A best-selling author with over 17 published books, Chris Fisher, will be the first speaker to come to Strathmore as part of The Vault Cultural Collective’s speakers series.

Fisher will appear at the Vault in downtown Strathmore on Friday June 17th at 7:30 p.m. with the presentation called Birds A Prescription for Happiness.

Carolyn Steeves from the Vault Cultural Collective spoke about the speakers series and how birding or bird-watching is a great activity for everyone, even during a pandemic.

“The Vault speaker series is actually our initial program that we're offering up through COVID. We have had lots of ideas of programming that we would like to do in the future, and this was one of the things that we really wanted to start.”

She explained that the capacity limit for the upstairs in the facility is 52 people, “So it makes it a really intimate surrounding for speakers."

“We know there's a lot of birders in our community and my husband and I particularly love birds, so I reached out to Chris Fisher, who is the author of ‘Birds of Alberta’, and he was thrilled to be able to come out to Strathmore and do a talk,” said Steeves.

Fisher’s lecture is called ‘Birds a Prescription for Happiness.’ “The reason why he's been doing this particular lecture is because of birds being something that is a lot of people’s happy place and so with the mental health issues of the pandemic, he thought that this was a great topic for now,” she explained.

So far there is no criteria just yet for the speaker series.

“I think we're looking for ideas from the public or our own generated ideas for from our board members and our vault volunteers of topics that we think would be timely and of interest to the people in the community and that would suit the upstairs of the vault being, a small venue,” Steeves explained.

“We’re open to suggestions.”

She noted that with the creation of the series The Vault’s board wanted to keep costs low so as to provide an economical evening out for the residents of Strathmore and area.

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at The Vault Cultural Collective.

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