Debbie Marshall will be talking about Roberta MacAdams, an Edmontonian serving overseas during World War I .
Where: Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe Edmonton 10111 Bellamy Hill
When: Wednesday 19 March 2008 noon MDT
Debbie Marshall has worked as a freelance writer and editor for over twenty years, contributing to local and national magazines and on-line publications, including Legacy, Alberta Views, The Beaver, NeWest Review, Canadian Heritage, The Canadian Encyclopedia, The United Church Observer, and others. For eight years, she was editor of the national Exchange Magazine for Adult Learners. In 2001, she co-authored Candles to Kilowatts: 100 Years of Edmontons Power Company (Duval House). Since then, Marshall has contributed to anthologies such as Dropped Threads II (Toronto: Random House, 2003) and Push It! (Cleveland: UCP, 2002). She has also edited collections, including Spiritual Quest: Stories from Life (Toronto: UCPH, 2003) and the Edmonton best seller Big Enough Dreams (Edmonton: Learning Community Press, 2006)an anthology describing the compelling lives of developmentally disabled Albertans.
Most recently, Marshalls passionate love for history was revealed in another Edmonton bestseller, Give Your Other Vote to the Sister: A Womans Journey into the Great War, (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2007). Give Your Other Vote is a biography of one of the first two women elected to a legislature anywhere in the British Empire. That woman was Roberta MacAdams, an Edmontonian serving overseas during World War I. Marshalls biography not only describes this compelling politician, but also the authors own journey across Canada and Europe as she attempted to reclaim the life of this forgotten woman.
Debbie Marshall continues to be interested in the First World War, and is currently writing the true story of three Canadian war correspondents and their experiences covering the conflict that changed the world.
20 February 2008 Speaker is Audrey Mae Poitras President of the Metis Nation of Alberta
Cost $27 for lunch
Where: Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe 10111 Bellemay Hill
When : 20 February 2008 starting at noon sharp
Audrey Mae Poitras has served as President of the Metis Nation of Alberta since 1996, the first female in that position. She also serves as Vice-President on the Canadian Metis National Council. Bom Audrey Dumont, she shares common ancestry with Gabriel Dumont. her home town is Elk Point. Alberta, and she lives in Edmonton. Alberta. Audrey Poitras is one of the highest profile Metis women in Canada. From her early days in the small community of Elk Point in northeastern Alberta until today, she has been a champion of the rights of Metis in this country. From Metis identity to Metis rights and recognition, Audrey remains a key figure among Canada's political leaders. In the summer of 2005 she was recognized as one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta Audrey was a successful business owner prior to her first election in 1996. Audrey's career in provincial Metis politics began in 1996 when she was elected to lead the Metis Nation of Alberta, as its first female President. Her leadership direction was reinforced in 1999, 2002, and again in 2005 when she was elected to her fourth consecutive term as President of the Metis Nation of Alberta. In April 2004, Audrey represented the Metis Nation at the historic Canada Aboriginal Peoples Roundtable attended by more than 20 federal cabinet ministers and 70 Aboriginal leaders from across the country. Sitting alongside the Prime Minister and other national Aboriginal leaders, Audrey affirmed the Metis Nation's commitment towards a Canada-Metis Nation Framework Agreement. President Poitras witnessed the signing of the Framework Agreement on May 31, 2005 during the federal Policy Retreat on Aboriginal issues in Ottawa. President Poitras launched the Metis Nation's official magazine, Otipemisiwak-Voice of the Metis Nation in Alberta in March 2004.
The Canadian Club of Edmonton will next 23 Jan 2008 Noon at the Chateau Lacombe Edmonton .
cost for Lunch is $27.
Our speaking is former Provincial Minister and current Executive Director of the Public School Boards Association of Alberta David King.
David King has served as the Executive Director of the Public School Boards Association of Alberta since February, 1990. The Association is a voluntary membership organization for public school jurisdictions in Alberta. It advocates and acts to strengthen a public school system which is genuinely and completely inclusive and a powerful model of a civil democratic community.
