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1917: A Year that Shook the World

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The year was 1917. The 50th anniversary of Canadian Confederation was overshadowed by the Great War and growing casualty lists. Within months, a crisis over conscription would threaten national unity. The patriotic glow had begun to fade as people asked how long the war would continue. Author Al McGregor explored that past as he wrote his latest novel, 1917: A Novel of the Great War. His presentation is an examination of the history behind the story; the momentous events overseas that echo into the 21st century and the cross currents on the home front in Canada. 


Class Size: Maximum 25
1917
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

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St. Andrew's Residence
99 Park St.

Class Date:
Friday, October 20th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Diane Gilhula
Instructor: Al McGregor
BIO NOTES:

Al is an author who specializes in historical fiction and who writes from a Canadian perspective. His first two books, “A Porous Border”, and “To Build a Northern Nation”, focused on the impact of the American Civil War on Canada and the final drive to Canadian Confederation. His latest work, 1917: A Novel of the Great War” explores a key year in the 20th century history, but began with an emphasis on the Canadian experience. The former broadcaster was a familiar face to thousands of television viewers across Ontario through his work as a television anchor. He now lives on a small farm in western Elgin County.


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Boom or Bust? Bothwell at 150 Years (CK)

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Did you realize that the population of Bothwell was once second only to Toronto? Developed by George Brown, a Father of Confederation who had some of his 4000 acres surveyed for a townsite. He sought to take advantage of the building of the Great Western Railway. Building first from wood for the trains, he then turned to furniture and thereafter oil. In consequence the population doubled in a year. Rising like a Phoenix then falling as demand dropped, facing the challenges of fires and depression, Bothwell has developed into a thriving town with a theater, furniture manufacturing, publishing and agricultural services. Come with us and experience this 150 year old story. We will visit the Historic Town hall and Theatre, Bothwell Furniture Manufacturing, Parks Blueberries, Tecumseh Monument and possibly the Oil Museum (time allowing).   Lunch is included. Class Size: Min. 17, Max. 22
 

ITINERARY

9:30am

Bothwell Senior Citizen’s Centre & Lunch

12:30pm

Bothwell Furniture Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

1:15pm

Tecumseh Monument

1:45pm

Parks Blueberries

2:15pm

Bothwell Oil Museum

 


Class Size: Maximum 5
BOTHWELL (CK)
FREE with Canterbury ElderCollege Membership. * NOT ELIGIBLE FOR "BUFFET FEE"

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St. Paul’s Congregation Church
450 Park Ave. W. 

Class Date:
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
from: 9:00AM until 4:30PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Marion Matt
BIO NOTES:

Marion is an advocate for the community of Bothwell. She enjoys writing articles on a variety of topics as well as taking the lead on special events such as Bothwell’s 150th Anniversary. Marion was the last reeve of Bothwell and enjoys associating with various groups in Chatham-Kent.


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Crime Stoppers

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Crime Stoppers is a community based charitable program that brings local citizens, the media and the police together in partnership to solve crime. This is accomplished by offering cash rewards and guaranteeing anonymity the persons that furnish information leading to the arrest or laying of charges against offenders. This presentation “Crime Stoppers How and Why it Works” will discuss the beginnings of the Crime Stoppers program, and why it is so successful in our community.  Additionally, some of the challenges facing the police and our community will be discussed and how you can participate in the program helping make our community a safer place. 


Class Size: Maximum 20
CRIME STOPPERS
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Monday, October 23rd, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Alice Silcox
Instructor: David Bakker
BIO NOTES:

Constable David Bakker started his career in 1987 with the Toronto Police Service and moved to Chatham Kent in 1998 as part of amalgamation. During his career he has worked in general patrol, Traffic Unit, the Hit and Run Squad, the Hold-up Squad, Homicide, the Intelligence Unit investigating Organized Crime, Child Abuse Investigations, the Community Action Team and the Public Order Unit. This is his second term as the police coordinator for the Chatham Kent Crime Stoppers program.


