Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May @ 7:30 pm. Initially, due to Covid-19, our speakers will present at our regular monthly meetings using the ZOOM virtual platform.

  • December 14, 2021 - A Festive Season Reading, 7:30 pm

    Aimee Kelly

    Aimee Kelly has “pretty much dabbled in everything creative”.  She was born in Canada but spent her teenage years in Great Britain. At school, which she loved, she was heavily involved in theatre and choir and played every sport available, including as a member of the ski team, which led her to represent England at the Junior Olympics in Ostersund, Sweden.

    Back in Canada, she moved to Vancouver where she took a short Journalism course as well as acting lessons.  She wrote and recorded music and performed in local venues with her musically talented gal pals. She also trained as a dancer and choreographer.

    Ten years ago, when her son was born Aimee decided to move to Niagara on the Lake so she could raise him with the support of her family. Her mother is Lorraine Kelly who we were privileged to have at our Zoom Meeting in April where she led us through the changes in her paintings as she moved around the world.

    Today Aimee has just graduated from an Online, six-month, intensive Voice Over Program at On The Mic Studios in Vancouver.  This course has given her a new outlet for her creative journey.  “Forever moving forward.”

  • January 11, 2022 - The Health Care Continuum in Niagara, 7:30 pm

    Lynn Guerriero
    President and CEO of Niagara Health

    Lynn joined Niagara Health as President in February 2020 and transitioned into the role of President and CEO earlier this year. Lynn came to Niagara Health as an accomplished leader in the Ontario healthcare system, with more than 30 years of leadership, management and clinical experience within a variety of healthcare provider settings, including multi-site acute care, rehabilitation and community care. She has also held senior roles at Cancer Care Ontario and just prior to joining Niagara Health, was the Assistant Deputy Minister for the OHIP Division of the Ontario Ministry of Health.

    Lynn is a strong champion and advocate for all Niagara Health staff and physicians and for including patient experiences and perspectives in decision-making. Over the last year, Lynn supported the Niagara Health team through the complex COVID-19 response in the hospital, as well as with all Niagara region assessment centres, temporary management of two long-term care facilities in crisis, and the region’s largest vaccination clinic.

    Working with Niagara Health’s community and government partners, she helped the team make significant progress in a number of strategic areas that will enhance patient care and benefit our region. These areas include the new South Niagara Hospital Site, healthcare research and innovations in technology to support new models of patient care.

  • February 8, 2022 - Sexism & Racism - Conversations on the Intersection, 7:30 pm

    Kattawe Henry

    Kattawe has both a lived experience of intersectional feminist issues of the Niagara region as well as an academic understanding of the theories and complexities of feminist issues.

    As a Brock alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Gender Studies and Feminist Research from McMaster University, Kattawe brings a background enriched with experiences and understandings of the difficult conversations that are essential to developing lasting and effective change. She is moved by the resilience of marginalized communities and has committed her research and professional career to understand the themes of racism, mental health, and sexual violence and harassment to understand and draw parallels to the social and structural nature of racism.

  • March 8, 2022 - An Introduction to 2SLGBTQ+ Experiences, 7:30 pm

    Stephanie Vail
    Community Health Worker, Rainbow Niagara
    2SLGBTQ+ Services, Quest Community Health Centre

    Stephanie Vail (she/her) is a Community Health Worker at Quest Community Health Centre with their Rainbow Niagara 2SLGBTQ+ Services. She brings a wealth of knowledge having worked in 2SLGBTQ+ health care for the past 10+ years. Stephanie will chat about the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Niagara and this will include information on:

    • Quest Community Health Centre’s  Rainbow Niagara 2SLGBTQ+ Services
    • Language and Identity
    • Special considerations for 2SLGBTQ+ Youth and 2SLGBTQ+ Seniors
    • Ways to be Allies to the 2SLGBTQ+ Community

  • April 12, 2022 - Environmental Ethics, 7:30 pm

    George Scott
    Niagara Beekeepers & Pollinators Association

    An environmental and agricultural entrepreneur, George is a committed advocate for farmers, livestock producers, and independent family businesses.

    George has been a Niagara resident all his life and has run a series of successful environmental-focused businesses including chemical and soil remediation, irrigation systems, wind and solar generation, and most recently bee keeping.

    With a degree from the University of Western Ontario in economics and a background in chemical product development, sales and global distribution, George has experience in business development, global trade and contract negotiation, customs brokerage and world-wide sales strategy.

    A registered beekeeper for more than 25 years, George is a passionate advocate for beekeeping as a crucial component for Ontario’s agricultural success, now and in the future. He is a member of the Niagara Beekeepers Association. In 2001, he founded the Niagara Beeway, dedicated to the protection and preservation of Niagara’s honey bee populations. George believes that the survival and health of the beekeeping industry is pivotal and is totally aligned to the mandate and concerns of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) at many levels.

    An expert on chemical pesticides, George is an active liaison with industry and agriculture in exploring new and alternative pesticide strategies and is a frequent lobbyist to industry and government to promote dialogue and understanding.

    An award-winning researcher with the University of Guelph, George is a patent holder of advanced root management growth media for the production of cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers; and a patent holder for the vertical axis wind turbine. Together with the UoG this research won the highest Ontario Centres of Excellence award in 2007. In 2000 George founded L3K, a not-for-profit corporation focused on environmental preservation, nutraceutical crop production and native species protection. Integrated pest management is key to the extensive work and research in these specific areas.

    George is an avid outdoorsman and maintains a 50-acre farm producing biodiversity-based crops, honey bees, woodlot, nursery crops and continued ag based research.

  • May 10, 2022 - Spring Fling, 7:30 pm

    The Unwanted Gift

    Jodey Porter
    International Service Director, Rotary Club Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

    Career background:

    Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Health, Health Strategies Group:

    Overseeing a budget of $4 billion and a staff of 450 professionals, responsible for strategic planning, policy development, and legislation, for the Ontario Ministry of Health and its network of health systems across the Ontario province.

    Ontario Human Rights Commissioner:

    Three term commissioner on the Ontario human rights commission and tribunal, with primary responsibility for development of the landmark accommodation guidelines for persons with a disability, and equity guidelines for physical disability and equitable treatment throughout the province.

    Executive Director, Canadian Diabetes Association, Ontario Division:

    Senior manager for a large staff and a primarily volunteer-based, extensive network of fundraising and educational branches.

    Director of Development, Canadian Diabetes Association, National Office:

    Responsible for a broad-based portfolio of fundraising activities at a national, provincial and local level.

    Director of Development Canadian National Institute for the Blind:

    Responsible for planned giving and bequest funding, national Library campaign, liaison with the United Way.

    Volunteer background:

    • Long term volunteer for 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)
    • Executive member Canadian centre for philanthropy and the Chair of the annual conference on philanthropy sponsored by the organization.
    • 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).