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Sunday Bulletin for June 17, 2018
 Father's Day. Rev. Nicholson preaching; "Let me tell you a story." Jeffrey Carl will be our soloist today. PDF

Vista Orders.
 Due dates for orders are:  June 24. PDF

Letter from Agnes in Uganda
 Agnes has completed her year 2 course in tailoring and doing well with her grades.  PDF

Hamilton Conference.
 Click the link for the latest news from Hamilton Conference. Hamilton Conference website.

East Plains Co-op PRESCHOOL.
 for Toddler and Preschoolers. Programs for children ages 18 months-5yrs. Call 905 681-0233 or go on the internet to: eastplainspreschool.com

A complete list of activities is available on the Calendar page.


April 23, 2018 Jennifer Maruno is a retired elementary school principal with the Peel District School Board. She is also an author and has written a series of books about the treatment of Japanese Canadians living in British Columbia during WWII. Her debut novel "When the Cherry Blossoms Fell," is told through the eyes of a nine year old girl Michiko Minigawa whose father is sent away to an internment camp. Jennifer married a Japanese Canadian whose mother Eiko Kitagawa Maruno,experienced much of the hardship and discrimination that took place during the war. Eiko, along with all Japanese Canadians living in BC along the coast were suspected of spying for the Japanese. Stripped of their possessions by the Canadian Government, these Japanese Canadians were sent to internment camps in the interior of BC where they were forced to work in lumber yards, railway lines etc. Eiko along with her Japanese born husband Sam, made their way to Ontario with their children, after the war. In September 1988, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney issued an official apology and compensation to the Japanese Canadians.

March 18, 2018,Ruth Greenspan,Executive Director of the John Howard Society (JHS) of Hamilton, Burlington and Area, began by telling us a couple of stories of how the JHS helped individuals, run afoul of the law, get their lives back in order. She mentioned for example the "Justice Circle" program run in high schools like John A Macdonald HS in Hamilton. She then switched to a power point presentatiion and gave an overview of the programs/services provided by JHS, for both adults and youth, male and female. She mentioned the escalation of gun violence in Hamilton last year and this year, and how boys as young as 8 yrs are encouraged to join gangs. To counter this, JHS has set up YARD (Youth at Risk Development) where front line workers meet with troubled youth. They go into schools and act as a liaison with police in order to provide as much help as possible. The JHS of Hamilton has a staff of 50 and 200 volunteers to serve over 2,000 clients. The JHS of Hamilton is holding a fund raiser at the Hamilton Yacht Club on June 1, $50 dinner. For more info go to www.jhshamilton.on.ca

February 17, 2018 Mike Fletcher grew up on a dairy farm near Port Dover but showed little interest in following his father's career as a farmer. By his own admission "a below average student" he left high school early to follow an interest in underwater diving and water exploration beginning on lake Erie where he worked in the offshore oil and gas industry as a commercial diver.

Mike showed us a video he made that focused on his efforts to save a sunken shipwreck called the "Atlantic" that sank off the coast of Port Dover in Canadian waters in the mid 1800s with 300 people aboard, mostly immigrants from Scandanavia. An American treasure hunter from California named Captain Morgan, claimed he discovered the wreck and removed the artifacts. A terrible court case ensued involving both American and Canadian courts but eventually Mike won the case. The video also showed some interesting footage of Mike's deep sea diving explorations with his son Warren when they travelled to China and Turkey. A very interesting life for a man who didn't do so well in school."

January 13, 2018, Bob Barnett was one of the founders in 1997 of the Escarpment Biosphere Conservency, a land trust charity with the mission "to establish nature reserves in the Niagara Escarpment area and to educate the public about conservation and preservation." EBC, a non profit organization, is Ontario's second largest land trust and is one of about 30 trusts that form the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. This Alliance has been able to conserve over 80,000 acres of ecologically significant lands in Ontario and the number is rising. EBC has protected 53 sq km of land on 162 sites from Caledon to Manitoulin which include the habitat of 53 rare endangered and threatened species. Most of their reserves are donated which keeps their cost of protecting land to only $50 or $100 an acre. Presently EBC is working on a project to buy Willisville Mountain and turn it into a nature reserve. Any help/donations would be greatly appreciated. For more info go to www.escarpment.ca.


