CFUW-Ottawa Speakers Series & General Meetings

2017 – 2018

  Riverside United/Church of the Resurrection Anglican, 3191 Riverside Drive

All members of the community are welcome. There is no charge.

Club Business Meeting Follows


7:30 pm October 2        Ms. GENEVIEVE CIMON, Director, Music Education and Community       Engagement, National Arts Centre.

Topic: Artists and their Role in Shaping Canada's Next 150 Years.

7:30 pm November 6      BRIGADIER GENERAL MARIE-HELENE LISE BOURGON,  M.S.C., C.D., was awarded a Meritorious Vice Decoration (Military division) for her service as Commander of Joint Task Force-Iraq, for her outstanding leadership. NEW MEMBER RECEPTION to follow.

Topic: TBA


1:00 pm January 8          MS. MICHELLE VALBERG, is a renowned explorer, adventurer and wildlife photographer who has been telling stories with her camera for more than 30 years.

Topic: Creativity in Motion

1:00 pm February 5         CATHARINE HARWOOD Development Manager for Eastern Ontario,  Canadian Arthritis Society.

Topic: Arthritis: Dispelling the Myths

7:30 pm March 5               Scholarship Trust Evening

Presentation of Scholarship Winners

7:30 pm April 2                 Dr. REBECCA BROMWICH, Ph.D., LL.M., LL.B., B.A. (Hon),    Director, GDCR Program, Carleton University Department of Law and    Legal Studies

Topic: Suggestions for Addressing Delays in the Criminal Justice System. Look Upstream to Child Welfare Law.

Upcoming events

    • 08 Jan 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Riverside United/Church of the Resurrection Anglican, 3191 Riverside Drive

    Speakers Series and General Meeting on January 8, 2018.

    Speaker:  MICHELLE VALBERG, Professional Photographer, renowned explorer, adventurer and wildlife photographer extraordinaire.

    Topic:       Creativity in Motion

    Please join us at 12 noon for a pre-meeting light lunch. There is no charge for the meeting, but we will charge $10.00 (paid at the door) for lunch.

    Register for lunch by December 31, 2017

    *    Online by E-mail to Lorna Bickerton at

    *    By telephoning Lorna Bickerton at (613) 592-3821  

    Michelle Valberg has been telling stories with her camera for more than thirty years and is well known in Ottawa. Although she has traveled from Africa to the Caribbean in search of adventure, she is particularly celebrated for her passion for Canada and the Arctic. Michelle was recently featured as a Distinctive Women, one of Canada’s empowered women making a difference.

    Michelle is known for her unique ability to make relatable images of unimaginable landscapes, she finds art in all of nature’s most intimate moments. “The world around us mirrors what we see in ourselves, she says, including our beauty, our simplicity, our complications and our responsibilities. Nature is a part of and reflects who we are.”

    A Canadian Nikon Ambassador, Michelle has exhibited her works internationally. In 2011, her work was the subject of a critically acclaimed, three month solo exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Her images are also seen on the tail wings of three First Air air crafts, while her photo of a polar bear graces the cover of the Canadian Geographic Atlas of Canada. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, her iconic image of a Nunavut drum dancer appears on a coin, as part of a special series from the Royal Canadian Mint.

    In 2009, Michele founded Project North, a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering education and sport-based opportunities to youth in Canada’s Arctic. Since its inception, $ 1,000,000 in new sports equipment has been delivered to more than 26 Inuit communities.

    Michelle was named the first Canadian Geographic Photographer –in – Residence and she has self-published four books: Look Beyond …The Faces & Stories of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Dare to Dream…A Celebration of Canadian Women, Arctic Kaleidoscope…The People, Wildlife and Ever-Changing Landscape and her children’s book, Ben & Nuki Discover Polar Bears.

    Her latest book – Colouring Canada with Canadian Geographic, is a greyscale colouring experience and it is available on magazine stands across Canada.

    Michelle is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, the first Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence and an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club in New York City.

    Please join us on January 8th at 1:00 p.m. to hear Michelle Valberg speak about Creativity in Motion.

    CFUW-Ottawa General Meetings are open to the public. Feel free to invite your family, friends, and neighbours.


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