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GREAT SPEAKERS, FELLOWSHIP AND FUN !

PROBUS is an association of retired & semi-retired professionals and individuals who join together at autonomous clubs throughout the world.

The basic purpose of a PROBUS Club is to provide regular gatherings for those who, in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances, have similar levels of interest and like to keep active.

The PROBUS Club of Guelph and District is a combined club with women and men members. We thrive on fellowship and lifelong learning. We hold regular meetings to hear speakers, to discuss current topics and to conduct the Club's business. In addition, we engage in social and cultural activities both locally and out of town.

PROBUS is not a service club. We do not raise funds for charitable causes. We are not political and are non-sectarian.

Meetings are held virtually on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30am.

“Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation"


UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

PROBUS Guelph is being very careful for our members during the time of COVID-19. Our decision has been to temporarily cancel in-person meetings and activities. They will resume based on Community Health Guidelines and members interest.  Hope you enjoy our monthly general meetings by Zoom!  Our speakers have been excellent and our activities are a lot of FUN!

May 11.21 Probus Moves & Grooves Virtual Fitness Class

Spring has sprung!  Let's get movin! Six weeks of fun filled fitness at your own pace while in the privacy of your own home.

LIFTing Guelph, Restore & Recharge.


May 12.21  Ross McKenzie, Self Driving Cars

May 26.21 Rick Steves Tour of Burgundy, Happy Hour Virtual Wine Tour with special guest

Get inspired with Rick Steves' recommended places to go and things to do, with tips & photos. The rolling hills of Burgundy gave birth to superior wine, fine cuisine and spicy mustard. Burgundy is a calm and cultivated corner of France, where fine living is intimately tied to nature and traditions run strong. We'll slow down to enjoy the region's edible, drinkable, scenic, and floatable delights. We'll travel on a canal barge, visit a medieval hospice and a modern monastery, build a barrel, appreciate fine Burgundy wine, slurp escargot, and eat very, very well. If you're looking for quintessential French culture, you'll find it in Burgundy.

June 2021  Andrea LeBlanc, Kitchen PARTY!

Host at My Living Room: Live!

July 14,21  Sweet Cheese, Wine & Cheese Presentation

Purveyor of diabolically good cheese

Aug 11.21  Robert Pavlis, Master Gardener

Garden Tour Excursion

Sept 8, 21  Fred Dawkins, Camino With My Grandson!

Published Author, Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor

Oct 13, 21  David Chapman, Eagle's Flight

Experienced Production Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in Travel Photography, Secondary Education, People Management, Youth Leadership, and Administration. Strong media and communication professional with a Bachelor of Education - B.Ed. focused in Health and Physical Education/Fitness from The University of Auckland. 


Nov 10, 21 Cardinal Collins


Dec 2021  Christmas PARTY

Send your music request in


Jan 2022  Marva Wisdom, Black History Month

Founder and Principal of Wisdom Consulting, shares her extensive personal and professional experience by assisting groups and organizations that look to build and enhance their leadership capacity in diversity, inclusion and belonging.


Feb 2022  Antiques and Treasures 

Past Events, Activities and Speakers

May 04.21 Probus Moves & Grooves Virtual Fitness Class

Spring has sprung!  Let's get movin! Six weeks of fun filled fitness at your own pace while in the privacy of your own home.

LIFTing Guelph, Restore & Recharge.

April 28.21 Book Club, 2020 Hindsight, F.C. Dawkins discussion with Author

Fred Dawkins is a serial entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience and achievements in manufacturing, retail, land development, consulting and the import/export industry. 

His most recent published is a book of science fiction — 20 /20 Hindsight — that explores a near future where government has collapsed and left people to find new ways of surviving.

April 27.21 Probus Moves & Grooves Virtual Fitness Class

Spring has sprung!  Let's get movin! Six weeks of fun filled fitness at your own pace while in the privacy of your own home.

LIFTing Guelph, Restore & Recharge.

April 20.21 Probus Moves & Grooves Virtual Fitness Class

Spring has sprung!  Let's get movin! Six weeks of fun filled fitness at your own pace while in the privacy of your own home.

LIFTing Guelph, Restore & Recharge.

April 14.21 Richard Moccia, Take a Hike! An Incredible Journey Along the Bruce Trail

Professor, Aquatic and Fisheries Science, Director, Aquaculture Centre, Past Associate Vice-President, Research


April 13.21 Probus Moves & Grooves Virtual  Fitness Class

Spring has sprung!  Let's get movin! Six weeks of fun filled fitness at your own pace while in the privacy of your own home.

