Upcoming Guest Speakers

Our Program Chair is responsible to arrange Guest Speakers to address the club during our regular meeting.  The list below shows upcoming Speakers and their subjects.


Our presenter is Carley Gallant. Ms. Gallant is from the Six Nations Reserve in Brantford and will speak on the former Mohawk Residential School and the Woodland Cultural Centre which is housed in the former school.  Carley is the Outreach Coordinator for Save the Evidence, a campaign raising funds to repair and restore the former school, an impressive red brick structure which was in terrible physical condition.  This was the first residential school in Canada operating from 1830 to closure in 1970.  Carley’s family has ties to the school so it is a personal presentation.  She effectively alternates between the operations of the cultural center which is forward looking and the terrible past of the school.

I think we all recognize, in hindsight, that the residential school program was a serious mistake, and perhaps it would be good for us to hear, in person, the First Nations perspective.


                   Confessions of a Forensic Detective


Detective Ed Adach has been a Toronto police officer for 37 years.  The first 10 years were as a uniformed copper in the gritty downtown area; currently, and for the past 27 years, in the forensic unit.  Detective Adach will be working a few more years, just for the fun of it.

His talk is titled “Confessions of a Forensic Detective”  

Along with the murder and mayhem of Toronto, Detective Adach has investigated war crimes in Kosovo for the United Nations, and has taught forensics in Afghanistan.

In his presentation, Combined North Oakville Probus Club members will be taken behind the yellow police line, and we will get a glimpse of real CSI work.  

Fingerprints and DNA are well publicized forensic tools.  Today their “poorer second cousin”, the footprint, will be highlighted. Actual homicide cases will be used to reveal the impact of this under-estimated evidence.  

To demonstrate the wide variety of shoe soles in the community, one Probus member will have an opportunity to win $50, if they are wearing “the shoes of a murderer”.  If the shoes you are wearing happen to be the same pattern as Detective Adach’s example, he will give you $50 (no alibi required).


              Social History with a Twist

This month we have Lianne Harris Racioppo talking about social history, but with a twist.

Lianne currently works as the History, Culture and Social Studies Resource Specialist Consultant with the Toronto District School Board and curriculum advisor for Upper Canada College, having taught over 70,000 teachers and students (usually in authentic period clothing).  


She has a smorgasbord of over 50 topics. Some examples :- Juicy royal scandals that changed history.  What 10 things made the Roaring 20's 'roar'.  What goes on in a Turkish Harem. The Victorian era.  The Edwardian era. Life along the Silk Road. How a bar of soap changes history.  

She often appears in period costume. 


                      Fraud presentation

Constable Matthew Rocco, Older Adult Support Officer, Halton Regional Police will give us a fraud presentation. 

We are receiving many phone calls which are scams, this has increased considerably recently and several members have asked if I could set up a talk by a police representative. 

Although we had a talk on this subject three years ago, I hope you agree that the time is ripe for another talk to bring us up to date, because we are a targeted group and we are getting older.


       The Origin of Names in Historic Ontario


John MacDonald is this month’s speaker.

 This colourful PowerPoint presentation will feature the Halton area.

John is an historian, was born in Milton, and is a life long resident of Halton

After extensive research in England, Bermuda and Ontario John wrote a book, entitled, Halton’s Heritage, introduced in October 2011, which features the story of William Halton—the man our county (and region) was named for.  This book, which deals with the origin of place names, includes both written and pictorial essays for over 70 settlements in Halton.


We all live in Halton Region, many of us for a long time, but wouldn’t it be interesting to know the early history of colonization here?

Last update   9th Jan 2020