TRAINING FOR ARMAGEDDON, Niagara Camp in the Great War (1914–1919) – The Polish Connection
Presentor: Dr Richard Merrit
Although born in Toronto, Richard received most of his formal education in London, Ontario where he graduated cum laude from the University of Western Ontario, School of Medicine in 1968. Upon completing his Fellowship training in Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto he moved to Niagara and practised ophthalmology in Niagara Falls, Ontario for forty years but is now contentedly retired! Richard is a past president of the Niagara Historical Society, Friends of Fort George and the Niagara Foundation. He co-chaired Niagara-on-the-Lake’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee and has recently been appointed co-chairman of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s UNESCO committee, seeking to have the Town designated a World Heritage Site. He was named the Niagara-on-the-Lake Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and was recipient of an Ontario Heritage Trust Award in 2010. Two years later, he was named, along with co-chair and fellow historian Dr. Wesley Turner, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s ‘Citizen of the Year’. His new book, TRAINING FOR ARMAGEDDON: Niagara Camp in the Great War, 1914–1919 was published in May 2015. He is married to Dr. Nancy Smith with whom he has two daughters and now enjoys three grandchildren
A social hour with refreshments will follow, providing those attending an opportunity to network with Dr. Richard Merrit. The program is free and open to the public. The Harlem Road Community Center is handicap accessible
NOTE: The Harlem Road auditorium is undergoing renovation so we will be meeting in teh Youth Center on the Lower level. Just follow the sign to the new location. OUr recepton will be in the Community Room 2 as before.