LIFTing Guelph, Restore & Recharge


April 06.21 Probus Moves & Grooves Virtual Fitness Class

Spring has sprung!  Let's get movin! Six weeks of fun filled fitness at your own pace while in the privacy of your own home.

LIFTing Guelph, Restore & Recharge


March 24.21 Ted Talk by Dr. Brene Brown, The Power of Vulnerability discussion.

Researcher. Storyteller. Texan.  "Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver."

March 10.21 Robin Lee Norris, LLP,  Communication and Future Planning for Seniors.

Robin-Lee is a native of Guelph.  She graduated from John F. Ross CVI and went on to complete an undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Guelph and her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School.  Robin-Lee was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982 and practiced law with the Guelph law firm of Kearns, McKinnon until 2003, taking a year off in 1985 to work on an MBA in Adelaide, Australia thanks to a scholarship through Rotary.  Kearns McKinnon merged with the national law firm of Miller Thomson LLP in 2003 and Robin-Lee continued with Miller Thomson LLP until her retirement from the practice of law in 2018.  She is married to David Halls and is an avid curler, scuba diver, and hiker.

Together, Robin-Lee and David have raised over $60,000 for our local shelter for abused women through three challenging 5-day hikes in Machu Picchu, Peru, the mountains in Iceland and last December in the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

Today she teaches a business law course to undergraduates at Ivey Business School at Western University and runs a consulting business focused on mediation and succession planning.  Robin-Lee assists families work through the often emotional and divisive minefields triggered by the transfer of wealth, including businesses, farms, and cottages, from one generation to the next.  She will be speaking about the role of communication and transparency in the planning process, along with providing tips and tools you can use to avoid the minefields.

Mar 01.21  Walking / Hiking Group with Barb Moldenhauer

Feb 23.21  Donna Marie Pye, Relish Cooking Studio, Crepes Demonstration

Delicious and easy!


Feb 10.21 Robert Pavlis, Master Gardener

Owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a five-acre garden started in 2005. Mr. Pavlis will present design decisions for converting a property that had no gardens, into one that has extensive gardens, including both a dry and a wet waterfall, pond, sunny perennial gardens, shade gardens, rock gardens and shrub gardens. Before and after pictures will be used to discuss the reasons behind the design decisions

Jan 13.21  Tom Watson, Story Teller: Life in Our Town

After growing up on a small farm in southwestern Ontario, he went on to live and work in ten different cities or towns, in three of our Canadian provinces, all of which gave him a taste of the rich variety of cultures that make up our country. He considers himself to be a pretty lucky guy, in that he had three careers, the last of which was becoming a United Church minister, and that is what brought him here to Guelph in 1991, when he came here as minister at Trinity United Church. He says that during his lifetime, he has received many gifts.

One has been a love of music. He began playing the drums at the age of 15 when he and his chums decided to form a dance band—and he's still playing a few gigs a year. And for the past 15 years he has been an active member of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph, and acting as emcee for their concerts.

Another has been a love of writing. Especially humourous stories, and scripts for musical comedy productions. Oh yes, and some very humorous sermons. He loves to laugh. Both to laugh himself and to hear other people laugh. Tom figures that a day without music and laughter is not a very good day at all.

Dec 02.20  Christmas with Keith Conrad and Steven Hendrickson

Our December Zoom meeting will be a special program. Steven Henrikson and Keith Conrad are planning a medley of Christmas and contemporary seasonal music and stories to entertain us. They have named it "Christmas in the Village." 

Nov 11.02  Jim Sanders, "Veterans with A Vision: Canada’s War Blinded in Peace and War"

Jim Sanders is a Past president and continuing member of our Club. About 10 years ago he retired from a 42-year career with Canadian National Institute for the Blind, (CNIB). He has served as Executive Director for The Sir Arthur Pearson Association of War Blinded (SAPA) since 1989. He represents SAPA on the National Council of Veteran Associations, an organization co-founded by SAPA along with the War Amputees of Canada some eighty years ago. Although, there are no War Blinded Canadian Veterans still living, SAPA continues to be an advocate through The National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada (NCVA) for Federal services and support to all disabled veterans.

Oct 04.20  Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik, Family Physician & Director of Bracelet of Hope - Conquering Two Pandemics.

Dr. Zajdlik is a Guelph family physician and regional HIV specialist.  She is the founder and Medical Director of the Masai Centre for Local, Regional and Global Health, a provincially funded HIV/AIDS clinic in Guelph.  In 2010, she opened a satellite clinic in Waterloo.  The clinics provide care to 700 HIV positive patients in Guelph-Wellington, Grey Bruce and Waterloo Region.  In March 2019, she founded Hope Clinic, the new Centre for Excellence in HIV Treatment in the region.

