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The VWA, one of the oldest volunteer organizations at Victoria, is a friendly group of people who are interested in Victoria and Vic students and in higher education. Our members are Vic grads, friends and relatives of Vic grads and of current Vic students, Vic faculty and staff and their spouses, and members of the public who enjoy being in the university environment.


In the spring of 2020, you may remember that we had to cancel our March meeting and April lunch due to COVID-19. We have also now cancelled our fall 2020, January 2021 and February 2021 meetings. The March and April 2021 meetings are on hold until further notice. 

The November 2020 meeting would have been a joint meeting with Vic Friends of the Library with Vic President Emeritus, Prof. Paul Gooch, and we are happy to report that Prof. Gooch will be available for our joint meeting on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

The other speakers have been willing to be rescheduled whenever possible.

We shall be sending out our annual newsletter in the fall to our members and donors.

We wish you all a safe time.


VWA Program 2019–2020
Alumni Hall (Room 112), Old Vic

Wed., October 23, 2 p.m.:  “Slowing Down Time: Lessons from Antiquity” with Prof. Judith Newman               

Wed., November 27, 2 p.m. “World War III on Ice? Canada and Seabed Resources,”(illustrated), with Prof. Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon, Author of Breaking the Ice.

Wed., January 22, 2 p.m.: “Vic Now” with Kelley Castle, dean of students, Alexa Ballis, president of VUSAC and Ira Wells, Vic One.             

Wed., February 26, 2 p.m.: “Forgotten Italians: Julian-Dalmation Writers and Artists in Canada,” (illustrated)  with Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler. 

Wed., March 25, 2 p.m.: “The Women in Tom Thomson's Life,” (illustrated), with Angie Littlefield, author of Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends.                                        

CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Wed., April 15, 11:40 a.m. for 12 noon: Annual Luncheon with Guest Speaker Irene Poetranto, senior researcher, Citizen Lab: “Citizen Lab: What, Why and What Now?” Cost is $35 per person. Please purchase tickets and order vegetarian and gluten-free lunches by April 6. Unfortunately, we can accommodate only those with luncheon tickets.

What We Do

Throughout the academic year the VWA hosts five afternoon programmes, presented primarily by Vic faculty and staff. Meetings end with refreshments—we charge just enough to cover costs—and with an opportunity to chat with the speaker and with other members. The year concludes in April with a luncheon and speaker followed by the AGM.

From its beginnings in the 1890s, the association has helped students in need; it formed the first bursary fund for that purpose in 1909. Today, the VWA Bursary assists student in need and the Margaret Addison Scholarship is awarded biannually to a Vic woman for graduate study outside of Canada.

VWA Annual Luncheon

April 15, 2020. Cost is $35 per person.

To purchase tickets, you may bring cash or cheque to the February 26 or the March 25 VWA meeting, or, you may send a cheque, payable to the VWA to:

VWA c/o Victoria Alumni Office, 150 Charles St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1K9

Tickets ordered by mail may be picked up at the luncheon venue, Alumni Hall, room 112 in the Victoria College Building (Old Vic) before the lunch; doors open at 11:40 a.m.

Join Us

c/o The Victoria Alumni Office
150 Charles St. W.
Toronto ON M5S 1K9

To join the VWA, you may bring cash or a cheque for $20, payable to the VWA, to a VWA meeting. Please contact the VWA at


President: Diane Dyer
Recording Secretaries: Diane Dyer, Kathy Vance
Corresponding Secretary: Sonia Chater
Treasurer: Ann Lewis
Bursary Treasurer: Cynthia Elson
Membership Convenor: Ann Lewis
Assistant Membership Convenor: Betty Wu
Social Convenor: Alison Noble
Assistant Social Convenor: Vera Held
Rep. to the Toronto and Area Council of Women: Diane Dyer
Representatives: Tanya Basso, Ann Black, Linda MacRae, Anne Urbancic
Dean of Students (ex officio): Kelley Castle