December 9, 2017. Tim Burrows is a member of the Golden Horseshoe Electric Vehicle Association as well as the Southern Ontario Tesla Owners Club. He spoke about the "Next Generation of cars." The following description is taken from his website www.TimTalksTesla.com. "Entertaining and informing.... Tim gives a brief history of electric cars and answers some of the most frequently asked electric car questions about ‘where to charge’, ‘how long it takes to charge’, ‘how far you can expect to go on a charge’ etc. He also predicts that in the near future, cars that drive themselves will significantly reduce death and injury on our roadways and have other profound effects on society."

November 18, 2017.Hugh McCully is a charter member of the Burlington Amateur Radio Club which meets regularly at East Plains UC. He spoke briefly of the important role HAM operators play during natural disasters such as hurricane Maria that devasted Puerto Rico last September. His main focus however was the work done by Canadian operators in promoting the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It started with a couple of operators out west (Don Studney and Keith Witney) who got the ball rolling in early January 2017 and from there it took off. By April 2017, 179 operators worldwide had made 47,000 contacts in 130 countries. Hugh himself traveled to Arras France (10 km south of Vimy) along with 16 other operators where they set up their call station in "the Shack." From April 1 to April 9 (Celebration Day) they took shifts working 24 hours/day communicating mostly in English but there were also a couple of French speaking Canadians. On April 9 25,000 people showed up for the celebration. Hugh also visited a lycee in Arras where he explained to high school students the importance of the role played by Canadians in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The French government donated the land to Canada in 1922.

October 21 2017 Ed Jokinen was our guest speaker. Ed was born in Moncton NB and grew up mostly in semi-rural Quebec. He attended McGill University in the faculty of science but left after two years to pursue a career in aviation. He was hired by Air Canada in 1974 and spent the next 40.5 years in the Flight Decks of many of Air Canada's fleet types.Ed's talk took us into the flight deck of a modern airliner; he also gave us a bit of an idea about the lifestyle, duties and responsibilities of an airline pilot.

September 9 2017 Neil Beesley a senior project manager at Hamilton Water gave us a brief history of Hamilton Water. He began by reminding us how fortunate we are to have safe drinking water but cautioned that constant vigilence is required. He spoke of Thomas Keefer an MD who first designed Hamilton Water Works back in 1856.At that time tree trunks were used as pipes. He also spoke of John Snow, a British engineer who discovered back in the 1850s that cholera is a water born disease, not air born. He showed us some old photos of the Ferguson Ave. pumping station, the Gore Park fountain and the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. More modern pics included the Woodward Waste Water treatment plant. He described how water today is taken from lake Ontario, treated and distributed to residences and businesses in Hamilton and the surrounding area. finally he spoke of the work being done to "delist" Hamilton Harbour and the need to protect animal and plant life in Cootes Paradise.

June 10,2017. Karen Candy, Director of Care for the Burlington Carpenter Hospice gave a presentation on the history and growth of this palliative care facility, now celebrating its fifteenth year of operation. They are about to break ground on a new addition to their building located on Parkway Drive adjacent to St. Stephen UC.

April 8, 2017. Gail Wolters is the founder and president of Canadian Nurses for Africa.(CNFA) She and her team of 12 have traveled to Kenya several times to set up clinics in the Kakamega and Vihiga regions of Kenya in order to provide basic health care to the local population that is poor and suffers from high unemployment. The team pays all their own expenses, including airfare, food and accomodation.They travel by van to set up clinics in local schools and churches where they administer medications to treat illnesses such as malaria, jiggers worms and URTI. Those with more serious conditions are sent to the nearest hospital, paid for by CNFA. CNFA has also set up a business relationship with a company in British Columbia to drill wells and construct latrines for the locals. The team also tries to educate the people, especially young girls about the basics of health care and how to look after their bodies. For more information about this amazing and dedicated group go to their website www.canadiannursesforafrica.ca.

