The University Women’s Club of Toronto holds social, cultural, and educational events throughout the year for its members.

The Speakers Series invites speakers from a range of backgrounds to speak on many interesting topics. These events are generally held in the evening, over a delicious dinner at The Faculty Club. All members are invited and guests are welcome!

Spotlight on Us is a popular monthly event, giving one member the spotlight to share something about herself - a passion, an interest, a career, a life story. We have enjoyed a wide range of discussions from psychology to community advocacy to amazing travel slide shows.

To make it possible to meet our philanthropic goals, we rely on the proceeds of Fundraising Events. Since its inception more than 100 years ago, the UWC of Toronto has been a force in finding creative ways to raise money to achieve these goals. Our fundraising is mainly accomplished through creative social events organized by the Fundraising Committee, and supported and put into action by our entire club membership. 


Past Speakers






Speaker Series - Monday, September 16 at 5:30pm

J.D.M Stewart ON Being Prime Minister

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J.D.M. Stewart is a Canadian history teacher at Bishop Strachan School.  His writing has appeared in newspapers across Canada for more than twenty-five years. His book, Being Prime Minister,was published June 2018.  From John A. MacDonald to Justin Trudeau, we will get a glimpse of the prime ministers as they traveled, dealt with invasions of privacy, met with celebrities, and managed the stress of the nation's top job. With a federal election a month after this talk, his behind-the-scenes look at the lives of prime ministers will be both timely and highly engaging. 

Reservation Deadline: September 13, 2019
Cost: $45 for members, $50 for guests
Phone: 416-979-2000 or email

Luncheon - September 19th 11:30 am

Grandmother’s to Grandmother’s


Grandmothers to Grandmothers was founded by Stephen Lewis to assist grandmothers in Africa caring for their grandchildren who became orphaned when their parents died or AIDS. On a daily basis many individually supply food and shelter for over a dozen of their grandchildren. To quote from their flyer: Grandmothers to Grandmothers is a global sisterhood that supports the dignified, determined and strong African grandmothers who are raising a generation of grandchildren whose parents have died of AIDS. Sarah Obama, now 97 years of age, step-grandmother of Barack Obama, is a member of this organization in Kenya. Because men as well as those of us who do not have grandchildren are involved, it has been nicknamed Grandmothers to Grandothers.

All inclusive price (lunch, presentation, gratuity and tax) $30 members, $35 guests. Reserve 416-979- 2000 or

- Harolyn Panetta

Speaker Series - October 7 at 5:30 pm

Elise Cole ON Digging for your Roots

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Family and genealogical research is becoming an increasingly popular hobby, mainly because of the fascinating facts and stories that can emerge with a bit of investigative effort. Elise Cole, Special Collections Librarian at Oakville Public Library, provides expertise and assistance in this area. Elise holds a Masters of Library and Information Studies from McGill. Over the years she’s been actively involved in numerous genealogical projects and conferences, and since 2014 has been overseeing the development of new collections, and ensuring better access to genealogical resources.

Reservation Deadline: October 5, 2019

Cost: $45 for members, $50 for guests
Phone: 416-979-2000 or email

FUNDRAISING GALA - Thursday, October 24

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An Evening in Vienna is our fundraising gala, with proceeds going to Romero House.

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Speaker Series - November 18 at 5:30 pm

Mark O’Neill ON A Virtual Tour of The Canadian Museum of History

For those who haven’t been able to get to this impressive Museum, joining Mark O’Neill on this tour is the next best thing. Mark has been President and CEO of this Museum and the Canadian War Museum since 2011. Under his leadership, the Museums have placed new emphasis on telling the stories that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and have expanded their outreach activities throughout the country. In 2017, the Museum of History unveiled the Canadian History Hall, the ground-breaking signature exhibition that presents Canada’s national story from the dawn of human habitation to the present day.

Reservation Deadline: November 18, 2019

Cost: $45 for members, $50 for guests
Phone: 416-979-2000 or email