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: 2016/05/09


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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,  June 2

Dean Collver

Director, Parks Recreation and Culture,

Town of Collingwood

The Town of Collingwood has a new director of parks, recreation and culture.


Dean Collver was named to the post, the town announced via a press release on Friday afternoon. He will officially take over the job on August 18.


Collver replaces Marta Proctor, who took a job in Gravenhurst after serving as director since 2009. 


Collver currently serves as the director of community services for the town of Amherstburg, near Windsor. He was responsible for tourism, special events and festivals, parks maintenance and development.

“We’ve visited Collingwood frequently over the years and really like the area, I like the town,” he said. “I like the opportunities for family and lifestyle.”


Collver holds a bachelors degree from McMaster University and is currently pursuing a master’s certificate in municipal leadership. He has over 15 years senior level experience in multiple roles including director of communications and public relations with Bayer Inc., general manager and director of business operations for the Sarnia Sport and Entertainment Inc. and Sarnia Sting Hockey Club and manager of athletic facilities with the University of Windsor.


He believes Collingwood presents a great opportunity.

“From a professional perspective, I’ve always had an eye towards the potential of the community,” he said. “What I have to offer is to come in and learn a lot about the community. What I have the opportunity to do, given my background, is to hopefully turn that into actions.”

Collver hopes to speak with community stakeholders and determine the needs and turn that “towards a vision that community thinks is right for parks, recreation and culture.”

He feels Collingwood has a “progressive attitude,” towards recreation.

“There are places that take it one level further and look at how we live in our places and I think that’s what I see in Collingwood,” he said.  “The things I believe in are collaboration and pulling people together towards a common vision.”


Collver will be attending the Collingwood Elvis Festival and hopes to learn more about the event. He said he has plenty of experience with special events, as he oversaw 35 junior hockey games when he worked with the Sarnia Sting.

“Each one of them could be considered a special event,” he said.

Collingwood Waterfront Master Plan Survey #1

There are more than one-hundred events that take place in the Town of Collingwood each year including festivals, celebrations, shows, openings, walks, runs, concerts and parades. Find all the details on the Upcoming Events Calendar below. Be sure to also check out the Town of Collingwood's annual February Family Jam, Collingwood Festival for Canada, and Collingwood Elvis Festival!

The Town of Collingwood defines a special event as a one-time or infrequently occurring event outside normal programs or activities of the organizing body and/or host facility. All special events taking place on municipal property require a Special Event Permit, a license issued by the Town of Collingwood to conduct an event on municipal property within the confines of the approved special event permit application.  

The Culture & Events Division may be a helpful resource for planning and carrying out your event. We can assist you with questions such as I’m planning a first time event – where do I start? What Permits do I need? How do I find suppliers, equipment and rentals? What’s a site diagram? How do I create a critical path? How do I secure sponsors?

Access the municipal Special Event Permit application below, as well as an Event Planning Guide which may be helpful in navigating your event planning process. Your special event may also be eligible to receive funding through the Community Recreation & Culture Grant Program.