June 24, 2022 – William King


June 17, 2022 – Christine Nayler, Moms Stop the Harm


June 10, 2022 – Dr. Julia Rady-Shaw


June 3, 2022 – Michael Johnson


May 27, 2022 – Tara Ayer


May 20, 2022 – Jo Ann Stevenson

Solstice: A Time for Planting

May 13, 2022 – Dr. Carrie B. Dohe

We heard from Dr. Carrie B. Dohe from Bees for Peace, an official project of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. Find out how they are promoting pollinator protection through faith communities and humanitarian organizations.

May 6, 2022 – Juli Malone

Juli Malone shared about Beltane, the Celtic May Day, the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.

April 29, 2022 – Chef Margarita Padilla

We joined Chef Margarita Padilla as she shared the history and festivities of Cinco de Mayo pairing it with a culinary delight. 

April 22, 2022 – Debbie Danbrooke

We joined musician, composer and recording artist Debbie Danbrook for Spring Labyrinth at the Manor.

April 8, 2022 – Fredelle Brief

This week on the Friday Speaker Series, we heard from Fredelle Brief as she shared Passover: Stories to Remember.

April 1, 2022 – Joel Fendelman

Joel Fendelman,  Director and Producer of “Man on Fire,” a documentary about the elderly white preacher Charles Moore who sets himself on fire to bring awareness to the unrepented racism in his birth town of Grand Saline, TX. You can rent the film using this link:  If you have a Toronto Public Library card, the film is available for free on the streaming service Kanopy by using the link You can log in with your library card number and PIN. 

March 25, 2022 – Victor Caratun

Victor Caratun, Toronto history enthusiast, looked at Toronto past at Springtime.

March 18, 2022 – Meilana Dickenson

Meilana Dickenson shared the power of the soul to heal. 

March 11, 2022 – Chef Mia de Ala

Chef Mia de Ala joined us once again and shared a delightful lemon cookie recipe that’s quick and easy to make for spring.

See her recipe here.

March 4, 2022 – Bob Vernon, Syrian Refugees: A Time for Sponsorship

We heard from Bob Vernon as he shared about a Syrian refugee family and participating in this time for sponsorship.

February 25, 2022 – Rev. Alydia Smith, Makers Creating 

We joined in the conversation with Rev. Alydia Smith as she spoke about crafting and the creative process.

February 18, 2022 – Ellen Schwartzel, President of the Toronto Field Naturalists

Discover nature in the city with Ellen Schwartzel, President of the Toronto Field Naturalists, and former Deputy Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Ellen will share an introduction to Toronto’s wonderful and under-appreciated ravines; the growing pressures on our urban natural lands; and how groups like the Toronto Field Naturalists are helping Torontonians appreciate and protect nature.

February 11, 2022 – Rev Dr JJ, Memories From Thailand

In the second half of the program, Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea chronicles his adventures in Thailand and invites us to learn about its vibrant history and culture.

February 11, 2022 – Jordana Wright, Community Building in the Church Led by Young Black Women

This week, we joined in the conversation with Jordana Wright as she shares her innovative community building work in the Church led by young Black women as part of our Black History Month special.

February 4, 2022 – Pauline Martin, “Why Do I Give Back?”

This week, we joined in the conversation with Pauline Martin, a Financial Consultant, shares about her passion to give back and gives us a glimpse of how her journey began with the people of Haiti.

January 28, 2022 – Sabina Ali, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee.

This week, we joined in the conversation with Sabina Ali Executive Director of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, “a grassroots organization dedicated to creating and implementing public space enhancement projects in the community of Thorncliffe Park.

January 21, 2022 – Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair

This week, we joined in conversation with The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair about Robbie Burns, Scottish poet and lyricist. 

January 14, 2022 – Mark McQuitty

This week, we joined in the conversation with Mark McQuitty as he shared about the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation, a not-for-profit charity whose mission is to foster the memory of the oldest free school in Toronto.

January 7, 2022 – Joyce Barnes

This week, we joined Joyce Barnes, an internationally acclaimed 5th generation clairvoyant, medium, Spiritual Energy healer and Reiki Master.

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