SWCSVI Speakers Bureau

"Haven't you learned yet that I put something more than whisky into my speeches?"
-Sir Winston Churchill to his son, Randolph

Our speakers bring HISTORY to life!

Sidney Allinson is a Canadian novelist and military historian, author of six books, numerous magazine articles, film scripts, and book reviews. His newest book is called The Bantams: The Untold Story of World War One.

Olive Bailey was "called up" in London in 1940 and sent to work in a factory producing sections of Halifax bombers, shortly after which she became part of the team of code-breakers at Bletchley Park who worked in utter secrecy for the duration of the war.

Timon Ferguson is a Camosun College student and Churchill admirer who read Churchill's autobiography "My Early Life" at the age of 13. Timon believes Churchill had the charisma and spirit of an action hero and enjoys discussing Churchill's humour and sense of adventure.

Chris Gainor is a historian and writer, specializing in the history of space and aviation technology. His most recent book is titled To a Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers. Chris has taught history and the University of Victoria and is an ardent Churchill fan and look-alike.

Stan A. Orchard is an amphibian and reptile specialist and conservation biologist. He is currently working on research problems with the management of alien invasive species. In his spare time, he studies the origin, evolution, and ecology of Sir Winston S. Churchill.

Kieran Wilson is a Grade 11 student at Esquimalt High School and the youngest member of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Vancouver Island. Kieran is a budding Churchill scholar, keen historian, and an award-winning Effective Speaker with the 89 Pacific Squadron.

Ron Armstrong is a model boat builder and military history enthusiast with a special interest in Churchill's military career.

Akili Pomian studies Art History at the University of Victoria and is keen to talk about Churchill's art and painting style.

For more information about some of the speakers, visit our About Our Members page.

Sample Topics:
  • The First World War
  • The Second World
  • Espionage
  • Churchill the Action Hero
  • Churchill as a Young Man
  • Leadership
  • Churchill and Canada
  • Churchill the Writer
  • Churchill and New Technologies
  • Churchill the Artist

To book a speaker from our Speakers Bureau or for more information, please contact: Dagmar Haupthoff @ 250.598.2175 or h87bud75@telus.net

Churchill Speakers Bureau In Action
Olive Bailey, a member of the SWCSVI’s newly formed Speaker’s Bureau, recently spoke to the Probus Club of Oak Bay. At their November meeting a record audience of 75 members and 14 guests heard Olive’s talk, described as follows:“If any of us thought that we were good at keeping a secret, then we had not met Olive Bailey. This bright and articulate woman described the vital role that she and many others played at Bletchley Park, Bucks, UK, during the Second World War. The work involved “code breaking” or decrypting and interpreting Axis codes and ciphers from 1939 to the end of the War. The entire operation was not made public until the 1970’s, meaning that Olive and her civilian and military colleagues kept the Bletchley Ultra project secret from family and friends for over 30 years! Born in 1921 Olive was “called up” for duty on July 11, 1940 and assigned to an aircraft factory (on the Watford Bypass) where she was introduced to security duties. In 1941 she was assigned to Bletchley Park where her bright mathematical mind joined others in code breaking work; a top-secret Ultra operation which was crucial to the Allied war efforts. Olive regaled us with tales of intrigue and danger from her Most Secret Life; all told with her lively sense of humour. Listening to Olive right after Remembrance Day brought back so many memories. We were left with feelings of admiration for the courage of so many people during the War.
Thank you, Olive.”

We members of the SWCSVI echo their sentiments.

Churchillian Photo Contributions

Churchillian Photo Contributions
Chasing Churchill: About 2.5 hours up the N2 from Durban lies the monument to a moment in history that could have changed the world stage had Churchill not escaped his Boer captors (photo shared by Jim Runkel of Victoria B.C.) HAVE A CHURCHILL-RELATED PHOTO YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? Please send your photos to fionabramble@telus.net