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Drainage: If You Drain It Crops Will Grow

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Chatham-Kent is a very flat municipality and in order to use it for agricultural purposes, it was necessary to drain it. An extensive infra- structure of over 4000 municipal drains has been dug and is overseen by Ontario’s first Drainage Board.  This course will explain the history of how this was developed and how we maintain the system in order to keep the water out of the fields and pump it to Lake St. Clair. 


Class Size: Maximum 20
DRAINAGE
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Alice Silcox
Instructor: Tim Dick
BIO NOTES:

Beginning in the private sector as an Engineering Technologist, Tim later joined the City of Chatham Engineering Department. Progressing through several levels of responsibility, he became the first Manager Drainage when Chatham-Kent amalgamated. In his current role as Director of Drainage, Asset and Waste Management for the Municipality Chatham-Kent, he is responsible for this large department and its multifaceted responsibilities.


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Family History: Developing a Personal History Template

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This is NOT a course in family genealogy. This is a course about building a template upon which you can, if you wish, construct, record and even publish your own personal and family history. Every family has a valuable history. Generally history is about great events. Yet history is also about people and the overall construct of history can be supported by unique histories of families and individuals. Despite limited educations my parents published a hard bound, 466 page personal history of their lives. I worked with them to see that book written, edited and printed. It is an ordinary history of an ordinary family yet described on one occasion by Canada’s national librarian “as the type of history we need more of.” Let’ see what we can do to map out your family’s history! This course will be a Workshop on designing, compiling and recording your personal family history. We won’t write your family history but we will offer some ideas and guidance on how it can be done. We will explore why and how preparing a record of your personal family history can be an important part of understanding our collective social, cultural and historical fabric. Note: You will need a writing device; some paper and an imagination. 


Class Size: Maximum 15
FAMILY HISTORY
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Monday, October 16th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Lloyd Brown-John
BIO NOTES:

Lloyd, a Professor Emeritus from the University of Windsor, has authored or co-authored 6 books and over 100 academic articles. He has been an opinion columnist for The Windsor Star for many years and has had a Leacock Award nomination for some of his CBC Radio and Television commentaries. He is also the founding Director of ElderCollege.


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Herb & Spice

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As cooks, we are always looking for easy ways to increase the flavour and interest of our dishes. One of the secret, healthy, and nutritious ways of doing so is to use blends of herbs, spices and aromatic flavourings of our own choosing. Creating your own signature herb and spice blends is the ultimate culinary adventure. With a mere handful of different herbs, spices and aromatics you can create a nearly endless variety of healthy gourmet dishes and beverages. 


Class Size: Maximum 15
HERB AND SPICE
Course Cost + Material/Trip Fee(s): $25.00 + $7.08 + HST(13% ) = $36.25

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St. Andrew's Residence
99 Park St.

Class Date:
Friday, November 10th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Diane Gilhula
Instructor: Alice Silcox
BIO NOTES:

Alice, a retired teacher, grew up in Windsor but most of her relatives lived on farms in SW Ontario. As a child, she learned to cook with mixtures of fresh herbs and spices. One of her earliest memories is of her mother asking her to go out into the backyard and gather some spearmint to flavour fresh peas and new potatoes. Her Grandmother also taught her how to use simple combinations of herbs to enhance soups, stews and casseroles.


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The Circle of Life: What the Wisdom of Grief Can Teach Us About Living

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Our approach to death informs our living. By exploring the stages of grief, along with the five cries of grieving, we will be able to move forward in our grief journey. We will also have and develop its wisdom and lessons for our lifelong pilgrimage. This general course will use no particular religious model but will touch on: heart/spirit, soul, mind and body aspects of living, dying, death and grief. The aim is to help remove the taboos of the subject, so we may start having serious, helpful, healing conversations with family and loved ones. P.S.- We will have fun and laugh!


