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The presentation will offer a unique, intimate, and extraordinary glimpse into the lives and hearts of these dedicated Canadians who risked their lives every time they stepped onto the “clean side” of the plant.

Barbara Dickson is a sought-after award-winning public speaker, historian, documentary film producer and writer who has entertained, educated, and enlightened audiences for twenty-five years. Barbara strives to educate Canadians about the phenomenal work carried out by women across the nation whose invaluable contribution helped win the Second World War. She is committed to ensuring that Canada’s bomb girls are honoured and commemorated by fellow Canadians including all levels of government.



April 2022 Speaker - Geoff Cutten

Geoff provided us with an April Fools talk based on a Zoological Hoax. He spoke about the "Snouters".This hoax was the whimsical creation of Gerolf Steiner, a zoology professor at the University of Heidelberg

March 2022 Speaker -  Maggie MacKenzie

Maggie MacKenzie is the Heritage Services Coordinator with the City of Richmond Hill.  The topic was the David Dunlap Observatory (DDO) - designated under the Ontario Heritage Act


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Bomb Girls


This is a story of Canada’s biggest WWII munitions plant (“GECO”) employing over 21,000 citizens, predominantly women, who courageously worked with high explosives around the clock over its four-year history



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See an overview of our 2021 Speakers

January 2022 Speaker – Lianne Harris on Royal Scandals

Gossip, intrigue, love affairs, clandestine meetings, mystery children . . . secrets shared and confidences broken---it’s all in a day’s work for the royals!


May 12th, 2022 Speaker

 Barbara Dickson

February 2022 Speaker - Malcom Kelly - SPROG

SPROG is a historical fiction which narrates the adventures of a group of young men who enlist in the Canadian Air Force during WWII.


2022 Speakers

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