Remembrance Day Celebration
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 6, 2015
Topic:  Remembering The Great War:  What the War Memorials Tell Us
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto
Host to the Speaker:  Robert A. O’Brien
Born in Belleville and a resident of Toronto, John Plumpton is an educator, historian, writer and well respected lecturer.   For many years he was a teacher and then assumed a leadership role as Superintendent of Schools in Toronto.  After his retirement from the Board of Education John led and conducted summer programs in Oxford England for high schools and universities for twelve years.
John continues to teach history at Ryerson University and at the University of Toronto with their adult learning programs.  For many years John served as President of The Churchill Centre in Washington D.C. overseeing an international board of directors of prominent leaders and Churchillians throughout the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe and was the first Canadian to hold that international position.   He is a frequent literary contributor and authority in why history is relevant and what it continues to teach us lessons that must never be forgotten.   He currently serves as a director of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy and is actively involved in the World Remembers program with R.H. Thomson.  
He is a popular speaker among a variety of groups and most recently spoke at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Niagara Sea Cadets at their annual dinner on the topic of “Remembering the War” and in fact he is speaking every day for two weeks to community groups, university alumnae and various other groups about the importance of Remembrance Day.