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.

Canada 150 Education Series UPDATE

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation presents:

Values and Visions in Public Schooling

This education series looks to the history of universal public schooling to reconsider contemporary education.

Expert panels ask what schooling is for, why we design schools as we do, whether schooling today is equitable for all Canadians, and how the arts can transform classroom teaching.

Parents, students, educators, community members, urban planners, architects and heritage enthusiasts are invited to take part in a unique opportunity for dialogue.

November 14 and 28, 2017

January 16 and 30, 2018

Stay tuned for more details!


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Annual General Meeting & Special Lecture

On April 25th, 2017, join bestselling author Ken McGoogan as he explores Canadian roots and shows how the Scots and the Irish created a Canadian identity.

Click here for more details!

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  • Times:
    • Annual General Meeting: 6 pm
    • Refreshments: 6:30 pm
    • Lecture: 7 pm
  • Ticket Price:
    • Members: Free
    • Guests: $12
    • Memberships are available at the door
  • Reservations:  info@enochturnerschoolhouse.ca or call 416-327-6997
  • Location:
    • Enoch Turner Schoolhouse – 106 Trinity Street (near King and Parliament)
  • TTC and Wheelchair accessible

New Administrator

We are sorry to say goodbye to our Administrator, Lori Lytle. Her dedication and expertise were invaluable to the Foundation. Thank you, Lori, and best of luck with your future endeavours!

Our new Administrator, Stephanie Sim, is currently enrolled in the Humber Fundraising Management Program. She holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management, and an Honours BA in History.

Stephanie is very involved in the Toronto culture and heritage sector, having worked, interned, and volunteered at several well-known institutions. She brings her experience in fundraising, museum programming, and administration, to the team.

Annual Founder’s Dinner 2016

Illustration of Bells with blue ribbons and holly

A Vintage Christmas at the Schoolhouse

Annual Founder’s Dinner 2016

December 2, 2016

Join us as we celebrate the spirit of the holidays and the opening of the Schoolhouse in 1849 for the poor children of Corktown.

Highlights include a traditional Christmas dinner, seasonal reading, and soprano Susan Ryman will perform seasonal songs and lead us in carol singing.

We will be honouring our 2016 Heritage Champion, Jill Donovan Taylor, Architect.

Our emcee for the evening is award-winning investigative and consumer reporter for Global News Toronto, Sean O’Shea.

This event is a fundraiser for the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation. Tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowable amount.

Wheelchair and TTC accessible.

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For more information contact info@enochturnerschoolhouse.ca

Changes to the team! New Administrator

We are sorry to say goodbye to our Administrator, Debbie Keffer, and we thank her for her dedicated and expert support during her time with the Foundation. We wish her well as she embarks on new adventures, and welcome new Administrator, Lori Lytle. Lori has a Master of Arts in Classical Studies, a Master of Museum Studies, and has worked at several not for profit cultural organizations here in Toronto. She brings her experience in fundraising, event planning and administration to the team.

Two Successful Talks So Far in 2016

2016 has been a great year so far!

In April, the Foundation hosted author and historian Ted Barris, who presented a talk entitled Fire Canoe: How Canada Became a Nation From Coast to Coast. Snapd was there and captured some great shots.

Composite image with cover of Fire Canoe book on left, and crowd attending lecture in West Hall on right

Then on June 1, Lori Oschefski came to talk about the British Home Children. Many in the crowd had questions for Lori and stories to share about their own Home Child ancestors. Once again, Snapd was on hand to document the evening in photos. The image below was taken by Dan Philips, one of the attendees.

Lori Oschefski at lecturn delivering a talk, with presentation projected on screen behind her