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Black and white photo of a group of women in long dresses of all kinds sitting on the steps of a building.
Delegates at the World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union convention in Toronto, 1897. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library / Toronto Star Photo Archive.
March 2021
Spotlight on Toronto's trailblazing women
On March 8, we celebrate International Women's Day, an opportunity to support women's rights and take action to advance gender equality. Inspiration can be found in our own city's heritage through the stories of the trailblazing women who choose to challenge gender bias and the status quo. Take our Lady Action online tour and you'll learn more about the suffragists, doctors, artists, and others who faced adversity, pushed boundaries, and broke the glass ceiling.
This online tour was developed by Emerging Historian, Emily Gwiazda, with the support of a generous donation by Alex Pike, and our program partner TD Ready Commitment.
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Public health nurse Janet Neilson (right) on a home visit, ca. 1907. Image: City of Toronto Archives
Janet Neilson
In commemorating International Women's Day this year, we're thinking of all the women on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We're also reflecting back to one of Toronto's first public health nurses, Janet Neilson, who visited the sick in their homes, in schools and at work, primarily caring for tuberculosis patients in the early 20th century.

She was described in her time as “well known and much beloved”, and worked for 38 years for Toronto Public Health, retiring in 1944.
Dundas + Carlaw plaque presentation, Jimmie Simpson Park, June 17, 2018. Image by Herman Custodio
Message from our new Chair
Although, like for many organizations, 2020 was a challenging year for Heritage Toronto, we were able to successfully deliver a number of notable activities. For this, I would like to personally thank each and every one involved for their commitment to, and support of, Heritage Toronto during this difficult time.

Having lived and worked in Toronto and its surrounding boroughs all my life, I've had the opportunity to experience our city's rich and diverse culture, sprawling urban landscapes, and natural beauty. I’ve witnessed the city's transformation over the years, and while I understand the need for cultivating a forward-thinking metropolis, I recognize the importance of remembering and reflecting on Toronto’s storied past. 

Which is why I’m so incredibly proud of the work we do at Heritage Toronto and why I'm so grateful for this opportunity to lead this organization to help engage our communities and enrich the lives of Torontonians by celebrating and commemorating our city’s rich heritage, one story at a time. 

The future isn’t clear, and while there’s a lot of work ahead as we continue to navigate the unknown, I’m hopeful that one day soon, I will get to enjoy a walk through our beautiful city with my friends and colleagues at Heritage Toronto. I hope you’ll join me.

Liza Chalaidopoulos, Chair, Board of Directors
Image: Robert Gasparini
Help us spring back in 2021 with a Century House Plaque
If you live in a 100+ year old home, Century House Plaques not only add instant curb appeal, but this elegant address marker also supports our charity and its work to celebrate the diverse heritage of our city.

Celebrate spring and your home's history with a Century House Plaque today!
Emerging historians, The Carlu, October 28, 2019. Image by Herman Custodio.
Work with us!
We are now hiring a Development Coordinator to join our team. This role will support Heritage Toronto's fundraising activities by providing administrative support, maintaining donor and sponsor relationships, assisting in government and private foundation grant requests, and creating new partnership opportunities. View the job description for additional details and qualifications. Posting closes on Friday, March 19.
This full-time, 12-month contract position, is made possible with the support of our program partner Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training.
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Local designers and architects are proposing designs that incorporate heritage elements and add more affordable housing. (NOW Magazine)
An in-depth exploration of Little Jamaica's history, and the recent challenges faced, with consideration to city's response in providing support of and recognition to this influential area of the city. (Toronto Star)
Before phone books were in our smart phones, they were annual printed directories. One 66-year-old avid collector says you can learn a lot about a city by going through these documents. Our plaques manager agrees. (CBC)