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Celebrating a Successful Year with Academy Friends

Celebrating a Successful Year with Academy Friends

One hundred elegantly dressed Academy members gathered in the familiar surroundings of the Faculty Club on Thursday April 4th to celebrate the end of a long, hard winter with our annual Spring Luncheon. According to event organizer Trudi Armstrong, a recent member survey confirmed the Faculty Club as the venue of choice for Academy luncheons and…

Academy Forum – Laughter is the Best Medicine

Academy Forum – Laughter is the Best Medicine

Kneeling: R. Holloway Front Row: (L to R) L. Tyson, S. Klein, N. Sewards, P. Platt Back Row: (L to R) P. Broadley, M. Reeve, I. Darragh, M. Cole (facilitator) The last forum in the current series – Laughter is the Best Medicine – was held on Wednesday, March 27 at Knox. The lecture room…

With sadness….

With sadness….

It is with sadness that we say a fond farewell to Academy member Chris Gort, who died peacefully on April 2nd after struggling with ALS since 2017. Chris joined the Academy in 2013 on the recommendation of his wife Elaine who joined in 2011. He co-facilitated From Page to Screen (books adapted to film) and…

Please check your email inbox for an important message from Sharon Harris on behalf of our Board

Please check your email inbox for an important message from Sharon Harris on behalf of our Board

Academy Forum – Preparing For 2 Degrees – Science, Planning and Action

Academy Forum – Preparing For 2 Degrees – Science, Planning and Action

The wonderful March 13 Academy Forum was presented by Linda Tu’s daughter, Christine Tu. Christine is the Director of the Office of Climate Change and Energy Management for the Region of Peel and her presentation was thoughtful, fact-filled with excellent graphics, and challenging. Christine showed us a real-time climate clock which monitors the time we…

Is It Fake News To Write A Report On A Forum That I Did Not Attend? 

Is It Fake News To Write A Report On A Forum That I Did Not Attend? 

Dr George Elliott Clarke, Professor of English, University of Toronto Is it fake news to write a report on an event that I did not attend?  I Googled that question and found no clear, definitive answer, so here goes! Like many Academicians the snow, sleet and ice have kept me away from workshops and events…

The Rap: Academy Forum February 27th

The Rap: Academy Forum February 27th

Kennedy Marshall, Dr George Elliott Clarke, Janet Tyrell Janet Tyrell, a member of the Academy, introduced our guest speaker, Professor George Elliott Clarke, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-2017). Attendance at this forum to mark Black History Month was small due to the weather; however, the guest speaker, Professor Clarke, kept the crowd enthralled for the…

Queen’s Park Magical Mystery Tour – Coats-Optional Walk

Queen’s Park Magical Mystery Tour – Coats-Optional Walk

No mystery about Ken’s almost ‘coat-free’ Queen’s Park Magical Mystery Tour. For the 15 who joined Ken on this mainly indoor tour it was a total success with many delightful surprises and art galore both in and outside the hallowed grounds of the Ontario Public Service Buildings that are anchored by the ‘Macdonald Block’ (named…

A Musical Interlude with Mervon Mehta

A Musical Interlude with Mervon Mehta

By Jeanette Clark and Gillian Long Even unploughed sidewalks and extreme cold weather failed to deter enthusiastic Academy members from attending the first Forum of 2019 on January 30th – a fascinating conversation with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts for the Royal Conservatory. As he chatted with Ernie Fallon, it was easy to…

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

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.