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, the 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 and 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 lecture at 1:45 p.m.

Our first General Meeting this year will be held on Thursday, October 19th, 2017, when Sharon Ryman, Wig & Make-up Supervisor, and Sandra Corazza, Costume Supervisor, Canadian Opera Company (COC), will be speaking on "Illusion and Reality."

At the second General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 16th, 2017, Sian Meikle, Director, Information Technology Services, Robarts Library, University of Toronto, will address "The Digitization of Information."

At the third General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 8th, 2018, Margaret Blair, University Arts Women?s Club, University of Toronto, will speak about "Toronto?s Last Rainbow ."

At the Annual Spring Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, April 19th, 2018, the speaker will be Leanne Pepper, General Manager, The Faculty Club, University of Toronto, who will address "The Future Direction of the Faculty Club." She is the author of From Backpack to Briefcase: Mastering Etiquette for Career and Personal Success. As an expert who teaches etiquette, Leanne will include this in her talk.

What are UAWC Interest Groups?

There are a variety of Interest Groups which 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.

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 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 and new members are always welcome.

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

Updated: April 19, 2018 ms