University of Toronto

Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

University Arts Women’s Club (UAWC)

University Arts Women’s Club (UAWC)

University of Toronto

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The University Arts Women’s Club (UAWC) was originally founded in 1929 by Lady Falconer, wife of Sir Robert Falconer, then President of the University of Toronto. The purpose was to provide friendship, support and interesting activities within the Faculty of Arts and Science for faculty wives. The purpose of the Club has remained the same, but its focus has evolved through the years as lifestyles have changed.

Currently membership is open to: women, active or retired, who are or were members of Teaching Staff, Academic Staff, Senior Administrative Staff or Library Services, as well as women who are or have been married to, or a partner of, any member or retired member of Faculty, Academic Staff or Administrative Staff.

Our programme includes three General Meetings a year held in St Thomas’ Church Hall at 383 Huron Street. Each meeting starts at 12:45 p.m., with a light lunch and an opportunity for social interaction followed by a short business meeting starting at 1:30 p.m., and a lecture at 1:45 p.m.

Our first General Meeting this year will be held on Thursday, October 15th, 2015, when Iain Scott, #1 on Canadian Opera Company List of Speakers, will be speaking on “Opera A Delight.

At the second General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 19th, 2015, Heather Bambrick, Jazz Singer and FM 91.1 Radio Programme Host, will address “And all that Jazz.

At the third General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 17th, 2016, Roberto De Clara, Conductor, Oakville Symphony Orchestra, will speak about “ The Art of Conducting “.

At the Annual Spring Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, April 21st, 2016, the speakers will be Professor Linda Hutcheon and Professor Michael Hutcheon, University of Toronto, who will address “Creativity and Aging.

We also have a variety of Interest Groups which cater to a broad range of interests: Antiques and Art Appreciation, Gourmet Lunch, Outings, Reading, and Theatre. These groups meet independently once or twice a month. New groups are formed according to the wishes of the members.

Annual membership fees of $40.00 cover all General Meetings which include a light lunch and a presentation, and the option of participating in the Interest Groups.  Guests are welcome at our General Meetings for a charge of $8.00, which includes lunch and the presentation.

There are extra charges for the Christmas Party, held at the University of Toronto President’s House, and for our Annual General Meeting and Spring Luncheon, held at the University of Toronto Faculty Club. Guests are welcome.

Those interested in joining UAWC are invited to contact Shirley Zaky, Vice President of Membership, (, 416-766-2150).

Submitted by

Maggy Stepanian, Vice President

UAWC – Interest Groups