March 11, 2017. Dr. John Deadman, a forensic psychiatrist traced the history of forensic psychiatry beginning with the Code of Hammurabi (Ancient Babylon, circa 1700 BC) and ending with the "Paradigm Shifts" in psychiatric care that began in the 20th Century. Today under our current system of justice an individual accused of a crime must be judged mentally fit to stand trial. If a team of psychiatrists determines that he/she is mentally ill, the individual is not sent to jail, but rather is sent for treatment to a facility like St. Joseph's HealthCare (West Fifth Campus in Hamilton).

Joe Kovacich a colleague of Dr. Deadman and a retired social worker spoke more about St. Joseph's and explained that there are now 5 units that deal with issues other than mental health. There are in patient facilities (100 beds) and out patient services for people dealing with addictions etc. Dr. Deadman has written a book:"Moving out of the Shadows- a History of Forensic Psychiatry in Hamilton," that is available in our church library.

February 11, 2017.Bill Thompson a retired chartered accountant and member of the Halton County Radial Railway (HCRR) museum, spoke about the history of street cars with a particular focus on local lines. Bill has a collection of over 600 post cards many of which he as made into digital images for his presentation.

In the early 1800s urban transit consisted of horse-drawn wagons that ran along dirt streets. Later rails were added allowing the cars to move faster and avoiding muddy streets. Ridership increased and so did the profits.One of the humorous points concerning horse-drawn cars was what to do with the horse when the car was going down a hill? No problem; they just tied the horse to the back of the steetcar. Rather tough on the horse one would think.

Toward the end of the century electric powered streetcars appeared that ran on DC current and were powered by 1-2 HP engins; streetcars ran on single tracts. In 1895 the Great Gorge Route was established that ran on the American side of the Niagara river. This was a great tourist attraction but it was dangerously close to the river. Bill showed us a 1900 film taken by Thomas Edison that showed the force of the river running along side the streetcar. The Preston Car Company of Preston Ontario was founded in 1908 and manufactured streetcars mainly for local transit authorities in Hamilton, Toronto etc. Only a few Preston built cars now remain. The Halton museum opens in May and is highly recommended. You can take a ride on one of the old streetcars and be treated to ice cream. www.hcry.org

Spectator columnist Jeff Mohoney was our guest speaker on January 14, 2017. He talked about the history of the Hamilton Spectator which celebrated its 170th anniversary last year (2016). Founded by Robert Smiley in 1846 the paper was sold to William Southam in 1877. Presently the paper is owned by Metroland Media Group, which in turn is owned by Torstar Group. In 1976 the Spec moved its headquarters to its present location on Frid street, Hamilton, to accomodate the instalment of three new presses. Jeff spoke of the changing culture of the newspaper business and the difficulty of competing with online media sites, resulting in substantial changes in staff and resources. Jeff has worked at the Spec for several years and is passionate about his work. Our group had several questions for Jeff. A very enjoyable event.


January 9 2016 The speaker was, Commander Robert (Bob) J. Williamson CD (Ret’d). He is a retired Hamilton High School Principal. Currently, he is Director of the Hamilton Commissionaires. He gave an audio/visual presentation, entitled “Three Hamilton WWII Veterans”. It was the story of how three young boys from Hamilton spent their time servicing overseas during the war, one in the navy, one in the army, and one in the air force.

March 12, 2016. Judith Bishop was our guest speaker. Judith is a former trustee of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and a strong advocate for public education in Canada. As a "Hallmark of a good school" Judith singled out high academic standards, pride in the school and good staff student relations. Citing statistics from 2000-2012, Judith noted that Canada has consistently ranked very high compared to internationally publicly funded school systems. Students enjoy a wide range of programs including special needs programs and parent and student rights are protected by the Education Act. In summary, public education underpins democracy and diversity, is accountable and is internationally respected.

