Friday Speaker Series - 2020

September 25, 2020 – Joanne Nicolson, 2nd Degree Black belt

Joanne shared her karate experiences, her love of martial arts and her “journey” to a 2nd degree black belt.

She also shared how that training can be applied practically in everyday life – not as an aggressive pursuit but rather to feel confident and prepared for things that might be otherwise unsettling in life. 


October 2, 2020 – Susan Johnson, Comfort Shawls

The women of the church have provided knitted goods for sale and for outreach. In 2013, we were introduced to a new mission, the Prayer (or Comfort) Shawl is worked specifically for someone who may be undergoing a rough time, or who has reason to celebrate. The knitter either prays as she works, or channels her energy in to the piece. Since then, we have provided over 40 shawls.

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October 9, 2020 – Simon Morris, Chef

Yummy recipes! See Chef Simon share his recipes with simple ingredients – Field Mushrooms, Spinach and Brie on toast, Butternut squash soup with garlic croutons, Beef and Guinness stew (to boost ya’ iron) and Classic Apple Crisp (Perfect after picking!).

October 16, 2020 – Wills, estate planning, and power of attorney.

John Philip Newell, wills and estates and a bonus episode of I Love Lucy, 

October 23, 2020 – Alec Seretis, Astronomy

What the first objects in the night sky? See the details of our moon, other planets in our solar system, and far off galaxies. Alec answers all your questions!

October 30, 2020 – the Honourable Paul Hellyer

Canadian politics, economics, journalism, and now extraterrestrial presence and their superior technology.  

November 6, 2020 – Betty Kelman, MEd, Retired Nurse

Betty shared her experiences of growing up in a small town in northern Ontario to travelling to Toronto to study nursing. Her stories included patients who left an impression long after Betty retired.

November 13, 2020 – Marie Nicolson, Shirley Carmichael and Magda Gockel

This week we heard from Marie Nicholson and her Newfoundland Knittings, Shirley Carmichael and her Swedish Weaving and Felting, and Oma (Magda Gockel) who baked Bavarian Star Cookies. See a video of Bavarian cookie baking, part 1 and part 2.

November 20, 2020 – Greg McKinnon, Manager, Museum and Archives at Toronto District School Board

Greg manages the TDSB archives including its new museum recently, featuring the largest public education collection in Canada, with more than one million items that have been collected since the mid-19th century. 

November 27, 2020 – Cynthia Switzer, Director at Morley Bedford Funeral Services

Cynthia formerly worked in the Toronto film and television industry for ten years.  She transitioned into the funeral services profession because of her desire to help others in need.

December 4, 2020 – Songs of St Nicholas, Debbie Danbrook Shakuhachi Flute and Labyrinth

Debbie Danbrook is a musician and recording artist who is also a master player of the Shakuhachi flute, an ancient Japanese instrument. The Shakuhachi flute was originally played by monks as a type of Zen called ‘Suizen”’.

December 11, 2020 – Nicole Williams, the Roehampton Shelter at Christmastime and Christopher Walker, Cabin Boy Knits

Ertha Downey, Program Coordinator, Roehampton Residence and Nicole Williams, Service System Planning and Integrity for Shelter, Support and Housing Administration Division discuss life and activities at the Roehampton Shelter.

Christopher Walker is a Fibre Artist, Knitwear Designer, and founder of the label Cabinboyknits.

December 18, 2020 – Boar’s Head Feast and Victor Caratun, The Ghost of Christmas’ Past

Victor has been a Toronto history enthusiast and an advocate for architectural conservation for many years. Victor is an active member of the historical and architectural preservation communities. He is a collector of images and ephemera depicting Toronto’s social history.

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