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 with Michael Enright: Fear of Deportation

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

If you were unable to join this session, Fear of Deportation, please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!

We are thankful to our host Michael Enright and wonderful panelists Felix Muubuke and Lyudmila Bezpala-Brown for their compelling and inspiring commentary.

Thank-you to all who tuned in and joined us in person!

A Vintage Christmas at the Schoolhouse – Annual Founder’s Dinner 2022

YOU ARE INVITED!

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.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE

*Tables will be created in groups of 4-6.

**Masks are strongly recommended.

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 tickets contact info@enochturnerschoolhouse.ca

Speaker’s Corner with Michael Enright: Overlooked and Underemployed

We are incredibly happy to share the third session of our series Speaker’s Corner With Michael Enright: ARRIVAL.

If you were unable to join this session, Overlooked and Underemployed, please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!

We are thankful to our host Michael Enright and wonderful panelists Howayda Gohar, Mustafa Alio and Dr. Afsheen Mehar for their compelling and inspiring commentary.

Thank-you to all who tuned in and joined us in person!

Speaker’s Corner – Overlooked and Underemployed

The third session of Speaker’s Corner: ARRIVAL with Michael Enright is on November 1st!

Join us for: Overlooked and Underemployed

In-Person: REGISTER HERE

Virtual: REGISTER HERE

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!

Speaker’s Corner with Michael Enright: The Great Escape

We are incredibly happy to share the second session of our series Speaker’s Corner With Michael Enright: ARRIVAL.

If you were unable to join this session, They Great Escape, please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!

We are thankful to our host Michael Enright and wonderful panelists Mir Hussain Mahdavi, Jaivet Ealom and Enas Abdulaziz for their compelling and inspiring commentary.

Thank-you to all who tuned in and joined us in person!

Speaker’s Corner – The Great Escape

The second session of Speaker’s Corner: ARRIVAL with Michael Enright is on October 25th!

Join us for: The Great Escape

In-Person: REGISTER HERE

Virtual: REGISTER HERE

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…

Speaker’s Corner with Michael Enright

We are incredibly happy to share the first session of our series Speaker’s Corner With Michael Enright: ARRIVAL.

If you were unable to join this session, They Came as Children, please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!

We are thankful to our host Michael Enright and wonderful panelists Farzana Doctor, Ian Barcarse and Sarah Robles Silva for their compelling and inspiring commentary.

Thank-you to all who tuned in and joined us in person!

Speaker’s Corner – They Came As Children

The first session of Speaker’s Corner: ARRIVAL with Michael Enright is on October 11th!

Join us for: They Came As Children

REGISTER HERE

Over the past many decades, countless families have come to Canada with young children, and the experience of immigrating as a child is unique.

Many struggled to navigate this new world, while their parents fiercely held onto their old-world traditions.

Join us to hear the compelling stories and voices of adults who arrived as children.