PAST EVENTS from Previous Years


Summer Time is Patio Time

On three warm summer evenings, July 11, August 1 and 22, UWC members met on the Patio to relax, chat, meet new members, and reconnect with good friends.

Such a lovely way to stay in touch during the summer.

The Royal Wedding at Windsor Arms


On Saturday, May 19th UWC Toronto members and guests arose very early to witness the wedding of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We arrived at the Windsor Arms Hotel at 6:00 a.m. all decked out in our finest with fascinators and our gentleman guest in tails. A lovely “royal” brunch was served. The room was full of other guests as well, so a festive time was had by all.


AGM Meeting 

Date: April 9, 2018
At the 2018 Annual General Meeting club members heard and read reports from the auditor, David Burkes, the President, the Treasurer and some convenors. The treasurer, Kathy Nolan-Garner, requested several motions concerning the administration of dues and various housekeeping items. Our legal counsel, Shelina Ali of Iler, Campbell LLP, was present to answer questions concerning the proposed amendments. The president and treasurer also answered some questions and explained the need to change the constitution with the amendments. There was some discussion and the three amendments to change the financial structure for the awarding of funds were passed by the membership. A new constitution is being prepared by a committee, chaired by Past President, Judith Lewis. We hope to streamline our constitution and to set out the responsibilities of the new Charitable Activities Committee. Deborah Maw spoke of the work of the Heritage Fund and thanked those on the Heritage Fund Board and Scholarship Committee. The board is encouraging members to get involved with the various committees and the outreach work.


The Violence of Low Expectations

On March 26th Talisha Ramsaroop fascinated the audience with details about the work she’s doing in her neighbourhood of Jane and Finch. She maintains that stereotypes and stigma can be detrimental to one's perception of oneself and cause barriers in education. Thus she works to empower youth in this neighbourhood to develop their skills and talents and pursue further education. For her community advocacy, on March 9, 2018 Talisha received the Pam McConnell Award for Young Women in Leadership.


Introverts & Extroverts

A wonderful presentation was delivered at the February 18 Spotlight evening by Martha Dove, who explained the intricacies of the introvert and extrovert personalities as they present in personal and professional settings. 
Thank you Martha for sharing your insights and experiences with us about this fascinating subject.


Bhutan: Land of Happiness

On January 17th a large, interested group of members and visitors enjoyed a fascinating presentation on Bhutan by Marianne Anderson and her friend Leslie White. Marianne articulated the wonders and uniqueness of this tiny country, and Leslie, a professional photographer, impressed us all with her captivating photos of this unknown gem.



December 12, 2017 we had the pleasure of celebrating the season with the sweet voices of the Kai Syrian Children’s Choir. We also shared our festive dinner with their parents, and received warm wishes from our special guest, Mary Jo Leddy, founder of Romero House.


Annual Financial Meeting

Date: November 13, 2017
The meeting was attended by many members, and the financial results as of September 30, 2017 were presented by our new Interim Treasurer Kathy Nolan-Garner Reports from Shaloma Gauthier on the Charitable Giving Committee, and from Jane Hamer on Discretionary Spending were presented and members voted to support the recommendations. There was real enthusiasm expressed by the members for the individuals and organizations receiving these gifts – Romero House, Inspire, Sistering, an Iqaluit student and a student at Innis College


Spotlight on Us

Date: Tuesday October 10, 2017
The "spotlight" on Georgina on October 10th hardly seemed adequate to accommodate her brilliant story. It's a story of her unpaid volunteer work (eg as a Rotarian) burgeoning into a consulting career helping two worthy charities in the mental health sector (Pathway Clubhouse in BC and Progress Place in Toronto) to step up their game with increased visibility (new logo and novel publication methods) and imaginative fundraising. It was readily apparent that Georgina's magnetism was a significant factor in addition to her indomitable will. Success on all counts but presented by Georgina as an unfolding of a natural evolution.


