Welcome to the Foundation Online

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Photo© Ontario Heritage Trust

Welcome to the website of the Foundation whose mission it is to foster the memory of the oldest free school in Toronto and the man who was responsible for its existence, Enoch Turner.

Our mission is also to help the Ontario Heritage Trust to preserve the Schoolhouse in its original condition, so that it will continue to inspire thousands of visitors every year.

Speaker’s Corner Returns!

The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation is happy to announce the return of our virtual series, Speaker’s Corner. 

Our new host will be multi-award-winning journalist, Brian Stewart, formerly of the CBC. Our fall series will focus on trends in education. In each program, Stewart will engage with thought leaders whose expertise will inform us about issues, challenges and opportunities specific to elementary and high school students and their parents. All programs are free and will run on the Zoom platform Wednesdays at 7pm. Registrants will be able to ask questions at the end of each program. Register for our fall lineup below.


REGISTER HERE for the October 6th Session: Back to School in a Pandemic

REGISTER HERE for the October 20th Session: Outdoor School

REGISTER HERE for the November 3rd Session: Food Literacy

REGISTER HERE for the November 17th Session: Climate Literacy

Annual General Meeting and Special Lecture

Are you missing the dining out experience these days? Join writer and educator James Thompson as he shares his work in progress, Dining in Babylon: Toronto’s Lost Restaurants. Discover some of Toronto’s late great restaurants; from the days when people enjoyed a convivial and crowded dining experience.  James describes their uniqueness, their contribution to our city’s cultural landscape, as well  as reasons for their demise.

James Thompson has been teaching adults since 2006. He teaches courses on History, Art, Politics, and Toronto’s past at various Adult Education/continuing studies centres around the city. He has a History M.A. from Durham University, UK. He also has an Art History diploma from the Courtauld Institute in London. He also has his B.Ed. from OISE.

Join us at 7:00PM, following our Annual General Meeting, to listen in! REGISTER HERE.

To become a member or renew a membership with the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation, visit our Join Us page HERE.

Speaker’s Corner with David Crombie

We are incredibly happy to share the fourth and final session of our series: Speaker’s Corner With David Crombie.

If you were unable to join our ZOOM session The Shape of Things to Come: Toronto Circa 2031 please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!

We are thankful to our host David Crombie and wonderful panelists Marcy Burchfield, Joe Berridge and Matthew Blackett for their insightful and inspiring commentary.

Thank-you to all who tuned in for this series!

Speaker’s Corner with David Crombie

Our last session of Speaker’s Corner is open for registration, and you won’t want to miss it!

Join Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Heritage Champion and former Mayor of Toronto, David Crombie, for a new educational series of virtual talks focused on heritage, city planning, community involvement, education and the future of Toronto.
In each program, Crombie will engage with key players whose knowledge and expert perspective will inform us about current issues.

Join us on May 19th for the fourth session in the series: The Shape of Things to Come: Toronto Circa 2031.

Crombie’s guests will be urban planner and city builder Joe Berridge, Publisher and Creative Director at Spacing Toronto Matthew Blackett, and Marcy Burchfield, Vice President at the Economic Blueprint Institute.


Speaker’s Corner with David Crombie will be hosted on the Zoom platform and registrants will be able to pose questions at the end of each program.

Speaker’s Corner with David Crombie

We are incredibly happy to share the third session of our series: Speaker’s Corner With David Crombie.

If you were unable to join our ZOOM session Gathering Place: The Changing Idea of Community in Toronto please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!

We are thankful to our host David Crombie and wonderful panelists Leslie Woo, Duke Redbird, Dr. Ron Williamson, and John Lorinc for their insightful and inspiring commentary.

Speaker’s Corner with David Crombie

We are incredibly happy to share the second session of our series: Speaker’s Corner With David Crombie.

If you were unable to join our ZOOM session What The Pandemic Has Taught Us About Education In Toronto please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!

We are thankful to our host David Crombie and wonderful panelists Dr. Prachi Srivastava and Annie Kidder for their insightful and inspiring commentary.

Speaker’s Corner with David Crombie

We are thrilled to announce the second session of Speaker’s Corner!

Join Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Heritage Champion and former Mayor of Toronto, David Crombie, for a new educational series of virtual talks focused on heritage, city planning, community involvement, education and the future of Toronto.
In each program, Crombie will engage with key players whose knowledge and expert perspective will inform us about current issues.

Join us on April 21st for the second session in the series: What the Pandemic has Taught Us About Education in Toronto.

Crombie’s guests will be Executive Director at People for Education, Annie Kidder and Dr. Prachi Srivastava, University of Western Ontario professor.


Speaker’s Corner with David Crombie will be hosted on the Zoom platform and registrants will be able to pose questions at the end of each program.

Stay tuned for the announcement of upcoming sessions!