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A Fond Farewell…

The Academy says a fond farewell to long-time Academy member Finlay Mackenzie who sadly passed away on November 2, 2019. Finlay was unwaveringly passionate about ideas, current events and thoughtful conversation; he shall be missed. Please click here to view Finlay’s obituary.

Toronto’s Ravines On The Edge – Fall Forum #4, 2019

“Venice has its canals, but no other city has ravines like Toronto.”

Ian Darragh, master photographer and former editor-in-chief of Canadian Geographic magazine, has, for the past two years, been a volunteer for the city of Toronto’s Community Stewardship Program. His passion for the ravines that cover 17 percent of the Toronto area shone through his fascinating “show and tell” Forum presentation on the extraordinary ecosystem that makes our city unique….

Thanks To Our Board!

Because the Academy offers its members such a positive learning and networking experience, it is easy to forget the many decisions and details that happen behind the scenes. The members of the Academy’s Board…

How to Enjoy and Succeed at Online Dating for Seniors

There were significantly more women than men in the Forum audience gathered on Wednesday October 16th to learn “How to Enjoy and Succeed at Online Dating for Seniors”. This was noted by one of our speakers, Academician, Peter von Bertoldi, himself living proof that it can also benefit men. Peter was joined on stage for…

The Impact of Barbie and Plastics on Our Planet – Fall Forum # 2, 2019

Barbie is now one of us! She officially became a senior citizen on March 9, 2019, having been invented 60 years ago by Ruth Handler, a mom living in Los Angeles whose husband owned a plastics manufacturing business.

Giovanna Riccio led Academy members on a poetic journey using the iconic Barbie doll as a lens to view how society and the role of women have evolved over the past 60 years.

Academy Quarterly Review Q3 2019

Q3, 2019 Welcome To Our October 2019 Issue Welcome to the Fall 2019 Academy Quarterly Review. We hope that you will enjoy reading this issue which once again puts the spotlight on some of our remarkable members. As always, it is lavishly illustrated with photos by some of the talented photographers in our midst. You…

Feedback Sought

We have had our new website up and running for more than a year now, but work on it has not stopped. We want to ensure that we keep it current, relevant, and fit for purpose. Are you a website user? Either regulary or periodically? Do you have feedback about things that work for you…

Something To Share?

Do you have information that you would like to share with other Academy members? A piece of news or an article about an Academy event? Thoughts on an interesting workshop presentation? Information on a concert you think others might be interested in? Interested in getting a group together to travel to Italy? Looking for a…

Another Series of Academy Walks Draws to an End

What a terrific turn-out on this beautiful Fall Monday- morning for the ‘last lap’ of the Academy Walks Season. The meet-up had 17 of us awaiting Josie and Mark who led us on a riverside loop, heading north along the western trails of the Humber River, across the Dundas bridge and then south down the…

Presenting the Presenters – Forum #1 – Fall 2019

The Academy’s Presenting the Presenter session is always one of my favourite Forums. Not only do we get to hear about a range of topics in one sitting, but we are also privileged to hear a trio of speakers from our own ranks who engage the audience in different ways; presenting well-researched topics that tweak one’s brains as well as one’s imagination.

This session fit the model to a “T”, with two topical presentations and one that made you think in a creative way.