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PROBUS Pickering Lakeside is a proud part of a worldwide organization whose motto is Fellowship, Friendship and Fun.  We believe that retirement is the time to reinvent yourself and do the things you never had time for when you were working.  We strive to ensure our members can truly say - Retired and Loving It!  So scroll through our website to discover what's happening and all the activities our wonderful volunteers have planned and organized for our members. For more information about PROBUS, visit the "About Us" page or better yet:


Please note that membership is restricted to Pickering residents only at this time.  However we are keeping a waitlist for non-Pickering residents.  Please contact the membership director to be placed on the waitlist -

Upcoming Events       

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

NOTICE:   It is kindly requested that, if, before attending any of our activities or events you have any COVID or Flu symptoms eg: coughing, sore throat, headache, etc. that you please stay home.  Masking is not mandatory but is highly recommended where possible.

What's New?

Calling all Bridge Players.   Harvey Brodhecker of Ajax PROBUS is now organizing Social Bridge and Bridge Lessons on Thursday afternoons. These are open to players of all ability levels.  You can contact Harvey at or (416) 894-5778 for more information..

TECH HELP!! - If you would like any help with the website or Wild Apricot app please contact Scott - click here

September is here and so is our Newsletter, check it out for the latest information and updates - Click here  Happy reading.

    Our Speaker for our October 11th meeting is Ted Barris

    Our Speaker for October is Ted Barris.   Ted is a Canadian writer, journalist, professor and broadcaster.  He is also a renowned orator and has made many presentations to PROBUS and other service clubs to great acclaim.   In 2022, Ted was recognized with Queen Elizabeth II's 'Platinum Jubilee Award' and his  appointment as a  'Member of the Order of Canada'.

    Ted Barris has published 20 non-fiction books, half of them wartime histories focusing on Canada’s military heritage.  His book ‘The Great Escape: A Canadian Story’ won the 2014 Libris Award as Best Non-Fiction Book in Canada; and his book ‘Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany’ received the 2019 NORAD Trophy from the RCAF Association.

    Ted will talk to us about his latest book. ‘The Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory’ which focuses on Canada’s longest continuous military engagement of WWII.  The Atlantic was the battlefield that pitted German U-boats against Royal Canadian Navy escorts and bomber-reconnaissance aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force.   It took 2,074 days and nights to determine its outcome, but the allied victory proved the turning point of the Second World War. 

    Ted will tell us how Canada’s navy went to war with exactly 13 warships and about 3,500 sailors and how that grew to 400 fighting ships and over 100,000 men and women in uniform.   By V-E Day in 1945, it had become the 4th largest navy in the world. 


    Register for our October 11th meeting by clicking here


    One of the many benefits of membership is access to regularly scheduled gatherings of club members who share common interests.  Some Activities are seasonal, while others run throughout the year. 

    Providing a variety of activities gives members an opportunity to get to know each other better while doing something that they enjoy.  We currently have over a dozen such groups in our club, like euchre, weekly group walks, book and movie clubs, golf, trivia and much more.  To ensure you get notified of our activities please update your Group interests by clicking on the below link.



    Our members enjoy a variety of social events.  Some local events include going to theatres and tourist attractions and visiting local restaurants for lunch or dinner.  We educate as well as entertain by providing trips to museums, historic sites and tours of local businesses and industries.  We come together annually to celebrate special times together like summer BBQ's and Holidays. These special events require advance registration and payment.

    On this page you can also see details of multi-day trips and vacations organized especially for PROBUS Members through HNA Travel by Lakeside member Shirlie van Puttin.

    ?? Community -What's New ??             

    City of Pickering

     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 or below to find out more:

    Our sincere thanks to the City of Pickering for

    their ongoing support of our Club

    Durham Region

    Durham Region have prepared and issued an excellent Community Resource for Seniors & Older Adults Guide. Click here to view it



    • I am excited to share Kilometres for CCD: 8 Days of Wellness with you, a fundraising event for Community Care Durham (CCD).  It begins on September 23 and concludes with a walk at Purple Woods Conservation Area on September 30.

      Fundraising events like ours rely on community investment. Here is how you can get involved:

    • 1.     Register a team and start a little friendly competition.
    • 2.     Volunteer and support the walk on September 30th.
    • 3.     Follow CCD on social media and like or share posts about the event.
    • 4.     Share our event flyer with your network.

    Thank you for your support,

    The Ontario Caregiver Organization

    Wednesday, September 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. we will be running Working Caregivers: Finding a Balance at the St. Francis Centre, 78 Church St. S.

    The workshop is free and open to all to attend, Ajax residency is not required. If you could share this with your networks and colleagues, it would be greatly appreciated.  Check out the info brochure here.

    If you have any questions contact - Laura Rae Town of Ajax email:, phone 905 619-2529 ext 7231

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