Speaker Date Topic
Jenifer Pergentile and Dave Bradbury Jan 25, 2021 6:45 PM
Out of the Cold and the Good Shepherd Food Bank

Please join us to hear about the challenges and successes of Alliston Out of the Cold and the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Bio for Jenifer Pergentile, Executive Director - Alliston Out of the Cold.  
Jenifer considers herself a life-long resident of New Tecumseth,
having grown up in Tottenham.  She and her husband settled in Alliston
after a brief period of time in Hinton, Alberta where they first began their family.
Jenifer started in the social services field by working in youth
centres and women's shelters and eventually settled into a career as
an Addiction Counsellor, where she focused her practice primarily on
prevention and education, working with youth in schools, adults in
outpatient settings and legally mandated individuals.  In 2017,
Jenifer joined the Planning Committee for the Alliston Out of the Cold
program, as a consultant for shelter operations and to assist
administratively in developing operational policies and procedures, in order to open the shelter in November of 2017.
In early 2018,  during the first season of shelter operations, she was
hired as the Program Director.  Alliston Out of the Cold incorporated
as a non-profit in 2019, at which point she transitioned to the role
of Executive Director.  Since that time, the organization has grown to
include 3 streams of programming.  As a relatively small organization,
that operates predominantly on volunteer man--power, Jenifer wears
many hats and oversees many aspects of the organization, both
administratively and operationally - all while juggling being a
stay-at-home mom of 3, with 1 still at home full time!

Dave Bradbury - Who is he?

• Born and raised in Alliston

• Acoustics Technician – George Brown College

• 35 years working for Province of Ontario:

o MOE Noise Control Officer (6 years)

o MOE Inspector then Investigator (16 years)

o MOE Manager then Assistant Director of Investigations &

Enforcement Branch (10 years)

o Manager of Consumer Protection Investigators (3 years)

(fraud investigations)

• Married for 46 years to Paula Parenteau (we met working at Earl

Rowe Park)

o Two children (44 and 41 years old)

• Georgetown Kinsmen member (19 years)

• Retired now for 11 years and moved back to Alliston 10 years ago

• Food Bank Volunteer since July 2016 (currently Vice President)

Dr. Tanyss Munroe Feb 08, 2021 6:45 PM
Amarok Society

Tanyss MunroDr. Tanyss Munro has devoted her life and career to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad. She has achieved extraordinary success in this endeavour as teacher, principal, district director, senior advisor in the federal government and with First Nations government. She has been active in international education as a specialist with the Commonwealth of Learning and other international organizations and advises two international development organizations currently. In addition to co-founding Amarok Society, she has a long history of charitable and social activity. By adoption, she is a Wendat (Huron) Indian. She recently co-edited ‘Learning to Live Together: Using Distance Education for Community Peacebuilding”, a book of experiences from around the globe illustrating this new approach to peacebuilding in communities.


John Barrett Feb 22, 2021 6:45 PM
Rotary Tulip Project


John is a Charter member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. He has serves as Clerk of Session at Zion Presbyterian church, member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s National Finance Committee and is a past member of the Assembly Council and Moderator of the PEI Presbytery. Active in a number of community Boards and Advisory Groups, he has been involved at Vesey’s Seeds Ltd. for the past 23 years

Prior to joining Vesey’s Seeds Ltd in 1997, John spent many years as an entrepreneur having ownership and management responsibilities with Great Northern Knitters, Afton Lea Farms, Barrett Resources and the A. Littlewood Box Factory.

Presented a Paul Harris Fellowship by his Rotary Club in 1997 and again in 2008 and 2016, other awards include Executive Member of the Year Cycling PEI, Rotary District Award, Recognition Award RCMP, National Recognition Award from the Canadian Cancer Society , Special Volunteer Award PEI Division Cdn Cancer Society, Rotary Governor’s Citation and the Outstanding Leadership Award. Recently, John has received the prestigious “International Order of the Tulip” Award during the World Tulip Summit in Korea.

Today, John is one of three Directors of Vesey’s Seeds and is primarily responsible for sales, corporate image, design, customer service, marketing and the development of global strategic partnerships and company growth.

John has brought the End Polio Now Tulip to Canada and today he will be discussing the successful campaign that took place in Atlantic Canada during 2020.

Cael Cohen Apr 12, 2021 7:00 PM
Building Community Through Ghost Stories

Cael Cohen is an award-winning university professor, eLearning expert, philosopher, educational researcher, passionate oral storyteller, writer, painter, and bird watcher.  She shows her commitment to the local community as an Executive Member of the Tottenham Lion’s Club, an Executive Member of the Tottenham Ladies Auxiliary, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 329 Tottenham; a Member of the New Tecumseth and West Gwillimbury Historical Society, and Team Lead for the Heritage Tour at the Tottenham Community Week. Cael teaches critical thinking, conceptual analysis, argument, and argumentation, in the Department of Philosophy, and business ethics at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Her specialty is helping undergraduate students and life-long learners transform their lives by becoming better critical thinkers and more confident, thoughtful, and reflective reasoners and ethical decision makers. Cohen's current research interests include, deep disagreement, and promoting deep learning and student engagement in online learning environments. She has recently taken up learning the piano and is writing a young adult about a girl who gets stuck in the Internet.