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Lewis, Robert

Robert Lewis, writer, editor and media strategist, grew up in Montreal, Quebec. Upon graduating with an English degree from Loyola College in 1964, Lewis worked as a reporter for The Montreal Star. Lewis soon became a reporter and bureau chief for Time Magazine, covering news in Montreal (1967-1969), Ottawa (1969-1971), Boston (1971-1972), and Toronto (1972-1975). In 1975, Lewis joined Maclean's Ottawa bureau, becoming Maclean's managing editor in 1982, and editor-in-chief from 1993 to the end of 2000. Lewis conceived notable features for the magazine, including the award-winning annual university rankings and honour roll issues, and he led Maclean's into online publishing. Lewis's work has been recognized by the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Society of Magazine Editors, and the National Magazine Awards. In 2001, Lewis joined Rogers Media Incorporated as vice president of content development. Since his retirement in 2008, Lewis has worked as a freelance editor and media consultant. Lewis is a member of York University's Board of Governors and chairs its Community Affairs Committee. Lewis is also a founding member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and acts as chair of the Board of Directors.

Gros-Louis family

The Gros-Louis family identifies as Huron-Wendat lives in Wendake, Quebec.

Zaidi family

The Zaidi family identities as Indian and resides in Toronto.

Reddick family

The Reddick family identifies as African Nova Scotian and Indigenous Black, and is located in North Preseton, Nova Scotia.

Posluns, Michael, 1941-2019

Michael Posluns is a journalist and researcher. He was born in Canada in 1941 and educated at York University (M. E. S. 1993 and Ph. D. 2002). Posluns has conducted research, written reports, briefs and monographs on behalf of and about First Nations in Canada and the United States. He has served as a parliamentary adviser to the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Indian Brotherhood, the Dene Nation and other bodies. Posluns' doctoral dissertation is entitled 'The Public Emergence of the Vocabulary of First Nations Self-Government' and he is co-author with George Manuel of 'The Fourth World: An Indian Reality' (1974) and with David Nahwegahbow and Douglas Sanders of 'The First Nations and the Crown: A Study in Trust Relationships' (1983) and "Voices of the Odeyak (1993).

Odom, Selma Landen

Selma Landen Odom is a dance historian and writer. Formally educated in English Literature, Theatre History, and Dance Studies, Odom earned her BA from Wellesley College, MA from Tufts University(1967), and PhD from the University of Surrey(1991). She was recruited to teach in the Department of Dance at York University in 1972 and became the founding director of the University’s MA and PhD programs in Dance and Dance Studies—the first programs of their kind in Canada. Her research interests include dance, music, education and gender studies. She has maintained a long-term research focus on Dalcroze Eurythmics, a kinaesthetic practice that takes the body as the source of musical understanding. The topic forms the basis of Odom's Master’s and PhD dissertations, numerous articles in publications such as American Dalcroze Journal, and an anticipated monograph. In addition to this work, she has published articles and encyclopedia entries on the lives of Mary Wood Hinman, Madeleine Boss Lasserre, and Saida Gerrard, and other subjects. She is co-editor of Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories(Dance Collection Danse, 2004) and technical editor of Adventures of a Ballet Historian: An Unfinished Memoir, by Ivor Guest(Dance Horizons, 2011). Odom is a member of the board of Dance Collection Danse and a regular contributor to The Dance Current. In 1998, she was awarded the Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award at York University. Odom retired to Emeritus status in the early 2000s. She continues to teach graduate seminars and to fulfill a post as an Adjunct Associate of the Centre of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. In 2010, the Selma Odom Lecture Series was inaugurated at York University to honour her contribution to Dance scholarship and teaching.

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. was founded in 1983 by Maria Jacobs and Heather Cadsby to publish poetry. Among the first authors published by Wolsak and Wynn were Martin Singleton, Polly Fleck, Richard Lush, Marvyne Jenoff and George Miller. It published only one book in its first year -- an anthology of poems on the topic of jealousy entitled "The third taboo" -- but has now published 104 titles including six nominees for, and two winners of, the Governor General's Award for poetry. It has published works by Carol Malyon, Michael Redhill, Stan Rogal and A.F. Moritz, among others. Wolsak and Wynn is a member of the Literary Press Group of Canada.

Vinci, Ernesto, 1898-1983

Ernesto Vinci (1898-1983), teacher and singer, was born in Gnesen, Prussia (now a part of Poland) as Ernst Wreszynski. Raised as a Reform Jew by father Adolf Wreszynski and mother, Anna Kalinski, he used the surname Wygram professionally during his time in Germany and in Milan, Italy. The evidence is that the surname Vinci was adopted as a professional name in Italy and was used to distinguish his singing persona from his medical career in North America. It is doubtful that he used the names Vinci or Wygram to disguise a Jewish background, since all early correspondence and documents, including immigration records, bear his given name. However, his son was unaware of his Jewish heritage until 1999. Vinci was educated in Berlin (medical degree, 1924) and in Milan (second medical degree, 1933). He began voice training as a medical student and by 1936 was employed as a professional baritone in Italy and Switzerland. In 1939 he emigrated to Canada and took a position with the Halifax Ladies College and Conservatory of Music. In 1945 he joined the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory of Music, later adding the Banff School of Fine Arts to his teaching schedule. In his capacity as a voice teacher, Vinci trained some of the best-known singers in Canadian opera (Portia White, Joan Maxwell, Andrew MacMillan, Patricia Rideout). He introduced opera to Alberta and Nova Scotia and he was responsible for programming opera for servicemen during World War II. He retired from the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory in 1979 and moved to Shediac, New Brunswick. He died in Moncton in November, 1983.

Kastner, John

  • VIAF ID: 106660243
  • Person
  • 1946-2019

John Kastner was a documentary filmmaker, producer, writer, actor and director. Born in Toronto, Canada, he began his career as a professional child actor and appeared in many TV and radio programs, including the CBC drama "The Offshore Island". He also produced, directed and wrote for a variety of television programs, including game shows ("Photo Finish"), variety shows ("Street Comedy", "Ask a Silly Question" and "90 Minutes Live") and a children's comedy ("Just Kidding"). Kastner is best known as an award-winning writer, producer and director of television documentaries for the CBC and CTV. These documentary projects predominantly pertain to prisoners, Canada's prison and parole systems as well as the personal struggles of those with life-threatening illnesses. Kastner's documentaries include "Prison Mother/Prison Daughter" (1986), "Romance with a Rapist" (1997), "Hunting Bobby Oatway" (1997), "House of Secrets" (1997), "Rage Against the Darkness" (2004), "Monster in the Family" (2006), "Monster in the Family: The Struggle Continues" (2007), "Life With Murder" (2010), "NCR: Not Criminally Responsible" (2013), and "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" (2014). He received Emmy Awards for three feature-length documentaries, "Four Women" (1978), "Fighting Back" (1982) and "The Lifer and the Lady" (1986). Kastner has also written, produced and directed a number of comic documentaries, including "Ask a Silly Question" (1998), "Somebody's Gotta Do It" (1999), "Chickens are People Too" (2000), and "Sinner in Paradise" (2007). He died on 21 November 2019.

