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October 2021 Speaker: Angie Littlefield

Tom Thomson’s Fine Kettle of Friends

Angie’s talk will feature the story behind the 2017 book Tom Thomson’s Fine Kettle of Friends and look into its subtitles: history, biography, art and food. You will meet Tom’s family, find out about his cooking skills and explore a theory about Tom Thomson visiting Banff. As a special Probus feature,  Angie will highlight Tom’s connections to Durham Region: Whitby, Port Perry, Pickering and Claremont. 

Angie Littlefield is an educator, curator and author who grew up in Whitby and taught in Durham Region schools, finishing her career as principal of GL Roberts CVI in Oshawa. (She is a founding member of the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery.) Angie curated Angelika Hoerle: comet of Cologne Dada for the Art Gallery of Ontario and Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, The Art of Dissent for the UJA Federation,Toronto and The Thomsons of Durham: Tom Thomson’s Family Heritage for the Durham West Arts Centre. The latter exhibition started the research into Tom Thomson and his family that led to Tom Thomson’s Toronto Neighbourhoods and Tom Thomson’s Fine Kettle of Friends. Walking with Oma: a memoir will be published in 2023. She is working on mini-biographies of the wives of the Group of Seven.  Angie’s recent general interest articles are at www.silversage.com

When Angie retired from a 33 year long career in teaching, she walked 1000 km around Lake Ontario and in 2008, she walked 600 km in the Elbe River Valley from the concentration camp where her grandmother was held in the Czech Republic, to Hamburg, Germany--in the footsteps of her grandmother. But, that’s another story! 

In October, she will talk about her findings from her 15 years of research into Tom Thomson, his family and the Group of Seven. You have probably heard about Tom Thomson because of his mysterious death. In October, you will learn new things about his life! 



November 2021 Speaker: Bev Foster

MA, BEd, BMus, ARCT, AMus

Music, Health & Wellbeing  

One of the powerful things about music is that it reaches into every part of our human experience along life’s journey. Integrating music into our daily lives helps us cope, learn, breathe, move, and engage. Music offers meaning into our situations. 

In this presentation, Bev will explore with us how and why music is essential to our health and wellbeing. Come prepared to be informed and inspired!

Bev Foster is the Founder and Executive Director of the Room 217 Foundation, an organization dedicated to music and care. She is an experienced musician who speaks and writes extensively on the power of music, especially in life limiting situations. Her passion for music enhancing quality of life is contagious.



December 2021 Speaker: Neil Crone

“I’m not an actor, but I play one on TV – the ups and downs of a life in Canadian show business”

For our December meeting we are delighted to have as our speaker Neil Crone, Canadian actor, comedian, writer and motivational speaker. Most people will recognize Neil from his role as Fred Tupper on Little Mosque on the Prairie and as a writer whose columns appeared in various Durham Region newspapers. Some members might have had the opportunity to hear Neil talk about his experience with colorectal cancer in which he is very frank, open, informative and yes, even humorous about his experience. 

Neil is currently starring as Mr. Leopold in the CBC show “Endlings”, a role for which he was recently nominated for an Emmy.   



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