2009-2011 Past Speakers & Social Meetings
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This page showcases our past events and speakers from 2009-2011. Our events and free public meetings have been a great success, and have conveyed a variety of valuable information to many participants as well as offering an opportunity to build personal acquaintances. The speakers and event leaders have given their time and talent to hundreds of people since we began the series. Thank you all!

Click on their names or just scroll down to see a brief summary of these events:


Shining Waters marine

Thank you to our sponsor Shining Waters Marine for providing the venue and services for our Speakers Series.

Thank you to the following venues for providing meeting space in the past:

The Black Point Fire Hall
St. Margaret Sailing Club
Tantallon Superstore
St. Luke’s Church

2009-2011 Past Events

SMB Seniors Christmas 2011


Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Shining Waters Marine


Holiday Social Event


Annis tells of a Scottish Christmas.


SASMB 24Nov11 L.WillsThursday, November 24, 2011 at Shining Waters Marine
Linda Wills, The Bay Grandmothers

Our guest speaker was Linda Wills, a Member of The Bay Grandmothers and the Atlantic Canada Liaison for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Movement. She spoke to us about the “Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation”. In April/May 2010, Linda was one of the 42 Canadian Grandmothers who attended the historic Gathering of Grandmothers in Swaziland, Africa. She shared where we are now with the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the story of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Movement, and some of the highlights of her trip to Africa. Linda retired in 2007 as a High School Principal of the Halifax Regional School after many years of teaching and working with students of all grade levels in the metro area. She has been a member of Bay Grandmothers since 2007.

SASMB 24Nov11 L.Wills



Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Shining Waters Marine
Dr. Andrew Kleinknecht, B.Sc., D.C., St. Margaret’s Bay Chiropractic Centre

Our Guest Speaker was Dr. Andrew Kleinknecht, B.Sc., D.C., who spoke on the topic “Live Your Life Without Limits”. Dr. Andrew presented many reasons and enlightening examples of why people of all ages may include chiropractic as part of a ‘100-year lifestyle’.

Dr. Andrew Kleinknecht, BSc, DC  Dr. Kleinknecht at Seniors Association of St. Margaret's Bay

Thursday, June 23, 2011 at Shining Waters Marine
RCMP Constable Susan Camus, Community Policing Officer

Our Guest Speaker was Constable Susan Camus, RCMP Community Policing Officer, who spoke on the topic “Seniors Safety – are you at risk?”. Constable Camus discussed Personal safety, Seniors abuse, Financial & Identity theft, and when and why to call the police.

SASMB Guest Speaker RCMP S. Camus

SASMB Speaker Marjorie WillisonThursday, May 26, 2011 at Shining Waters Marine
Marjorie Willison

Our Guest Speaker was Marjorie WiIlison. Ms. WiIlison is a well known author (East Coast Gardener, Nimbus Press) and many know her also through her informative gardening segments and call in show on CBC Radio One’s popular Maritime Noon show.

Marjorie is also an active community volunteer and works with the Chebucto Communities Development Association. We invited Marjorie to speak about Community Gardens, share helpful hints for our seaside gardens and tell us briefly about our work with her local community association.


Thursday,  April 28, 2011 at Shining Waters Marine
Pam Donoghue, Ph.C.

Guest Speaker at the Association’s April meeting was Ms. Pam Donoghue, Ph.C. Pam is the senior pharmacist at our local Shoppers Drug Mart and well known to many in the community. She discussed some of the working aspects of a pharmacy including the NS Pharmacare program, the patient demands a pharmacist responds to in the course of their work, generic drug usage and general care of your medications.


Pam’s informative and entertaining talk answered a host of questions about prescriptions, drug interactions, insurance plans, generic drugs, and many related items. We will certainly hope that she can join us again.


SASMB Speakers Series at Shining Waters marineMarch 17, 2011 at Shining Waters Marine
Tracey Kennedy, Lawyer

Ms. Tracey Kennedy is a well known lawyer whose practice is located at the Kennedy Business Centre at the Head of the Bay. She is an active community volunteer and serves as President of the St. Margaret’s Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Kennedy spoke to a large crowd at Shining Water Marine and discussed the benefits of up to date planning for both an illness and in the event of a death; Health Directives, Estate Planning and Living Wills were described and how a person can have control to minimize the costs of death and take care of loved ones. Ms. Kennedy shared sound advice based on her experience and responded to many and varied questions from an engaged audience.

SASMB thank you to Shining Waters marine

Ms. Allie Heard, on behalf of Shining Waters Marine
accepts Thank You Award from SMB Seniors Chair Heather Cochrane.


February 10, 2011
Susan McCowan, Nurse Practitioner

Ms. McCowan is a primary health care nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience.  Susan has worked in remote areas of northern Ontario as well as in Toronto and Halifax.  Ms. McCowan discussed how Nurse Practitioners can be part of your health care team; the benefits of seeing a nurse practitioner, what services and care she can and cannot provide and how it all fits together with your other health care providers. The meeting was well attended and a variety of good questions were received.


December 16, 2010
Pauline Heelan, Emergency Health Services

Ms. Heelan  is an advanced care paramedic and is involved with much of the research EHS conducts and also works at the Tantallon ambulance dispatch Centre. Pauline explained how the provincial ambulance system began primarily as a transportation system but has now transitioned to a pre-hospital medical system.

When a 911 call is answered EHS paramedics have the training and equipment to deal with a wide variety of emergency health issues. Pauline explained the use of the ”Vial of Life” and provided many vials to members of the audience

Emergency Health Services (EHS) as a division of the Nova Scotia Department of Health is responsible for the continual development and implementation of pre-hospital emergency health services in the province.

Also on December 16, 2010  Guest Speaker: Lt. Jason Parsons, Halifax Fire Department
Lt. Parsons is the Lieutenant at the Seabright Station and has been with Halifax Fire Department for 11 years.    Fire Department crews accompany EHS paramedics and are first responders to a 911 call.  Mr. Parsons explained how today’s activities extend far beyond emergency fire response, and into community emergency preparedness.  Advice was given on how to store and identify the Vial of Life in the home’s refrigerator and a number of fire prevention topics were addressed.

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service is the oldest fire department in Canada with 254 years of service.   Fire crews responded to 12,000 emergency responses in 2007/2008.  Specialized services including Urban Search and Rescue, Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Teams have been created.  The fire service works with the RCMP, HRM’s Police Department, Emergency Measures Organization and other agencies in forming a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) response team.


October 26, 2010
Darren Swinamer, Scotian Homes

Mr. Swinamer spoke with members of the Design Committee and Steering Committee illustrating the seniors lifestyle and energy saving features that can be incorporated into new home construction.  Many features are included to assist persons with reduced mobility.


May 11, 2010
Cathy Crouse, Atlantic Seniors Housing Research Alliance

Ms. Cathy Crouse is a past President of the Atlantic Seniors Housing Research Alliance.  She spoke to a large audience and presented the findings of ASHRA arising from their extensive research work with Atlantic Canada seniors housing concerns and issues.  ASHRA’s research assists regional governments in forming policies for seniors housing.  Links to ASHRA’s research can be found on this website.


May 26, 2009
Bob St. Laurent, Chairman of the Board of Shoreham Village

Mr. St. Laurent described the founding of the Shoreham Village Senior Citizens Association in Chester by a group of local citizens in 1974 as a non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Mr. St. Laurent provided a general overview of the long term care system in Nova Scotia and the ‘single access entry system’ in place that determines placement of persons requiring level 1 and level 2 care. Bob outlined the experiences and challenges involved in planning and building Shoreham Village as a combined Home for the Aged and an independent living seniors apartment complex.


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