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.

Schoolhouse SNAP’d!

Thank-you for SNAPD St. Lawrence/Distillery for the coverage on our “Distilling in Old Town” talk and Annual General Meeting.

We had so much fun learning from Jordan St. John!

See the proof here: SNAPD Distillery

Stay tuned, we have more distilling events to come!


Distilling Event
Brewmaster Jordan St. John and our fearless leader, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation Board Chair, Lynne Kurylo

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation Presents

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Curious about our Press Release? See it HERE !

Praise for our January 16th talk:

“Thank you all for helping to put together such an exciting evening, which focused on critical understandings of Canadian education. Everything was so thoughtfully organized, and it was a great turnout with fantastic moderator and audience questions. Many thanks to all!” – Dr. Jane Griffith

January 30th, 2018 – WHY THE ARTS MATTER  

     Demonstrates the value and dynamism of arts education. Kathleen Gould Lundy, an arts educator, leads a group of teachers who, through dramatic performances, illustrate innovative teaching techniques that inspire and engage students.

 Click Here for information on panel participants and to register for tickets.

All sessions take place at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse 106 Trinity Street Toronto

Reception 6:30 p.m.

Presentations 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is wheelchair accessible. TTC stops at Trinity and King East. On street parking.

The Annual Founder’s Dinner

Founder's Dinner FINAL FRONT 2017


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 Canadian Christmas dinner with wine, seasonal reading, and carol singing. Enjoy fun and upbeat music performed by Danny’s 7.

We will be honouring our 2017 Heritage Champion, Jim Leech, C.M.

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 (11927 2862 RR0001). Tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowable amount.

Wheelchair and TTC accessible.

For more information and to reserve tickets contact info@enochturnerschoolhouse.ca OR purchase tickets HERE.

Values and Visions in Public Schooling: What is Schooling For?

On November 14, please join us at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse for the first talk in our education series.

This first in a series of four panel sessions is an in-depth discussion of the aims of public schooling. Distinguished historian Paul Axelrod sets the context by recalling the origins of public schooling in Canada.

The panel includes:

  • Annie Kidder, Executive Director of the advocacy organization, People for Education
  • Jonathan Kakegamic, Principal of First Nations Junior and Senior School of Toronto
  • Steve Alsop, Professor of education, science, and environmental sustainability, York University

Refreshments at 6:30 pm. Session starts at 7 pm.

Refund Policy Not applicable.

***Click here for more details and to reserve your seat***

Values and Visions in Education: Designs for Learning

Our second panel, on November 28th, is an informative discussion on how design, architecture, and the construction of schooling spaces affects and reflects social values, community life, and the interests of neighbourhoods.

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This panel includes:

  • Brenda Webster, Architect (Manager of Planning – Waterfront Toronto) Panel Chair
  • Shannon Kyles (Mohawk College), “School Architecture Through the Ages”
  • Josh Cole (Queen’s University), “Baby Boomers and the Building Boom: Post-war School Construction in Ontario”
  • Martin Kohn (Kohn Shnier Architects), “Designing Schools for Today and Tomorrow”

Refreshments at 6:30 pm. Event starts at 7 pm

CLICK HERE to register online!

**Remember, it is not too late to register for our first panel on November 14th! Register for the November 14th talk HERE**

Save the Date!

Friday, December 1st

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The Annual Founder’s Day Dinner

A traditional Canadian Christmas Dinner celebrating the opening of Toronto’s first free school in 1849.

Hosted by Sean O’Shea of Global News.

Come enjoy Seasonal music, carols, and entertainment!

More information on where to buy tickets coming soon!


The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation would like to thank Deloitte Management Services LP. for their  generous support.