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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!

* All new members require proof of vaccination.

Scenes of Pickering

President’s Message - December 2023

Greetings PROBUS members,

The friendships created within PROBUS are priceless.

The 10th anniversary of the Pickering PROBUS Club was a success.  Derek Devitt, along with his wife Florence ran the Knowledge Quiz with the assistance of Club volunteers John, Kathie, Shirley, Bob and Shelagh. Many positive comments were received with requests to run another one in the future!  The Wine and Cheese portion of the Anniversary hosted by Shirlie Van Putten and her team was also a huge success and enjoyed by all.

The Mayor’s Town Hall meeting was attended by myself, Marilyn Crumpton and John Robert’s.  The future plans for Pickering were discussed, and Mayor Ashe has requested a visit to our General Meeting early in the New Year to share Pickering’s future vision with our General Membership.  Proposed date will follow.

As the end of November came to a close we honoured our volunteers with a special Volunteer Tea hosted by Kathy Borisko.  Thank you for all that you do to make this Club such a success.  We couldn’t do it without all of you!

Hope to see everyone at the Christmas Luncheon on December 15th. 

On behalf of myself, our executive and entire management team we wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a safe and healthy 2024!

See you in the New Year.

Yours for PROBUS,

Rod Lawrence

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 protocols in place for all in-person events.  Click here to review them.

Upcoming Activities

  • For Members Only

December: No meeting

Don't forget about our Christmas Luncheon starting at 11:30 on December 15th at the Ajax Convention Centre, 550 Beck Cr. Ajax

January Speaker: Dr. Christopher DiCarlo

Join us for the first meeting of the year when our speaker will be Dr. Christopher DiCarlo presenting on the aspects of love, which can have a  different meaning and effect depending on the context.

Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a philosopher, educator, and author. He teaches in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus). He is also a lifetime member of Humanist Canada and an Expert Advisor for the Centre of Inquiry Canada.

Dr. DiCarlo has published many scholarly papers rehanging from bioethics to cognitive evolution. His latest book, Six Steps to Better Thinking: How to Disagree and Get Along was released by Friesen Press. In April 2008 he was awarded TV Ontario’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer in Ontario.


Senior Discovery Tours 

Pickering PROBUS has joined the Senior Discovery Tours Insider Club Benefits program. Click here for some exciting information AND our virtual meeting is now available for your viewing!

Did You Know?

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  • How to cancel your event registration online
  • Training video (Website fuctionality)


Your November Newsletter is now available!

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

PROBUS Canada's latest newsletter edition is also available. 

Too many Emails?

Let us know at and we'll update your profile!

Bring Your Meeting Mug

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

Guest Opportunities

Where activities allow one guest, they must be an active PROBUS Club of Pickering Member. Non-member guests may be allowed depending on the activity. Please check with the activity coordinator.

Thank you for your understanding.

Protocols and guidelines for club meetings, events and activities


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.   Activities range from Card/Table games such as Bridge, Cribbage, Euchre, Bid Euchre and Mah Jong to the Walking group and seasonal, bi-weekly Golf.  Readers can join one of three Book Clubs. For those who enjoy eating out choices include the Men’s Breakfast Club; R.O.D.E.O. (Retired Old Dames Eating Out); Tastes of the World and Happy Hour. Additional activity groups vary from General Knowledge, Genealogy, Bowling, Billiards and Pinball to Crafts, Knitting, and Improv and more.

Activities provide a regular scheduled opportunity to make new friends and socialize with fellow members. Come out to learn something new, practise a skill, or just have fun.

Activities are generally restricted to members only. Non-member guests may be allowed depending on the activity. Please check with the activity coordinator.


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

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