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


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.


*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 – Overlooked and Underemployed

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

Join us for: Overlooked and Underemployed



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 – 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


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.

Speaker’s Corner Returns

Speaker’s Corner returns this fall with a new host and a provocative new series!

Over four Tuesday evenings in October and November, CBC Radio broadcaster and writer Michael Enright will explore the theme of ARRIVAL.

Each program in the series will examine the challenges of arriving in a foreign land to start a new life. Immigrants and refugees who made Canada their new home will share the hopeful yet often harrowing stories of their journey.

Join us at no cost for these compelling conversations.

October 11th: They Came as Children

October 25th: The Great Escape

November 1st: Overlooked and Underemployed

November 15th: Fear of Deportation


Doors open at 6:30PM. Light refreshments will be served.

Each program begins at 7PM.

*Note: Masks are strongly recommended while indoors. Please stay home if you are sick.

**Wheelchair and TTC accessible. 

Annual General Meeting and Special Lecture

This year marks the 175th anniversary of Irish Famine migration to Canada. Join author and historian, Professor Mark McGowan, as he shares his work Death or Canada: The Irish Famine Migration to Toronto, 1847. Discover the impact this historic event had on the city and hear stories of the men and women who made the perilous sea voyage to Canada.

Dr. Mark McGowan is a Professor of History and Celtic Studies and the Interim Principal of the University of St. Michael’s College for the 2020-2022 academic years. Dr. McGowan is an historian renowned for his work on the Catholic Church in Canada and the Great Irish Famine, as well as the lasting impact that the Famine’s mass migration had on Canada.

Join us on ZOOM at 6:30 PM, following our Annual General Meeting, to listen in!


To become a member or renew a membership with the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation, visit our Join Us page HERE.

Join Us for Jane’s Walks!

Join us on Sunday, May 8th at 10AM for our Jane’s Walk Three Centuries of Corktown.

Corktown, one of Toronto’s oldest areas, retains a rich stock of heritage buildings including churches, schools, theatres, and the site of the first Parliament buildings.

The name Corktown refers to the Irish immigrants who lived here in the 1800s, many of whom embarked from Cork.

Corktown stretches from Berkeley St. to River St. and from the south side of Shuter St. to Lakeshore Blvd. Vestiges of 19th century workers’ housing and remnants commercial and industrial activity are still visible but Corktown has undergone substantial change as new residences and businesses and cultural venues transform the area.

This 90 minute walk is open to the 30 registrants. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

  • Walk Start Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse at 106 Trinity Stree. The Walk Leader will be at the front door of the schoolhouse
  • Nearest Public Transit: TTC King Streetcar stop at Parliament Street.
  • Walk End Location: Corner of King Street East and Berkeley Street