03 Dec 2010, Posted by Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver

40 Minute Forum 2011

40 Minute Forums (Winter 2011) – A chance to engage with intelligent and articulate people who have something engaging, entertaining, stimulating or challenging to say to Cathedral parishioners and friends. Our diverse speakers are from: the arts, including drama, writing, television, film; government and politics; religion; education; not-for-profit organizations; etc. Free admission, free beverages. Sundays, 9:15AM, in the Park Room.


Diane Loomer – January 16, 2011

Topic: “It’s good for us to sing. Choral music has been a part of my life ever since I’ve been a small child. The more I work in it, the more I discover its power to teach, to challenge, to bring fulfillment and to be the balm of peace in people’s lives.  It is both a complex science and a simple poetry for the soul.”

About Diane: Diane Loomer is the recipient of the Order of Canada, director and founder of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, cofounder and conductor emerita of Elektra Women’s Choir, and is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading musicians. Her choral compositions have been published and recorded internationally, and she frequently appears on CBC national radio as a spokesperson for the classical arts.

Park Room, Sunday January 16, 9:15AM


Bill and Lorna Orr – January 23, 2011

Topic:  Bill Orr and Lorna Grant Orr, Cathedral parishioners since moving to Vancouver in 2005, will speak about living in northeastern China where they work for three months each year as visiting professors at the Norman Bethune Medical College in Changchun.  In a culture that employs traditional educational methods they are introducing Problem Based Learning to teach Medical English, Scientific Writing, and their own disciplines of Pathology and Obstetrics.

About Bill and Lorna:

Bill is a graduate of University of Alberta School of Medicine.  Lorna is a UBC Graduate.  After specialty training in Ontario and New York, they worked until retirement in Ontario and Manitoba as medical practitioners, researchers, and university faculty members.  At the end of their Canadian careers Bill and Lorna opted to spend a one year sabbatical in China.  This experience “hooked” them on China and led to an ongoing interest in this developing country.

Park Room, Sunday January 23, 9:15AM

Dr. Brad McDougall for 40 Minute Forum


Dr. Brad McDougall – January 30, 2011

Topic: Eyecare Mission to Ethiopia: old glasses, new hope

Brad is a Doctor of Optometry who has practiced in downtown Vancouver for over 15 years, and is an active member of the College of Optometrists of B.C.  During the course of his career, Dr. McDougall became involved with the Third World Eye Care Society Canada (TWECS.ca); an organization focused on providing eye exams and donated eyeglasses to those in need in developing nations.

Park Room, Sunday January 30, 9:15AM



John Innes – February 6, 2011

Topic:  Incarnation or Incantation?: An actor reflects on life, theatre and faith

About John:   John Innes is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Over the past 40 years he has performed in every major regional theatre in Canada plus several in the US. This includes 12 seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, from which he has just returned to the West Coast after 4 seasons.

Park Room, Sunday February 6, 9:15AM

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