Friday Presentations

Friday presentations Spring 2023

Room C112 at the Silver King Campus of Selkirk College with the exception of March 3 and 10 which will be offered via Zoom.

10 AM to 12 Noon

$3.00 fee


(click here to view a photo gallery of past presentations)


Date Speaker and Presentation Topic
January 13

Meet and Greet – Come and meet the presenters and learn more about the courses to be offered this term.  We will celebrate being back in the classroom and being together to share learning and a coffee!  Registration for courses will begin at 12:30 today.  Register at the office at Silver King Campus or on line.

January 20

Marg Dietrich – Life After a Stroke

Marg will share a video “What Happens During A Stroke” followed by an explanation of the organization the Nelson stroke Recovery group, [SRABC] and what specifically the group is about. A panel of 4-5 stroke survivors will give a brief outline of their stroke journey.

 Marg is the volunteer coordinator for the Nelson Stroke Recovery Group and the daughter of a stroke survivor. She is a retired x-ray tech with 25 yrs experience at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

January 27

Bruce LaCroix – Cuba, its people and culture

For most Canadians, Cuba is beach and sun at an all-inclusive resort. Join Bruce as we explore Cuba outside the resort, especially the people and the less-touristy areas. Photos accompanied by commentary and some Cuban music will have you planning your next trip. Questions welcome.

 Bruce has 40 trips to Cuba, as family, and as group leader. Has travelled the country extensively from coast to coast independently

February 3

Laura Sacks – Solving the Climate Crisis: An Interactive Workshop

What will it take to solve the climate crisis? Participants in this workshop will work together to create their own solution to keep global heating to the goals of the Paris Agreement. We will use the cutting-edge simulation model En-ROADS, created by Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan. The resulting experience is hopeful, scientifically-grounded, action-oriented, and eye-opening.

Laura Sacks dedicates her time to climate advocacy and communication – work that is driven by grave concern for her daughters’ future. She helped to found and co-leads the West Kootenay Climate Hub, is a trained Climate Reality Leader, and is the 2019 recipient of the Suzie Hamilton Legacy Award.

February 10

Sidney Black – Nelson International Mural Festival

Join Nelson International Mural Festival Founder and Nelson and District Arts Council Executive Director Sydney Black on a mural tour. Sydney will also be presenting on the development of public art in rural spaces and the history and future of the mural festival. 

Sydney Black is a performer, producer and arts administrator based out of Nelson BC. She is co-founder of the Nelson International Mural Festival, which was created in 2018 with the intention of providing all community members the opportunity to experience world class visual and performance art in barrier free, fully accessible community spaces.

February 17

Mike Funergy – The Power of a Story

Why should you tell stories? Storyteller Mike Funergy will demonstrate how powerful stories can be, both personal and traditional, and how understanding the building blocks of crafting a great story can foster connection to others and bridge gaps. Through lecture, interactive activities and games, and telling stories, Mike will immerse you in a world of active imagination and, hopefully, get you excited about crafting your own personal stories to share with others. 

Mike Funergy is a 3-time finalist at the Vancouver Storytelling Slam, and has told stories at the Toronto International Storytelling Festival, Storytellers of Canada National Conference, Science World and the Aquarium in Vancouver, and various podcasts. He is the host of the show ‘That’s Another Story’ on Kootenay Co-Op Radio, and has taught a variety of storytelling workshops to a variety of audiences and age groups. In addition to storytelling, Mike is an Expressive Arts Therapist, clown, puppeteer.

February 24

June Spearman – Geocaching Around the World

March 3

ZOOM PRESENTATION ONLY – link will be sent to members via weekly email

Alison Etter – Newfoundland East to West: the charm, the beauty, the history and the people

This presentation will focus on the highlights of a 6-week solo road trip across Newfoundland in the summer of 2022. Through photos and stories Alison will portray the unique flavor of this magical province from her experience. 

Alison Etter is a retired teacher who loves to find and explore new places. She has made her one in Nelson for the past four years.

March 10

ZOOM PRESENTATION ONLY – link will be sent to members via weekly email

Brenton Raby – “Casey Baldwin. Here To There: An Extraordinary Journey”

December 1932, a Canadian Icon named Casey Baldwin tosses a message in a bottle into the North Atlantic. Join me as I weave an extraordinary tale and share its journey with you. Based on artifacts the story spans the ocean and characters living in a time of adventure and turmoil. This presentation will be a summary of my research to date as I work on a comprehensive book. 

Brenton lives in Nelson and is active in the community. He’s am an enthusiastic amateur historical researcher and novice writer with an exciting story to share.

March 17

Ron Robinson and Jo Sandkuhl – Mountain Adventures

Ron and Jo will be sharing their adventures from their 2007 Hike of the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt over two weeks and their 1975 Ski traverse of the Northern Rockies, Jasper to Columbia Icefield. 

Jo Sandkuhl is a lover of mountain adventures and a Nelson resident since 2012 Ron Robinson is a pioneer of long ski traverses, a climber and an artist.



March 24

Chris Zincan – Geology of Nelson and Kootenay Lake Area (When and How the Mountains Formed)

After an introduction about the immense scope geological time represents, the specific rocks exposed in Nelson – Kootenay Lake area will be discussed. Supported by slides from easily accessible road side outcrops, the rocks depositional environments and key evolutionary events which occurred when they were formed will be explained. The presentation will conclude with a review of how and when the mountains formed and the role major fault trends have had on the area. 

Chris is a retired professional geologist with over 40 years of domestic and international experience. Areas of expertise include resource quantification, stratigraphic interpretation and basin development.

March 31

Peter Bartl and Jane Merks – Art or Design: What’s the difference Anyway?

We will discuss and show examples of both art and graphic design, where they overlap and of course, what is the difference. 

After we retired from full time teaching, we lectured about art and design around the world, including the Royal College of Art in London, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland and throughout Canada and the United States. We are not your typical professors when it comes to lecturing. Be prepared for a lively discussion between the two of us.

April 7


April 14

Tanya Finley – Supporting Ukrainian Refugees in Nelson.

Apr 21

LiR Annual General Meeting (AGM)






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