Men's Breakfast April 2016

April 9, 2016, Phil Davis was our speaker who spoke on "The Dawn of the Space Age," ( a personal story.) Phil is an electronics engineer (now retired) who worked on radar and sonar systems at Cape Canaveral (named Cape Kennedy from 1963 to 1973) during the early 1960 cold war days when the Americans and the Russians were vying for leadership in space technology, both trying to become the first nation to reach the moon.He worked on the Apollo program for NASA. Later he worked for General Electric on mainframe computers. He retired (a second time) in 2002 then wrote and published his memoir "A Small Skirmish in the Cold War," that is available in bookstores. He moved to Canada in 2007 and took out Canadian citizenship.

Men's Breakfast May 2016

May 14, 2016, Ian Bell spoke on "Blind Pigs and Midnight Herring, rum running on Lake Erie during the Prohibition." Ian is a musician but also served as the curator of the Harbour Museum in Port Dover for 13 years until he stepped down from that job in 2013. He also worked for a decade at the Norwich & District Museum and at Black Creek Pioneer Village. As a folk musician Ian has performed across Canada and in the USA and for many years was a regular musical contributor to "The Vinyl Cafe," "Fresh Air" and other CBC radio programs. His latest recording is "Forget me not when far away," a collection of songs from the Great Lakes.

June 11, 2016.Bill Dale accompanied by his daughter Leslie, showed a video entitled "A Life Well Lived."The video tells the story of Bill's wife Pat who was diagnosed with Alzhemier's disease in 2008 at the age of 61yrs. Bill with the help of his family acted as care givers for seven years before putting Pat in a nursing home where she later died. Pat was a nurse and she and Bill raised 3 daughters, led an active life and enjoyed many happy moments before Alzheimer's robbed her of her memory. Bill wrote the script for the video, produced by Lynn Rogers(memoriesofalifetime67@gmail.com), and describes how every aspect of Pat's life changed and how that affects the care givers. For example Pat's circle of friends diminished as she had difficulty remembering names and talking about past experiences; she had difficulty making decisions and as time wore on there was the chance of her wandering off. The video ends with these words: "Kiss my cheek and hold my hand; don't ask me to remember or understand; be patient." Bill's message to others in this situation: "Give constant and unconditional love."

October 22, 2016, Jim and Sue Waddington. For the past 40 years Jim and Sue Waddington have driven, paddled and hiked their way across Canada in search of sites of some of the most famous paintings by the Group of Seven + Tom Thomson. Jim (a retired physics teacher at McMaster University in Hamilton) showed our group some of the pictures he as taken of these sites (over 600) then justaposed the pictures with the paintings on our screen. When Jim finished, Sue (an artist in her own right) answered questions from the audience. The Waddingtons have published a book "In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven," that is available online or in most bookstores. Google "Books" or Jim Waddington for more info.

November 19 2016, John Beeden was our guest speaker. It took John 209 days to row across the Pacific Ocean to Cairn's Harbour in Australia. He had previously done the Atlantic in 53 days. For more info on this adventurer from Burlington ON go to http:/bit.ly/22wVU2w.


Men's Breakfast January 3 2015

January 3, 2015. "There's nothing I won't try." A quote by Ian Hamilton, author of the award winning "Ava Lee crime/mystery series."

When Ian retired from a successful career in journalism, he turned his attention to writing and in 2011 he wrote his first book entitled "The Water Rat of Wanchai." Seven more novels followed the latest being "The King of Shanghai." Ian has won several awards and his novels have been published in eight languages and more that twenty countries. According to Ian, the writing is the easy part; it's much harder to go through the editing process and then getting the book published. All of Ian's books have been optioned for films.