Mistry, Rohinton, 1952-

Rohinton Mistry, writer, was born in Bombay (now known as Mumbai), India, in 1952, and immigrated to Canada in 1975. He earned a degree in mathematics and economics at the University of Bombay before continuing his education in Canada. He attended York University and the University of Toronto, where he received his B.A. in English and philosophy. Mistry began his career as a writer by winning two Hart House literary prizes in 1983 and 1984, and Canadian Fiction Magazine’s Annual Contributor’s Prize in 1985 for his short stories. Mistry’s first book, a collection of short stories entitled “Tales from Friozsha Baag,” was published in 1987. His first novel, “Such a Long Journey” (1991), won the Governor General's Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, and the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and was short listed for the Booker Prize and the Trillium Award. It was adapted for film and released as a major motion picture in 1999. His 1995 novel, “A Fine Balance,” won the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Prize, in addition to an award by the Danish Literature Council. It was also short listed for the Booker Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. His latest novel, “Family Matters” (2002), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was the winner of the Kiriyama Prize and the Canadian Authors Association's Award for Fiction. Mistry received the Trudeau Fellows Prize from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in 2004, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009, was a finalist for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize, and in 2012 was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. In 2013, on the twentieth anniversary of the Giller Prize, he won the CBC Books’ “Giller of All Gillers” for “A Fine balance.” Mistry’s work has been published in more than thirty languages.

bissett, bill, 1939-

bill bissett (1939- ), poet, artist and musician, was born in Halifax and educated at the University of British Columbia where he received his B.A. in 1956. He founded Blewointment Press in 1962 as a medium for young poets and published several of his own volumes under its imprint. bissett is the author of several books of poetry including, Fires in the temple (1966), Nobody owns the earth (1972), Medicine my mouths on fire, (1974), Canada gees [sic] mate for life (1985), and Inkorrect thots [sic] (1992). bissett has held several solo art exhibits in Vancouver, Toronto and London (Ont.). In addition, he has recorded several albums with his band The Luddites including Luddites (1988), Shining spirit (1989), and Luddites dreemin uv th nite [sic] (1991).

Wittenberg, Alexander Israël

  • VIAF ID: 107081044 (Personal)
  • Person
  • 1926-1965

Alexander Israel Wittenberg (10 February 1926 - 19 December 1965) was a teacher, researcher and Professor of mathematics and mathematical education.
Wittenberg was born in Berlin in 1926 to a family of Russian Jewish immigrants. The family escaped Germany immediately after the 1933 Nazi rise to power and found refuge in neighbouring France. In 1942 the Wittenberg family was forced to flee once again, this time to Switzerland. Although uprooted, Wittenberg continued pursuing his education and in 1957 completed his doctorate at the renowned Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) under the guidance of mathematicians Ferdinand Gonseth and Paul Bernays. During the post-war years Wittenberg taught math at several Swiss high schools, developed an interest in mathematical education and started his own family after marrying Marlyse Wittenberg, nee Marx.
In 1956 Wittenberg accepted the role of associate professor at the University of Laval in Quebec and relocated to Canada together with his young family. In 1963 he arrived at Toronto after being offered to join the newly established York University as a professor in the mathematics department. Proficient in German, French and English, he published his research in all three languages – altogether authoring five books and more than thirty articles, reviews and public addresses. As well, Wittenberg was an active participator in various contemporary debates regarding educational policies in North America and Europe – many times translating and informing different audiences about developments taking place in other countries. He was also actively engaged in non-academic discussions about high school and post-secondary education and advocated the crucial importance of advancing mathematical and scientific knowledge. In 1965 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died that same year at the age of 39.

Rendezvous Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1937-

The Rendezvous Club of Toronto, a social club for retired teachers, was formed in 1937. The goal of the organization was to provide a way for members to maintain friendships made during the teaching years through social activities. The group's constitution details the duties of the executive, including liaising with the Women Teachers' Association of Toronto, and maintaining and documenting the history of the organization.

Regent Park Film Festival

The Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto's longest running free-of-charge community film festival, dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to inner-city. In 2003, Chandra Siddan, a filmmaker and student in the York University’s “Regent Park Community Education Program”, founded the RPFF as an alternative educational setting for an assignment with support from her instructor Jeff Kugler, principal of Nelson Mandela Park Public School, who offered his school as the venue for the event, and Prof. Harry Smaller who garnered broadly-based support from the University.

For seven years, the festival screened at the Nelson Mandela Park Public School before moving to the Lord Dufferin Public School for 2010 and 2011. On the tenth anniversary in 2012, the festival and its offices moved into the Daniels Spectrum cultural hub and started delivering year-round programming such as workshops and community screenings.

In 2007, a year after RPFF incorporated, Siddan stepped down as Festival Director and was replaced by Karin Haze until 2010, Richard Fung in 2011, Ananya Ohri from 2012 to 2018, and Tendisai Cromwell as of 2018.

In 2017, the RPFF embarked on a three-year home movie archive project titled “Home Made Visible” after receiving funding from the Canadian Council for the Arts New Chapter. The three-part nationwide project digitized home movies from the Indigenous and visible minority communities and donated a selection of clips for preservation, commissioned six artist films, and exhibited the artworks and selected home movie clips across Canada to encourage discussions around diverse histories and futures.

Greek Canadian History Project

  • Corporate body
  • 2012

"The Greek Canadian History Project (GCHP) is an initiative designed and committed to identifying, acquiring, digitizing, preserving, and providing access to primary source materials that reflect the experiences of Canada’s Greek immigrants and their descendants. [...] The Project’s stewards are Dr. Athanasios (Sakis) Gekas, HHF Chair in Modern Greek History at York University, and Christopher Grafos, Ph.D. in History, York University."

Portuguese Canadian History Project

  • Corporate body
  • 2008-

The Portguese Canadian History Project is a non-profit community outreach organization that aims to democratize and preserve the collective memory and historical knowledge of Portuguese immigrants and their descendants in Canada. Incorporated in 2008, Dr. Gilberto Fernandez and Dr. Susana Miranda founded the project, and were later joined by Dr. Raphael Costa and Dr. Emanuel da Silva.

