Cochrane Ideas – June 2022

Dave Beattie, Dick Broatch, Betty Bryant,
Gordon Davies, & Ted Westerson

Reminiscing about the Roots of Cochrane with Those Who Lived It!

Friday, June 10th @ 7:00 pm

Frank Wills Memorial Hall
405 – 1st Street East, Cochrane

Are you recently arrived in town and curious about how things used to be in a Cochrane with just 500 people? Do you already consider yourself an “oldtimer”  because you have spent 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years here? Whichever the case, you will not want to miss this evening of reminiscing with a group of “real” oldtimers who have spent some 80 years each right here in Cochrane!

Our panel of esteemed Cochrane Oldtimers:
Dave Beattie, Dick Broatch, Betty Bryant, Gordon Davies, & Ted Westerson

Come spend an evening hearing about “Old-Time Cochrane” from five Cochranites who were all born and raised here and have spent their lives in our community. The group will share their rich life experiences of having grown up in Cochrane in the 1940s and 1950s.

Imagine how different our community was back then and the changes they have seen! Experience Cochrane when it was a tiny village of just 700 people, when there was no running water and the streets were bare dirt, when there was just a four-room schoolhouse and … well, you get the idea.

Experience the stories through the voices and eyes of those who were there!

Questions and a lively group discussion to follow.

Come enjoy the fun and/or make your own contributions to the conversation about “how things used to be”!


Cochrane Ideas – May 2022

Patti Fisher

how Covid-19 aggravated domestic violence in our communities

Friday, May 13 at 7:00 pm

King Solomon Lodge
12o Centre Avenue, Cochrane

Every six days in Canada a woman is murdered by her past or current intimate partner. Growing evidence reveals the pandemic has made intimate partner violence even more prevalent. Reports of domestic abuse and family violence have increased around the world since social isolation and quarantine measures came into force. The issue is local, too!

Patti Fisher is the co-founder and Program Manager of Big Hill Haven, Emergency Shelter and Outreach Services for women who are experiencing and/or fleeing domestic violence. A Registered Social Worker, Patti has worked in the corporate sector and the non-profit field with vulnerable individuals and families for over 35 years. She has done front-line work with clients, managed residential programs and served on numerous boards. In her work, Patti has observed that there are a small number of key challenges that are common to all marginalized populations.

Patti is a fierce advocate for women and children who are caught in the cycle of domestic violence. The work being done at the shelter can be heartbreaking, but Patti believes the team at Big Hill Haven plays a big part in improving the lives of its clients. In her presentation, Patti will address the following:

  • What is domestic violence? Why Cochrane? Why now?
  • What have been the biggest surprises? The biggest challenges?
  • How has the pandemic affected the situation? What is changing? Are there solutions?

Questions and group discussion to follow – please do join us!


Cochrane Ideas – April 2022

Nathan Klassen

Friday, April 8 at 7:00 pm

King Solomon Lodge
120 Centre Avenue, Cochrane

Innovation is often linked to high tech. In Cochrane there are many examples: Garmin (formerly Dynastream Innovations), 4iiii Innovations, and mcThings, just to name a few. But innovation is broader than this definition. And shows itself in every corner of our community. Or has the potential to …

Presenter Nathan Klassen has spent a great deal of time on the topic of innovation, both personally and professionally. Currently leading at CP Rail in the Innovation & Business Transformation group, his professional path has also taken him through related roles in Continuous Improvement, Change Management and Organizational Effectiveness. As a senior leader in both business and not-for-profit settings, Nathan has seen these themes play out in all organizational forms. His most recent studies have targeted practices and frameworks relating to personal transformation leading to organizational transformation leading to systemic transformation. This commitment to innovation and transformation at all levels has fueled his passion for the creation of an innovation centre in Cochrane, the community he and his wife and 3 daughters have called home for 7 years now. Four years of community-level advocacy contributed to the creation of The Station: the transit hub and innovation centre currently under construction across from Nan Boothby Library. Nathan’s current community focus is the launch of Innovate Cochrane, a community-initiated, community-informed organization dedicated to fostering and releasing innovation for meaningful impact in Cochrane and beyond.

In his presentation, Nathan will dig into the topic of innovation, sharing the qualities, mindset and practices that encourage its release – at a personal, organizational and community level. Drawing on his learning and experience, he will provide insights into key contributors to the successful release of innovation at a community level, including real-world examples within the Innovate Cochrane story. Questions and group discussion to follow – please do join us!