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January League Meeting

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Goodwill Community Store & Donation Centre

255 Horton Street East

London, ON N6B 1L1

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Kickoff the League's 50th anniversary year by attending the first meeting of 2019.

We will have a past League Presidents, Gloria McGinn-McTeer (2000-2003) and Rick Odegaard (1985-1987) speak about their experiences at the Urban League in the late 80's and early 00's. Learn about what has changed in the past two decades and what's stayed the same!

Our members will also be sharing stories from their neighbourhoods through Ignite-style talks (they will show 1-4 photos on slides and speak about their neighbourhoods and organizations).

Open to the public, bring your family and friends!

Schedule:

7:05 PM - 7:35 PM
Speakers - Gloria McGinn-McTeer & Rick Odegaard


7:35 PM - 8:35 PM
Member Ignite Talks


8:35 PM - 9:00 PM
Business Portion of the Meeting


Gloria McGinn-McTeer - Bio

Gloria completed her WLU business degree in 1978. She was the only female business degree grad who received an offer from RBC Retail Banking in SWO. Her career took her all over SWO, settling in London with her family in 1993. Gloria retired from RBC as a Commercial Account Manager in 2014.

She joined the Urban League in 1993 as a representative for Stoneybrook Heights/ Uplands RA. In 1999, Gloria and Joni Baechler were appointed Co-chairs of the UL. In due course, Joni was elected to Council and Gloria was appointed Chair of the Urban League and would serve for 3 more years.

Gloria, together with Susan Bentley , helped establish the Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods (Ontario). She was the inaugural President, serving for 4 years.

Gloria has served many years on city council appointed committees including Development Charges, and made numerous presentations to standing committees over the years.

The concept that communities count and civic matters is a core belief Gloria learned at a young age, watching her parents’ engage in issues, and noting civic discourse can improve outcomes.

Rick Odegaard - Bio

Before graduating with a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1969, Rick worked in sales for 3M in the Business Communications Division in London and Toronto. After earning his degree he worked as a management trainee for Eatons Catalogue Distribution Centre in Toronto before heading west to Edmonton. There he worked in various socio-economic research positions at the University of Alberta for several years.

He has owned and operated a three branch retail food operation for ten years, then moved into a partnership distributing pharmaceutical raw materials across Canada. Since 1987 Rick Odegaard has been a commercial REALTOR in London where he is now the broker owner of London Commercial Realty Inc. (LCRi) providing real estate and business solutions to clients in need. Real estate planning and consulting form a significant part of his practice.

He has held many positions in the volunteer sector and in 2003 Rick was included in the London Mayor’s Honour List for his work in Housing.

Currently, he is Co-President of the Western Mustangs Athletic Alumni, a director on the Unity Project board, an active member of Fair Vote Canada, and an inactive member of COMER and the NDP.

He is married to Betsy with two children who are both working in Toronto. His interests include golf, cycling, swimming, basketball, canoeing, gardening, woodworking and railways that run through London.



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