For March our speaker will be Martin Franssen, a Detective with the Fraud Division of the Major Crimes Unit, Durham Regional Police. Martin will speak about the various types of fraud perpetrated on the public and how to prevent becoming a victim of fraud. He will also speak about safeguards when preparing a Power of Attorney.

Our April speaker will be Dr. Doug Tozer from Long Point, Ontario. Doug is an Ontario Program Scientist with Bird Studies Canada. He is a specialist on the birds and wildlife of the great lakes, including migration and the impact of climate and human encroachment on wetlands where birds and wildlife are being displaced.

Our May speaker is Eric Conroy who is the President of the organization that has salvaged and restored the SS Keewatin.  This huge ship, the last of the Great Lakes steam ships, is presently lying at Port McNicoll and is undergoing work to restore it to its original condition.  The Keewatin plied the Great Lakes back in the 1920's and 1930's and was built to emulate a smaller version of the Titanic.  Many of the cabins display clothing and artifacts from the time period when the ship was operating on the lakes and the furniture and fittings throughout the ship are from that time period also.  A day trip is planned to explore this historic ship in the summer.  You will find more information about this outing in the social announcements.

We are currently working on speakers for the balance of 2020, June through November.  Possible speakers are as follows:

1] The Bees Knees Apiary.    This is a local apiary and is run by a mother and daughter who produce award winning honey.  They will speak about the important role that bees have as pollinators together with interesting information on the life and habits of bees and how these small creatures impact our lives.

2] Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue, from Bowmanville.  They rehabilitate injured and sick wildlife and release them back into the wild. This organization goes out to various schools and social clubs and is operated by a dedicated team of educators who travel across Ontario, spreading the word about the importance of backyard conservation and co-existence with wildlife.

3] We have also been investigating a speaker who is a local author.   She has written some books on Princess Diana.  She would be willing to do a presentation for us on "Princess Diana - her life and times".

Barbara Provis, Speaker Coordinator - 905-240-4545 or leedle@rogers.com


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