To say the announcement of Janet’s sudden passing was a shock would be an understatement. Only days before, Janet was capturing photos at our speaking event and taking time to pen an article for Oakville News and our website.
It didn’t matter which event was happening in Oakville, there was a good chance that Janet would be there, giving of her time, with her camera in hand. For the past decade Janet has been a good friend to the Canadian Club of Halton. The photos you see on this website are hers. The articles capturing the hightlights of our speakers comments in our blog are hers. As webmaster, I met Janet three years ago when I joined CCH. She was very excited to know we had created a website and was quick to offer her talent and time to provide photos and a write up of out guest speakers. We had a good sytem going, Janet would drop a USB key to Barry Wylie who would select the photos and identify those in them, then pass the USB to me. I would load the photos on the site and do the same with the article that usually followed shortly after. On Sunday afternoon she delivered the USB to Barry along with a 15 minute chat, I picked the USB up from Barry Monday morning and Janet emailed her article to Barry Tuesday at noon. Tuesday evening Janet was gone.
We are reminded how fragile is life, and also the impact one person can have in their community. At her visitations Friday evening and Saturday afternoon it was evident there were so many who had the benefit of knowing Janet. Her love of family, her work, her participation with so many community organizations will be her legacy. Her constant smile a memory for all.
The Canadian Club of Halton has made a donation to the McMaster Children’s Foundation in Janet’s memory.
Below are some of the responses received by Barry Wylie after he sent a note out to our membership and others in the community.
We will truly miss her smiling face and enthusiastic encouragement to get up from the table so she could capture our presence in a photo
Janet was a lovely person who brought joy and a fierce spirit to the world
Such an upbeat lady
She struck me as a very happy and engaging lady
She was such a vibrant lovely person
Janet’s gentle nature and smiling face
We always chatted when we saw one another – she was so positive and had a smile on her face every night
She was a spirited woman and will be very much missed
She was a memorable and kind person
I am going to miss her and her hugs greatly – she always made me smile
We met back in 2006 when I started to work in Oakville and I attended many of her art exhibits, talked to her at the Chamber events and got even closer over the Canadian Club dinners the last few years
She was such a positive, wonderful person
She was a good friend – I have known her for many, many years – she loved taking pics at all the Chamber events and thoroughly enjoyed talking to people
I will miss her big smile and generous heart
I always appreciated Janet’s upbeat attitude especially the first time I attended the Canadian Club – she was so welcoming and friendly
Janet used to come to our yoga class too – she was a lovely lady
She was such a lovely lady – your pic from last week sums it all up – that’s who she was
She never showed her stress, just her joy in taking photos for others
Such a humane, intelligent, and outrageously generous and warm-hearted soul
She was a kind and compassionate lady
She brought the community together through her camera lens
Clearly Janet touched many on her earthly journey. I’m sure she is adjusting her camera settings to account for the light in heaven as she watches over us.
Janet you will be missed.
Co-Director of the McMaster Autism Research Team and a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist with the Offord Centre for Child Studies, Dr. Bennett provided her audience with a basic understanding of ASD – its causes, how it’s treated and why it seems to be on the rise. ASD refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. Autism’s most obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age although in some cases as early as 18 months. The prevalence of autism in Canadian children is now estimated to be 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.
Dr. Bennett commented “When you have met one child with autism, you have met one child with autism”. No two are the same. “45% are affected by an intellectual disability, 65% have language impairments, 79% have motor skill differences or delays, 50-70% have emotional and behavioral challenges and 50-80% have sleep disorders and other medical challenges”.
Dr. Bennett’s clinical and research interests focus on developmental psychiatry – understanding risk and protective factors for optimal child mental health and development, as well as how prevention and timely intervention programs can
help children, youth and families. She believes that autistic children can achieve enriched mental health and the the blessing of advanced development and functioning when they engage the help of social supports, coping and
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He is an agriculture graduate of the University of Guelph with a long career working with farmers and the companies that provide products and services to them. For the past five years Peter was the Director, Agriculture and Food, at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He was the featured guest speaker at the latest Canadian Club of Halton dinner at the Oakville Conference Centre. His presentation “My 12-Minute Walk to the Country: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Agriculture and Food” drew on his experiences with “The Royal” and dispelled many negative opinions about the food we produce and consume but raised some concerns about the struggle to attract the younger generation to the many opportunities in the industry.Born and raised in the city and currently residing in downtown Toronto, just a 12-minute walk to the Exhibition Place fairgrounds, Peter is now working as a consultant in food and agriculture. He has also been an active member on the Board of AgScape, the voice of agriculture in the classroom for Ontario (https://agscape.ca/) located in Milton. He is currently assisting AgScape as its Interim Executive Director.