During the time Mr. King has been Executive Director of the Association, well-regarded leadership development programs have been initiated for trustees, system level administrators, and school based leaders. The Public School Boards Council has been created and it has come to be recognized as the primary deliberative assembly for public school boards in the province. The First Choice identity program provides one brand that connects public schools across the province, regardless of jurisdiction.
Mr. King has experience in merchant banking (with Capwest Capital Services Ltd.), and in social science research (as Research Director for the Edmonton and District Council of Churches). He has also served on the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies, including L.S.I. Logic Corporation of Canada, Inc., Domglas Canada, Inc., Norwich Trading Corp, and Firstclass Systems, Inc.
Mr. King was a charter member of: Communitas; the Edmonton Citizens for Better Housing Society; the Boyle Street Community Services Cooperative; and, the Boyle-McCauley Health Centre.
From August, 1971 until April, 1986, Mr. King was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. In this time he was Legislative Secretary to then Premier Lougheed, Minister of Education (upon the appointment of Premier Lougheed), and Minister of Technology, Research and Telecommunications (upon the appointment of Premier Getty). Mr. King served longer as Minister of Education in Alberta than anyone in any province in the past 30 years.
During his seven years in three different Alberta Cabinets, Mr. King served as a member of various Cabinet Committees, including: Social Planning; Economic Planning; Labour Relations; Science; and, Communications Policy. For two years he was the Minister Responsible for the implementation of the Governments Policy on Professions and Occupations.
As Minister of Education, Mr. King was responsible for a number of major initiatives, including the establishment of: Provincial Diploma Examinations (end of grade XII); the educational Management Finance Plan; the computer technology in schools program; the Designated Community Schools program; the teacher internship program; the Council of Alberta Teaching Standards; the last major review of the secondary program of studies; and, elected trusteeship for Northland School Division.
Mr. King is honoured to have had a bursary named after him by the Alberta College of Licensed Practical Nurses.
Born: June 22nd, 1946 in Perth, Ontario; to Rev. A.E. and Mrs. Ethel King
Education: B.A. (Poli. Sci.), the University of Alberta
Memberships: Highlands United Church Amnesty International
Canadian Civil Liberties Association World Future Society
David and Clare (nee Piven) have been married since October 19th, 1968. They have three sons (Troy, Jason, and Cory), and six grandchildren, all of whom are in school. Clare is a teacher with a specialization in Early Childhood Services. She has taught E.C.S. and primary grades for more than 35 years; all except two years with the Elk Island R.C. Separate School District.
The Canadian Club of Edmonton next meets on 21 November 2007
at the Crowne Plaza - Chateau Lacombe
at 10111 Bellamy Hill
Cost: $27 for lunch starting at 12 noon - tickets available at the door
Our Speaker is Ken Usher.
Topic: "The Last Post - "Lest We Forget""
Abstract: Our organization is coming up to 100 years old in 2009 and I would like to take your audience through a bit of our history, what we are doing today and where we see ourselves in the very near future.
Major KENNETH J. USHER CD
Kenneth Usher, originally from New Westminster, BC joined the Canadian Forces as a Private in 1970. Ken spent his 30 year career with the military primarily involved with airlift transportation throughout the world. He amassed over 5000 flying hours on the Hercules Aircraft. In 1979, Ken was Commissioned from the rank of Sergeant to Lieutenant and continued to work around the globe in support of United Nations Peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.
In 1993, now Major Usher was transferred to a National Defense Liaison post with the United States Army in Washington, DC. Ken served on the Commanding Generals headquarter staff of Military Transportation Management Command as the Canadian Forces Transportation Advisor for three years. Ken was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal for recognition of his work with the United States Army.
Ken is the Alberta Branch Manager of the Last Post Fund. He is married to Karen (nee: Laychuk) and has two sons, Myles 11 and Mitchell 8.