Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May @ 7:30 pm at the Grantham Lions Club, 732 Niagara St, St. Catharines. Please remember to Lug-A-Mug.

Click here to view the meeting Agendas for the 2022-23 year

  • October 11, 2022 - How Do We Make our Society Healthier?, 7:30 pm

    Dr. M. Mustafa Hirji
    Acting Medical Officer of Health for Niagara region

    Dr. Hirji was appointed to his position in January 2018. In this capacity he is responsible for protecting the health of Niagara’s 450,000 residents and 15 million visitors through Public Health programs such as vaccination, stopping outbreaks, preventing chronic diseases, health inspections, enabling children to get the best start to life, as well as Land Ambulance and ambulance dispatch services, and emergency planning. Dr. Hirji has a particular focus on the social determinants of health—the socioeconomic conditions in which people live, which determines half of health outcomes.

    Our health outcomes are primarily driven by the socioeconomic and environmental conditions in which we live, and only secondarily by the health care we receive, or the genetics with which we are born. Dr. Hirji will explain how a focus on improving these conditions in our society will enable us to become a more healthy, more equal, and more prosperous society, with a more financially sustainable health care system.

    Dr. Hirji holds an MD from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. He completed specialty training through McMaster University, earning a specialty certificate in Public Health & Preventive Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Hirji also holds undergraduate degrees in Engineering Physics and Political Sciences (Honours), both from the University of Alberta.


  • November 8, 2022 - Crime Analysis in Policing in Niagara, 7:30 pm

    Nancy Speck
    Certified Criminal Intelligence Analyst, the California Justice Department, Sacramento
    C.I.C.A. = Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst, IALEIA (International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts)

    Nancy retired from the Niagara Regional Police Service after almost forty years, including the last 17 years as a District Crime Analyst.  She was one of two women who started the new Crime Analyst Unit in 2002.  She had a varying career with the police as a “civilian” member, working in the Records department, Intelligence Unit and Detective office.

    Nancy also worked part-time in the Registrar’s office at Brock University after having her children, while keeping in contact with, and doing contract work for, the police.

    Nancy is married to Joe, a glass artist, and between them they have four children and six grandchildren.  She enjoys travelling, playing Pickleball, spending time with her family and carrying for a large garden in her home in Jordan Station.

    Nancy will be speaking about her career with the Niagara Regional Police Service, mainly her years as crime analyst, sharing stories of some fascinating cases.


  • December 13, 2022 - Festive Dinner with Entertainment, 7:30 pm

    Brie Watson
    Comedian, Improviser, Writer

    Brie Watson is an improv, stand-up and sketch comedian, actor, live comedy producer & improv instructor based in Niagara and Toronto.

    She is the creator of Guess Who’s Coming to Improv? She co-hosts the Second City Training Centre’s Lockdown Jam alongside Janet Davidson, and is the co-founder of Improv Niagara.

     


  • January 10, 2023 - Strengthening Women’s Leadership, Political and Economic Powers, 7:30 pm

    Mishka Balsom
    CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

    Mishka is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives that are designed to strengthen the business climate in Niagara and support the economic prosperity of the region. Mishka is actively involved with a high number of community organizations within Niagara, other municipalities across Ontario and internationally, including the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership and many more. In addition, she currently sits on the Niagara College Board of Governors, Brock U Goodman School Advisory Council and is Vice Chair to the Chamber Executives of Ontario.


  • February 14, 2023 - What They See is What They Will Be!, 7:30 pm

    Mentor/Mentee Program Participants - TOES Niagara (Tools of Empowerment for Success)


  • March 14, 2023 - Human Trafficking Awareness from an Indigenous Lens, 7:30 pm

    Elaine Berwald
    Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Liaison
    Niagara Chapter Native Women

    Elaine is an Indigenous Cultural Advisor/Liaison and a Grandmother. Her work as an educator and facilitator in Indigenous post secondary education provides student support and faculty education through an Indigenous Circle process. She also works in Indigenous child welfare, anti-human trafficking, healthcare, and community support. Elaine is a strong facilitator and storyteller with a passion for bringing an Indigenous lens to non-indigenous peoples, organizations, institutions, and communities. She serves on the Elder and Knowledge Keepers Circe for the Indigenous Circle Chapter of the Canadian Counsellors and Psychotherapist Association.

    Elaine Berwald is of Mi’kmaq and Metis heritage. Her maternal ancestral territory is Northern New Brunswick and her paternal ancestral territory is Selkirk, Red River Manitoba. She follows the teachings and practices of the guiding principles of Etawuptamunk “Two Eyed Seeing” which is an Indigenous framework by Elder Albert Marshall of Eskasoni First Nation Unama’ki (Cape Breton) Nova Scotia.


  • April 11, 2023 - Jane Goodall Institute Impacts on Conservation in Canada, 7:30 pm

    Bella Lam, CEO or
    Alex Johnson, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Jane Goodall Institute Canada

    Dr. Jane Goodall changed the world with her early research on chimpanzees, our closest-living relative. Observing chimpanzees in the wild taught Jane about the interconnectedness of all things; how animals, people, and the environment all affect one another. As a result, she helped spark global interest in “community-centred conservation” – an approach to conservation that addresses the needs of local communities, wildlife, and ecosystems so that all can harmoniously coexist.

    JGI Canada was founded in 1997 and is the Canadian Chapter of the global Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). JGI is a world-wide community-centred conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall in over 30 countries. It aims to understand chimpanzees and other wildlife and their habitats, and to empower people to be compassionate citizens dedicated to a more sustainable planet.

    JGI Canada supports youth and Indigenous communities to implement projects that address the convergence of climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental inequity.

    A representative from JGI Canada will speak on climate change in Canada, what JGI Canada is doing to help, and how individuals themselves can help.

    We work to inspire hope. Because where there is hope, there is action.


  • May 9, 2023 - Spring Fling, 7:30 pm

    Unwanted Gifts

    Jodey Porter
    International Service Director of Rotary Club Niagara-on-the-Lake

    Join us for some Spring Fling inspiration from Jodey Porter whose incredible life has taken her all over the world into situations far removed from our lives in Canada.

    Jodey is a very active member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake community. Currently she is the International Service Director of Rotary Club Niagara-on-the-Lake. Her other volunteer work includes many years with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), President and founder of the Low Vision Association of Ontario, Chairman of the Board Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped, (ARCH), and executive member Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors for more than a dozen charitable organizations in the arts, health, advocacy, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Anglican Church Ministries Foundation (ACMF) and various World Health Organization committees (WHO).

    Prior to her retirement, Jodey had a remarkable and varied career in leadership roles in public service, which included: Assistant Deputy Minister of Health for the Province of Ontario; Ontario Human Rights Commissioner, for three terms; member of the United Nations Human Rights Commission; Executive Director, Canadian Diabetes Association; Director of Development Canadian National Institute for the Blind; and numerous other roles.

    Jodey will talk about the "accidents in life" that lead to new discoveries. We all have moments of disappointment, of loss, of confusion, and of disorientation through our lives. The amazing thing is that so often these are not closed doors but open doors. The issue of disability, one each of us will face in our lives either personally or through family or friends, is one of these closed doors. Jodey will focus on characters in our world who have literally changed the way we live and how we look at the world, even though their world seemed shot by disability. Join us to be inspired by a talk full of humor, adventure, travel, and the promise of hope.