Heritage Group meeting of April 20, 2017.
by Leslie Walsh
In First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, Elders and traditional teachers play a prominent, vital, and respected role, held in high regard as the knowledge keepers. Tobacco is one of the four sacred medicines, and one must normally offer it to an Elder when making a request. The Elder consents by accepting the offering.  Since we had asked Elder Mae Louise to share her stories and knowledge via email, our offering of tobacco was made and accepted at the beginning of her presentation. Mae Louise then proceeded to describe her family, where she grew up, and a bit of her history. Her easy story-telling style was enthralling and before we knew it, an hour had flown past. Continue reading →
Stephen Webb, President and CEO of Entrust Financial services, very graciously filled in as our speaker for this month. Paul Vogt was scheduled to bring an update on RRC but was unable to attend due to an important RRC matter.
Stephen spoke for 1 1/2 hours on wills and estate planning. His presentation is usually two to three hours long, but he managed to get through all his material in record time and made himself available for questions both during the refreshment break and at the end of the meeting. Continue reading →
Captain Gordon Crossley, 17 Wing Heritage Officer, treated a Heritage Group gathering of about 25 members to an informative presentation on what daily life was like for a Canadian Expeditionary Force soldier in World War I. The topic was relevant and timely as many Canadian families had members who served in WW I and it is only a few weeks until Remembrance Day.
As a 44-year member of the Canadian military in progressively more responsible positions, a Director and volunteer with the Fort Garry Horse Museum, and co-author of a book entitled Facta Non Verba, A History of the Fort Garry Horse, published in 2012, Gord knows whereof he speaks. His presentation, along with several WW I military artifacts to illustrate his points about military life for a hypothetical “Private Smith”, presented a clear picture for the Heritage Group audience. Continue reading →
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The Heritage Group was pleased to welcome Marlo Campbell, Communications Director for the
Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF), as the first presenter of our new season. Marlo indicated that the LWF is a “lake lovers organization”. The 4 areas of focus for the LWF are: Research, Education, Stewardship, Collaboration. It is an environmental charity, taking care of lakes, rivers and watersheds. Lake Winnipeg is the 10th largest fresh water lake in the world: “Great Lake of the West”. Continue reading →
The Heritage Group was pleased to welcome Wendy Schettler, Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. Her presentation helped illuminate an otherwise dark topic for any retiree, dementia. It’s a spectre whose visit many of us fear as we get older.
But Wendy’s was a positive message of hope, perspective, and humour, often drawn from her own personal experiences with her dad and grandmother. Continue reading →
The Heritage Group came away from its regular October gathering with a new appreciation for a once venerable institution that more recently has been much disparaged, the Canadian Senate. Our guest, the Hon. Terry Stratton, retired from this “beautiful place” in 2013. And his fond reminiscences of twenty years in the Upper House revealed a deep affection for both the red chamber itself, and its dedicated and capable senators. As he pointed out, you’ll find a few bad people in any large organization, but they get sent to jail when caught and should not be allowed taint the good work done by the many. Continue reading →
Heritage Group members went away considerably prouder to be associated with RRC after September’s Heritage Group meeting. Over thirty of us had squeezed into room A137 to hear invited guest Fred Doern. Not only did his polished presentation open our eyes to some of the amazing research activities and leading edge technologies hidden within our walls, it underlined the pivotal role RRC plays in providing industry access to those technological assets. Continue reading →
John B. Lowe, a self-confessed proudly Canadian actor, riveted the attention of 26 Heritage Group members at our regular April 16th meeting. Sharing his own fascinating personal odyssey, he transported us behind the scenes of the broader Manitoba film industry.
A thirty-year veteran of theatre, film, and television, John has produced, written, and directed both film and video projects, including the award-winning short film, Windows Of White. John is active with Broccolo Creative, his media and performing arts company, has acted in many feature films and TV movies, has been a regular in the TV series Cashing In and Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy, and has appeared often on many TV shows such as X-Files, Cold Squad, and The Pinkertons. In his current role as the School and Community Programs Director at Prairie Theatre Exchange, John trains and coaches emerging and established actors, specializing in Acting for The Camera. Continue reading →
Heritage Group members welcomed to their February meeting Deans Louise Gordon of Heath Sciences and Community Services and Don MacDonald of Transportation, Aviation, and Manufacturing. Their State-of-the-College update touched on the following areas: Continue reading →
Packed into Room A137, Heritage Group members were decidedly STARStruck hearing this month’s guest presenter, Shandy Walls, Media Manager for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society. Shandy began with our own Steve Lipischak’s rescue drama, then shared the moving video of Michelle Salt‘s dramatic STARS experience. We were hooked. Continue reading →
Chief Devon Clunis of the Winnipeg Police Service shared a personal, informative, and inspirational story to an appreciative audience of about 30 RRC retirees at the Notre Dame Campus for this month’s meeting.
Devon grew up in a small village called Harmony Vale in Jamaica that didn’t have any electricity or running water, but his mother had a vision for her family. While she moved to Winnipeg, he remained with his grandparents until he came to Canada at age 11. He said he had never been cold before he arrived that day. It was September 15, 1975…little did he know.
What a pleasure it was to welcome Barry Burns as our featured speaker. A passionate former radio journalist, he regaled us with humorous stories of his checkered career and touching reminiscences of his time in Afghanistan. Clearly a sensitive man, Barry slipped from playful quips about his mixed Irish and Scottish ancestry, “I like to drink, but I hate to pay for it”, to tearful pauses as he remembered those, some now dead, that he left behind in Kandahar.