Probus Club of Collingwood

The Probus Club of Collingwood is the original men’s Probus Club of the Georgian Triangle,  one of the first in Ontario, and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this October, 2017. An informative speaker each month, combined with a membership of over 180 retired and semi-retired men allows us to create a place of enjoyment and fellowship in the community, emphasizing the Probus motto:

“Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.”

In addition, we enjoy numerous trips and social events throughout the year, including golf, hiking, theatre, excursions, and tours of businesses throughout Ontario.

Here you will find everything you need to know about the Club for both new and old members alike.

Last Updated: 2017/07/07

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Welcome to the men’s Probus Club of Collingwood!

Where age doesn’t keep us from thinking young!

   Meetings are at the Bear Estate,  Cranberry Village

  The Bear Estate

300 Balsam Street, Collingwood.

Immediately west of the Living Water Resort and Cranberry Marina.

Turn right onto Balsam Street at the light, straight ahead on Balsam,

turn right into the lane with the stone pillars.Meetings begin at 09:45.

*  Visitors and guests are welcome to attend our meetings.   *

Be a Friend, Bring a Friend to a Probus meeting!

August 3, Speaker

A community interest presentation

Ross Parr

Chief, Collingwood Fire Department

The new year, 2017, will see a new fire chief in Collingwood but it will be a familiar face.

Ross Parr, who has served as deputy chief in Collingwood for eight years, will replace outgoing chief Trent Elyea in January.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity,” Parr said.
Parr has more than 30 years in firefighting including 25 years in Orillia. Parr has worked with Elyea for 20 years and was promoted to Captain in Orillia before coming to Collingwood

Parr has enjoyed his time in Collingwood and said the municipality has made great investment in the department including new trucks, firefighters and fire hall.

“Council has given us every opportunity to grow,” he said.

Parr said he handles operations duties currently and cites working with a budget as a major strength.

Elyea said was asked why Parr will make a great chief.

“Because we have worked together for 20 years and he has the same passion for the job,” he said. “He is well-rounded at all aspects of the job."

Parr’s appointment is part of  a larger transition at the department.

Committed to Improving the Quality of Life for Canadian Amputees

Thanks to your support of the Key Tag Service, The War Amps is making a difference in the lives of amputees by providing financial assistance for artificial limbs, peer support and information on all aspects of living with amputation.

The Legacy Continues

A philosophy of “amputees helping amputees” has been the hallmark of The War Amps since 1918, when the Association was founded by war amputees returning home from the First World War. Our unique history has shaped the innovative programs we offer for amputees and the public, which are still going strong today.


Sarah Cormier Biography

Collingwood Men’s Probus Club

General Presentation – August 3, 2017


Sarah Cormier was born missing her left leg below the knee and part of both her hands, and was enrolled in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program when she was two months old. Growing up through CHAMP, Sarah was actively involved by attending 14 regional seminars, wherein she was a Junior Counsellor twice, providing emotional support to fellow Champs and their families by answering their questions and sharing her experiences about living as an amputee. Sarah also participated in the Oktoberfest and Barrie Santa Claus Parades, and has been an active representative of our Operation Legacy Program through wreath layings, letters to the editor, video donations and presentations. Now a CHAMP Adult, Sarah is a role model for all Champs and their parents. She is a true embodiment of The War Amps founding philosophy, “amputees helping amputees”, and takes to heart the message passed down by the Association’s veteran amputee members – “it’s what’s left that counts.” Sarah’s dedication to The War Amps and its many messages, and to helping other amputees and their families, has made her a unique and valued member of their National CHAMP Ambassador Team.