Illuminating Conversations 2019-2020

Live, one-on-one interviews with exceptional and engaging individuals

Be a part of our sixth season of these enriching evenings!

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 Monday, October 28, 2019


Knowledge Keeper, Jeff Monague, former Chief and Councillor of the Beausoleil First Nation, Canadian Veteran, author, teacher, musician and local historian, is the Manager of Springwater Park, Anishinabek Research Coordinator and Pipe Carrier.  A fluent speaker of Ojibwa, with extensive knowledge of the history of the land in this region, Jeff welcomes open dialogue on Indigenous issues to facilitate accurate information-sharing and the building of common understandings.  Guided by the Seven Grandfather teachings of wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility and truth, Jeff will share his lived experiences and shine a light on the potential for reconciliation in Simcoe County and beyond.

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Monday, November 25, 2019


Leora Berman, via her negotiated agreements and initiatives to conserve water through the International Joint Commission between Canada and the U.S.A., as COO of the charity The Land Between, works tirelessly to explain the valuable ecological function of the unique area South from Parry Sound through Georgian Bay to Lake Couchiching and East to the Ottawa Valley.  Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she became aware of the relationship of people to the land, culture, and economies and, of our responsibilities to one another.  Her work reflects the growing importance of preserving the region called The Land Between as a place of regeneration for insects, wildlife and people.

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Monday, January 27, 2020


Nick Saul, recipient of the Jane Jacobs Award, and honorary Doctor of Laws from Ryerson University, amongst others, is a Canadian food and social justice activist. Co-founder and President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, he revitalized The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto into a community hub where food access, food skills, and education and engagement intersect. Recognizing that good food is a powerful force for greater health, equity and social change, Nick inspires cities and towns across the country to create similar, vibrant models of positive social change.

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Monday, April 27, 2020


Sally Armstrong, journalist, author, editor, human rights activist and UNICEF Special Representative to Afghanistan (2002), has been called “the war correspondent for the world’s women”.  She is a three-time winner of the Amnesty International Canada Media Award, holds ten honorary degrees, is a member of the Order of Canada, and the 2019 Massey Lecturer.  A career highlight for Sally was covering the inside story on the dramatic Canadian-led rescue of the more than 100 White Helmets and their family members who made it out of Syria in 2018.  Sally’s newest book, Power Shift: The Longest Revolution, will be released in September 2019.

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For All Illuminating Conversations

Location: Five Points Theatre, 1 Dunlop Street West, Barrie

Time:  7:30pm to 9:00pm.

Tickets: Available online or by phone through the TIFT box office, at 705-792-1949 or the Five Points Theatre, at 705-739-4228.

Illuminating Conversations is co-produced by Judy Blaney, Beth Foster and Lin Wilson.

Hosted by Beth Foster.

TIFT reserves the rights to change dates, locations and speakers. Tickets are general admission.

Pick up your pre-purchased tickets at the Five Points Theatre Box Office the night of the interview.