In September 2009, PCHP partnered with the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections to facilitate the donation of archival records from individuals and organizations associated with Toronto's Portuguese community. In November 2015, the PCHP became associated with the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, which hired Gilberto Fernandes as a postdoctoral visitor.

O'Heany, Kennatha Rose

Kennetha Rose O'Heany (nee Koch, then McArthur) is a ballet teacher who prepares dancers for the Royal Academy of Dance exams and auditions. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, on January 21, 1956, her family moved to Toronto where at age 15 she studied under Gladys Forrester who suggested a career in teaching.

In 1974, O’Heany moved to London, England to attend the College of the Royal Academy of Dancing. After graduating in 1978 with a L.R.A.D, A.l.S.T.D. (Nat.) and the inaugural Ivor Guest Dance History Award for her work on Jerome Robbins, O’Heany moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois to set up the RAD Majors Programme - the only RAD school in the area. She returned to Toronto in 1980 and taught at various dancing schools until 1985.

In 1980, O’Heany auditioned to teach a daily ballet class at York University but was denied because she had not attended university. She then registered for the Master of Fine Arts Programme (Dance) at York University with the permission of department chair Dianne Woodruff who allowed O’Heany to pursue her Masters without a tertiary degree due to her training in England. O’Heany was the first person in the Dance Programme ever granted this privilege as well as the first person allowed to pursue a M.F.A. in Dance on a part-time basis. O’Heany attained her M.F.A. in 1985 with the thesis topic "Ballet in England at the turn of the century leading to the foundation of the R.A.D., including a video reconstruction of the first RAD Elementary examination syllabus." Her writings on dance history are available in The International/Oxford Encyclopaedia of Dance, the New York Public Library, and various research libraries.

O’Heany opened her ballet school doncespoce in 1985 and later founded a ballet company, dancecorps (later after winning registration as a charitable organization, the Toronto Ballet Ensemble). In 1990, the Vaganova Choreographic Institute and Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia invited O’Heany to study differences in teaching methodologies.

She closed doncespoce in 1997 to pursue future endeavours outside dance. She also stepped down as CEO of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Ballet Ensemble (which ceased to exist in 1997) and soon afterwards resigned from the Company altogether.

Up until December 1998, O’Heany was the inaugural head of the RAD Studies for the new George Brown College Diploma Programme in Dance, where Bengt's company is Artist-in-Residence. Since 1999, O’Heany has been a teacher of RAD at institutions such as Pegasus Dance Center, and also taught master classes at the Conservatory of Dance and Music, and the Squamish School of Fine Arts. O’Heany currently teaches at the Oakville Ballet.

Philpott, Florence, 1909-1992

  • Person
  • 1909-1992

Florence Philpott was a caseworker, community organizer, educator, and a leader in the field of Canadian social work. She was born in 1909 in Halton County, Ontario and earned a teacher's diploma from Northwestern University, Chicago in 1930, as well as a diploma in social work from the University of Toronto's School of Social Work in 1932. During her career, Philpott worked for various social service agencies in Hamilton, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Toronto. She was the Executive Director of the Toronto Social Service Council (1948-1963), and possessed a national profile in her field, contributing to special projects and to local and national committees and boards. She belonged to a network of women who were instrumental in formulating social welfare policies and creating leadership roles in the field of social work for Canadian women. Florence Philpott passed away in Toronto, Ontario in 1992.

Lawson, Robert A.

  • Person
  • 1926-2019

Robert A. Lawson (1926-2019), production designer and teacher, was born in Toronto and attended Riverdale Collegiate Secondary School. Enlisting in the Canadian Army in 1944, he pursued studies at the Ontario College of Art through the Department of Veteran Affairs programme and graduated in 1950. After teaching and doing restoration work at the Toronto Art Gallery (now the Art Galley of Ontario) for five years, he pursued further conservation and restoration studies financed by scholarships both at the National Gallery in Ottawa, and in Istanbul on a Harvard scholarship. On his return from Turkey in 1954, Lawson began working in the paint shop of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as a scenic artist painting scenery, furniture and props, was promoted to assistant designer in 1956, and designer in 1958. Lawson first designed for variety shows, but attracted particular recognition for his work in opera, ballet, operetta and plays, working closely with Norman Campbell during the heyday of live television performances at the CBC. He subsequently mastered the intricacies of designing for television film work in series such as The Road, Hatch's Mill, Wojeck and Quentin Durgens, M.P. During this period, Lawson, Campbell and colleague Joe Parkinson perfected the special effects Chroma-Key technique which facilitated the melding of two or more pictures into a single frame, resulting in invitations to lecture on the practice throughout North America. Lawson's work attracted Emmy nominations and other awards, and his professional expertise in all areas of production design was recognized in 1977 when he became the first designer elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He is a founding member and past president of the Associated Designers of Canada. A self-taught photographer, Lawson acquired a habit of photographing the productions on which he worked, often developing his own photographs. In the process, Lawson created an invaluable archive documenting the early days of Canadian television. In 1980, Lawson was appointed as design and staging director for the CBC in British Columbia, Canada. He retired from the CBC in 1985 in the face of severe budget cuts that effectively closed the design department. Lawson died in Vancouver, BC on 5 August 2019.

Warkentin, John, 1928-

John Warkentin is a geographer, teacher and photographer. Born at Lowe Farm, Manitoba, he received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Manitoba in 1948 and a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1961. He was an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Manitoba, engaged in research on the settlement and regional geography of Western Canada,and also taught briefly in Newfoundland and Greenland. In 1963 he became an Assistant Professor at York University. Dr. Warkentin taught at York University until he retired as Professor of Geography in 1993. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Professor Warkentin is the author of "The Western Interior of Canada" (1964),and co-author with Dr. Richard I. Ruggles of "The Historical Atlas of Manitoba", published by the Manitoba Historical Society. He has also published text books on the historical geography of Canada, and more recently on public monuments in Toronto.

Vernay, Douglas V. (Douglas Vernon)

Douglas V. Verney was born in Liverpool, England in 1924. He obtained his B.A. in 1948, his M.A. in 1949 at Oxon and subsequently graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Ph.D. in 1954. He was a professor at Atkinson College, York University from 1961. Professor Verney began his academic career as a lecturer in Helsinki, Finland in 1948. The following year he was an assistant lecturer at the university of Liver pool and subsequently became a full lecturer from 1951 to 1961. In 1961 he became an Associate Professor and was also acting Dean at Atkinson College, York University. He became a Full Professor and, in 1962, Chairman of the department of Political Science at York University, a position he held until 1967. Professor Verney has published numerous articles and conference papers, as well as six books: 'Parliamentary reform in Sweden 1866-1921'(1957), 'Public enterprise in Sweden' (1959), 'The analysis of political systems' (1959), 'Political patterns in today's world' (1968), 'British government and politics: life without a declaration of independence' (1976), 'Three civilizations, two cultures, one state: Canada's political traditions' (1986).

Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Canadian Association of Latin American Studies (CALAS) was founded at York University on 12 June 1969. In 1976, CALAS became the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS). The Association was the first Canadian organization to bring together scholars and activists from around the world engaged in teaching and research on on Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on expanding the study of Latin America and Caribbean in institutions of higher education. The Association holds an annual Congress and has published an interdisciplinary journal, the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, since 1976.

Fothergill, Robert A.

Professor Fothergill is a playwright, critic and theatre historian. His drama "Detaining Mr. Trotsky", about the internment of Leon Trotsky in a prison camp in Nova Scotia in April 1917 (Canadian Stage Company, Toronto, 1987), won a Chalmers Award and several Dora nominations. "Public Lies" (Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, 1993), also nominated for a Chalmers Award, addresses issues of truth, propaganda and media manipulation by dramatizing episodes in the Canadian career of John Grierson, documentary film pioneer and founder of the NFB. "Borderline", set in a refugee camp on the border of Rwanda and Tanzania, won second prize in the 1999 Herman Voaden Canadian Playwriting contest and was professionally workshopped under the direction of Bill Glassco. It was mounted at Toronto's SummerWorks theatre festival in 2004. Rob Fothergill's most recent play is "The Dershowitz Protocol", an examination of the ethics of torture in the context of the current 'war against terror'. "The Dershowitz Protocol" was presented at the SummerWorks festival in 2003 and received its U.S. premiere at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, New York, in June 2006. Other writings include "Private Chronicles" (Oxford 1974), a critical study of English diaries, and a chapter on Radio and TV Drama in Volume 4 of the "Literary History of Canada" (University of Toronto Press, 1990). Teaching dramatic literature and criticism, Professor Fothergill was a long-time member of the English Department at York University's Atkinson College before joining the Department of Theatre in the Faculty of Fine Arts 1994. He served as Chair of the Theatre Department from 1994 to 1999.

York University (Toronto, Ont.)

  • Corporate body

The York University Archives ephemera collection is an assembly of documents that have been accumulated over the years by archives staff.

Crosbie, Lynn, 1963-

Lynn Crosbie, writer and educator, was born in Montreal. She attended Dorval High School and Dawson College in Montreal before moving to Toronto, where she attended York University, obtaining a BA in English and Sociology in 1986 and an MA in English in 1987. Crosbie then attended the University of Toronto, earning a PhD in English in 1996. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Contextualizing Anne Sexton: confessional process and feminist practice in the Complete Poems”. Crosbie has been an instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design/OCAD University, the University of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Guelph and York University, teaching courses in English literature, creative writing, and popular culture.

Crosbie began her literary career writing poetry. Her first book of poetry, Miss Pamela’s Mercy, was published in 1992, followed by VillainElle (1994), Pearl (1995), Queen Rat (1998), Missing Children (2003), Liar (2006), and The Corpses of the Future (2017). Her books of prose and fiction include Paul’s Case (1997), Dorothy L’Amour (1999), Life Is About Losing Everything (2012), Where Did You Sleep Last Night (2015), and Chicken (2018). She co-wrote Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (2003) with Jeffery Conway and David Trinidad, and she is the editor of The Girl Wants To: Female Representations of Sex and the Body (1993) and Click: Becoming Feminists (1997).

Crosbie, also a prolific writer on popular culture, started freelance writing in the early 1990s. She has written features, reviews and columns for magazines, newspapers and literary journals including Maclean’s, the National Post, Fashion, Flare, This Magazine, Hazlitt, Quill and Quire, The Walrus, NOW, Saturday Night and Zoomer. Between 2002 and 2012, Crosbie’s column, “Pop Rocks”, appeared in the Globe and Mail’s Arts Section. She also wrote a column, “Critical Mass”, for the Toronto Star between 2000 and 2004 and a television column in Eye Weekly between 1999 and 2001.

Crosbie's story "The High Hard Ones", published in Saturday Night magazine, won the National Magazine Awards’ gold award for best fiction story in 2000, and her article "Lights Out", published in Fashion Magazine, won the silver award for best short feature in 2009. Her book, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, was shortlisted for the 2016 Trillium Book Award.

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science

The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science/Société canadienne pour l'histoire et philosophie des sciences (CSHPS/SCHPS) has a mandate to connect scholars in the interdisciplinary study of all aspects of science. It publishes a newsletter, Communiqué, and its annual conference takes place within the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) was an American dancer whose teaching and performances helped free ballet from its conservative restrictions and spurred the development of modern expressive dance. She was among the first to raise interpretive dance to the status of creative art.

Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association

The Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association was established in 1980 to promote an interest in the scientific and technological heritage of Canada, through production of a scholarly journal, Scientia Canadensis, and the sponsoring of biennial conferences. Its membership is largely drawn from the fields of academe and government.

Lynn, Jonathan

  • Person
  • [ca. 1968?]-2008

Jonathann Lynn was the producer and host of "Highway 10", a weekly music series on Rogers Television, for thirteen years.

Excalibur Publications Inc.

  • 1964-

Excalibur is a student newspaper at York University that started in 1964 and has been autonomous since 1966.

Beare, Margaret E.

Margaret E. Beare was a joint-appointed professor at Osgoode and York University in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests included policing, transnational crime and enforcement, money laundering and research related to the functioning of the criminal justice system. She had standing at the 1996 Commission of Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women in Kingston (Arbour Commission) to investigate certain events at the Prison for Women, Kingston Ontario which took place in 1994, and received all the documentation generated by the commission in the course of its investigations.

Baar, Ellen

Ellen Baar (d. 1998) was a professor at York University in the Division of Social Science. After completing Grade 12, Baar attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and the University of Michigan where she studied international relations and psychology. Soon after, she worked at the Mental Health Research Institute, and the Institute for Social Research before returning to school in 1961 to study international relations at Northwestern University and social psychology at the University of Michigan graduate school. Baar left Michigan in 1964 to begin a family but returned to teaching and research at York in 1971 where she worked until her death in 1998. She taught the course 'Canadian Problems' and her research covered a variety of topics, such as environmental regulation, studied from the perspective of social organization. To facilitate this research, Baar was a corresponding member of numerous federal and Greater Vancouver Regional District environmental and air quality committees. Books edited or authored by Baar include "Social Conflict and Environmental Law: Ethics, Economics and Equity," and "Inventory of Regulatory Approaches to Achieving Compliance." Baar was also very active in the York community and the York University Faculty Association on matters related to equity and fairness. She served YUFA for over 15 years on a wide range of issues including pay equity, financial analysis and the strike of 1997. In addition, she sat on the Joint Pay Equity Committee from its formation in 1993 and the Joint Study Committee for Affirmative Action for Women. She was the author of their final report in 1987. To honour her life and achievements, the Ellen Baar Award in Social Science was created in 1998.

