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 further notice.

Water St Church,

287 Water Street, 

Guelph, ON  

Contact us for more information

 

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

Upcoming Speakers: 

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 Zadjlik, Founder, Bracelet of Hope

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Previous Meetings

September 22, 2020 

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

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.

November 24, 2020

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

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.