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September 23rd - Dr. Irene Makaryk
Shakespeare in Canada

Irene (Irena) Makaryk is Professor of English, cross-appointed to Theatre, at the University of Ottawa. She is the author and or editor of 14 books, as well as numerous articles. She is currently also the Project Coordinator of Shakespeare 400, an unprecedented four-month celebration of Shakespeare that will take place in 2016.

The year 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the most translated and performed playwright in the world. In Canada, Shakespeare has played an important role in our cultural history since the 18th century. This presentation explores some of that history and the various ways in which Shakespeare has contributed to our national identity.

We have asked Dr. Makaryk to include a description of Shakespeare 400 with particular emphasis on activities in which we will be able to participate or to attend.

Take a look at the Shakespeare 400 web site.


October 28th - James Jordan

While continuing our tradition of having a 'Remembrance' speaker at our october meetings, this year we have taken a somewhat different tack. James Jordam has worked at 'War Amps' since 2007 and will tell us about the challenges facing our recent war injured, as well as giving us some of the details of the CHAMPS program. Born without a left arm below the elbow, James entered the CHAMPS program when he was 6 months old.

Through CHAMPS, James received peer support and financial assistance for artificial limbs. James became increasingly active in CHAMPS as a Junior Councellor and he has become a role model for younger Champs.

His current position is 'Safety Event Coordinator' for 'War Amps', but he remains involved in the CHAMPS program, helping youngsters to cope.



We are a 'Combined' Club. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except December - 2nd Wednesday). Meetings begin at 10:00 with a few minutes of announcements and then a speaker. Members start to arrive about 9:30 for coffee, cookies and chat (tea, Tim-bits and talk).

Meetings are at:

Gloucester Presbyterian Church
91 Pike Street

Pike Street runs north from Hunt Club just west of Conroy. The church is at the corner of Lorry Greenberg and Pike. Parking lot entrances are off Pike.

PROBUS' Vital Purpose …

... to stimulate thought, interest and participation in activities at a time in life when it is easy to become complacent and self-centred.

Guests and Visitors from other Clubs are welcome.

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