Javeed family

The Javeed family is located in Scarborough, Onatrio and identifies as South Asian and Indian.

Jabbar family

The Jabbar family is located in Scarborough, Onatrio and identifies as South Asian and Indian.

Joudaki family

The Jouaki family emmigrated from Iran in 1982 and is now located in Toronto.

Isaac family

The Isaac family is located in Toronto and identifies as Haitian-Sudanese.

Kwan family

The Kwan family is located in Vancouver and identifies as Chinese.

Heller, Jeanette

Jeanette Heller (1911-2008), dancer and performing arts worker, spent forty-five years in show business. Born in Paris, Ontario on 14 April 1911, Heller was the only girl in a family of seven children born to Samuel Heller, an immigrant from Lithuania who worked in the scrap metal business and served in WWI, and his Canadian-born wife Lena (Davis) Heller.
Her family moved to Toronto in 1921 and she first took dance classes at Lansdown Public School. Her first dance job was in a line at the Royal York Hotel by Hylda Parker. Heller left school at 16 years of age to perform small parts in pantomime and vaudeville shows at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.
In the early 1930s, she moved to New York, and danced for eight years travelling across North America as a Roxyette, the precursor to S.L. "Roxy" Rothafel's Rockettes, at Radio City Music Hall. Her stage names included Jeanette Hallen and Jeanette Mansfield.
From about 1941 until 1945, Heller returned to Toronto to take care of her mother while her brothers were fighting in World War II. During this time, she worked in the circulation department at the ‘Globe and Mail’.
After her brothers returned from war, Heller resumed her career as a dancer working contracts across the United States and during this time became an American citizen. Heller spent 1946 as a United Service Organizations (USO) troupe dancer performing in American army and navy hospitals. In 1947, she went to Japan as part of a United Service Organizations (USO) troupe to entertain the occupation forces, and then to Korea during the Korean War in the early fifties. In 1967 and 1947 Jeanette performed on the CNE Grandstand. During the 1950s, she also danced in Scandinavia, the Middle East, Cuba – in Havana with Lou Walters before the revolution - and in various European capitals.
After retiring from in the late fifties, Heller remained in New York and began a second career in wardrobe and show production. She worked for the American Ballet Theatre, the American Repertory Company including acting as the wardrove supervisor for the European tour for the State Department, fashion shows at the Waldorf-Astoria, and Broadway shows such as ‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘the King and I,’ and ‘Annie.’ She also worked in television, working on soap operas such as ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live,’ as well as ‘the Dick Cavett Show’ and ‘the Ed Sullivan Show,’ and involved other productions including ‘Sesame Street’ and the 1957 CBS Cinderella television special with Julie Andrews. Heller as also involved in the filming of the 1963 romantic comedy ‘The Thrill of It All.’
In 1975, Heller returned to Canada, commuting from Toronto to Florida during the winter for nine years to work as a wardrobe manager. After working for nearly two decades at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami, Heller retired at the age of 82 in 1993. In 2001, she moved into the Toronto Performing Arts Lodge. She performed one last time as a Rockette during the 2006 Guinness World record for the longest kicking line at the Humming Bird Centre. In 2008, the ‘Limelighters’ documentary by David Hansen dedicated an episode to Heller. She died on 16 October 2008.

Lundell, O.R.

O.R. Lundell (1932-1999) was a professor and university administrator. Born in Revelstoke, British Columbia, he was educated at Queen's University and received his PhD. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. His first teaching position as a professor of science was at the Royal Military College in Kingston. In 1961, Lundell was appointed as the founding chemistry professor at York University. He served as the Associate Dean from 1964 until 1973 and then as the second Dean of the Faculty of Science for an additional ten years until 1982. In addition, he sat on the building committee of the Chemistry and Computer Science Building and for many years as a member of the Atomic Energy Control Board. In recognition of his accomplishments, Lundell was bestowed a University Professorship in 1984 and posthumously named to the York University Founders Honours Society in March of 2000.

Dworin, Ruth

Ruth Dworin is a freelance bookkeeper, arts administrator, artistic produces, and tour organizer. After meeting Lucia "Kim" Kimber and Kathy Lewis at the 4th National Women's Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana in 1977 and several more events, the three women established Women's Music Archives as a non-profit organization based at Kimber's home in Fairfield, Connecticut in the fall of 1978. The WMA served "the primary function of the Women's Music Archives is to collect and preserve, for herstorical listening and research purposes, all types of materials related to women's music." The bulk of the collection focused on "woman-identified, woman-made music, primarily, though not exclusively feminist and lesbian in orientation" that "evolved as a definite entity" beginning in the early 1970s.

Dworin then founded Womynly Way Productions in September 1980 and directed the arts organization which produced concerts and events featuring women from all over North America in music, theatre, dance, and comedy until 1990. Dworin also produced the LEAF Roadshow, a cross-Canada tour featuring over fifty performers in 1989.

After consulting since 1984, Dworin established Creative Consulting in 1991 to address the administrative needs of the arts community, and to provide computer training for artists and arts administrators. She is now a bookkeeper for the Chocolate Woman Collective (formed in 2007), an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and inter-generational collective, comprised of senior Indigenous artists, scholars, and their collaborators to research and create the theatrical performance.

Salmon, Beverley Noel

Beverley Noel Salmon, nurse, politician and prominent anti-racism and community activist, was the first Black female commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the first Black woman elected municipally in Toronto.

Salmon graduated as a registered nurse at Wellesley Hospital, Toronto in 1953 and obtained a public health nurse certificate in 1954 from the University of Toronto. After marrying Dr. Douglas Salmon (Canada’s first Black surgeon,hospital medical staff president, and Chief of General Surgery), Salmon worked in Detroit, Michigan until 1960 and left the nursing field.

In 1975, Salmon founded the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, a non-profit organization that works with the community, public, and private sectors to provide education programs and research to address racism in society. Salmon was also a member of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. In 1985, Salmon entered municipal politics and encumbent Councillor Andrew Borins to become Councillor of Ward 8 in North York; then elected to Metro Toronto Council until her retirement in 1997. Her career also includes work with the Ontario Status of Women Council, the Toronto Board of Education, and Toronto Transit Commission board member (1989-1994) and vice-chair (1991-1994). In the 1990s, she co-founded the Black Educators Working Group with former school principal MacArthur Hunter to advocate for an inclusive curriculum, teacher training, and anti-racism policies.