Class Size: Maximum 20
CIRCLE OF LIFE
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

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St. Andrew's Residence
99 Park St.

Class Date:
Monday, September 25th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Alice Silcox
Instructor: Alan McIntyre
BIO NOTES:

Alan is a multi-faith chaplain with many years experience: officiating funerals, and working with families who have members facing death or who are grieving the loss of a loved one. As a host and moderator of several "Death Cafes" Alan has the experience to take a compassionate approach to teach and encourage openness to the subject and people.


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Therapy Dogs

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The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program brings carefully selected dogs and their enthusiastic humans to people in need of companionship, including hospitals, long-term care and nursing homes. Therapeutic benefits are alleviating depression and stress, lowering blood pressure, encouraging positive social behaviour. Positive benefits extend beyond patients to others involved in the care process. In this course you will discover how the therapy dog program has developed and the process of becoming a therapy dog team, the challenges it faces and miracles it produces. You will also meet some of the Chatham Kent therapy dogs and their handlers. 


Class Size: Maximum 20
THERAPY DOGS
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

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St. Andrew's Residence
99 Park St.

Class Date:
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
from: 1:00PM until 3:00PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Allison Fellner & Brenda Waldie
BIO NOTES:

Allison has been the unit coordinator since 2015 and with her therapy dog, Australian Shepherd “Teddy”, she visits patients in several programs in Chatham-Kent.  Together they have completed Child-Test and Paws 4 Stories Certification so they can participate with children under 12 and intellectually delayed individuals. A graduate of Western University she lives with her family in Chatham. Brenda served as Chatham area coordinator for the St. John Ambulance Therapy Job Dog programme for 10 years helping it grow to 34 therapy dogs. Her well-loved Shih Tzu “Simon”, provided comfort to many until he retired in 2013. Brenda continues to be an important advocate for the program and has adopted a new Shih Tzu-Poodle “Rudy” to train. Brenda is a retired elementary school teacher, and lives in Chatham with Rudy.
 


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Women and Farms: She tills the field and scatters...

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Generally, farmers are thought of as men by accolades and names on barns. However, there are many hard-working and innovative women, often behind the scenes, whose contributions have supported and advanced agriculture in this area and beyond. In this course we will learn and share stories of some of these local female farmers and their achievements. As well, we will meet and engage with a panel of some of these farmers. 


Class Size: Maximum 20
WOMEN AND FARMS
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Monday, October 2nd, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Diane Gilhula
Instructor: Patricia Weaver Blonde
BIO NOTES:

Patricia is a lifelong reader and writer. After university, she married and partnered on the family dairy farm while raising a family. For 12 years on CFCO Radio Farm Show she offered commentaries on farming in Chatham-Kent. Patricia wrote for "Mainly for Seniors" for 6 years, Biz Magazine for 2 years, as well as a newspaper column on “Tractor Stories”. Her current project involves interviewing farm women for a book celebrating their contributions to agriculture in the Chatham-Kent area.

 


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WW I Goes to the World

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This course is the second of a trilogy on World War I. We are all familiar with the war in Europe. This course will look at all the other places where the war was fought, many of which have been largely forgotten. They include Iraq, China, Tahiti, Tanzania, and India, among others. Also, the way in which different nations sent troops to the conflict will be discussed. These stories are often glossed over, or never mentioned at all. As we are in the hundredth anniversary of the War, these fascinating topics are important to examine. 


Class Size: Maximum 20
WWI
Course Cost: $35.00 + HST(13% ) = $39.55

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Dates:
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
from: 2:00AM until 4:00AM



Course Manager: Alice Silcox
Instructor: Gary Wells
BIO NOTES:

Gary graduated from Economics and Political Science at the University of Windsor. He grew up in North Ridge, a place to which he still feels connected. Gary has a love of history that he demonstrates through this course. He is a member of the Western Front Association which seeks to keep the memory of the Great War alive.


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