Men's Breakfast March 14 2015

March 14, 2015. Cam Jackson spoke on the topic "How churches are changing the face of poverty in Burlington." Currently Cam is Vice Chair of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, the lead agency for the Toronto Partners for Student Nutritiion. So the natural spinoff for Cam is to work closely with several Burlington agencies to address and meet the needs of those in Burlington who often have to decide between food and rent, on a regular basis.

Men's Breakfast April 11 2015

April 11, 2015. Herb Teather, a member of our congregation spoke about his younger brother Bob, an RCMP officer in BC, who received the Cross of Valour for the rescue of two fisherman from a capsized trawler and the subsequent naming of a Canadian Coast Guard ship in his honour- the CCGS Cpl. Teather CV.Click here to read Wikipedia's description of the rescue that took place at the mouth of the Fraser River in BC in 1981.

Men's Breakfast May 9 2015

May 9, 2015 Brock Godfrey from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) gave us several examples of scams used by criminals to defraud people, especially seniors. You get a phone call and someone tells you "Your computer has a virus," or "Your car warranty is up," or "This is an emergency and I need money to get home." For the younger crowd you might get a phone call from an attractive Russian woman who tells you she would like to meet you but needs money for plane fare. Organized crime is heavy (85%) into cybercrime and tries phishing techniques to try to steal your password or user ID. Every year individuals lose millions/billions of dollars so beware. For more info click the link.Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Men's Breakfast June 13 2015.

June 13, 2015, Janet Lovegrove spoke on "Self Care for the Caregiver." Janet is a Health and Wellness consultant in private practice at Belleville Professional Offices, 1006 Plains Rd. East in Burlington ON. The PDF file provides more detail.

September 12, 2015. Stu Chapman spoke about the rise and fall of Studebaker Canada in Hamilton and Burlington. Stu joined the company in 1963 in charge of marketing and public relations. The first Studebaker was built in 1902 in South Bend Indiana; the American Company actually began operations in 1852 selling wheelbarrows, farm wagons and the famous Conestoga wagon. In 1948 Studebaker began producing cars in Hamilton in a plant on Ferris street. Around 1959 Studebaker Canada bought 180 acres of land in Burlington but in 1960 sold the property to the City of Burlington.(present day Progress Park) Competition with the Big Three Auto makers proved too much for Studebaker Canada and in 1966 the last car rolled off the line in Hamilton. In 2009, Stu wrote a comprehensive book on Studebaker of Canada during its final years, entitled "My Father the Car - Memoirs of my life with Studebaker" which is available in Hamilton at the Framing Warehouse, 98 John Street North.

November 21, 2015. Rob Mazza recounted the amazing life of Aemilius Jarvis 1860-1940 focusing on his interest in sailing. Jarvis founded the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, of which he was elected commodore seven times. Google Aemilius Jarvis for more detail. Rob Mazza is a Mechanical Engineer and Naval Architect with over forty years in the marine industry. He is currently semi-retired, acting as a contributing editor to Good Old Boat magazine, and writing articles for both Professional Boatbuilder and Wooden Boat magazines.

December 12, 2015 Gordon Beck map specialist at McMaster University spoke about the role of aerial photography in WW1. Gord is the current map specialist at the Lloyd George Reeds Map Collection library at McMaster and is a frequent guest lecturer on the topic of WW1 cartography and aerial photography.

At the beginning of WW1, little attention was paid to map making, mainly because aerial photography was still in its infancy. Real men don't need maps was the thinking at the time. As the war progressed however it became more and more important. Obstacles had to be overcome; language, scale, use of co-ordinates (the French didn't want to use Greenwich as the prime meridian), contour lines, printing problems etc. By the end of the war, aerial photography allowed map makers to pinpoint fairly accurately enemy positions. Over 80% of the German guns for example were taken out in the first barrage at Vimy in 1917, allowing Canadian infantry to advance. Being a reconnaissance pilot of course required much skill and courage to fly the plane in a straight line while experiencing anti aircraft fire and enemy planes trying to shoot him down.


