Schedule of Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 6, 2020

In Conversation with

Sarah Doucette

Former Toronto City Councillor

The WTJHS Archives will open at 6 pm,
meeting room doors open at 6:30 pm.
Presentation at  7:00 pm, Refreshments and Business Meeting to follow.
Annette Public Library, Lower Level, 145 Annette Street, Toronto.

Thursday, March 5, 2020: Kelly Mathews

Author of The Road to Marylake:

Road to Marylake is about Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the owner of Casa Loma, and the story of how he built his country estate in King Township. The property later was developed into an agricultural farm school and then a monastery and retreat.


Thursday, April 2, 2020:  Arlene Chan

Building a Nation One Spike at a Time: Chinese Labourers and the Construction of the CPR

Between 1881 and 1885, Canada was forged into a nation from sea to sea with the construction of the CPR. Some 15,000 Chinese labourers contributed to building a ribbon of steel, one of the longest, most expensive, and most challenging engineering feats ever. The national dream of a country, connected with its first transcontinental railway, quickly formed the backbone of Canada’s growth.

Arlene Chan, author, Chinatown historian, and retired librarian, has written seven books  and contributed to numerous publications about the history, culture, and traditions of the Chinese in Canada, some shortlisted for the Ontario Speaker’s Book Award, Heritage Toronto Book Award, Silver Birch Award, and Red Cedar Award. Her work has been recognized with the Heritage Toronto Special Achievement Award, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, and Woman of Distinction Award.

Arlene, who has happy memories of growing up in the Junction, is the president of the Jean Lumb Foundation that awards high school students of Chinese heritage from across Canada. She serves on the board of Little Pear Garden Dance Company and as an advisor for Myseum of Toronto, Heritage Interpretation Working Group for Ontario Infrastructure, and the Toronto Public Library’s Chinese Canadian Archive.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

WTJHS Annual General Meeting!