Speaker Date Topic
Alice (O.) Chormenka Dec 09, 2019 12:30 PM
History of Trek for Teens Foundation and current work
Alice (O.) Chormenka is the founder of Trek for Teens Foundation. She will be presenting the history of the foundation and current work, as well as overview the currently produced impact report (it is not quite finalized yet) and discuss their  development strategy, both organizational and in terms of community work, in the near future.
The Trek for Teens Foundation is a charity created to raise funds and awareness for homeless youth in local communities. Initiated in 2007 with leadership and guidance from the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, the Trek for Teens Foundation has been a repeated success, raising over $175,000 in funds and in-kind donations for local shelters through the efforts of volunteers and participants.
The foundation is run by youth and has engaged thousands of young people from across Canada, growing every day.
Their mission is to increase awareness and raise funds for homeless youth in our local communities. It is our intent to provide a means for everyone to enjoy making a difference through their own talents and skills, as well s provide the tools and guidance to do so.
Christian Jaehn-Kreibaum Jan 13, 2020
Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall
Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Some Testimonials:

“Approximately 2 years ago, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10 at Pape and O’Connor started having what we call Lunch N’ Learns sponsored by our Ladies Auxiliary. So far, we have had lectures on The Bomb Girls, Double Threat -The Jewish Canadian Experience in WW2, and the Other War in Asia. For our most recent event, we chose to have Christian Jaehn-Kreibaum come to speak on the “Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall.” - Christian, a first-hand witness to the building of the wall and the politics surrounding it, shared intimate and moving details, not only of how it affected the German people at large, but how it directly affected his family. His attention to detail, honest and touching recollections, and accompanying photo / video montage had everyone enthralled from start to finish. - After our German themed lunch, Christian stayed and spoke to many of our visitors, answering questions and relating additional stories. Christian and his presentation made this our most successful event to date and I would highly recommend anyone interested in this period of history, or any history at all to see this man speak. He is definitely passionate and dynamic.”
Feb 4 2019 | Catherine Andrews, Immediate Past President Ladies Auxiliary / Branch 1st Vice President Royal Canadian Legion, Todmorden Branch 10, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Christian makes history come alive in his informative presentation of the Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall. He peppers his talk with slides that span events from the 1950s to the 1990s, including many of the tearing down of the wall, one of the most pivotal events in the last half of the 20th century. He explains why the wall was built and the many factors that were instrumental in bringing it down, leading to the creation of modern Germany. Anyone interested in history and geopolitics will want to hear this engaging speaker.”
Nov 8, 2017 | David Pyette, Rotary Club of East York, Scarborough/Toronto

“I would like to thank you for sharing your experience as a Berliner on the building and fall of the Berlin Wall. I was always aware of the wall, but until your talk to the Rotary Club of Toronto, I did fully understand the consequences of how families were separated, the many attempts of trying to escape East Berlin and the impact on those who lived in Berlin at the time, as well as the future generations. The story is not something we ever learned a lot about in school and it was truly eye opening for me and gave me a much greater perspective on the history and struggles so many had to endure during the period leading up to, during and after the fall of the wall. Once again, many thanks for sharing your knowledge and personal experience.” Sep 5, 2017 | Bill Morari, GM/COO The National Club, Past-President Rotary Club of Toronto

“On June 15th at our weekly Tweed Kiwanis meeting, Christian did an excellent presentation on the Berlin Wall. He is a very good speaker, who kept everyone's attention for over thirty minutes and we certainly could have listened to him a lot longer. It was fascinating to hear the history of the Berlin Wall interspersed with Christian's personal experiences. Highly recommended!”
June 21, 2017 | Peter McConnell (Past-President), Kiwanis Club of Tweed

“Connor and I both felt the presentation was excellent. Well presented, good information interspersed with humor. You have Connor thinking he would like to present something in the future. You lit a fire under him so to speak. It was a very enjoyable evening. Thank you for including us.” June 20, 2017 | Leslie (owner of bookkeeping business) and son Connor, 15 (presentation at Kiwanis Club of Tweed) 2 “Christian's presentation on the Berlin Wall was well received by our Trenton and District Retired Teachers Branch. He conveyed a personal insight into a very tragic part of our history with his power point presentation. He is a humorous, well-spoken gentleman that made great connection with his audience. Our members had many questions answered honestly and we thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon meeting. We would heartily recommend this presentation to others.”
Dec 1st, 2016 | Linda, Trenton and District RWTO (Retired Women Teachers of Ontario)