“I’ve worked in agriculture all my career”, Peter says, “studied it in school and visited hundreds of farms across Canada. Like many of us in agriculture, we wish the urban public would take a science-based view of modern farming. It is an indisputable fact that Canada has some of the safest food on the planet. Many urbanites I encounter, however, seem to prefer an emotion-based perspective on food, which is that if it seems icky, it must be unsafe. An independent research study some years ago found that when presented with the concept of feeding silage to cattle – chopped plant material stored in a silo where it ferments to improve palatability and nutrient release – a number of urban respondents said they would not eat meat or dairy products from animals that had been fed such a gross diet.”
Other topics covered in Peter’s remarks and in the subsequent question & answer period included the science and safety of genetically modified foods (for resistance to pathogens and herbicides and for better nutrient profiles), organics, the cost of farmland and farming equipment, industry standards, transportation of food animals, the risks of monoculture, food waste, perfect looking fruits and vegetables vs “seconds”, and flavour vs the demand for year-round availability of fresh foods.
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Dr. Blair Roblin was the guest speaker at the October 18 Canadian Club of Halton dinner where he shared his thoughts about the biggest social phenomenon to hit the 21st century – the aging of our society. He discussed how this will soon impact all facets of our lives including health care, employment, consumer marketing and technology.
Dr. Roblin holds a PhD in health policy & gerontology from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in disability studies from York University, as well as a law degree, an MBA and a Chartered Business Valuator designation. As a consultant to business, his insights have been drawn from over 30 years of investment banking experience, advising boards and management teams on growth strategies, mergers, acquisitions and capital markets.
“Health care is the largest single expense for most governments, and seniors’ care is the biggest component” Dr. Roblin says. As a researcher in health care services for seniors, he spoke at length about the growing demand for long-term care beds and for home care alternatives, the lengthening waiting lists and the disparity in the funding of home care services compared to long-term care facilities. He admitted that his vision of alternative housing through a program he dubbed as “Home Sweet Home” where like-minded seniors live together in a private home helping one another, staying fit, encouraging a healthy life style and giving seniors continuing ways to contribute will not work under Ontario’s current regulations.
“The economic implications of aging extend all the way from pension plans to consumer markets. As the role of the older worker expands, management teams and HR departments strive to reconfigure the workplace while the law tries to keep up” Dr. Roblin says.
Ageism, discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, portrays seniors as feeble, senile, bad drivers, depressed, disabled, constipated and lonely. However, seniors today are feeling much younger and “are more focused on creative activity and individual rights and they even look quite different from seniors of the past.”
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Ted Barris, award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster, held his audience of 135 people spellbound at the September 20 Canadian Club of Halton dinner, the first dinner in its 33rd season. Ted’s recently published book – Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany – was the subject of his delightful and informative talk. It recounts the dramatic story of the May 16, 1943 high-risk Allied Bomber Command mission to fly 19 Lancaster bombers with 133 airmen into the industrial heartland of the Third Reich to destroy power dams on the Ruhr River. The raiders breached two dams and severely damaged a third. Eleven of the Lancasters made it back as did 16 of the 30 RCAF airmen who participated.
The book clearly highlights the role that Canada’s young men played in bringing an end to the Second World War. Often these well-trained and dedicated airmen did not receive the recognition they deserved, according to Ted.
For more than 40 years Ted’s writing has regularly appeared in the Globe and Mail and the National Post, as well as in magazines as diverse as Legion, Air Force, esprit de corps, Quill and Quire, and Zoomer. He has also worked as host and contributor for most CBC Radio network programs, and on TV Ontario. This year, after 18 years of teaching, he retired as a full-time professor of journalism and broadcasting at Toronto’s Centennial College.
Ted is the author of 19 bestselling non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada. The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won a 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.
Dam Busters is a fascinating accounting of one of the most important attacks of World War II, hastening its end. It is a story about talented, intelligent and determined Canadian heroes, usually in their late teens and early 20’s, who placed country above their own personal safety. The book is a compelling read and Ted Barris brought it to life with his dynamic presentation style and detailed knowledge along with a few video clips and numerous slides.
Excerpted from the book’s forward by Peter Mansbridge: “He was young – still in his teens – a little bit nervous but overall very excited by the moment. He peered out the mid-upper gunner’s turret at a vast expanse of water… It was loud, very loud inside the Lancaster….”
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Award-winning winemaker, Craig McDonald, was the guest speaker at the latest dinner presented by the Canadian Club of Halton on April 19 at the Oakville Conference Centre. The evening included a delicious dinner, followed by the opportunity to hear Craig’s entertaining personal story that started in Red Cliffs, Australia, his progression as a young winemaker with vintages in Oregon, Australia, New Zealand and Niagara, recognition as Ontario Winemaker of the Year in 2008 at Creekside Winery in Vineland and again in 2016 at Trius Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Two years ago he was named Vice President, Winemaking for Andrew Peller Limited.
