Illuminating Conversations 2020-2021

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

Season seven of Illuminating Conversations, themed “They Live Among Us”, will explore interviews with exemplary individuals who enrich our community in less conventional but exciting ways. 

The first Illuminating Conversation will be free of charge and we welcome any donations which can be made HERE

NOVEMBER 30, 2020 AT 7:30PM

“M is for Moose” and so is artist, entrepreneur and visionary Officer of the Order of Canada, Charles Pachter. Described as “the artist who created Canada’s modern mythology’, his iconic, whimsical images of the queen, moose, and maple leaf flag, icons of Canadian contemporary art, may be familiar.

His murals of Hockey Knights in Canada can be seen in Toronto’s College Subway Station. Less familiar may be MOFO, Moose Factory of Orillia, his second home and studio, formerly a car repair garage, which he renovated in the heart of Orillia. Committed to the concept of creating live/work communities, and to bringing joy where there once was sorrow, Charles is leading the charge to make an international destination for the arts in Orillia’s former Huronia Regional Centre.

His charm, insight and dedication to Canada’s past, present and future will delight, inform, challenge and inspire. Yes, he lives among us!

This conversation will be hosted on ZOOM. To receive a link please email

MARCH 29, 2021 AT 7:30PM

From Crown Ward to Osgoode Law School graduate, entrepreneur, award-winning community and business leader, motivational speaker, and volunteer, Rose’s life exemplifies triumph over tragedy and circumstance.

Through the use of personal stories, Rose provides valuable insight to help people adjust to change, enhance leadership skills and increase respect for self and others. Rose is a transformational coach whose life exemplifies her success philosophy called BREATHE. Yes, she lives among us!

APRIL 26, 2021 AT 7:30PM

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, was released September 2019.

Illuminating Conversations is co-produced by Judy Blaney, Beth Foster and Peter Ritchie.

Hosted by Beth Foster.

Thank you to our generous series sponsor:

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