Born as Beverley Bell in the 1930s, she is the daughter of Herbert McLean Bell Sr., who immigrated from Jamaica to enlist in the Canadian army during the First World War (he remained in Canada to own and operate an automotive repair business in Toronto for twenty-four years) and Violet Bryan, a fifth-generation Canadian of Scottish and Irish descent. Salmon’s younger brother, Dr. David Bell was Professor Emeritus and former dean of York University’s Faculties of Environmental Studies and Graduate Studies.

Her awards and achievements include the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics (1995), Federation of Canadian Municipalities Roll of Honour recipient (1999), an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University (1999), the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), the Order of Ontario (2016), and the Order of Canada (2017).

Gehl, Lynn

  • F0648
  • Person
  • 1962-

Lynn Gehl is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley, Ontario, Canada. She describes herself as a learner-researcher, thinker, writer, Black Face blogger, and she has been an Indigenous human rights advocate for 27 years. Lynn works to eliminate the continued sex discrimination in the Indian Act, and she is also an outspoken critic of the contemporary land claims and self-government process. She has a doctorate in Indigenous Studies, a Master of Arts in Canadian and Native Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. She also has a diploma in Chemical Technology and worked in the field of environmental science for 12 years in the area of toxic organic analysis of Ontario’s waterways. While advocating for change is currently part of what she does, she is also interested in traditional knowledge systems that guide the Anishinaabeg forward to a good life.

Boulton, Augusta

  • Person

Augusta Boulton (nee Latter) was born on Orillia, Ontario. She and married Charles Arkoll Boulton in 1874 and removed to Manitoba where he farmed. Boulton was a soldier and participated in the Riel Rebellion (1870) on the Loyalist side. He also raised a troop, known as 'Boulton's Rangers,' which participated in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 at the Battle of Frog Lake and later in the capture of Big Bear. He was appointed to the Senate in 1889.

Latin American Working Group

The Latin American Working Group (LAWG) was an independent, grassroots organization in Toronto, Canada, which carried out Canadian-Latin American solidarity activities from 1966-1997. Formed in response to the military coup and invasion of the Dominican Republic by the United States of America in 1965, LAWG's mission was to educate Canadians, develop solidarity links between Canadians and the peoples of Latin America, and advocate for an independent Canadian foreign policy. LAWG carried out activist research regarding the roles played by Canadian corporations and government aid policies in Latin America by working closely with union, churches, non-governmental organizations and academics in the North and the South hemispheres committed to human rights and social justice. It contributed to the creation and work of the Taskforce on Churches and Corporate Responsibility, the Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America (ICCHRLA), the Central American Policy Alternatives (CAPA), the Roundtable for Peace, Mission for Peace, Canada-Chile Solidarity, Tools for Peace, Linking Ontario and Central American in Labour Solidarity (LOCALS), Common Frontiers, and other initiatives aimed at changing Canadian foreign policy. LAWG worked with several Canadian trade union humanity and social justice funds to facilitate north-south educational tours involving workers, teachers, Christians, health workers, and those from other sectors, as a way of deepening Canadians' understanding of, and mutual solidarity with, others living in this hemisphere. LAWG worked to provide insights into the reality of Latin America that it felt was not being provided by either the Canadian government nor mainstream media. Its first-hand information and primary research was published in its newsletter "the LAWG letter," "the Central America update," "LAWG labour report," and several books critically examining the role of Canadian corporations such as Falconbridge and INCO in Latin America. Over its 30 year existence, LAWG played a significant role in influencing Canadian public opinion, and that of churches, trade unions, and government policy-makers in relationship to Latin America. There is no connection between this group and the group with the same name in the United States.

York University Faculty Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1962-

The York University Faculty Association was established in 1962 as the voice of faculty in University affairs, but it was not until 1974 that YUFA became the authorized bargaining agent for York University faculty members and librarians, as designated by the Collective Agreement. The Association elected officials include the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson for Organization, Vice-Chairperson for External Affairs, Recording Secretary,Information Officer, and Treasurer. They are elected annually. In addition, there are appointed officers, the Grievance Officer, the Organizing Officer, and the Negotiating Officer, and representatives from the several constituencies (all faculties and the Library). Appointed officers serve a two-year term. The Association 's Executive Committee consists of all the officers, the past Chairperson, and the Chairperson of the Contract and Grievance Committee, and has general oversight of the Association between general meetings.

The Association has three standing committees: Contract and Grievance Committee, which reports to the Executive on specific grievances, oversees the election of local stewards and their handling of grievances, monitors the application of the Collective Agreement, hears reports and supervises the work of the Grievance Officer and the Organizing Officer. The Negotiating Committee is responsible for the drafting of the provisions of the Collective Agreement in cooperation with the Executive and Contract and Grievance Committee, presenting this positions to the membership for approval, negotiating the terms of the Collective Agreement, and appraising the membership of the proceedings of negotiations. The Nominating Committee is responsible for securing nominations for all elected positions, and for membership on committees.

Local stewards are elected for each constituency, one steward for every thirty-five members. There must be a minimum of four general meetings yearly, at least one of which is designated the Annual Meeting. The Executive and Contract and Grievance Committee shall meet six times yearly.

Baldwin, Shauna Singh, 1962-

Shauna Singh Baldwin (1962-), author and radio producer, was born in Montreal, Quebec and holds an M.B.A. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a radio producer and e-commerce consultant but is best known as a writer of novels and short story collections. Her fiction and poetry have been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada, the United States and India. Her first novel, "What the Body Remembers", was published in 1999 and received the 2000 Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best Book in the Canada-Caribbean region. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her second novel "The Tiger Claw" was a finalist for the 2004 Giller Prize. She was awarded the 1996 Friends of American Writers Award for her collection of short stories "English Lessons and Other Stories". She is also the co-author of "A Foreign Visitor's Survival Guide to America," and author of "We Are Not in Pakistan : Stories" published in 2007.

