January’s Speaker Session
January 21, 2020
Dr. Amy Barron
“Adventures of a Female Archaeologist Abroad”
February’s Speaker Session
February 18, 2020
“Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue”
Many people dream of being an archaeologist, but what does that really mean? Especially if you are a woman living and working in the Middle East. Dr. Amy Barron shares her own anecdotes of what life is like excavating in the Middle East. Both the troubles and turmoil caused by the modern social and political climate, and the wonder, beauty and charm of this fantastic part of the world and its peoples.
Amy Barron received her PhD at the University of Toronto in the field of Mesopotamian history and archaeology. She has excavated in the Middle East and elsewhere, and has travelled widely studying the archaeology of various remote parts of the world from Peru to China. She has also worked in the museum field for over twenty years and presently teaches Museum Studies at Fleming College as well as serving as Program Coordinator for the Clarington Museums and Archives.
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is Durham Region's ONLY wildlife rehabilitation and education facility. It is licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Canadian Wildlife Services to RESCUE, REHABILITATE and RELEASE Ontario Native Wildlife. The centre’s first priority is to the health and welfare of the animals that come under its care. Together with Carter Veterinary Hospital each individual animal brought to the centre receives the highest standards of care.
Lead by Stefanie MacEwan, founder and licensed wildlife custodian, the small team of staff and volunteers work around the clock. Soper Creek is not funded by the government, therefore they have developed educational programming to assist in their ability to rehabilitate wildlife. Without these programs and the public’s assistance, Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue would not be sustainable.
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue also provides native wildlife education which emphasizes the importance of teaching young people about coexisting with indigenous species.
At Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue, they believe that: "In the end we will only conserve what we love; we will only love what we understand & we will understand what we have been taught." - Baba Dioum
This message is embedded in Soper Creek Wildlife Rescues unique approach to bringing wildlife education to life. Many of its volunteers are certified facilitators through the Canadian Wildlife Federation. This means they educate children and youth about wildlife conservation through the Project WILD and Below Zero programs. These programs are not only fun but designed to meet the Ministry of Education curriculum for Science, Art & Math.