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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 22nd - Karyn Steer
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)

Karyn has over 20 years of experience working as an Equity Employability Development Specialist, advising employers and organizations on strategies to attract, and retain internationally trained newcomers.

Karyn, now the Manager - Community Economic Development at OCISO, started working with their Career Mentorship Program as a Mentor Volunteer in 2007 and is now the Manager of OCISO's Community Economic Development Program. Within this role Karyn manages the Career Mentorship Program, the Ottawa Connector Program, and several Mentorship initiatives across Ottawa. Prior to joining OCISO Karyn developed and managed various employability development projects for women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and newcomers within Australia, England, and Canada.

Karen wil tell us about the general challenges faced in refugee resettlement with a focus on barriers to employment for refugee clients and the new employment initiatives with the City of Ottawa that were launched to support the Syrian Refugees.


March 22nd - Louise Profeit-LeBlanc
"Tse Duna" Master Storyteller

Louise is as Traditional Storyteller from the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation (First Nation of the Big River People) in the Yukon. Many of her stories are about the strength and importance of women within the community and their significant role as first educators of children. Her association with many elders has resulted in her gaining the responsibility and honour of becoming a "Story Keeper".

Louise worked as Coordinator of the Aboriginal Arts Office at the Canada Council for the Arts until her retirement in 2013, a position which allowed her to respond to speaking requests from Aboriginal communities, gatherings and festivals, and to many international venues, including Australia, New Zealand, Wales, Germany, Belize as well as many locations in the US and Canada.

"These stories are our teachers and inform us of how we can be."

Check out the 'Spring Fling' page (changed 9 February 2017)

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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