What is UAWC?

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, 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.

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 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 20th, 2016, when Theresa Scandiffio, Director, Adult Learning at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), will be speaking "About TIFF."

At the second General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 17th, 2016, Cathy Marie Buchanan, Author of "The Painted Girls", will address "The Creation of 'The Painted Girls.'"

At the third General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 16th, 2017, Pam Ryan, Director, Service Development and Innovation, Toronto Public Library, will speak about "Keeping Ahead of Public Demand."

At the Annual Spring Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, April 20th, 2017, the speaker will be Luba Goy, Comedienne Extraordinaire, Royal Canadian Air Farce, who will address "That's Entertainment."

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 are welcome.

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

Updated: March 27, 2017