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Spring Fling 2017

   club no. 101 chartered with probus canada

   Probus Club of Ottawa Alta Vista

   sponsored by the rotary club of ottawa


February 28th - Dorothy Phillips
Writing Non-fiction

Dorothy Phillips holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Experimental Social Psychology. Inter alia, she worked with the federal Department of Communications where she established a Behavioural Research Group to study the design of new computer communications technologies.

Her talk will use examples from her book: Victor and Evie: British Aristocrats in Wartime Rideau Hall, and will refer to other books of non-fiction.  Dorothy will focus on how non-fiction writing differs from fiction, and what is meant by creative non-fiction. Then the talk will turn to the research required, methods of research and ways of keeping everything straight.

Victor is Sir Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, Governor General: 1916 - 1921


March 28th - Norma Domey
Remembering, Honoring, and Emulating Viola Desmond

Norma Domey has a Master of Science degree in Toxicology from the University of Western Ontario and has been a proud member of Toastmasters International since 2004. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation - the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

Norma will remind us of the life and times of Viola Desmond (1914 - 1965). challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. She refused to leave a whites-only area of the Roseland Theatre and was convicted of a minor tax violation for the one-cent tax difference between her paid and used seat.

But her story does not end there ...


Guests and Visitors from other Clubs are welcome.

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.

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