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Photo for Great Trek of the North West Mounted Police in 1874FEBRUARY 13, Nanaimo

Great Trek of the North West Mounted Police in 1874

Presenter: Dr. Dale & Penny Bent
Location: Vancouver Island University, 900 Fifth Street
Faculty of Management Building, Bldg 250, Rm 125
Free parking in Lot Q and on 4th Street

The epic Great Trek to Western Canada of the North West Mounted Police completed the new Dominion of Canada in 1884. Fred Bagley was the youngest NWMP recruit participating in this incredible journey. Fred’s adventures exemplify the heroism and the hardship of this grand trek. During this lecture, we will investigate the objectives and achievements of this significant event in Canadian history.

Fred Bagley is Dale Bent’s grandfather. Fred’s diary and other family possessions are the inspiration for vividly re-telling the story of the Great Trek of the North West Mounted Police which is the forerunner of today’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Penelope Bent is a retired lawyer and genealogist and Dale Bent is a retired Professor of Business, both now living in Nanaimo. Both are active participants in VIU ElderCollege.


Photo for Hiking the Desert: Utah and ArizonaMARCH 5, Nanaimo

Hiking the Desert: Utah and Arizona

Presenter: Alison Etter
Vancouver Island University, 900 Fifth Street
Faculty of Management Building, Building 250, Room 125
Free parking in Lot Q and on 4th Street

Participate in this pictographic tour through the amazing rock formations of Utah and Arizona. Visit six national parks, two national monuments, three slot canyons and a host of other parks and trails in the area. Historical and geological information will be liberally sprinkled through the discussion of photos of these spectacular regions of the American South-west.

Alison Etter is an avid hiker who set off in October 2014 for a two-month road trip to hike the deserts of Utah and Arizona.

Photo for Music in SocietyAPRIL 2, Parksville

Music in Society

Presenter: Dave Klinger
Parksville Civic & Technology Centre
The Forum, 100 Jensen Ave

What is your musical identity? Westernized society has fragmented into any number of distinct, if overlapping, subcultures, each with a musical identity of its own. In today’s world, deciding what music to listen to is a significant aspect of deciding and announcing to people who you are.

During this lecture and demonstration we will discuss and “unpack” these musical and cultural concepts and ideas. To demonstrate these concepts, Dave will perform selected pieces at the piano.

Dave and his wife Nancy have lived in Parksville for 5 years. Originally from Michigan, Dave has a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Michigan State University. He has been teaching and performing for 50 years.

Photo for Cougar Annie & CompanyAPRIL 16, Parksville

Cougar Annie & Company: Writing West Coast History

Presenter: Margaret Horsefield
Parksville Civic & Technology Centre
The Forum, 100 Jensen Ave

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.


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