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.
In 2023, the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation and Ontario Heritage Trust celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Schoolhouse and the role it played in the development of a provincially supported free school system.
You are cordially invited to a festive Canadian Christmas dinner, Heritage Champion award, entertainment and Christmas cheer as we celebrate the opening of Toronto’s first free school 174 years ago!
Begin the evening with a reception, hors d’oeurves and cash bar. Followed by a mouth-watering, four course, traditional Canadian Christmas dinner with wine catered by award-winning enVille Event Design and Catering. Enjoy seasonal reading, carol singing fun, and live performances.
Our emcee for the evening is musical theatre and cabaret performer, Marlene Handrahan.
Jessi Tiech, international award-winning song writer and recording artist will perform seasonal music for singing and listening.
Trained and talented people from other countries who want to work as professionals in Canada face an uphill climb. We hear about dentists employed as security guards, architects who are delivering restaurant food, and engineers working on factory lines.
This is a complex problem because licensing requirements are essential for some professions, and many immigrants face a language barrier. But have we put up too many obstacles? Join us to hear these compelling stories!
Persians ran from Iran during the Revolution. Haitians sought refuge after earthquakes. The Irish ran away from the Troubles. Syrians escaped from invasion and devastation. American draft dodgers arrived on our doorstep and stayed. Afghans yearned for freedom, away from the control of the Taliban. Indians searched for a path from poverty and/or climate catastrophe. Ukrainians are now coming for safety from war. Join us to hear the compelling stories of three people who chose Canada as their escape route…