Public Speaking

All in-person speaking engagements came to an end in March due to COVID19. However, through Zoom and supporting media technology, I’ve begun giving virtual “live” presentations for retirement residences. With this technology, I can deliver presentations to almost anyone in Canada or the world with no risks of spreading the virus. Fantastic!

Over the past 2 – 3 years, I’ve been giving 40 – 50 minute illustrated talks to folks living in several of Victoria’s retirement residences, specifically, Carlton House of Oak Bay, Ross Place, Parkwood Place and the Kensington. In these presentations, I’ve taken the residents on virtual adventures to such places as the Canadian Rockies, Pacific Rim National Park, Olympic National Park, Dawson City, the Arctic, Southern Alberta and Haida Gwaii.

My presentations are much more than just a bunch of “pretty pictures”. As a semi-professional photographer and videographer, I’m keenly aware of the impact high-quality images can have. Therefore, I carefully select my best photos to include and build my commentary around.

Feedback from the residences and from the activity coordinators confirms that I’m a dynamic, energetic, passionate, articulate and entertaining speaker.


“Rick Searle’s presentations have added incredible value to our Recreation Choices.

Rick’s extensive experience and knowledge in the field, as well as his very own photography of spectacular locations like the Great Bear Rainforest and Alaska, lend to incredibly detailed, educational presentations for our residents. He brings humour and fun to the lectures and is always sure to engage and interact with our residents.

I have been lucky enough to be the driver for a few of his local bus tours as well, sharing his knowledge of our beautiful city. I learned much more than I ever knew about Victoria’s local history!

He has also been incredibly flexible and willing to be creative with the way he delivers his programs in the new world we currently live in.

I would highly recommend Rick’s presentations – virtual or in-person!” – Marlie Philp, Director of Recreation, Parkwood Place, Sept. 2020