Men's Breakfast Dec. 6 2014

December 6, 2014, David and Kathryn Mayberry, retired dairy farmers from Oxford County. Both work as resource coordinators (Ontario) for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. In this role they assist the national churches in gathering resources for overseas programming and act as a resource for congregations, groups, and individuals on issues of food and hunger. Some of the main points made by David include:

1. We produce enough food to feed everyone but there are approx. 805 million people worldwide who go to bed hungry every night. Areas most affected are in south-east Asia (India, Bangladesh).

2. One third of the food we produce is wasted/lost.

3. In 1810 world population was 1 billion,in 1960 3b, and in 2011 7b. Projection for 2050 = 10.5b

4. Canadian Foodgrains Bank work is divided into 3 areas: food aid; (food distributed according to family need) food security; (teaching people to produce their own food) and food justice; (aid for agriculture in third world countries, and advocating for more healthy food choices).

5. Our federal government contributes approx. $25 million/year to this organization.

Men's Breakfast Nov. 2014

November 8, 2014, Tys Theysmeyer, head of Natural Lands at the RBG, spoke about the history of Cootes Paradise from the early 1900s to the present. The following is a list of the main points that stuck in the mind of this reporter.

1. Before the purchase of the marsh lands that make up Cootes Paradise, the health of the lands was in decline.

2. The purchase of CP by the RBG in 1992(?) kept the marsh lands out of the hands of developers. Uncleared forests remain (white oak,and hickory trees etc)

3. The restoration of the marsh lands is ongoing. A carp barrier for example was built between the Burlington Bay and CP to separate carp from the native fish. In 1985 there were 4 bald eagle nests in the lower lakes region; today there are 85. New plant life is thriving and water management (storm sewers etc) is a priority.

4. CP is an important stop over for migratory birds like the Red Knot (endangered) heading north in the summer and south in the winter.

5. Challenges remain including visitor access and environmental problems.

October 18; Frederick Dryden is the Founder and Executive Director of LibertyForYouth an organization whose goal is to help youth at risk of crime. Since its inception 10 years ago LFY has assissted 400 youth and has given over $50,000 in scolarships and bursaries. For more info visit their website http://www.libertyforyouth.org

Men's Breakfast.

September 13, 2014, Lesley Mansfield from the Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) spoke on "What does a pair of shoes mean to you?" The HLF gives financial aid to elementary and high school students in the Halton District School Board in the form of food, clothing, bus passes, school supplies and emotional support. More than 5,000 students enroled in the Board come from low income families. Lesley spoke of "Josh" who chose construction for his co-op program but who could not afford the steel toe work boots and hard had. Another student had to glue together the soles of his shoes because he could not afford new ones. With such support, students stay in school longer and further their education. In total, the HLF helps more than 50,000 students in communities across Halton. The HLF also supports graduating students at university, college and apprenticeship programs. Each year a scholarship is awarded to a student from each hight school. Donors who support the HLF include individuals, corporations and small businesses and it is much appreciated.

Men's Breakfast May 2014

May 10, 2014. Jane Mulkewich = guest speaker. Jane Mulkewich is a lawyer at Ontario Nurses' Association. She lives in Dundas and is a graduate of Aldershot High School.(Halton District School Board) Her interest in issues relating to racism led her to research the story of Sophia Pooley, an African- American slave stolen from her parents in upper state New York (present day) at the age of seven and purchased at first by Joseph Brant, the Mohawk Indian Chief, and later by Samuel Hatt, a noted English immigrant and war hero. (Hatt street in Dundas is named after him). Sophia's story was published in 1856 in a collection of fugitive slave narratives collected and transcribed by Benjamin Drew. (his book is available for purchase). Of the 117 narratives described in the book, Pooley's is unique because she arrived in Canada as a slave (but not a fugitive slave) and lived in Canada for about 35 years (1778-1813). When interviewed at age 90, she stated: "I guess I was the first colored girl brought to Canada," and "there were hardly any white people in Canada then, nothing here but Indians and wild beasts." For more info on the Pooley Story, Google "Sophia Pooley Story- Dundas Valley Historical Society." Jane Mulkewich believes that a knowledge of the origins of slavery and its history are important to understand the issues of racism in America today.

