2019 - 2020 UPCOMING SPEAKERS


FEBRUARY 20, 2020


FRANCES WRIGHT - "Nation Building"


Frances is very grateful that her parents brought her to Calgary from South Africa when she was six years old. 


After earning a B.A., Psychology/Sociology from the University of Calgary and completing the Canadian Securities Course, Frances moved to Ottawa to complete an Honours in Journalism at Carleton University and to work on Parliament Hill.


Over the years, Frances has launched several successful businesses.  She has been instrumental in launching several charities such as the Famous 5 Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Adult Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse – cc4ms.


Last year, Frances completed a 17 years old project when she and her friends finally enabled the Senate of Canada to restore O Canada! to its inclusive nature – "True patriot love, in ALL of US command!"   These words became law on Feb. 7, 2018.


Frances will be speaking about these topics in her presentation of "Nation Building".


On behalf of her friends and colleagues, Frances has accepted a number of awards, the most recent being the Alberta Order of Excellence.

As the happy and proud spouse of Richard Pootmans, former City Councillor for Ward 6, Frances is looking forward to many more years of repaying Canada for allowing her to be a citizen, and to pay tribute to the women who have built Canada – like the Famous 5.


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APRIL 1, 2020


JEROMY FARKAS 


Jeromy Farkas, 33, is serving his first term as Ward 11 Councillor and is one of the youngest city politicians ever elected on Calgary City Council. Since taking office, Jeromy has wasted no time in bringing a common sense, fiscally conservative, and data-driven approach to his work on your behalf at City Hall.


Prior to being elected, Jeromy served at the University of Calgary for eight years and ran the Israel Studies Program. Building on his experience as a Research Team Lead in Medicine, Jeromy developed his own successful small business focused on finance and data analysis.


Jeromy is a born and raised Calgarian and graduate of the University of Calgary and Bishop Carroll High School (Go Cardinals!). Jeromy lives in the Ward 11 community of Palliser and comes from a family of entrepreneurs and teachers who have deep roots in Southwest Calgary.


Jeromy is most grateful for the warm welcome Canada gave his family after escaping Communist Hungary in 1956. Jeromy has served on the executive board of the Palliser, Bayview, and Pump Hill Community Association, as a director on the board of the Weaselhead Preservation Society and has worked collaboratively with Mount Royal University to mentor students.


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