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Even though Federal and Provincial Health authorities have lifted Proof of Vaccination, your Management Committee has decided to keep required proof of vaccination for indoor in-person gatherings. The developed 'In-person Venue Guidelines and Protocols' are to reduce the risks involved in socializing. Click here to view them

Please note, due to the COVID experience, we are not able to accommodate non-members at this time for events and activities. Exceptions will be made allowing Vaccinated Non-members to attend our General meetings as guests. 


The PROBUS Club of Pickering is a local community association of active retired and semi retired seniors who join together with others of similar interests. The purpose of PROBUS is to provide regular gatherings offering varied social and learning opportunities. Members participate, engage, develop friendships and have fun!

PROBUS encompasses a diverse background of interests, generates cordiality, friendship, goodwill, and a sense of community.

Monthly general meetings offered by the PROBUS Executive provide Club updates. Informative speakers provoke interest and discussion on a wide range of topics. Regular Activities are offered allowing PROBUS members to meet in smaller groups to pursue common interests.

If you are retired, searching for new experiences and enjoy meeting people, PROBUS meets your needs. To satisfy your interest in trips, excursions, or hearing exciting speakers, this club provides it. Whether making new friends, learning new skills, or developing new interests, the PROBUS Club of Pickering is an excellent fit for you.

If you are a Pickering resident, please JOIN US!

President’s Message - March 2023

Hello PROBUS Members,

Did you know that the PROBUS Canada motto is: “Get Connected, Stay Connected”? Our purpose is to meet new people, make new friends and discover new interests. Many have enjoyed travel to warmer places this winter, but with today’s technology we can all choose to “get connected and stay connected”.  We can maintain our friendships and stay current with club happenings.

Your Pickering PROBUS Club is active and engaged in a wide variety of activities and events. We offer Bowling, Mah Jong, Happy Hour, Trivia, Bridge, Euchre, Pinball, Book Clubs and the list goes on. Some upcoming trips include a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Kitchener on March 17, the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill on April 21 and a tour of the Niagara Power Plant on April 27.  Please check the Website, Newsletter and Facebook for more details. You don’t want to miss out!

Information on how to register and how to cancel an activity or event is on the Home Page.  If you are unable to attend after signing up, please cancel your spot which allows another PROBUS member to take your place. This also applies to our General Meetings.  Numbers dictate the quantity of cookies and coffee/tea to provide.  Thanks, everyone!

Your Executive is committed to making our club the best it can be. Staying connected with other PROBUS Clubs in Durham and beyond provides a wider vision for our own club. Vice President, Rod Lawrence, joined a Durham District ZOOM meeting on February 28th.  Please take a minute to read his report on the Home Page.

Please mark your calendars for the General Meeting on April 26th. Our current District 2 Director and Director of PROBUS Canada, Brenda Andrews, will be our guest. Come out and hear what’s new!

Hope to see you at the Chestnut Hill Recreation Complex for our next General Meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. 

Marilyn Werry


What's Coming Up You Ask?

Below are the next few events.  For a full listing, visit the Calendar section.  We frequently add new events, so make sure you check by here often.

You are reminded that we have strict COVID protocols in place for all in-person events.  Click here to review them.

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March Speaker - Neil Crone

In March we welcome back Neil Crone. Neil is a well known Canadian entertainer. He has performed in dozens of television and radio commercials. If you have little people in your life his voice may be familiar to you as he regularly voices characters in Big Blue, Paw Patrol Movie and Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. He was an ensemble actor for six season as Fred Tupper on Little Mosque on the Prairie. Many of you have enjoyed his award-winning column weekly humour column for Metroland papers. He is an author and his books “Who Farted-Stories for big and little kids”, “The Farmers Secret Midnight Dance” and “Enter Laughing-The Early Years” are currently available at major bookstores. Neil is a cancer survivor and spokesperson for Colo-Rectal Cancer Canada Association of Canada and Colon Cancer Canada.

Are You interested in becoming a GREETER??

Help make our new members feel welcome!

Arrive early to our meetings and introduce a new member to other members. Show them to the Wishing Well, Events tables, Coffee andTea stations. Just be a FRIEND!

For more information contact our Activities Co-ordinator Kathy Borisko at


2023 Resource Guide for Older Adults

An excellent Community Resource for Seniors & Older Adults. If you have any ideas to include additional information, please reach out to the City at

Copies are also available for the public at local Community Centres and Library branches.


In order to contribute to reducing our carbon footprint, members are invited to bring reusable mugs for coffee or tea at the General Meeting. Disposable cups will be available for those who require them.




Reg Whynott was our Managing Director for over 25 years and retired in August of 2022. There are a lot of you that did know  Reg and some of you may not have. Reg is a wonderful person and was dedicated to PROBUS CANADA . Read more...


On Tuesday, February 28th Vice President, Rod Lawrence, represented our Pickering PROBUS Club on a ZOOM meeting for the District PROBUS Clubs of Durham.  This is the third meeting involving Presidents and/or Vice Presidents of the 10 Durham Clubs. PROBUS issues, concerns and successes are shared and discussed. These ZOOM meetings provide a valuable link to other Durham clubs and give an insight into various practices and procedures.  This ZOOM meeting covered topics ranging from membership wait lists, annual membership dues, guest policies and COVID practices. A discussion of possible future Club to Club visits was held. 

The next ZOOM meeting is scheduled for May 30, 2023.

Rod Lawrence

Vice President


Your March Newsletter is now available!

The March edition from our twin club, Raumati NZ is now available.

PROBUS Canada's latest newsletter edition is also available. 

CHANGE OF PLANS? Click here to learn how to cancel your event registration through the website process. To download a copy for print, click here.

WEBSITE TRAINING Our website training session is recorded and available for our members only by clicking here.


Where activities allow one guest, they must be an active PROBUS Club of Pickering Member. Thank you for your understanding.


Pickering PROBUS provides many exciting activities for its members. Activities are initiated by our member volunteers who tailor these to suit a wide variety of interests.  Some activities run year round while others, such as golf, may be seasonal in nature.

Members may connect with some activities on Zoom and with others in person. Activities provide a regular scheduled opportunity to make new friends and socialize with fellow members. Come out to learn something new, practice a skill, or just have fun!


Pickering PROBUS is a social organization and members enjoy meeting together to share group experiences.  Outings to local events may include venues such as theatres, restaurants or nearby attractions. Learn about our province by taking a PROBUS bus trip to historic sites, museums, wineries, or areas of interest. Gathering together for Pickering PROBUS celebrations is always fun! As a member enjoy the annual wine & cheese, the barbecue and the Christmas luncheon.  Advance registration and payment is required.

Monthly Member Meetings

Our monthly member meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month and are a great opportunity to meet other members. Each month we provide a guest presenter, information about upcoming events and website support. Goodies included! We look forward to seeing you there.

City of Pickering Updates

The City of Pickering, from time to time, request that we share information with our membership about issues of interest to our seniors. 

Click on the links to the right to find out more.

 Our sincere thanks to the City of Pickering for their ongoing support of our Club

The City of Pickering:

Here is where you can get the latest news of the COVID vaccination schedule

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