Men's Breakfast April 2014

April 2014. Scott Pearson spoke about the history of the South Ontario Pacific Railway. This railway was built to provide a link btw Hamilton and Guelph and it passed through Waterdown. Local residents like the Flatt family were involved in drawing up the Charter for the company in 1887 but the railway was not built until 1910 due to opposition from the Americans who feared competition with the TH&B. These days remnants of the line pass through Smokey Hallow and archives show pictures of the Waterdown/Aldershot landscape before and after 1910. One interesting pic shows the railway station built near the cold storage facility on Waterdown Rd.

Men's Breakfast March 22, 2014

Dr. Frank Stechey is a forensic dentist and the only Canadian forensic dentist invited to assist in the identification of the victims of 9/11. He was part of a team of 256 forensic dentists who succeeded(after months of work) in identifying through dental records approx. half of the approx. 3000 victims of 9/11. According to law death certificates of the unidentified victims can only be signed by a coroner after a wait period of 7 years at which point insurance can be claimed. 95% of the forensic dentists work involves dental ID. Other tasks include identifying bite marks in cases of child abuse and domestic violence. Asked what he remembers most of 9/11 he says "the dust" which completely covered the buildings and walls and pulverized people. Dr. Stechey was thankful for the emotional support supplied by the counsellors from the Salvation Army. Presently Dr. Stechey is a dental consultant for McMaster University's Children's Hospital plus several municipal, provincial and national police services and Children's Aid Societies throughout North America. He spoke to our group on March 22, 2014.

Men's Breakfast Feb. 2014
Brett Rogers(31)and Cliff Quinn(38) wanted to relive the life of an 1885 prospector searching for gold. In August, 2013, they spent 7 days trecking across the Yukon wilderness near the Alaskan border on their way to the Yukon river. To make their trip more authentic, they lived off the land eating rosehip and shooting game (squirrels) with their Snider-Enfield rifle. To cross the 40 Mile River they build a small raft with authentic 19th century tools (axe + saw). Drinking water came from the streams and rivers they crossed. Temperatures were below freezing and they suffered blisters/cuts to their hands and feet but they did arrive at the Yukon river in 7 days. Brett is a graduate of Waterloo University in environmental studies but he is also interested in producing film. The video the pair made was shown on the History Channel and Brett was interviewed on Global TV. Go to his website(www.brettonthewater.com) for info on a very interesting young man. Cliff spoke to our group in February.

Chris Spearin January 2014

Dr. Chris Spearin whose parents are memembers of East Plains UC, has a PhD from UBC and is an Associate Professor at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, where he teaches political science. On January 11, 2014, Dr. Spearin spoke of the privatization of security and outlined some of the problems that arise when private companies like Executive Outcomes become involved in peacekeeping and security around the world. Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the UN once stated that the world may not be ready to privatize peacekeeping.

Canadian Forces College offers courses to selected individuals interested in the military as a career and upon graduation these individuals find jobs working for the government or private companies either in the area of peacekeeping or security for large corporations. We were surprised to learn that Canada ranks 62nd out of 114 among contributors to UN peacekeeping.


On January 12, Adrian Dieleman from the Christian Gleaners gave a presentation on the work done by this organization. They collect surplus and off grade vegetables from growers and food distributors. At their plant in Cambridge, the food is cleaned, chopped and dried by volunteers. It is then combined in the correct portions to make up three pound bags of soup mix, that are donated to other organizations, who ship it to needy people in a host of countries around the world.

