Who We Are

The University Arts Women's Club (UAWC) was founded in 1929 by Lady Falconer, wife of Sir Robert Falconer, then President of the University of Toronto. Its original purpose was to provide friendship, support and interesting activities within the Faculty of Arts and Science for faculty wives. While the purpose of the Club has remained the same, membership eligibility has expanded over the years.

Currently membership is open to women who are or have been married to, or a partner of, any member or retired member of Faculty, Academic Staff or Administrative Staff, to women active or retired, who are or were members of Teaching Staff, Academic Staff, Administrative Staff or Library Services, as well as to alumnae of the University of Toronto and women who are recommended by a UAWC member.

What Kind of Programme does UAWC Offer?

The UAWC Programme includes three General Meetings a year held in St. Thomas' Church Hall at 383 Huron Street. Each meeting begins at 12:45 p.m., with a light lunch providing an opportunity for socializing, then a short business meeting starting at 1:30 p.m., followed by a guest speaker at 1:45 p.m.

Our first General Meeting this year will be held on Thursday, October 18th, 2018, when David Fernández, a Rare Book Librarian at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, will be speaking On Stories & Images: A Brief History of Monsters in Print.

At the second General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 15th, 2018, Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo, United Church Minister and Former MPP, will address Politics and Faith: A Life of Both.

At the third General Meeting scheduled for Thursday March 21th, 2019, Cynthia Macdonald, Freelance Journalist, will speak about Artificial Intelligence: Creating the Future.

At the Spring Luncheon and Annual General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 25th, 2019, the speaker will be Eva Stachniak, Canadian Novelist, who will address The Chosen Maiden: Nijinsky's Brilliant Sister.

What are UAWC Interest Groups?

There are a variety of Interest Groups that cater to a broad range of interests: Antiques and Art Appreciation, Gourmet Lunch, Reading, and Theatre. These groups meet independently once or twice a month. New groups are formed according to the wishes of the members. Occasional guests who attend Interest Groups are most welcome. However, anyone who attends an Interest Group regularly will be considered as a member and asked to pay the annual membership fee.

How does One Become a UAWC Member?

Annual membership fees of $45.00 cover all General Meetings which include a light lunch and a presentation, and the option of participating in one or more of 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 Spring Luncheon and Annual General Meeting held at The Faculty Club, University of Toronto. Guests are welcome.

Anyone interested in joining UAWC is invited to contact Kathy Imrie, Vice-President of Membership, at 416-920-9153 or kathleen.imrie@utoronto.ca

Updated: September 13, 2018 ms