Wellness Wednesdays

Date: Wednesday October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017
Woof, worrywart, wrinkles, whatchamacallit… these were just some of the "w" words discussed in the Wellness Wednesday discussion group led by Marianne Anderson The group met once a week for 4 weeks to learn and share information (and misinformation!) concerning all aspects of wellness, particularly for women in middle age and beyond. Topics included waistlines, wine, health care, relationships and more. But a key takeaway was that there is so much more to wellness than these obvious ones that first come to mind. Such as WONDER… consider a baby's toes, a wagging tail, an orchid, morning dew. And some good advice on the "w" word WHINE… just don't!



Thursday October 19,2017
Come join us in the Pub the last Thursday of each month to welcome new members, reconnect with fellow members, chat and enjoy.


Hola: A Night in Seville Fundraiser

On September 18, 2017, we hosted an amazingly successful fundraising evening. Over 200 people gathered at the Faculty Club, which was transformed into a festive 'Night in Seville'. Guests were treated to sangria, wine, tapas, hors d'oeuvres and serenaded by classical guitar. The highlight of the evening was a beautiful flamenco dancer in her flaming red dress, with castanets and stomping heels.

The Silent Auction of 40 items included art, antiques, jewellery, gift certificates, theatre and sporting tickets; plus there were numerous raffle and door prizes, all thanks to our generous donors. When it was all tallied up, we were delighted and proud to report that we will be giving $15,000 to Romero House. 

Its founder, Mary Jo Leddy, addressed the audience reminding us of the importance of a warm welcome - whether to our fellow University Women's Club members or to new refugees to Canada. Like last year, this year's donation from UWC to Romero House will be used to buy laptops for young women, providing them with a crucial tool for success in Canada. We are fortunate to have such a strong relationship with this wonderful organization.


Spotlight on Us - Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia

Date: July 11, 2017 Jo-Lynne Sutherland treated members and guests to an insightful talk featuring photos and facts about her six years in Saudi Arabia. After her presentation, outlining past and present Saudi politics, religion and "baby steps" forward concerning the rights of women, coupled with her candid commentary, listeners were bursting with questions. 

Poetry Reading: After Love

Date: August 8, 2017
Merle Amodeo, a published author, read several poems from her book, After Love. Read in her calm soft voice, her beautifully written poems evoked vivid thoughts and emotions from her appreciative audience.


Patio Party for Judith Lewis

Date: Thursday June 29, 2017
The patio was packed with UWC members and friends who wanted to express their gratitude to Judith for the loyalty and dedication she has shown to UWC for the past 9 years. Glasses were raised, kind words were spoken, a lovely gift was given, and Patricia Joyce, CFUW Regional Director Ontario Central presented her with a special Certificate of Recognition.


Stratford Festival

Date: Thursday May 25, 2017
Despite the damp weather, spirits were high as we boarded the Stratford bus on May 25th, to see Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy, directed by Martha Henry. The production was excellent, filled with joy and mischief with a particularly strong performance from Sarah Afful as Viola. Everyone enjoyed themselves and each other on this delightful day, which has become an annual tradition for our members.


Annual General Meeting

Monday April 10, 2017
Reception at 5:00pm, meeting at 5:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm Key issues will include the constitution, a process for investments and new job descriptions.

Judith unveils a plaque listing all the UWC Past Presidents


Meet & Greet

Date: February 27, 2017
Twenty UWC members gathered in the casual relaxed setting of the Faculty Club Pub to get to know one another better over drinks and dinner. Dawn Whitmore, DeeDee Poole, MargMcGiverin and our President, Judith Lewis told nostalgic stories about their days on St George Street when club spirit was high, despite financial challenges. Judith gave some brief remarks about her time as President, reminding us all of the Club's important mission, providing scholarships for young women who wish to pursue post secondary education. A plaque listing all UWC Past Presidents starting in1903 was unveiled and will be hung in the Faculty Club. The evening was filled with fellowship and fun, with all those attending expressing their pleasure in belonging to the University Women's Club.