Dr. Zajdlik is the founder of Bracelet of Hope that raises awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub Saharan Africa and funds HIV/AIDS relief in Lesotho, Africa.  Bracelet of Hope now focuses on the care of 51 AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in 7 foster homes.  In 2009 the Tsepong Clinic in Lesotho opened keeping 11,000 people alive on treatment.  Bracelet of Hope also supports mobile health units that provide primary and HIV care to 100,000 people living in a rural district of Lesotho. During the COVID-19 pandemic Dr Zajdlik has posted regular messages of science-based hope on Facebook, garnering more than 18,000 followers.

Sept 09.20  Jaya James, Executive Director of Lakeside HOPE House, 'Bringing Hope to You: Poverty Relief During a Pandemic'

HOPE House operates and advocates on the belief that poverty, food insecurity, inequality, health and community are all interconnected. They offer services and programs that challenge the stigmas surrounding poverty and allow our community members to maintain their dignity and choice, while simultaneously providing them with tactile skills developed in a community environment; it is not about a hand-out but rather offering people a hand-up, creating long-term skills that facilitate self-sufficiency.

Aug 12.20  Susan Garrod-Schuster, 'Telling The Stories of People's Lives'

Susan opened a window into the world of "Living History". Three volunteers shared a fact about themselves or their life that perhaps very few people know. Through the sharing of these experiences we explored the value of telling our life story, both for ourselves as well as for others.

July 14. 20  Tauni Sheldon, 'The Sixties Scoop; A Personal Story'

Tauni Sheldon was born to her Inuit parents from Nunavik but was taken at birth as a Sixties Scoop baby. She was raised by her qallunaat parents in Milton, Ontario. Tauni has spent her lifetime reconnecting with her biological family, while growing up in the "south". She became the first female Inuit pilot, having flown in the Arctic for Air Inuit Ltd.; and has worked with federally incarcerated Inuit and Aboriginal men. Currently she works in a social capacity for all Inuit, and shares her Inuit culture. Tauni and her son embrace the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit way of learning, and she is reconciling her Inuit Rites of Passage.

Jun 10.20  Lunch with Tom Watson, We Can Make a Difference

After growing up on a small farm in southwestern Ontario, Tom went on to live and work in 10 different cities or towns, in three of our Canadian provinces, all of which gave him a taste of the rich variety of cultures that make up our country. He considers himself to be a lucky guy, in that he had three careers, the last of which was becoming a United Church minister at Guelph’s Trinity United Church. He says that during his lifetime, he has received many gifts: one has been the love of music; the other, the love of writing, especially humourous stories. Tom figures that a day without music and laughter is not a very good day at all. 

Mar 11.20  Sue Nash,  Body Innovations “The Fastest Way to Gain Better Health” 

Sue is the owner of Body Innovations, a holistic wellness movement-based company specializing in Pilates, Yoga, and Fascial Stretching. Her background education includes a B.A. in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University and a B.S. in Medical Technology from the George Washington University. Along with her university education, Susan has extensive training in various fields of fitness training and rehabilitation.

Feb 12.20  Andrea LeBlanc, Story through Music

Andrea will be accompanied by her sister, Stephanie Grimes. Hailing from the Maritimes, Andrea hosts a weekly interactive musical livestream video series with her partner, Craig, where she invites viewers into her living room for some down-home entertainment filled with stories, songs, laughter and love. Introduced by Kathy Stephens and thanked by John Holt.

Jan 08.20  Richard Moccia, “Aquaculture: The ‘Blue Revolution’ - A Game Changer in the World’s Seafood Supply”

The world’s population is consuming seafood at the highest per capita rates ever. But where does it all come from? Only a few decades ago, most of it came by hunting and gathering wild resources from the oceans and freshwaters around the planet. Now, more than 50% of global demand for seafood is supplied through farming technologies. Come and learn how this game changing form of agriculture is revolutionizing the way we eat! Richard is a Professor, Aquatic and Fisheries Science and Director, Aquaculture Centre at the University of Guelph.


Nov 13.19  Joe Tersigni, "An Exclusive Club", National Leadership Awards Program at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School”

Joe described the awards program that has placed Lourdes on the national stage for its recognition of exceptional leaders in this country - politicians, athletes, educators, aboriginal leaders, entertainers, activists, and business leaders. Each of them offered inspiration on goal setting and achievement.

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