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February 2022 Speaker: Kimberly Black

How to Take Your Power Back After Winning the Bad Luck Lottery 

Kimberley Black is an educator, public speaker, and advocate of her #bpositive message initiated to help women build resilience and to promote an end to gender-based violence.  Her presentation will share her experience of surviving an attempted murder amidst the pandemic. She will reflect on what contributed to her resilience and will discuss topics such as social support, self-compassion, and the value of reframing your thinking and being future-focused. Participants will take away the lessons learned and the strategies used by both her and her husband to cope with a traumatic experience.

Kimberley completed a Master of Arts degree in Education through Ontario Tech University and an honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology through the University of Toronto. She has taught introductory psychology, business communications, and marketing to college students and to a wider adult audience for over ten years. Using her skills as an educator, videographer, and content creator, she also developed Video Resume Academy offering online course content to job seekers who want to use video marketing techniques to connect with employers

March 2022 Speaker: Lars Henriksson, Honorary Consul General

'Ontario and Sweden - Almost The Same!?'

There are many similarities between Ontario and Sweden; Size, Population, Economic Environment, Lifestyle to mention a few. Lars will discuss these and talk about the numerous roles he has played in trade links between Canada and Sweden and also Sweden as a tourist destination.

Lars Henriksson has undergraduate degrees from University of Gothenburg and Karlstad University in Sweden.  He studied at The University of Alberta in Edmonton on a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, graduating with an MBA in 1979.

In 1982, Lars returned to Canada for a position with The Swedish Trade Council in Toronto, eventually becoming Deputy Trade Commissioner.  In 1991, Lars founded his own consulting firm, Norditrade Inc, specializing in international trade development between Scandinavian and North American companies.

Over the years, Lars has held numerous positions in the Swedish-Canadian community, including being Chairman of The Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  In February 2002, Lars was appointed Honorary Consul for Sweden in Ontario by the Swedish Government.  Since 2016, he has been reappointed five times, as Honorary Consul General.   As Honorary Consul Lars has worked to promote Sweden in the areas of culture, urban sustainability and to increase co-operation between Ontario and Sweden.

Lars has been an active member of the Rotary Club since 1986, serving various roles including President, Centennial District Governor, and RI President's Rep.  Currently, Lars is a District Grant Sub-Committee Chair as well as a member of the District’s Membership Committee.  He is also involved in the international Club Visioning Program, including introducing the Program to Rotary Districts in Sweden and Norway.

April 2022 Speaker:  Dr. Amy Barron

Digger, Teacher, Soldier, Spy

What do archaeologists do when the world is at war?  Surprisingly, many of them turn spy.  During wartime, archaeologists on all sides have become involved with military intelligence, turning their in-depth knowledge of the land and the peoples they studied to support their countries at war.  This was no more apparent than in the Middle East where prominent archaeologists played a very political game during the First World War.  Some of these names, such as T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, would become legendary.  Others, when the war was over, simply went back to their museums and their excavations.

Amy Barron received her PhD at the University of Toronto in the field of Mesopotamian history and archaeology.  Her doctoral thesis is entitled “Late Assyrian Arms and Armour: Art versus Artifact”.  She has excavated predominantly in the Middle East but has travelled widely studying the archaeology of various remote parts of the world from Peru to China.  She has also worked in the museum field for almost thirty years and presently teaches museum studies in Fleming College’s post-graduate program.  For more information, please check out her webpage at www.quarrywood.ca

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