Easing the Pain:  What we know about chronic pain management

Friday, 23 March 2018

Speaker: Marjorie Corisine

Lecture title: Easing the Pain:  What we know about chronic pain management

Lecture Summary

 

Throughout the course of our lives, many of us develop some sort of chronic pain. Sometimes we are able to resolve the pain.  Sometimes we must endure the pain knowing  that the condition may persist or worsen, for example, hip or knee pain that is not bad enough for surgery… yet. Many factors influence how we react and respond to pain conditions; pain that is manageable for one person can be intolerable for another. Sometimes, for instance, pain can be a constant reminder of an accident that caused it, or can remind us of a relative who had the same condition and did not manage it well. Pain also limits our activities and independence, making us feel much older than our chronological age.

 

Bio: Marjorie Coristine.

Marjorie Coristine

Marjorie Coristine is a licensed Psychological Associate who has been working with people who have pain conditions for nearly 20 years.  She conceptualizes the road to recovery as “a thousand little cures”.  She completed the Canadian Pain Management Certification Program in 2013.  She is in a private practice (Ottawa West Health Group) and consults on multi-disciplinary teams to help facilitate the recovery and lifestyle adjustments of people who are suffering from an illness, health condition, or injury.

Lecture Notes: Easing the Pain

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E = MC2: Explanations and applications of Einstein’s relativity theory

Friday, 23 February 2018

Speaker: Carson Mok

Lecture title: E = MC2: Explanations and applications of Einstein’s relativity theory

Lecture Summary

E-mc2Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is one of the two pillars of modern physics. Rigid ideas about time, space and mass were bent in his famous equation, E = MC2. The theory has influenced physics research for over 100 years, predicting many phenomena that have been experimentally verified. It has also guided the design of everyday devices such as your GPS and keeps the International Space Station in the sky.  My lecture will explain Einstein’s famous equation in plain English, and discuss some of its uses in today’s world.

Bio: Carson Mok, Ph.D.

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Carson Mok

Carson Mok is originally from the Toronto area, graduating from York University with PhD in Applied Physics in 2013.  He is currently employed in the high-tech sector providing business development and leading technical research projects.  With a diverse background in opto-electronics, he is a passionate advocate for science outreach, especially in physics.  He is now putting down roots in Almonte with his wife and two boys.

Slides: Einstein explained

Tales from the Woods

Friday, 26 January 2018

Speaker: Ron Ayling

Lecture title: Tales from the Woods: the Wonderful World of Trees

Lecture Summary

 

With the use of slides and ‘pass around samples’ we’ll look at the often fascinating, and sometimes weird and unusual, world of trees. We’ll start off with the broad ecosystems of Ontario, and why they are where they are. But the main focus will be on our local trees and shrubs, native and introduced. There will be some oddballs from near and far, some that are important and others that should be avoided. And along the way, key features will be shown and explained to help in identification.

Slides: Tales from the Woods

Bio: Ron Ayling, Ph.D.

Ron Ayling

Dr. Ron Ayling is a graduate of the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Toronto – where he later taught dendrology (the study of trees). He received a PhD in plant physiology from the Australian National University but spent most of his professional life in international development, especially with IDRC (International Development Research Centre) and as a consultant to CIDA. In his retirement years, he is the editor of The Forestry Chronicle, the journal of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, and locally, he is the chair of the Tree Committee for Mississippi Mills.

Community Development: Not for profit!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Speaker: Mike Coxon

Lecture title: Community Development: Not for profit!

Lecture Summary

communityOur communities and our lives are enriched through the work of non-profit organizations. But what are these organizations? Why do we need them? How are they run? What do they do? Who pays the bills? And what is their future? I will try to answer these questions by taking a look “under the hood” at one local, non-profit organization: Lanark County’s own Mills Community Support Corporation, where I worked as CEO from 2008 until my recent retirement. I will present a brief history and philosophy of the organization from its beginnings in the 1970s, offer stories about some highs and lows of our community development projects, and speculate about possible futures of the non-profit movement in our community.

Presentation slides: Creating the Future

Bio: Mike Coxon

Mike Coxon

Mike did his undergraduate work in Recreation Administration (Waterloo) and graduate work in Rehabilitation Administration (San Francisco) and Adult Education (OISE/U of Toronto). Over the past 30 years, he has been the Executive Director of several organizations which provided community health and social services. He has taught in the Developmental Services Worker programme at Georgian College in Orillia.

