Previous Monthly Meetings of the
2017-2018 Season

Thursday May 10, 2018

Speaker: Winhara Burrow

Growing up in North Bay, Ontario, Winhara never could have imagined that this was the path she would travel.  Little did she know that each stop along the way was actually shaping her future and preparing her for what was ahead. A natural born healer, Winhara is passionate about energetic healing, finding one's authentic self and moving through life with love and grace, abundance and joy. Whether helping clients release energy or allowing emotions rise to the top in a safe supported environment, Winhara uses Reiki, meditation and journal keeping to assist a client's journey. Other healing workshops offered through her business Soul Venture, incorporate art and dance. Her journey as a healer and teacher began when she started her own healing. It was only when Winhara embraced her authentic self and started to listen to her intuition she was able to see where the Universe was guiding her.

“I am here to hold sacred space for those who are ready to heal themselves. Providing a safe, non-judgemental space as you allow the healing, and helping you build your own tool box for an authentic life is my soul purpose. It is only when we love ourselves unconditionally, that we can find our inner peace.”

Winhara is a Reiki Master, Artist, and Belly Dance Goddess Instructor. Winhara lives in Brockville with her husband Brant and their little dog, Maggie.

Winhara can be reached via:
      Facebook page Soul Venture
      Instagram @winharab

View photo's from the May Meeting


Thursday March 8, 2018

Speakers: Colleen O’Connell & David Cybulski

Colleen O’Connell and David Cybulski opened Maitland Garden of Hope for public tours in 2011. Their mission is to provide a garden habitat that will aid in the conservation and enjoyment of our native butterflies, honeybees and birds.
There are 25 theme gardens with over 5,000 perennials, grasses and flowering shrubs.
Colleen and Dave are the founders of the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail which is a group of 14 public and private gardens in Leeds & Grenville that are open to the public throughout the summer months.

February 8, 2018

Speaker: David LeSueur

David was born and raised in Toronto, but has made Brockville his home since 2007. A family man and city councillor, David’s name has become a household one this past year for his involvement with the Brockville Railway Tunnel.
On Thursday evening, David will speak to us about the Tunnel project. He will briefly explain how it all came about, what it will mean for Brockville, how it will be utilized, why tourism is so important for Brockville’s Economic Development and of course, the new vision, and what will happen next.

David will share some funny stories that have happened along the way and give guests a glimpse at just what the future might hold for Brockville.

The Brockville Railway Tunnel is an interesting subject, for everyone. That being said, it is just not fair for us to keep David's story all to ourselves and therefore we invite all of our members to extend this month’s dinner invitation to all your friends and family, men and women - so we can share in the stories and the laughter together.

View photo's from the February Meeting


January 11, 2018

Speaker: Darlene Burns

Switching Gears…from HR to Song Writing

As a former Human Resources Professional, Darlene led the HR function for Black & Decker Canada Inc.; Sybron Dental; and Ontario Lottery & Gaming – Thousand Islands.  She was also Director of Benefits at First Air and part-time Professor at St. Lawrence College – Brockville & Kingston campuses.

Photo's taken at the January meeting


December Gala

Photo's taken at the December meeting


Date: November 16, 2017
Speaker: Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones is 15 years old, a grade 10 student, attending school at Brockville Colligate Institute and is really excited to speak to people about her life experiences. When she was only 12 years old she had the opportunity to embark on her first ever humanitarian mission to Santiago de Cuba.  This mission would be the first of many, and it would change her life forever. Sarah is really eager to get more into detail about her experiences in Kenya, and is excited to explain to you what her future next steps to Rajasthan India, will look like in August 2018.

Date: October 12, 2017
Speaker: Lynda Cavanagh with Sarah Styles and Bree Christie

Sarah Styles on the right lives in Cardinal and travels to Brockville and Prescott to participate in a number of Special Olympic sport programs.  She is a very positive young lady and a joy to be with.

Bree Christie lives here in Brockville with her mom and has belonged to Special Olympics for many years. She lived in Australia for a few years where she participated in a number of sport programs there in Special Olympics. We are
happy to have her back in Brockville.

Lynda Cavanagh has lived in Brockville with her husband Dave since 2001. She is a past President of the May Court Club of Brockville, volunteers also with the Aquarium and Loaves and Fishes and manages the Law Library at the Courthouse. She is currently the Community Coordinator for Brockville & Area Special Olympics 


Date: September 14, 2017
Speaker: Loretta Corbeil

Loretta Corbeil is Project Manager Homeward Bound Brockville.

Loretta has 25 years plus experience with non-profit program management providing leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and supervising program staff in program delivery. Loretta has a strong background in advocacy and public policy. 
She enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She also enjoys volunteering in the community. 
She is delighted to be working at the EEC with Homeward Bound Brockville, meeting and working with women to create new pathways to opportunity.