On the passing of Councillor Pam McConnell, the Foundation would like to offer sincere condolences to her family. Pam was an advocate for public education and a good friend to the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. She will be missed.
A big thank you to Ken McGoogan for his fascinating talk on how the Scots and Irish helped shape the Canadian identity.
Click here for photos of the event!
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!
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.
On December 2, the Schoolhouse community gathered to celebrate and welcome Jill Taylor as our 2016 Heritage Champion. Among the 100 guests were Heritage Champions David Crombie, Nancy McFadyen and Joe Martin.
Click here to see some of the great shots of the evening captured by Snapd.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Held in November, this event was a grand success and Snapd was on hand to capture the evening. See the images here.
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]