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VWA: Serving Victoria Since 1897

The annual VWA luncheon scheduled for April 15  has been cancelled due to COVID-19. 

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 the 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.

To contact the VWA, e-mail:

A Word of Thanks: The VWA is grateful for the support of Victoria’s administration, faculty, and staff, including those in Conference, Food, and Physical Plant Services. We especially appreciate the assistance of Louise Yearwood, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs and Advancement, and the members of Victoria’s Alumni Office. They all make our work and commitment so much easier.


VWA Annual membership is $20.

To join the VWA, please complete and submit the application by clicking on the link below. You will receive an email reply to your submission from the VWA Executive. 

If remitting by mail, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope and payment in the form of a cheque for $20 made payable to The VWA, and mail to:
c/o The Victoria Alumni Office
150 Charles Street West
Toronto, ON  M5S 1K9

Who We Are

The VWA, one of the oldest volunteer organizations at Victoria, is a friendly group of men and women 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.

You do not have to be a university grad or even to have any connection to Vic in order to be a VWA member! And even if your children have already graduated from Vic, we would be very happy for you to be involved. Our annual membership fee is modest ($20) and guests are always welcome.

What We Do

Throughout the academic year the VWA hosts five afternoon programs, 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. Every fall we mail out our programs, also available on this web site, to our members and donors and to the families of incoming Vic students. Please join us and bring your friends and neighbours!


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 raises money for The Endowed Bursary Fund through which it continues to assist Vic students financially.

Members and donors respond generously to the Letter of Appeal that has been sent out since 1927. For the last several years the VWA Bursary Treasurer has been able to give a cheque for $10,000 to Victoria’s President at the VWA Annual Luncheon in April. (By the way, Victoria College, not the VWA, chooses the recipients.)

The Margaret Addison Scholarship

Margaret Addison retired as Dean in 1931 and the VWA established a fund of $5,000 for her use. After Addison’s death in 1940, this fund and the money the Alumnae Association had raised were combined to form this scholarship. As a result, every other year the income is awarded to a Vic woman for graduate study outside of Canada. The VWA is delighted that the recipient in 2017 was another impressive student, Victoria Shirriff who is studying Environmental Health Science at Yale University. To donate to the Bursary Fund, please see below.

In 1978, the VWA also established a scholarship in honour of Ethel Granger Bennett, a long-time VWA member and the president of the organization from 1949 to 1958. This scholarship has now become part of the Bennett Scholarship.

The Association has raised an enormous amount of money over the years for the benefit of Victoria and Vic students. These financial contributions were acknowledged when the VWA was granted lifetime membership in U of T’s Presidents’ Circle recognition society and an Arbor Award from U of T in 2013.