October 5th - Dr. Kenneth A. Shonk

"Humour and Wellness"


Dr. Kenneth Shonk graduated from University of Western Ontario in 1970 and had a full-time family practice until his retirement in October of 2007.

He received his certificate in Family Practice in1979. He received an Honorary Fellowship in College of Family Practice in1993


Dr. Shonk has a special interest in Pediatrics and Palliative care. He attended seven international conferences on “Laughter and Play” between 1986 and 2008. He has completed over 900 speaking engagements in the last 15 years, including everything from one half hour talks to half-day seminars for 50 to 2000 people at a time. He concentrates on the history, physiology, biochemistry, classification, evolution, concepts, and uses of humour in medicine. He highlights the application and use of humour in stress management, relationships, parenting and the aging process. He will show us how to bring more humour into our lives to make them a tad more bearable. All of this will be liberally sprinkled with lousy jokes that have been referred to as a “mirthful message” or a “chuckles checkup”.


Dr. Shonk has been married for 54 years to the same wonderful woman, with three married children, and nine grandchildren. His past interests include basketball, hockey and slow-pitch baseball, while present interests include canoeing and camping and white-water canoeing (including a couple of high Arctic trips).

“There ain’t much fun in medicine but there is a lot of medicine in fun!”


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November 2 - Daniel Aonso

"The Sounds of Hollywood

Discovering the Music of Film"

Starting from the soaring romanticism of the Golden Era of Hollywood, and traveling through the years: From the scares and screeches of Bernard Herrmann to the beautiful sounds of John Williams, explore the music of motion pictures!


Daniel Aonso studied piano from an early age. He then went on to complete a Bachelor's and later Master’s degree in music from York University with Classical Piano as primary instrument. His main areas of interest are in Popular Music and Film Music. He currently teaches piano, guitar, percussion and music theory at PAVAS music school in Mississauga.