Fall Lecture Series – 2022

Date/ timePresenterTopic
Lecture #1
Friday, September 30
1:30 – 3 pm
John Best
A Humanitarian View
Lecture #2
Friday, October 14
1:30 – 3 pm
Maurice Switzer

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Cost per lecture:
Tickets available at the door: $15
(cash only, please!) Tickets also available at
ROYAL LEPAGE – 117 Chippewa St. W.
PINEHILL VARIETY – 1108 Jane St., North Bay

1108 Jane Street, North Bay

Location for Both Lectures: “The Village”
(part of the Canadore College -Education Centre Campus

PARKING (You do not have to pay): The Village is located with a yellow star on the map below.  The preferred parking lots for those attending the Third Age Nipissing lectures are lots P7 and P8. Handicap parking is also available as indicated with the wheelchair symbol to the lower right of the star.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you know your licence plate number. Sign in as a guest at reception and provide your license plate numbers so no tickets get handed out!
Small campus maps (like the one below) will be available when you buy your tickets.
Downloadable Canadore College – Education Centre Map

—Tea and Coffee will be provided —

Lecture #1 – FRIDAY, September 30, 2022 – 1:30 pm at “The Village”- Canadore College

THE WAR IN THE UKRAINE – A Humanitarian View
Presenter: John Best

John Best

A father of three grown children (and a grandfather of nine), North Bay general contractor JOHN BEST has been doing worldwide humanitarian aid work since 2005. John has worked in 16 countries to deal with Ebola, Cholera, COVID-19, hurricanes, drought, and war. Most recently (March, 2022) he was in the Ukraine assisting with the installation of an emergency field hospital.

John will explain the chronology of how and why he got involved in the Ukraine.  He left home to go to Poland but ended up in the Ukraine and from a vantage point on the Poland/Ukraine border he experienced a close-up view of the plight of those endeavouring to leave Ukraine to seek safety. He will recount his observations during the erection of the emergency hospital, and describe the hospital’s operation during the air raid warnings and the transporting of refugees from the front line to the hospital location. John will also share an encounter at the Warsaw airport that led him to a continued involvement back here in North Bay

Lecture #2 – Friday, October 14, 2022 – 1:30 pm at “The Village”- Canadore College

Presenter: Maurice Switzer

Maurice Switzer

MAURICE SWITZER, Bnesi, is a citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation, where his grandfather Moses Muskrat Marsden served as Chief from 1904-09.  Maurice currently serves as chair of Nipissing University’s Indigenous Council on Education and president of the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre. In various incarnations, he has been a member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, communications director for the Assembly of First Nations and Union of Ontario Indians, editor and publisher at five Canadian daily newspapers, and adjunct professor of communications and Indigenous studies on the Laurentian University campus. He has lived in North Bay for 22 years, and is a member of the Sons of Jacob congregation. Maurice’s son and grandson serve as Captains in the Canadian Armed Forces.

The country we call Canada was peacefully settled because of treaty agreements with the Indigenous peoples who had occupied these lands for thousands of years. After decades of broken promises and violations of those sacred agreements, courts have begun making decisions that remind Canadians and their governments that they need to honour their unexpired obligations. Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution Act, 1982, clearly states that  “The existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed.”


Sue Priebe (susanpriebe@yahoo.ca )
Sue Rhoads (suerhoads@hotmail.com )

Co-chairs, Third Age Nipissing