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

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.

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

It was a great end to 2015 at the Schoolhouse this year!

In November we hosted writer and broadcaster Ted Barris who gave an engaging presentation on the Victory at Vimy. Snapd was there to capture the events and images can be found here.

On December 3, we celebrated the season with our Annual Founder’s Dinner. There was wonderful food, great entertainment and lots of holiday cheer. We’d like to thank our fantastic emcee, R.H. Thomson, who kept us entertained and on track throughout the evening.

At this event we also take time out to celebrate one of our community’s great Heritage Champions. This year, we honored A. Charles Baillie.

The entire evening was lots of fun and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Collage of images showing people at events at the Schoolhouse throughout the year

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation Receives a $15,000 Grant from the McLean Foundation

In September 2015 the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation was awarded a $15,000 grant from the McLean Foundation.  The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation will use these funds to significantly increase its support of the school program where children explore and discover what school was like one hundred and sixty years ago . Each year, through memberships, donations and fundraising events such as the Annual Founder’s Dinner, the Foundation pays the admission fees for elementary school children who cannot otherwise afford to attend the School Programs offered by the Ontario Heritage Trust. Thanks to this very generous grant, an additional one thousand students per year for each of the next three years will attend the school programs for free.


The Schoolhouse regularly receives notes and thank you letters from teachers and children who have attended thanks to a subsidy from the Foundation. Please enjoy these excerpts, received in the spring of 2015.

“I want to thank you for letting us in the Schoolhouse. I like it when we were reading together. I liked how we dress up. I can’t wait to come back soon.”

“I liked the desks because in my country we sit on wood too. I liked that we had to read to the class. I did not like doing the weekly spring examinations.”

“I love you classroom, I never saw a classroom like that before. And I love how we practice to stand with the bell that was so fun. The best rule was since I’m a girl I can’t sit with boys, so no boys could bother me.”

“The children really did enjoy their visit. And “Mrs. Henderson” was great. She really had a nice way of speaking to the students respectfully and they responded well.” [teacher]