Alberta's Fiscal Situation
Speaker: Dr. Ron Kneebone, Prof. of Economics and a Director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary
Free for members. Non-members $5 at the door.
Facilitator: Audrey Doerr
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Being Bertha - How a Wayward Woman Became a Local Legend
Fran Genereux will talk about her book Being Bertha - How a Wayward Woman Became a Local Legend. This is the life story of Bertha Ekelund (Marshall), Fran’s great aunt, collected from letters, photos, family stories and historical records. Bertha lived her life on her own terms making decisions both good and bad, often with unexpected consequences. Fran will describe Bertha’s journey which included a childhood of tragedy and poverty in southern Alberta, a job in Portland Oregon during the roaring 20’s and the great depression, a career as a nurse at Los Gatos, California, as well as a year at the Fort Saskatchewan penitentiary. Anyone familiar with the popular Bertha Lake hiking trail in Waterton Lakes National Park has already been introduced to Bertha.
Presenter: Fran Genereux
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Latin American Issues Lecture Series
Professors and graduate students from the University of Calgary’s Latin American Research Centre (LARC) explore various aspects of Latin American history and current issues in this series of monthly lectures co-sponsored by CALL and LARC. Each one-hour lecture is followed by a half hour for questions and discussion.
Facilitator: Judy Hamill
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All are welcome. (CALL membership is not required.) No fee and no registration.
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Touring South Africa on Motorcycles
Since meeting each other in 2005 and subsequently retiring, Rita McGillivray and Rolf Stuber have been happily pursuing their joint passion for adventure travel around the world. Rolf’s serious dedication to long distance motorbike touring and Rita’s inexplicable willingness to sit on the back and hold on, along with a love of trekking has led the two of them to all seven continents.
For the treks and travels talk in February, We are happy to share their photos and memories of a multi-week exploration of the countries of Southern Africa. We started at Victoria Falls ,Zimbabwe where we joined a small , guided motorcycle tour out of Germany . For 17 days we would be riding some of the most challenging roads that Rolf has had to tackle out of the roughly 300,000 km’s he’s ridden since being a senior.
Join us as we share photos and commentary on our 4,000 km tour from Zimbabwe, through the Chobe National Park in Botswana and then into the world-famous Okavango Delta where an early morning flight rewarded us with amazing vistas followed by a safari in the Moreni game with nonstop wildlife viewing. A long and exhausting ride across the Kalahari desert brought us into Namibia where we would cross the Tropic of Capricorn, play in the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and head to the heart of the Namib desert.
We finally entered South Africa in the Western Cape province during wildflower season, and once we exchanged the motorbike for a car, we settled in for a couple weeks of home exchanges near Cape town and explored the beautiful South African coastline, the vineyards, the dazzling mother city -Capetown ,the sobering Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, drove round the Cape of Good hope, and visited the most geographically southern point on the continent of Africa, Cape Agulhas.
Haysboro Community Hall at 1204 89 Avenue SW (a few blocks west of Elbow Drive on 89th Avenue SW)
Free for members, $5 charge at the door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required.
Women in Politics: Rachel Notley
Speaker: Dr. Melanee Thomas, Associate Professor in the Political Science Dept. at the U of C, who has published extensively on women's participation and influence in politics and their leadership styles and roles.
Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda
The people, culture and wildlife of Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda
In Malawi we see the work that the International Development Charity CARE Canada does through a local project entitled Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies. In Rwanda Ulrike shares pictures of a dream come true - a Gorilla Trek where she came face to face with the endangered Mountain Gorilla. Other highlights include unique wildlife of the region and a glance at the cultures of these countries that highlight why this region is known as the “warm heart of Africa”.
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