Friday Speaker Series

See our calendar for the weekly topic and speaker.

  • September 25 – Joanne Nicolson, 2nd Degree Blackbelt 
  • October 2 – Susan Johnson, Comfort Shawls
  • October 9 – Simon Morris, Chef    
  • October 16 – Estate Planning, Wills, Power of Attorney
  • October 23 – Alec Seretis, Astronomy
  • October 30 – Paul Hellyer, former Minster of Defense
  • November 6 – Betty Kelman, Adventures in Nursing 
  • November 13 – Marie Nicholson, Newfoundland Knittings, Shirley Carmichael, Swedish weaving and felting, and Madga Gockel, Bavarian baking
  • November 20 – Greg Mckinnon, Archives at the TDSB
  • November 27 – Cynthia Switzer, Funerals 101 and Sheryl Snow, China Tiered Stands
  • December 4 – Songs of St Nicholas, Debbie Danbrook Shahuhachi Flute and Labyrinth 
  • December 11 – Nicole Williams, the Roehampton Shelter at Christmastime and Christopher Walker, Cabin Boy Knits
  • December 18 – Boar’s Head Feast and Victor Caratun, The Ghost of Christmas’ Past
  • January 8 – We Three Magi who were they anyways? and Alec Seretis, Astronomy
  • January 15 – Author James Fitzgerald, “Old Boys, The Power Legacy of Upper Canada College” 
  • January 22 – Suzi Morris, Indigo Do Hard Copy Books Still Matter? and Kelly Snow, Tool Library
  • January 29 –Richard Haldane,Youth Employment Services and Peg Herbert, Empowering Youth in Lesotho
  • February 5 – Candle Mass Halfway Point between Solstice and Debbie Danbrook Shahuhachi Flute and Labyrinth
  • February 12 – Simon Morris, Chef
  • February 19 – Author James Fitzgerald, “What Disturbs Our Blood” 
  • February 26 – Dr Julia Shaw, The History of Post WW2 Toronto Protestant Churches 
  • March 5 – Andrew  Macdonald, Sustainable Packaging
  • March 12 – Author James Fitzgerald, “Dreaming Sally” 
  • March 19 – Ellen Schwartzel, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and now President of the Toronto Field Naturalists, the Role of Nature in the City
  • March 26 – Jenny Blackbird, Centre of Indigenous Studies

Please join us!

We aim to lessen the impact of  isolation as imposed by COVID-19 restrictions.

Our Program includes:

  • Speakers’ series – on topics such as estate planning, health and wellness
  • Musical performance – by talent such as the Cornerstone band and other local musicians
  • Group activities – sing-a-longs, knitting, book discussion, card playing, exercise

Join us Fridays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, online.

Call 416-483-0695 or email manorroaduc@gmail.com for more details.

January 15, 2021 – Alec Seretis, Astronomy

Educated at Upper Canada College and Queen’s University, James FitzGerald spent over 40 years in the fields of journalism and book publishing. His first book, Old Boys: the Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College, was a controversial inside look at the attitudes and values of English Canada’s ruling class families rendered in an oral history format. Revelations of the sexual abuse boys at the school, first published in his book in 1994, sparked the criminal conviction of three former teachers and a successful multi-million dollar class action suit against UCC. 

See his presentation here.

composer and recording artist specializing in music for meditation, relaxation and healing. She is a ethereal music. She has released over 20 CD’s of music through her company Healing Music.

January 8, 2021 – Alec Seretis, Astronomy

MRUC’s resident astronomer Alec Seretis shows us where to find constellations in the night sky and teaches us about the make up of stars in our galaxy.

See his presentation here.

composer and recording artist specializing in music for meditation, relaxation and healing. She is a ethereal music. She has released over 20 CD’s of music through her company Healing Music.

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.

See his presentation here.

composer and recording artist specializing in music for meditation, relaxation and healing. She is a ethereal music. She has released over 20 CD’s of music through her company Healing Music.

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.

See them here.

composer and recording artist specializing in music for meditation, relaxation and healing. She is a ethereal music. She has released over 20 CD’s of music through her company Healing Music.

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”’. Listen to her here.

composer and recording artist specializing in music for meditation, relaxation and healing. She is a ethereal music. She has released over 20 CD’s of music through her company Healing Music.

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.  

See her presentation on planning funerals and memorials.

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. See some of the collections here.

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 their video here. See a video of Bavarian cookie baking, part 1 and part 2.

November 6, 2020 – Betty Kelman, RN-EC MEd C Neph(C)

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.

October 30, 2020 – the Honourable Pau Hellyer

Canadian politics, economics, journalism, and now extraterrestrial presence and their superior technology.  See Paul talk about his ideas and books here.

 

October 23, 2020 – Alec Seretis, Astronomy

See Alec’s presentation here.

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

See a recording here.

October 9, 2020 – Simon Morris, Chef

Yummy recipes! See Simon’s cooking presentations here.

October 2, 2020 – Susan Johnson, Comfort Shawls

Since its inception, the women of the church have provided knitted goods for sale and for outreach. In 2013, we were introduced to a new mission, founded in 1998 by Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria Galo of Connecticut. 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. If possible, the finished shawl is handed around the congregation who channel good wishes into it. Since then, we have provided over 40 shawls, some of which were given to members of the congregation and their family and friends.

You can find out more about the ministry here: www.shawlministry.com

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. 

 

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