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September Session (Sep 12 - Oct 24)

One-Day Sessions (2 – 3 hours each)

No Membership Required

November Session (Oct 31 - Dec 16)

Saturday Speakers

Tickets: $10 cash/person at the door
All talks start at 10am and run through to noon. Everyone welcome.

Nanoose Place Community Centre
2925 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay

Photo for Cougar Annie & CompanySEPTEMBER 17, Nanoose Place

Addiction Is Not You, It’s Your Cage

Presenter: Dr. Bruce Alexander

There is disagreement amongst addiction experts as to the cause of addiction. Dr. Bruce Alexander will explain his controversial research and conclusions on this subject. Bruce will discuss the notion that the flood of addiction is occurring because of our hyper-individualistic, hyper-competitive, frantic and crisis-ridden society. Dr. Alexander states that this makes many people feel socially and culturally isolated, leading to an addictive life style. His research and theories on addiction resulted in Dr. Alexander receiving the Sterling Prize for Controversy in 2007.

Dr. Bruce Alexander has explored many aspects of addiction. His research and theories on addiction resulted in Bruce receiving the Sterling Prize for Controversy in 2007. Bruce is the author of many literature publications and has authored three books.


Photo for Cougar Annie & CompanyOCTOBER 22, Nanoose Place

Cougar Annie & Company: Writing West Coast History

Presenter: Margaret Horsefield

In this lively presentation, Margaret Horsfield will introduce some of the most outstanding personalities she has come across in the course of writing her three books of West Coast history. All of these people lived in the isolated, rain-drenched inlets and bays of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island’s west coast in the early 20th century. They include the feisty pioneer Cougar Annie; the irascible storekeeper Walter Dawley; the Tla-o-qui-aht Chief Joseph and his wife Queen Mary; the lonely missionary Charles Moser; the amateur dramatics maestro Rowland Brinckman; the wildly eccentric settler Fred Tibbs and many others. Colourful and entertaining, illustrated with dozens of extraordinary images, this talk is not to be missed!

Freelance writer and editor Margaret Horsfield worked for many years as a freelance radio broadcaster for BBC and CBC Radio. She has written six books, including three about Vancouver Island’s west coast. All her coastal history books were nominated for BC book prizes, and her book Cougar Annie’s Garden won the Roderick Haig Brown award.


Photo for Cougar Annie & CompanyNOVEMBER 19, Nanoose Place

Reinvention of Radio Since the Golden Era

Presenter: Glen Russell

During this lively presentation, Glen Russell will take us on a musical and sound journey into show business and the history of radio from the days of the crystal set to digital streaming. Glen will discuss music, voices, programming and promotion based on his experiences working with artists including Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Ella Fitzgerald, Engelbert Humperdink and Tiny Tim.

Glen Russell worked in the radio industry for 32 years as a promotion manager, account executive and media buyer. Glen promoted the releases of many well known artists, including Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Ella Fitzgerald, Engelbert Humperdink and Tiny Tim.


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