Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.
March 5, Speakers
B.A, MD., FRSC(C
Robert is a graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto (1958) where he had the good fortune of taking courses in Geological Sciences while obtaining a degree in Political Science & Economics
After ten years working during summer vacation periods as a Geophysical Operator and in Geological Exploration in Northern Ontario and Labrador he completed his M.D. at University of Toronto (1963). Subsequently, he obtained his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery (1970) and practiced in the west of Toronto for over thirty years.
His long standing interest in aviation, led early on to a pilot license with IFR and Float ratings. In more recent time, his interest in the outdoors led to cruising the crystal waters of northern Georgian Bay, as well as the North Channel
This has given rise to a deep interest in the history of Canadian Aviation and the careers of people and pilots that contributed to the establishment of commercial aviation in Canada in the aftermath of WWI (1919-1940). This interest extends to the Aero-philatelic history of Canada.
Finnie was born to the North in Dawson City in Canada’s Yukon Territory in 1906; his maternal grandfather had founded the Dawson City News there in 1899. His father, Oswald Sterling Finnie, was from 1921 to 1931 the “Director” of the Northwest Territories and Yukon Branch. The younger Finnie shared his father’s passion for the region, and started out at the age of eighteen as a radio operator aboard the C.G.S. Arctic. Late in the summer of 1930, he accompanied L.T. Burwash on the latter’s search of King William Island; on September 6th they located what they believed to be a significant Franklin “camp” between Lady Jane Franklin and Victory Points; the results of their study were published in the very first issue of Canadian Geographic. In the 1930’s he spent several years in Yellowknife, of which he left some very vivid descriptions.
If you would like to learn more about personally delivering medical supplies to needy countries while going on vacation, please contact John.
Cocktails & Conversation
Your host, Mr.’Funtastic’, Jim Worts
Thursday, April, 16,
Please BYOB and snacks.
May 13, 2020
Time: 8:00am – 6:oopm
Travel in a luxury motor coach, tour the Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge and then
drive down to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton where you will
enjoy a buffet lunch and a guided tour.
$80 per person
Contact: Gordon Mackay
Meetings are the first Thursday of every month, starting at 0945 am. They are held at The Royal Canadian Legion, 490 Ontario Street, Collingwood. Phone: 705-445-3780
Probus Club of Collingwood
Membership: John Megarry, 705-445-1261