All events convene in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ballroom - 12:30 p.m. sharp

Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 Speakers

Dr. Lindy Samson, Chief of Staff CHEO-OCTC

  •       Thursday, September 14, 2017

          TOPIC: “Ensuring Kids Are Healthy so They Can Reach Their Full Potential: Why everyone must work together”

  • Dr. Lindy Samson is the Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer at CHEO-OCTC, as well as being a staff physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases.  In addition, she holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine and is a Clinical investigator at the CHEO Research Institute.
    Her academic and research work is focused on pediatric HIV, the impact of social determinants on the health of children and youth and teaching/evaluating the Health Advocate and Leadership Roles across the continuum of learners.  She recently co-chaired an interdisciplinary initiative regarding the future health needs of children and youth in our region. Dr. Samson was appointed Chief of Staff in April 2016 and is responsible for organizing the activities of the medical staff and for ensuring the quality of clinical care and patient safety.

  • Dr. Jacalyn Duffin
          TOPIC: “Stanley’s Dream: the Canadian Medical Expedition to Easter Island"
           Thursday, October 12, 2017

  • Jacalyn Duffin, MD (Toronto 1974), FRCPC (1979), PhD (Sorbonne 1985), is a hematologist and historian who occupied the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University from 1988 to 2017. A former President of both the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, she is the author of eight books and many articles, and holds several awards for teaching and research.

    She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on the history of disease, technology, religion and health policy. She runs an activist website for the drug shortage problem and blogs about this issue at CMAJ.

  • Mark O’Neill
          TOPIC: “The Centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge: The Importance of Commemoration”
          Thursday, November 16, 2017

  • Mark O’Neill is President and CEO of the federal Crown Corporation that operates the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, Canada’s largest and most visited museums. He has led the transition in the Canadian Museum of History that opened July 1, 2017.

    A native of Toronto, Mr. O’Neill grew up in Ottawa and attended Carleton University, where he studied political science and Canadian studies.

    He is a community volunteer and was presented with the Mayor’s City Builder Award in 2013 for his outstanding community service and public advocacy leading to the implementation of the 911 emergency phone number, advanced-care paramedic system and the adoption of mandatory CPR training in local schools in Ottawa. In 2012, he received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for his commitment to the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.

  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School Choir
          EVENT: Christmas Gala & Musical Program
          Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • The St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School Choir has been performing to packed theatres for over 34 years. The group changes and evolves from year-to-year, but the school’s commitment to choral music remains steadfast. Under the direction of their choir director, Mr. Gilles Levac, students from St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary in Cornwall will perform some seasonal classics as well as a variety of new pieces for all to enjoy.

    The choir, composed of young men and women ages 14-18, perform annually at various events in Eastern Ontario and also delight audiences each year with their own Christmas Concert and a Spring musical theatre production. This presentation promises to entertain, to inspire and to “wow” you. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

  • Dr. Peg Hebert
           Topic: “Changing 15-20,000 lives a year isn’t for Wimps”
          Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • Dr. Peg Herbert founded Help Lesotho in 2004 after personally witnessing the staggering suffering and bravery of the people of that country. She brings professional expertise to educational programs that heal, build resilience, and enhance participants’ cognitive development. In short, she is an inspiring advocate for marginalized populations.

    Her Ph.D. is in education specializing in educational and developmental psychology. Dr. Herbert taught graduate courses at the University of Ottawa and has decades of experience with youth leadership programs and vulnerable populations. She has mentored hundreds of young people, both in Canada and Lesotho, to become community leaders.

    She holds numerous public service awards including the prestigious Meritorious Service Award for her outstanding service to Canada.

    Luncheon Tickets

    Tickets may be purchased as a pre-paid package or on a monthly basis. Members wishing to sit together MUST send requests in the same envelope. Tables are reserved, eight at each table.

    Friends wishing to sit together MUST indicate this on the order form. There are no guarantees about being seated with friends if the request is made on the day of the luncheon.

    Prepaid for five Luncheons

    5 x $45 = $225.00
    Complete the Order Form and mail it with your cheque or money order payable to the "Ottawa Women's Canadian Club' along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to :

    Ottawa Women's Canadian Club
    Judy Paré, Executive Secretary,
    2380 Alta Vista Drive,
    Ottawa, ON K1H 7N1

    and your pre-paid tickets will be mailed to you.

    NOTE: If there is more than one set of tickets per envelope, please use two stamps as the envelope will be too heavy. Your tickets are your receipt.

    Monthly Ticket Sales

    $45.00 Mail your request before the first of each month. Include your cheque or money order, a stamped self addressed envelope and your membership number to:

    Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club
    Judy Paré, Executive Secretary,
    2380 Alta Vista Drive,
    Ottawa, ON K1H 7N1

    The tickets will be mailed to you.

    Telephone reservations

    Telephone reservations will be accepted until 10:00 a.m. One Week prior to the day of the luncheon.
    Call: Judy Paré at 613-523-0098.

    Note: Telephone reservations must be paid for unless Judy Paré receives a cancellation notice at least 2 business days before the luncheon.


    Guests are welcome at all luncheons. The cost of a guest ticket is $50.00. Guests may only attend two luncheons as guests per season after which they would be welcome to join the Club.

    Requests for future luncheons may be left in the box on the ticket table. Be sure to list names of the members wishing to sit together. Include cheques or money orders and a stamped self-addressed envelope. The tickets will be mailed to you.[updated August, 2017]

    Printable Brochures / Applications

    Click "HERE" Fall 2017 Speakers Brochure

    Click "HERE" Fall 2017 subscription order form.
    Click "HERE" for the 2017-2018 Membership Application / Renewal Form