On February 16, Sandra Baker of the Burlington Community Foundation spoke at our Men's Breakfast. The Burlington Community Foundation is a bridge between donors and local charitable needs. Established in 1999, it is among the more than 180 Community Foundations that are part of the Canadian movement for Community vitality. Read more by clicking the link. Of particular interest is the Vital Signs link which gives a check up on the quality of life in Burlington.

On Saturday March 10 Tyler Fergus , a magician by trade, drew many rounds of applause as he mystified his audience with slight-of-hand and mind - reading that defied explanation. Red turned to blue and yellow to green as objects changed colour without human intervention. A humorous and engaging performer, Tyler can be seen Sundays at Kelsey's in Milton, as he brings smiles to the faces of the kids.

On Saturday April 13, John Kelly , spoke about the "Miss Supertest Story." John is an author who has written and published three books about the Supertest story and in particular about the contribution of Will Braden of Waterdown Ontario who died tragically in a speedboat accident in 1958.

On May 11, 2013,Don Smith (president of Smith's Funeral Home in Burlngton), Ebbe Marquardsen (past fundraiser for Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington) and Tim MuHoo (executive director of H204all) spoke about their efforts to raise funds for the Wellington Orphanage outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. H204all is a non profit organization dedicated to bringing safe drinkable water to the world and is presently working on a project with the orphanage. Presently there are about 200 orphans living in the orphanage which was built around 1995 as a result of the civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002). For more info on the orphanage and the water project google Wellington Orphanage Sierra Leone.

On June 8, Charlotte Redekop-Young, Executive Director of the"Food for Life" organization gave a presentation explaining how they collect surplus perishable food from retail and corporate suppliers and deliver it to those in need in Halton, through community agencies and neighbourhood outreach programs.

Men's Breakfast Sept. 2013

September 2013. Dr. Sue Watson, a researcher at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters gave a presentation on the Great Lakes, noting first the history of the lakes going back to the glaciers that produced them and second the imbalance both chemical and physical that presently exists. Here are some of the facts that this reporter gleaned from the presentation.

Did you know that 20% of the world's fresh water is found in the Great Lakes? That's the good news. The bad news is the pollution that is occuring in the lakes as a result of the residential and industrial waste that is being spewed into the lakes. Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are the most polluted lakes because of the development in these areas. Nutrients like phosphorous spill into the lakes and produce algae (see HABS= harmful algae blooms) that pose serious health and socio-economic issues. AIS or Aquatic Invasive Species liked mussels are also a growing problem. On the positive side, last year, 2012, Canada and the US signed a revised edition of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, hoping to raise public awareness of the problem and pointing to the responsibilities we should all share. So next time you go to fertilize your lawn, buy a fertilizer that has zero phosphorous content.

On October 5, 2013, Walter Mulkewich spoke on the topic "Lessons from our History: Adapting to Change," with particular reference to the Aldershot community. Walter is a former mayor of Burlington, with past experience in government, business, education, social services and local community organizations. Now retired, he is president of Performing Arts Burlington, Chair of the Hamilton Port Authority and remains active in a number of Boards and Committees.

HMS Ontario On December 7, Ray Peacock from Oakville gave a very interesting talk on the "HMS Ontario" which sank on October 31,1780 in Lake Ontario somewhere near Rochester, NY. Ray was born near Liverpool where he developed an interest in ships, and the sea. He along with this wife and three children emigrated to Canada in 1971 and he took up ship modeling as a hobby. It took him 12 seasons to build a model of the "HMS Ontario" which was found May 24, 2008, after a long search. Ray is one of a handful of people who know the exact location of the ship. The "Ontario" was built in May 1780 for the purpose of protecting the St. Lawrence from an American invasion following the American War of Independence. After a failed raid on Quebec by the Americans in early October 1780, the "Ontario" was on its way from Newark (Niagara on the Lake) to Oswego NY to pick up British soldiers when it was struck by a severe storm originating in the Caribbean. The captain, his crew and passengers (total= approx.130 people) were lost. The ship with its 22 canons was only 6 months old when it went down.