A 10th year anniversary party for University in the Community was held on April 24th at Innis College’s Town Hall. Students past and present, lecturers, volunteers, Board members and friends of the Workers’ Educational Association, university and community partners all gathered for an evening that recognized a remarkable decade.

There was much to celebrate! Beginning as an idea in the minds of Anne McDonagh, Wendy Terry, Keith McNair, Mariel O’Neill-Karch and J. Barbara Rose, UiC can now boast an accomplished record of having provided 10 years of free humanities classes to hundreds of students in the GTA. Course topics have delved into everything from ‘Why the Sky is Blue’ to this year’s course, ‘Canadian culture: Seeking Common Ground.’
Before the evening’s panel discussion, founding UiC Co-ordinator, Anne McDonagh, outlined UiC’s history and Wendy Terry, President of WEA, addressed UiC as an initiative of the WEA. Students Jane Rozell and Paul Oxley spoke movingly about what UiC means to them. Current UiC coordinator, Joanne Mackay-Bennett was the event’s MC.

In keeping with the UiC format, and to highlight the 10th anniversary, a blue-ribbon panel comprised of Professor Emeritus and Principal of Senior College, Peter Russell, and Professor and Principal of Innis College, Janet Paterson, discussed pertinent issues that continue to define Canada. Their comments addressed essential concerns of indigenous, first nations and québécois peoples. Susanna Kelley, a journalist and editor-in-chief of the online news source expertly moderated the panel before opening up the discussion to the 90 + guests in the audience.
Among those guests, several deserve special mention: Edward Boucher, John and Pam Broley, Maurice Coulter, Art Davis, Cecelia De Korne, Philip Fernandez, Ben Frenken, Hughes Gibson, Donald Gillies, Carter Hammett, François Langevin, Jeanne Mathieu-Lessard, Patricia MacKay, Mary McColl, Joe McDonald, Deborah Noel, Rod Noel, Damiano Pietropaolo, Joan Sangster, Don Shebib, Paul Willis.

Mostly, though, a special thank you goes to all the students. Your love of learning is the foundation of UiC. You are its true strength.