Probus Club of Collingwood

The Probus Club of Collingwood is the original men’s Probus club of the Georgian Triangle, and one of the first in Ontario, celebrating its 29th anniversary this year. 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: 2016/07/09

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Welcome to the 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.

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

Next Meeting,  August 4

                                Andy Barrie

            Radio Personality and Talk Show Host

Barrie came to Canada in 1969 from his native America (where star Broadway director Jerry Zaks was his roommate at ivy-league Dartmouth College), after he was drafted despite his conscientious objector status.

He came across the border quietly, as he had been told to, at Derby, Vt., pretending he was an American college kid off on a ski weekend. But, instead, he moved to Montreal and began work on CJAD Radio.

In 1977, CFRB lured him to Toronto and he began an 18-year stint on what he now calls "the most white bread station in the world, and it was just where I belonged."

But by 1995, the scene was changing. CBC's local flagship show, Metro Morning, had lost a lot of the power it once wielded during Joe Cote's long tenure and the reign of the maladroit Matt Maychak had seen the show's clout erode considerably.

When the then-head of CBC Radio, Alex Frame, started lobbying to bring Barrie over to host the program, there was considerable discontent. A private radio type in the halls of the Corporation? Never!

But Frame prevailed, Barrie was wooed and won. He started on the air in September 1995.

The first three years, by Barrie's own admission, weren't exactly a cozy fit. "There were times when I frankly embarrassed myself and the people at CBC. I was wading into waters deeper than I'd often known before."

Then, in 1998, when Frame left CBC, he did so with a barn-burner of a speech that changed the way public radio was to be perceived in this country.

Barrie considers it one of the turning points in his professional life.

"He said that was unacceptable that CBC, which is paid for by all Canadians, does not reflect all Canadians. Frame claimed that if someone were to have come back to Canada after a long absence, he would have thought Toronto was still the same if he listened to CBC, whereas, in truth, it had gone from a population where minorities made up 4 per cent of the city to where they made up 45 per cent.

"A lot of native-born Canadians don't realize that the CBC is the major, if not the only, acculturating influence for new Canadians in this country. If they want to know what Screech is or what a riding is, this is where they find out."

So Metro Morning changed – drastically. As Barrie says, "I was asked to host the show through that change and I'm proud that it happened."

When it comes to his own multicultural street cred, Barrie gleefully disses himself, revealing, "I knew what fado and hip-hop was, but not a whole lot more than that. But I learned and the city of Toronto learned along with me."

But instead of losing listeners, Metro Morning gained them and, in fact, soon achieved an unprecedented No. 1 position in the prize morning radio market, a spot it has held steadily in recent years.

Barrie offers an explanation in his straight-shooting way. "A bunch of things happened. I came along, our signal switched to FM, we started addressing the needs of the city and the private stations dropped the ball completely.

"In fact, over the past 10 years, they have become increasingly unlistenable to anyone who has a brain. When we got to first place, (Standard Broadcasting CEO) Gary Slaight said CBC shouldn't be in the ratings game. I disagree. I think unless we care about how many people we're reaching, we don't belong on the air."