more than a decade working first at Simon Fraser University and then the University of Western Ontario in the recreation and athletic departments. For the next 9 years, he served as the Vice President of Health Fitness and Aquatics for the YMCA of Western Ontario. In his tenure, Geoff has more than doubled the operational size of health and fitness, operates eight centres in six different communities and oversaw $235 million dollars of capital expansion for the Y.

May 25, 2021

Annual General Meeting & Banquet
***Speaker, Time & Location TBA***


Previous Meetings

September 22, 2020 – Zoom meeting 

The CFUW Guelph Task Force members, who prepared the Amendment to remove Article 4 from the CFUW Articles of Continuance, Sandra McCormick, Esther Semple, Sonia Spekkens and Susan Brown, will offer a panel presentation. This will include an in-depth review of the events leading up to the tabling of the motion, a review of the discussion we had at January 2020 General Meeting, developments since the CFUW and Ontario Council AGMs and a description of the options before us. We hope to stimulate dialogue at this meeting and continue to plan over the next two months to create the most sustainable future for CFUW Guelph.


October 27, 2020– Zoom Meeting

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.

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