PROBUS Club of Guelph and District
PROBUS is an association of retired professionals or 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 and of similar levels of interest.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 on the second Wednesday of each month, except July and August.
PROBUS Guelph is being very careful for our members during the time of COVID-19. Our decision has been to cancel in-person meetings and activities. However we have, after a short hiatus, resumed our monthly general meetings by ... Zoom!
Our speakers have been excellent:
Tauni Sheldon spoke to us about '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 qallunat 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.
Susan Garrod-Schuster spoke to us about '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.
Jaya James, Executive Director of Lakeside HOPE House, spoke to us about '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.
Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik spoke to us about '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.