Event List


Upcoming — See below
Ongoing — Activities happening on a regular basis. Click on link.


2017 marks OWN’s 30th Anniversary!

On the eve of our 30th Anniversary we take great pride in OWN’s unique voice for mid-life and older women.  We look back with satisfaction on an amazing journey while looking forward to supporting women’s greater representation on power and decision making bodies at all levels of government. Please continue to support us in our vital work together by:

  • Renewing your membership at only $50 per year
  • Helping to sponsor our 30th Anniversary event with a donation
  • Making a donation to Anam Cara, which honours women who have made a difference in the lives of others
  • Considering a donation to the Joan Campbell Housing Fund

Be proud of your membership, and renew NOW.  If you are not a member, consider becoming one by going to our Membership page and apply to become one.

 Thank You!

 OWN Membership Committee


Free Drama Workshops for Seniors from Soulpepper Theatre

 Let your inner actor loose!

 Come out and play with this unique program from the Creative Aging Circle and Soulpepper Theatre.

 Take part in two fun, interactive drama workshops led by Soulpepper Resident Artist Paula Wing.

 No acting experience necessary!

These creative workshops will allow you to explore acting and storytelling in a fun, supportive and non-intimidating environment.  The two workshops will include acting, improv and team building exercises.

Paula Wing has 25 years of experience as an actor, playwright and art educator. This award winning facilitator also teaches at Trent University and the University of Windsor.

Friday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Older Women’s Network Co-op
115 The Esplanade
Second Floor

Space is very limited!

To register, contact The Creative Aging Circle:  Shawne Macdonald at 416-368-8302 or email at shawnemacd@rogers.com, or Bill Ferguson at 416 366 3638 or millib_co@yahoo.uk

 Art@First: Jordan Clarke’s Something In-between       February 5 to 26, 2017

Jordan Clarke uses the female form to explore themes of self and identity. A mixed-race woman, she uses her background to explore and question identity and all the contradictions that come with being mixed-race. The central focus of her work is empowerment through self-representation.

Something In-between invites us to see ourselves and each other in new ways. By forming a strong black identity, one that is inclusive and celebrates individual uniqueness and diversity, Clarke calls us to rise above the divisive colonial legacy of shadeism.

“The women in my paintings are aware, confident, and empowered in their skin. They are affirming what is true for them — they are a collective of Black self-love”.
Jordan Clarke is a Toronto-based artist.

First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto
175 St Clair Ave West
Toronto, ON
M4V 1P7


See PTSD FLYER for more info.
When: Monday, February 6th to Sunday, March 5th, 2017 (4 weeks)
ONLINE weekly at your discretion
Cost:  $240 (Students/Seniors $120)  
This workshop will be offered if there is sufficient enrolment.
Register online at www.aging.utoronto.ca


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Seniors’ Film Fridays at TIFF

The Bell TIFF Lightbox hosts Seniors’ Film Fridays. For anyone interested, you can make inquiries about upcoming films by emailing toursandtalks@tiff.net.
The list of films is available here:  http://www.tiff.net/films-and-talks/

February 24The Red Shoes
March 17I Am Not Your Negro
March 24Window Horses

All Screenings run at 11am.

Their Philanthropy & Membership department is producing their fall report which will emphasize the role of women in film. They reached out to Alexis Haradyn specifically with a desire to profile an attendee from the Senior’s Film Friday programme. Naturally, since we are an advocacy group for senior women in Ontario, she thought of our group members right away! Do you happen to have an interest in being included in the report?  Contact Alexis Haradyn at 416-599-8433 x2181
E-mail: aharadyn@tiff.net

Free ConcertsClick this link for information on free concerts.

Check Events at the Native Women’s Resource Center here:

Ontario Health Coalition News and Events:

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace:

Church of the Redeemer:

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OWN Special Interest Groups Meetings

Please click on the link for more info on each.

Social Link:  First Saturday of every month, at the OWN office, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

La Vie en Rose French group: Fourth Thursday of every month, at the OWN office, 1:30 pm.

Book Discussion Groups: Two are held at branches of the Toronto Public Library, and one at the OWN office; groups meet once a month. Each group decides on format, book selection and time of meeting.

In My Own VoiceThe writers’ group meets every first Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 pm at the OWN office.

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Library Events

A HEALTHY NEW YEAR: these programmes are put on by Toronto Public Health
supported by:   torontopubliclibrary.ca
St.  Lawrence Branch, 171 Front Street East
Telephone:      416-393-7655
Tuesday January 24th @ 2:00p.m. –  NUTRITION:    Part  2 – Nutrition Label reading & eating on a budget
Tuesday January 31st @ 2:00p.m. –  PEDESTRIAN  SAFETY

Workshops for Low Income Retirement - At various library branches, see the flyer for more information.
The workshop is geared to 55 – 64 years old individuals, but will benefit anyone who will rely mainly upon income security programs in their senior years. There are 9 workshops taking place in Toronto Public Library branches  this fall; and 9 more will be offered in spring 2017.

Tea and Books : At the Mount Pleasant Library, and various other libraries  in the GTA area, usually at 2:00pm, once a month, please check with the individual libraries.

Osgoode Hall Law School York University 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3: Research Email: adr@osgoode.yorku.ca Phone: (416) 736-5771


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Events at Toronto’s First Post Office

Toronto’s first post office has all kinds of events coming up. Check the link below to see upcoming activities: http://www.townofyork.com/events.html

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Seniors on the Road – TVO

On August 15th, TVO presented a talk on Seniors on the Road.  Canada’s aging population means a greater number of senior drivers, resulting in road safety concerns. Brenda Vrkljan encounters age and the ability to drive as a lead researcher for Candrive, a hub for information on older drivers. The Agenda in the Summer welcomes Vrkljan to discuss finding the balance between public safety and keeping seniors mobile.

Anyone interested can view it here, it is about 30 min long:

Electronics Waste Drop-off

Non-profit Free Geek Toronto wants your laptops, desktops and other electronic waste (no more than 5 years old) to refurbish and resell at affordable prices. Their mission is to promote social and economic justice by reducing e-waste and increasing access to technology. www.freegeektoronto.org

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