Winter Speaker Series Starts January 14

Brighten up your winter on Thursday evenings by listening and watching an exciting series of talks presented by MERA.

These presentations will be shown on ZOOM, so no danger of Covid or driving on icy roads. The topics include world adventure, animal history, children’s outdoor education, and gardening. We have tried to plan something for everyone.
This series of six talks starts on January 14 and runs until February 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Admission is by donation to MERA by sending an e transfer to
In order to receive the Zoom invitation to watch the talk, interested viewers need to subscribe to the series by emailing Helen at

2021 MERA Winter Speaker Series

January 14 – Mark Quattrocchi – Cycling from China back to Canada – With the recent release of Mark’s book THE CYCLE OF LIFE: THE POWER OF SAYING HELLO he will be sharing a short talk on his bicycle journey around the world. This will be followed by a Q&A and a showing of his TEDx Talk. MORE

January 21 – Laurie Clark and Al Howard – Circles of Connection: Creating Circles of Care & Belonging, with a Q&A discussion. MORE

January 28 – Bonita Eloise Ford – Embracing Life in an Age of Environmental Destruction and Climate Chaos. A mini workshop by the author of “Embers of Hope”. MORE

February 4 – Tom Shoebridge – Exploring Cinema. Tom will be sharing a short video as part of his presentation. Tom has been teaching communications, film and screenwriting for over 50 years, 29 of them at Algonquin College.

February 11 – Scott Sigurdson from Indian Creek Orchards – The Joys of Permaculture: the Good, the Bad and the Tasty.

February 18 – Joanna Dean – Unruly Nature, Troublesome Trees and Runaway Horses. Joanna Dean has been teaching courses on environmental and animal history at Carleton University for several years. She has uncovered some very interesting stories concerning animals and trees.