Raised on Porridge and Pond-Water: A boy’s life in the Ottawa Valley seventy years ago

Friday, 27 October 2017

Speaker: Terry Currie

Lecture title: Raised on Porridge and Pond-Water: A boy’s life in the Ottawa Valley seventy years ago

Lecture Summary

I was born in deepest rural Carleton County in the middle of the last century, and raised on the original family farm in a manner more like the 1920s than the 1960s. My family managed the intricacies of life without electricity or running water, when “shank’s mare” meant walking to a destination, often many miles away. Members of my family included a clan of odd, eccentric and downright weird uncles and aunts. The rural landscape included many old people living alone in cabins, getting by on the milk of a cow and the eggs of a half-a -dozen hens, living lives of idiosyncrasy. Church on Sunday was the big social occasion of the week, but getting there often presented a challenge. The local one-room school was the centre of kids’ lives and most community activity. Life and death, birth and marriage all took place in a tightly knit web of community quite alien to the modern world. My lecture will tell the stories of rural life set in the long-lost natural back-ground of the Valley of little farms and big families.

Bio: Terry Currie

Terry Currie was raised on his family’s 1841 homestead farm in what was then Fitzroy Township, Carleton County. He embarked on a career as a high school teacher at Almonte District High School, where he was Head of the French Department and Head Coach of the Almonte Thunderbolts football team.

During the 1990s Terry wrote two parish histories for local churches. In 2002 he completed his Master of History degree at the University of Ottawa. His Master’s thesis became his first publicly distributed book, “The Ottawa Valley’s Great Fire of 1870”. Since then he has written or edited two more books of local history. Terry has produced a video documentary, “St. Peter Celestine Roman Catholic Church, Pakenham: the Jewel of the Ottawa Valley.” He continues to lead guided tours of this unusual and significant church for groups interested in local history. He still lives on the family farm and continues his research in History of the Ottawa Valley.

Stories North: Stories of reconciliation

Friday, 29 September 2017

Speaker: Kanina Holmes

Lecture Title: Stories North: Stories of reconciliation

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The Yukon is easy to romanticize. Its mountains and vistas inspire awe. The sights, sounds and scents can dwarf the stresses that frequently accompany urban life. The “colourful five percent,” an expression coined by Yukon artist Jim Robb, provides a sense of the eccentricities often admired and usually tolerated by Yukoners who have, at the very least, a grudging respect for a wider range of personal lifestyle decisions.

But there is more to the story. In addition to gaining a broader and more nuanced understanding of this part of Canada, Stories North is a project that also seeks guidance on one of the most pressing issues facing the country: how can we collectively explain, hold ourselves to account and shift away from the inequities and injustices and ignorance around Indigenous peoples and grapple with the legacy of residential schools?
Stories North is an experiment in experiential education led by Associate Professor, Kanina Holmes of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. The project brought 15 students to the Yukon in the summer of 2017. Kanina will discuss the initiative, what it accomplished, lessons learned and its future potential.

Visit the StoriesNorth website!

Bio: Kanina Holmes

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Kanina Holmes

Kanina Holmes has been teaching a wide range of journalism courses at Carleton since 2003. Her journalism career included stints in local and national radio (CBC Ottawa, CBC Whitehorse), local and national television (CTV in Ottawa, Global News in Winnipeg and CBC Ottawa and CBC North), as a foreign correspondent in East and Central Africa (Gemini News) and as senior correspondent for an international wire service (Reuters). She is an avid photographer and traveller and loves sharing her adventures with her husband, James and their two young children.

Exploring the Heritage Waterways (the most expensive way to get to Ottawa)

Friday, 28 April 2017

Speaker: David and Alison Burkett

Lecture title: Exploring the Heritage Waterways (the most expensive way to get to Ottawa)

Lecture Summary

Come hear the story of a 68-day boating adventure. Follow Dave and Alison on their boat “Grand ‘Scapes”, as it journeys from Georgian Bay, through the Trent-Severn Waterway, into Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands and the Rideau Canal to Ottawa, visiting with family and friends along the way. It wasn’t just a physical journey – it ended with a major lifestyle decision for them.

Learn about the mechanics of the lock system, marine navigation, the geographical environment, the wildlife and their personal experiences living in 235 sq. ft.  Dave is an amateur photographer, so you will see stunning photos of the trip as you follow them on their 1200 km voyage.

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David and Alison Burkett

Retired management consultants and longtime residents of the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Dave and Alison bought a 31’ powerboat the summer of 2009. After 7 years boating in Georgian Bay, they decided to take this once-in-a-lifetime trip last summer. They now reside in Almonte.