Adams, Ellen C., 1925-1982

Ellen C. Adams (1925-1982), was born in Germany and emigrated to Canada in 1948. Her original name was Cammnitzer, which she changed during an election campaign in 1963. Adams was a member of the administrative staff of the Canadian Co-operative Federation and later served for twenty years as assistant to Ontario New Democratic Party leaders Donald MacDonald and Stephen Lewis. She was twice unsuccessful in provincial elections (1963, 1973) running under the NDP banner. Adams was also influential in Toronto municipal politics as a leader in the Stop Spadina (Expressway) movement, executive of the Avenue-Bay Cottingham Ratepayers’ Association, and as a founding executive member of the Confederation of Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Associations. In 1975 Adams took up a position in the Institutional Branch of the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Organizing Committee of York University

  • Corporate body
  • 1955-1959

The Organizing Committee of York University was instituted in July 1955, as a group of private citizens in Toronto concerned about the need for additional post-secondary education facilities in the Toronto region. These men were initially allied with the North Toronto branch of the YMCA, and in 1957 set about attempting to establish an institute of higher learning in northern Toronto under the proposed name, Kellock College. In the spring of 1958 the name 'York University' was substituted, a provincial charter was sought, and a proposed curriculum was discussed. By 1958 meetings had been held with provincial politicians and education officials regarding the charter and course of study, and discussions were going forward with the University of Toronto regarding federation of the new university with the established school until such time as York had its own facilities. The Committee had hoped to begin classes in September 1959, but the university did not open its doors until September 1960 as an affiliate of the University of Toronto. In March 1959, the York University Act was given Royal Assent, renaming the Committee as the provisional Board of Governors. It was replaced by the first regular Board of Governors in December 1959 through Order-in-Council appointments. The following served on the organizing committee: A.R. Hackett, A.D. Margison, J.R. (Roby) Kidd, T.R. Louden, E.T. Alberts, S.H. Deeks, N.T. Berry, A.G. Lascelles, A.D. McKee, P.R. Woodfield, and Air Marshall W.A. Curtis.

The International Commission for Coordination of Solidarity among Sugar Workers

The International Commission for Coordination of Solidarity Among Sugar Workers (ICCSASW) was an ecumenical church-sponsored organization founded in 1983. It emerged from the work begun by GATT(General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade)-Fly, an inter-church initiative for an alternative trade policy. GATT-Fly’s initial focus was the sugar trade, chosen and researched as a case study of the impact of international trade policy on developing countries. GATT-Fly’s efforts to bring about an International Sugar Agreement (to provide a fair return to sugar exporting countries) were unsuccessful, however their research and network building linked Canadian missionaries in sugar exporting countries with local workers’ organizations. This led in 1983 to the creation of ICCSASW, financed largely by church overseas development agencies. Based in Toronto, Canada, ICCSASW had a 10-member international steering committee of sugar union leaders.

ICCSASW aimed to provide an independent forum and build solidarity among workers across the political spectrum, through solidarity campaigns, national and regional seminars, international conferences and its monthly newsletter “Sugar World.” In 1998, ICCSASW ceased to exist due to lack of funding, although much of ICCSASW’s work has continued under the Geneva-based International Union of Food Workers (IUF), a trade secretariat. A more detailed administrative history and a list of contents written by ICCSASW executive secretary, Reg McQuaid, have been added by the archivist to file 2006-060/001(01) “Historical notes from the executive director about ICCSASW and SWIERL [Sugar Workers and Industry Education Resource Library]”.

National Network on Environments and Women's Health (NNEWH)

"NNEWH is one of four federally funded Centres of Excellence of the Women’s Health Contribution Program at the Bureau of Women’s Health and Gender Analysis, Health Canada. It brings together a diversity of perspectives and evidence-based findings to address gaps in health policy, practice and education. Research Associates come from a variety of academic disciplines and multiple sectors including sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, nursing, law, health promotion, NGO’s, and community and health services organizations. NNEWH’s women’s health research priorities include chemical exposures including pharmaceuticals, maternal health and water quality. Dayna Nadine Scott, Osgoode Hall Law School and Environmental Studies, is the director of NNEWH and Anne Rochon Ford, Coordinator of Women and Health Protection, assumed co-directorship in April 2009. At that time, NNEWH also welcomed two sister working groups under its administration: Women and Health Care Reform and Women and Health Protection." Retrieved from on 2 Nov. 2018

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York Variety Show

  • Corporate body
  • 1961-

The York Variety Show was offered after York's first year to portray the events of that year in a satirical and light-hearted manner using songs, skits and artistic representations.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Women 's Studies Programme

  • Corporate body
  • 1983-

The Women 's Studies Programme, begun in 1983-84, is an interdisciplinary programme within the Faculty of Arts that offers students the opportunity to combine programme-related courses on women with courses in one of the Faculty 's departments. The programme consists of a core course, offerings in other departments and a senior research project undertaken in one of the Faculty 's departments that relates to the study of women to their social and cultural context.

York University Transport Centre

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

The York University Transport Centre was established in 1969 following recommendations from the Vice President' s Committee on Canadian Transport Studies (1967). Its goal was to foster transportation education and research in the areas of national transportation issues, road transport issues and the natural transport network. The Centre, in cooperation with the University of Toronto Department of Urban Studies, established the Joint Programme in Transportation at the two universities in 1970.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York International

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

York International began operations in 1969 as the Office of International Services. Until 1972 its limited role was to act as the internal administrative office for the York-Kenya Project. The expenses of the Office were paid out of the the Kenya budget.
In 1972 the Office of International Services received a new mandate from the university. A full-time Director was appointed reporting directly to the President. Its new mandate was to administer the York-Kenya Project, to obtain other international contracts, and to investigate the desirability of student and faculty exchanges with overseas institutions.
In 1984 the Office of International Services became York International. Its responsibilities include representing the University to government and international agencies (CIDA, Department of External Affairs, the International Division of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the World Bank, the United Nations) as well as lia6on with embassies and consulates of countries in which projects are going on. In addition, it monitors and assesses projects, co-ordinates visits, student and faculty exchanges between York and international institutions, provides central policy advice on international aspects of university life, promotes the use of special skills developed at York for international projects, provides contacts (with the Robarts Centre) with various Centres for Canadian Studies overseas, and encourages the business community to become involved in international educational and skills exchange programmes.
In the period covered by these records the following men have served as Director of the York-Kenya Project/Office of International Services and York International: Tillo Kuhn (1970), James Gillies (1971-1972), Gordon Lowther (1972-1974), John Saywell (1774-1978), William Found (1978-1982), Rodger Schwass (1982-1984) and Ian Macdonald (1984-1993).

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York University Staff Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1970-

The York University Staff Association was organized in 1970 as a voluntary organization to represent the interests of the support staff (clerical, technical and related activities) of the University in negotiating working conditions and salaries. In 1975 it became an officially recognized bargaining unit.
YUSA is made of of approximately 1170 members (1993), and is headed by a president, executive committee and several standing committees, including Bargaining, Benefits, Health & Safety, Communications, Constitution & Policy, Grievance, Job Evaluation and Negotiating committees.

