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With sadness….

We are sad to report that longtime Academy member Judith Schurek has passed away. A treasured friend, a valued colleague and a well-loved and respected member of the Academy family, Judith lived life with generosity and support for others. A 2019 issue of the Academy Quarterly Review contained a profile of Judith’s many accomplishments and contributions. It is reproduced below.

Registration Opens April 2!

It is almost time! Registration for the Academy’s 2020 – 2021 season opens on April 2. Here are some things to remember before you register: There is a link to our registration page from every page on our site Our registration is not done on a first-come, first-served basis so there is no rush or…

Some more information to help you survive sheltering at home

18 Options for Meal Kit Delivery and Fresh Prepared Meals for Curbside Pickup in Toronto    A guide to grocery, pharmacy and alcohol delivery in Canada   **Note that these listings are for your information only. The Academy does not endorse any of the businesses listed.

Welcome to the Spring 2020 Academy Quarterly Review!

Q1, 2020 Welcome To Our Spring 2020 Academy Quarterly Review Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of the Academy Quarterly Review, in which we will look back and forward, celebrating the continuity of our Academy.  Our first item is entitled Dinner on Dunvegan: Memories and Recipes by Bonnie Lawrence Shear, in which Webmaster Cathy Spark…

Keep Your Brain Active While Staying At Home

Now that we no longer have our Academy workshops, Forums and Spring Talks to look forward to, you may be wondering how you can stay mentally fulfilled while isolated at home without even the public library to turn to. To help you out, we have assembled a listing of many things you can view online…


With much regret, your Board has made the decision to cancel all Academy activities, effective Monday March 16th, at least for April and May. This includes the last two weeks of workshops, the Spring Luncheon, Facilitators Forum and Volunteer Luncheon and all up-coming Spring Talks. We will stay in close touch with you, our Academy…

A Forum Favorite – Presenting the Presenters

On March 11, in spite of fears of COVID-19, a good crowd of Academicians enjoyed an unusually stimulating session of the Academy tradition of showcasing our members’ presentations.

Trudy Akler’s presentation, Shocking! The Creative Life and Influential Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli, was a delight. Speaking without notes

What Makes a Good Life? – Feb 26 Forum

Dr. Tom Hurka, Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto, was the guest speaker at the fourth Wednesday Forum held on February 26th.  His topic was What makes a good life?  During his stimulating talk, he examined philosophical questions drawn from both world history and our own lives. Socrates believed that knowledge made for a good life while Plato and Aristotle upheld moral values, believing that virtue was good and vice was objectionable.  They believed that the journey was more important than the destination.  Today, we admire successful people who reach their goals.

With Sadness….

We are sad to let you know that David Mendelsohn passed away on March 1, 2020. David was a member of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, as was his wife Jenny who predeceased him. David was a fine gentleman who appeared to enjoy and thrive from his workshops at the Academy. In particular,  David was…


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