The University Women’s Club of Toronto is dedicated to supporting the education of girls and women.
Our work involves the awarding of grants to students leaving high school and to those continuing at college and university. We support students with awards for continuing their studies and for the costs of residence.
We also have begun a considerable outreach program to support Romero House for refugees, Sistering and Indspire. We continue to work towards mentoring and greater involvement with the student winners and the women and children at Romero and Sistering. The work with refugees, women in difficult circumstances and indigenous education is a new initiative and we are very excited about all of the possibilities not only to help but also to learn.
We offer diverse activities to stimulate personal growth, plus opportunities to help build a more equitable world for all women and girls.
UWC members also enjoy the benefits of belonging to two esteemed clubs: The University Women’s Club of Toronto and The Faculty Club of Toronto.
The Faculty Club offers an elegant venue for dining and special events, and brings benefits including discounts to cultural events and services, reciprocal privileges with Faculty Clubs around the world enabling us to dine and stay in wonderful locations abroad, plus special activities such as wine tastings, food festivals, Speaker Series.
Board of Directors
The University Women’s Club of Toronto is a member-managed Women’s Club, which was founded in 1903 by twenty-two enterprising young women who were among the first to graduate from seven different universities. Their mission, which has not changed, was to provide opportunities for the growth and advancement of women through the pursuit of intellectual, cultural and social interests in a warm and nurturing environment.
Read about A Club for Women in UofT Magazine.
After meeting in rented rooms during their first two decades, on November 1, 1929, the University Women’s Club purchased its own clubhouse at 162 St. George Street in Toronto and made the beautiful mansion their permanent home. Decade after decade saw members tackling community issues, rising up and speaking for women and children, pitching in where the need was most and all the time, making time for book groups, music appreciation, bridge playing and other interest groups.
In the early 30’s the University Women’s Club joined CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women). CFUW, founded in 1919, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of nearly 10,000 women in 100 clubs across Canada. CFUW is a member of GWI (Graduate Women International). Both organizations support the education and improvement of the status of women throughout the world.
In 2010 the University Women’s Club of Toronto sold their clubhouse to the University of Toronto and joined forces with the U of T Faculty Club, Now all current and new University Women’s Club Members enjoy co-membership with the Faculty Club and carry on in the spirit of our founding members at our new location, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto.
The last 9 years I have served as your President have been filled with joy, sadness and many challenges! From the Club Managers to the staff at 162, which presented many problems that many of you do not know, the bidding war between Sonya Bata and the U of T, to the minor stroke I had in 2010, the list could go on. I would not change anything really except the regret we could not keep the St. George location. I did this because I love the members, the whole idea of what the University Women’s Club stands for and for my Mother who also served as the Club’s President.
Over the past 9 years I have received many notes and emails from many members thanking me for my service and my devotion. I have kept all of those and they still touch me deeply. When I first became President in 2002, the joy in that was that in 2003 we celebrated our 100th birthday and that was very very special. I want to thank all the Club members who have sat on the board with me for the past nine years. I owe you a debt I can never repay.
There are 2 women I must single out. Doris Geddes was President of the Grads when we were selling the house at 162 St. George and although I acted as the real estate agent none of it would have happened without all her work and input.
Margaret Mcgiverin, who is also stepping down today, has stayed on the board for the last 9 years to support and work with me. Marg, there is no way I could have done this without you and there is no way to repay you for all the sacrifices you made and the headaches you must have suffered. My indebtedness to you is never ending.
We have many new members now thanks to Susan Freeman who has done an amazing job as Director of Membership and it is time to move forward. The time has come for me to pass the torch. So, thank you for your loyalty, your support and your kindness. I love you all.
A plaque listing the names of all the Past Presidents of the University Women’s Clubs of Toronto from 1903 to 2017 now hangs in the Faculty Club. UWC member Ellen Thompson kindly, plus extremely quickly and efficiently, waded through and scanned a huge collection of our old photos. We now have photos of many of the Past Presidents, plus delightful shots of UWC life dating way back to our creation in 1903. List of Past Presidents including photos, names and dates
UWC’s Donation to the Faculty Club
In June 2013, the University Women’s Club donated $50,000.00 towards renovations ofthe Faculty Club patio. We are pleased and proud that we were able to contribute to this fabulous patio, which all Faculty Club members enjoy.
Wall of Fame
Please take time to view the hallway to the Foulds Dining Room in the Faculty Club. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see our University Women’s Club records framed and mounted on the wall. The past presidents’ plaque, CFUW awards, and Heritage Fund documents are beautifully exhibited.We have a story that dates back more than 100 years. Our story needs to be told. The public display of our significant certificates affords the University Women’s Club a presence within the Faculty Club and allows us the opportunity to share our long and illustrious history with others.