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Forum Report -Indigenous Awareness: How To Build Better Relations With Indigenous Peoples

Perhaps the most fraught conversations in contemporary North American society are ones that take place across racial divides. Even with the best of intentions, they often founder on ignorance, misinformation and insensitivity. The talk by Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer, Executive Director of the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council, was therefore very useful in thinking about how non-indigenous Canadians can interact with and support Native Peoples. While emphasizing that she spoke only for herself, her engaging presentation drew on experiences that are sadly familiar to too many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.

With Sadness…

The Academy has just learned of the passing on December 6th, 2020, in Kingston, Ontario, of Raymond (Ray) Colledge, husband of long-time Academy member Viki Colledge. Ray was well known to many of us through their shared activities and we send our sincere sympathy to Viki at this sad time. Click the link below to…

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Welcome to the Winter 2020 Academy Quarterly Review!

We are pleased to announce that the Winter 2020 issue of AQR is now available. Enjoy!

A Safe Room with a View: Housing Options for Seniors in the Age of Pandemics

The first Academy forum of 2021 provided a timely and informative discussion of options and considerations for seniors housing.  In an interactive discussion Ian Darragh interviewed panelists Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, Josh Matlow, City Councillor for Toronto-St. Paul’s, and Sue Lantz, MPA, Managing Director of Collaborative Aging. Panelists noted that while 8% of…

Reliable Research Confirms That Older Adults Who Volunteer Enjoy Higher Levels of Well-being, Enhanced Physical Capacity and Greater Life Satisfaction

Now is the time to test this research yourself, and, as an added benefit, get to know members from different workshops.

The Academy has a unique governing style. We have no paid staff but rely completely on member volunteers to facilitate workshops and serve on the committees that keep our Academy running smoothly. Since committee membership is limited to two – three years, this is the time of year when we look for new volunteers.

Remembering Alexander (Sandy) Macpherson

The Academy lost another of its long-standing members, and a past President, when Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Macpherson died on 12 October following a brief illness.  He was a physician who trained in psychiatry and epidemiology, and became Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health in 1981. He served in that position during the early years of the…

Remembering Nancy Russell

photo courtesy of Havergal College 2019 Nancy was unique, a free spirit, intrepid traveler, passionate activist, knowledgeable conversationalist, devoted to her family, gracious host and kind, loyal friend to many. In the Academy we will remember her active participation over many years, as a facilitator, Board member and engaged member of a wide ranging selection…

Reporting from the Trails – Academy Walk – October 13

On the day after Thanksgiving, thirteen of us  were very grateful for the absolutely perfect Fall morning that greeted us for what turned out to be a  gorgeous 3-hour walk.  From our St. Clair meet-up, heading down the beautiful Avoca trail, crossing Mt. Pleasant Blvd then continuing along the Beltline Trail along Mud Creek  to…

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Academy Quarterly Review!

We are pleased to announce that the Fall 2020 issue of AQR is now available. Enjoy!