While retaining Senior Winemaker responsibilities at Trius, Craig now oversees winemaking activities at all wineries in the Peller family – Peller, Thirty Bench, Trius and Wayne Gretzky in Ontario and Black Hills, Calona, Grey Monk, Red Rooster, Sandhill and Tinhorn Creek in BC.
His extensive experience in the wine industry has enabled him to help create and advise in the making of many of the wines, whiskies and visitor experiences that appeal to all age groups.
Craig highlighted the dramatic results of “Marrying the Art of Winemaking with the Business of Wine”, particularly in the Niagara region, by telling us that Peller Estates Winery is #1 in all of North America with the largest number of visitors annually, followed by Trius Winery in 2nd place, Mondavi in California in 3rd place and Wayne Gretzky Winery & Distillery in 4th place (after being open for just one year).
Joining Craig at the dinner’s head table were Jim & Charlotte Warren. Jim is the founder of Stoney Ridge Winery in the Niagara region and was its award-winning winemaker. He also created and taught the winemaking program at Niagara College for a number of years and continues to consult in the grape and fruit wine industry. His wife Charlotte was the anchor on the retail side of the winery.
Also at the head table was Diane Beaulieu, Executive Director, Halton Women’s Place, to accept a $500 donation cheque from the Canadian Club of Halton. A donation of $500 is made at each of the year’s 7 dinners to an organization chosen by that evening’s speaker.
In place of the normal Canadian Club of Halton thank you gift of Niagara wines to the speaker, Carol and Damian Goriup, owners of Florence Meats in Oakville, donated a sizable gift of some of their signature meat products. Celebrating 40 years in Oakville, Florence Meats was recognized as Mid-Size Business of the Year at this year’s Oakville Awards for Business Excellence.
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Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist, novelist and non-fiction author. He started in radio, writing ads for local businesses in Simcoe, Cornwall and Ottawa. In the mid-eighties he moved to magazine journalism ending up at The Globe and Mail. As a journalist, he has won nine National Magazine awards and still writes for magazines such as Report on Business Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Macleans and Toronto Life.
In the fall of 2000, Trevor left his full-time job at the Globe and Mail to write novels. His first two books — Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles — were both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Norman Bray was also short-listed for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book in the Canada-Caribbean region. His third novel, the dark comedy, Practical Jean, published in 2010, was nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the famous Leacock Medal for Humour. His fourth novel, Hope Makes Love, was published in 2014.
Trevor’s first non-fiction book, The Whisky King: The Remarkable True Story of Canada’s Most Infamous Bootlegger and the Undercover Mountie on His Trail is the result of two years of research pouring over thousands of old newspapers, books and archival documents. Published in April 2017, it quickly hit the Canadian best-seller list. A soft-cover version of the book was released this March.
The Whisky King was the basis for Trevor’s entertaining and educational presentation, providing insights into the fascinating stories of two Italian Canadians – Rocco Perri, the little Calabrian based in Hamilton who became Canada’s biggest bootlegger in the Prohibition era, and Frank Zaneth, the northern Italian who became Canada’s first undercover Mountie.
Ken McGoogan is the author of a dozen books including four previous bestsellers on Arctic exploration – Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, Lady Franklin’s Revenge and Race to the Polar Sea. His latest book, “Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage”, was the basis of his engaging talk to the Canadian Club of Halton. Ken proved his talent as a brilliant and humorous story teller as he illustrated the history of the various attempts at discovering a passage through the Arctic including the mysteries of the Franklin Voyages. He is a globe-trotting ex-journalist who survived shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, chased the ghost of Lady Franklin from England to Tasmania, and placed a commemorative plaque on Boothia Peninsula in the High Arctic.
Ken’s latest book “challenges the conventional narrative of the Northwest Passage which emerged out of Victorian England and focuses almost exclusively on Royal Navy officers. By integrating non-British and fur-trade explorers and, above all, Canada’s indigenous peoples, Dead Reckoning drags the story of Arctic discovery into the twenty-first century.” The audience all came away with a much better understanding of the events and hardships that shaped the history of our country in the Arctic.
The award-winning author’s other books include Celtic Lightning, 50 Canadians Who Changed the World, and How the Scots Invented Canada. He has won numerous awards for his books including the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography and the Pierre Berton Award for History.
Ken worked as a journalist for two decades, served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. He teaches narrative non-fiction at the University of Toronto and in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Every summer, he voyages in the Northwest Passage as a resource historian with Adventure Canada.
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