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March 25th, Judith Brown - Black Stories

Telling "history" that you never learned in school. Stories of slavery which according to Dr.Afua Cooper, a Jamaican born Canadian historian, "were locked away in the National closet."

There is more to the slave story than "the Underground Railroad!"

Stories of Blacks that are relatively unknown.
Stories that reveal that Blacks were in Canada at the same time as the French and British.
Stories of Black Loyalists who worked side by side with other cultural groups to build this great country.


April 22nd, Doreen Reidel - Henry Lawson and the 'St Roch'

Doreen Reidel's father, Superintendant Henry Lawson (1899 - 1964), RCMP, as skipper of the RCMP vessel "St. Roch", made historic transits of the North West Passage in the early 1940s. Doreen's talk will focus on the epic voyage in 1944 when her father sailed, in wartime conditions, from Halifax through the North West Passage to Vancouver, in 86 days.

The voyages of Henry Larsen more than seventy years ago reinforced Canada's case for sovereignty in the north. And now seems to be an appropriate time to re-visit them as our interest in the North West Passage has rekindled by the discovery (by Parks Canada divers five months ago) of HMS "Erebus" a British vessel that was trapped by winter and lost in 1846 while attempting to find the elusive Passage.


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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