Marta O’Brien has been an architectural historian for 25 years. She earned her architecture degree with honours from Ryerson University, and Masters degree in environmental studies from York University. Marta develops and teaches many architectural history courses for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Through her own company, Citywalks (www.citywalks.ca), Marta presents tours and illustrated lectures for historical societies, seniors’ learning organizations, libraries, and others.
A number of retirees are learning about pain management and addiction issues thanks to a Third Age Barrie education workshop.
I was first introduced to Third Age Barrie and the concepts of Third Age Learning in the spring of 2018.Read More
Joni Mitchell’s Music and Painting
In this presentation Tom Gerry will introduce the Third Age Barrie audience to some details of Joni Mitchell’s career as a painter and musician. The over-all direction of the talk is to demonstrate that Mitchell’s celebrity status is only a small part of her life story, a part that she largely rejects, in fact. Rather, she sees herself—and she is—consciously and seriously, an artist: a painter, poet, singer, guitarist and pianist. Her song lyric, “Life is our cause,” succinctly expresses her approach to her art.
To explain how Mitchell is a serious artist, I will give examples of her work and show ways in which she uses metaphors to create narratives of her major concerns. For clarity, in this talk I will address these themes under the headings of Journey, Love, and Nature. As the audience will see, throughout Mitchell’s work, the themes are closely linked, not by Mitchell’s personality, but by her art.
Now retired after thirty years at Laurentian University, Tom Gerry lives in Barrie, and is a member of the The Third Age Board of Directors. He is Professor Emeritus of English Literature, particularly Canadian Literature in English. He is the author of Contemporary Canadian and US Women of Letters and The Emblems of James Reaney, as well as more than twenty academic papers and numerous book reviews. He writes regularly for Queen’s Quarterly, including an article on Joni Mitchell’s work.
For over 17 years, Brian Irving has been a therapist, specializing in the field of addictions and associated behaviours. He has extensive clinical experience, providing compassionate, client centred care to those within the youth criminal justice system, community-based addiction treatment agencies as well as in both inpatient and outpatient based addiction recovery programs. He currently maintains certifications as a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Addictions Counsellor, Certified Child and Youth Counsellor, Registered Trainer and Treatment Provider for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and is a Registered Clinical Supervisor. Brian is currently employed at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre as the manager of Addiction Services and the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinics.
Neev Tapiero has been promoting the legalization of cannabis since 1996 when he opened Toronto’s first medical cannabis dispensary, C.A.L.M. or Cannabis As Living Medicine. He has also owned several cannabis related businesses including a hydroponic store, a seed company, a medical clinic, and a café and vapor lounge. In 2018 he published a book, “Cannabiz”, an entrepreneurial guide to the cannabis industry, now in its 2nd edition. He is currently teaching cannabis studies at Ryerson University, consulting for licensed producers, and owns a cannabis tourism and agri-tourism company called Canadian Kush Tours.
Cindy is a registered nurse currently working as the Program Manager of the Smoke-Free Program and the Central East Tobacco Control Area Network at Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. She has worked in Public Health for 32 years in a variety of roles. Key areas of focus include promoting smoke and vape free college and university campuses, preventing youth and young adults from starting to smoke and vape via grassroots and online promotion, and improving the number of quit attempts for people who smoke. Cindy is on the boards of the Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group of the Registered Nurses Association and is the treasurer for the Community Health Nurses of Canada.
Cindy has been active on many provincial committees related to tobacco control and participated in the development of the RNAO best practice guideline; Enhancing Healthy Adolescent Development.
Dr. Gardner has been the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit since 2005, after having served as MOH with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit for seven years. Prior to that, he worked in general medical practice in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Zimbabwe.
In the past Dr. Gardner has been the chair of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health, president of the Association for Local Public Health Agencies, president of the Ontario Council for Community Health Accreditation, member of the Ontario Public Health Leadership Council, and co-chair of the Healthy Environments Both Natural and Built Table for the Ontario Public Health Sector Strategic Plan.
Most recently Dr. Gardner was a member of the Ontario Tobacco Control System Committee and of the Modernization of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy Executive Steering Committee, and is a member of the Smoke-Free Ontario Scientific Advisory Group and of the Ontario Tobacco Research Network.
Dr. Gardner is active personally and professionally on the promotion of health through green, compact, complete, walkable and cyclable communities.