York Varsity Christian Fellowship

  • Corporate body
  • [196-]

The York Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship was inaugurated at York University in the late 1960s as a chapter of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada. It is an evangelical Christian organization dedicated to service of God and prosletization.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (University Affairs)

  • Corporate body
  • 1965-

The position of Vice President (University Affairs) was created in 1965 as part of the first organization of executive offices in the University. The responsibilities of the Vice President included student services (Health Services, Psychological Services, Physical Education and Athletics), as well as responsibility for the Keele Street Colleges, and the Office of the Registrar. The responsibilities of the position were assumed by the Director of Student Services and the Executive Vice President in 1966. The position of Vice President (University Affairs) was held by Edward Pattullo, who simultaneously served as Associate Dean of Arts and Science, a position he held from 1963-1966.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Visual Arts Dept.

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-

The Visual Arts Department was initially called a Programme prior to 1974 when it acquired Department status. It is the largest department within the faculty. The programme of study blends historical, critical and practical courses in two streams: art history and studio art. The latter includes courses in photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and textiles. It offers both undergraduate and Master 's level degrees.
The Department is administered by a chairperson who has both line and staff responsibilities and is appointed by the Board of Governors on the recommendation of the Dean and the President. The programme chair plays a role in the recruitment and retention of staff, the development of curriculum and in research activities.
The chair handles the departmental budget, is the chief administrative officer, and takes the lead in setting the programme timetable. In addition, the chair acts as a liaison with the external community, and this is especially important with visual arts where outside experts and galleries are employed in the educational experience. Since 1974 the department has been served by Edward Fort Fry (1974-1975), Ken Lochhead (1975-1976), Joyce Zemans (1976-1982), Andrew Tomcik (1982-1985) and T. Whiten (1985-1988) as chair.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York-Kenya Project

  • Corporate body

The York-Kenya Project was initiated by the Government of Kenya and the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). CIDA arranged for York University to administer the project. The project had three components: the establishment of a Planning and Evaluation Unit in the Kenyan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning for which York provided a field staff; a Training Programme, through which Kenyans were educated at York to take over the Planning Unit and act as future teachers of economic planning; and a research component on particular topics proposed by the Kenyan Government, the York field staff, or the university.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York Varsity Christian

  • Corporate body
  • [196-]

The York Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship was inaugurated at York University in the late 1960s as a chapter of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada. It is an evangelical Christian organization dedicated to service of God and prosletization.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (University Services)

  • Corporate body
  • 1976-

The Vice President (University Services) was responsible for the several business and administrative operations of the University. The position was created in an administrative re-organization in 1976 at which time the position of Vice President (Administration) was abolished to be replaced by the Vice President (University Services). Both positions were held by Mr. William Small. University Services/Administration were broadly defined to include campus planning, physical plant, university facilities, business operations, and computing services. In the re-organization of 1976 two prominent administrative functions were transferred out of the portfolio: personnel (non-academic) services and the Comptroller 's Office. The position of Vice President (University Services) was dissolved in 1983 with the responsibilities being distributed to the remaining three vice presidents.

York Youth Connection

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-

The York Youth Connection began in 1974 as a summer day camp for under-privileged youth in the York University-Finch neighbourhood. Originally providing English as a Second Language, Heritage Language training and multicultural awareness for children, the summer camp evolved into a fine arts day camp that provides lessons and entertainments in the fields of dance, visual arts, theatre and music. The camp is a part of the York Community Connection.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Student Counselling Services

  • Corporate body
  • 1960-

The Student Counselling Services originated in 1960 to provide students with personal counselling, both for educational purposes and psychological counselling. It became the Psychological Services Dept. in 1964.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). University Librarian

  • Corporate body
  • 1959-

The University Librarian (formerly Director of Libraries to 1990) has responsibility for the administration of the libraries, including the Scott Library, Law Library, the Administrative Studies/Government Documents Library and the Steacie Science Library on the Keele Street campus, and the Leslie Frost Library at Glendon College. The Director represents the libraries to the University, through the Vice President (Academic), and sits as an ex-officio member of Senate and its library committee. In addition, the Director represents the libraries to the external community. The following men and women have served as University Librarian/Director of Libraries since 1959: Douglas G. Lochhead (1959-1962), Thomas O'Connell (1963-1976), William Newman (1977-1978), Anne Woodsworth (1978-1983), and Ellen J. Hoffman (1984-).

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Campus Relations and Student Affairs)

  • Corporate body
  • 1990-

The Vice President (Campus Relations and Student Affairs) was created in 1990, to combine activities that had previously been those of the Provost and other university officers. The Vice President has responsibility for the Status of Women Office, the Sexual Harrassment, Education and Complaint Centre, Race and Ethnic Relations, the Art Gallery of York University, Athletics and Recreation, the Counselling and Development Centre, Office for Persons with Disabilities, and Student Affairs. In addition, the Vice President takes responsibility for relations with the colleges (including Glendon), scholarships and financial aid, and Health and Wellness. Elizabeth Hopkins has served as Vice President since 1990.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Finance and Administration)

  • Corporate body
  • 1986-

The position of Vice President (Finance and Administration) was created in 1986 as part of the general redefinition. of University 's executive administration. The Vice President was responsible for the following offices and duties: Employee relations including Academic Labour Relations and employment equity; Finance including purchasing, Comptroller, and the budget; Human Resources including non-academic labour relations, staff development, benefits and pensions, payroll and records; Safety, Security and Parking; Business Operations including housing and food services, bookstores, commercial tenants and vending; and Physical Resources including facilities management and planning, physical plant, construction and administration. Many of these responsibilities had previously been assigned to the Vice President (Finance and Employee Relations) and the Vice President (External Relations and University Development).
The Vice President (Finance and Administration) position was dissolved in 1993, with most of its responsibilities being taken on by the Vice President (Institutional Affairs). William Farr served as Vice President (Finance and Administration) for the entire period, 1985-1993.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Institutional Affairs)

  • Corporate body
  • 1986-

The Vice President (Institutional Affairs) was a position created in 1986 when the position of Associate Vice President (Management Information and Planning) was upgraded to a full vice-presidency. The Vice President (Institutional Affairs) was responsible for the University Secretariat, statistical reporting (including the production of the 'York Fact Book'), institutional research, the Office of the Registrar, employee records and government reporting. In a further administrative shuffle in 1993, the Vice President (Institutional) took on responsibility for all human resources, physical resources, financial planning as well as employment equity, the University Counsel, and Safety, Security and Parking, all coming from the disbanded office of the Vice President (Finance and Administration).

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Senate. Library Committee

  • Corporate body

The Library Committee is concerned with Library policy as it affects academic life. It collaborates with the Library in drafting, reviewing and evaluating rules for use of the libraries at York. It hears appeals from library patrons over fines and sanctions for library offenses. The Committee also offers advise on the composition and disposition of the Library budget, and it will advise Senate on the Library's use, collection development and maintenance.

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