Author Presentations With Arlene

Join Arlene for a talk about Jean Lumb, The Chinese in Toronto and a discussion with author Anne Hui.
Feb. 12 8pm Glenview Church
Jean Lumb: A Woman of Many Firsts, Canadian Federation of University Women
April 16 11am Scarborough Probus Club, St. Dunstan Church
Jean Lumb: A Woman of Many Firsts
April 18  1:30 pm Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E
The Chinese in Toronto: Then and Now
April 26 7pm   Yorkminster Park Speaker Series, Yorkminster Park Church, 7 pm
The Chinese in Toronto: Then and Now
May 2 Time TBA Yorkville Library 22 Yorkville
Arlene will moderate author Anne Hui’s Chop Suey Nation
June 25 1:30pm Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E
Jean Lumb: A Woman of Many Firsts
To learn more about Arlene and her writings visit

Remembering Hazel

Hazel Jean Campbell TOMLINSON Obituary
HAZEL JEAN CAMPBELL TOMLINSON May 4, 1925 – November 21, 2018 Of Toronto, Ontario and Key Biscayne, Florida. Born in Manitoba, her early life was spent in Willowdale where she graduated with a degree in Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto and later became a member of the President’s Circle. During summer months, she taught archery in Nanaimo, and swimming at Eaton’s Shadow Lake Camp. Elocution lessons were rewarded by a silver cup for public speaking from the Ontario Temperance Federation. She continued studies at Laval University in Quebec, at Middlebury College in Vermont to receive a masters degree, and at the Sorbonne in Paris where she specialized in Seventeenth Century French Literature and History. While head of Modern Languages at the Port Arthur Collegiate, Hazel was awarded a scholarship from the Department of Education in Ontario to continue studies abroad and subsequently accepted a post as Lecturer at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. As president of L’Alliance Canadienne, she received commendations for efforts to promote better relations between Canadians from Prime Ministers Pearson and Saint Laurent, Premier Lesage of Quebec, Governor General Vanier, French Ambassador Bousquet, the President of France, General de Gaulle, and the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce. She was deputized by the Mayor of Port Arthur to make a presentation on his behalf to the Mayor of Quebec City. She was decorated by the Government of Canada for petit-point artistry at the Canadian National Exhibition. At the Lakehead, she became charter president of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, president of The University Women’s Club, founder and advisor of Le Cercle Français, member of Saint Paul’s United Church, the General and St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliaries and was an alumna of Delta Delta Delta fraternity at the University of Toronto. After retiring from Lakehead University, she pursued an interest in writing courses at Oxford University in England which brought success in publication by major magazines throughout North America along with membership in the National League of American Penwomen and in The International Women’s Writers Guild, and an offer to teach writing at Oxford University. Always interested in the elegance of fashion, Hazel was asked to join the runway to model for the latest spring collection in Miami’s Fashion World 2010, calling her ‘Ageless Beauty’ and ‘Timeless Wisdom’. She was married to Colin John Campbell who predeceased her in 1963, and to William Sherwood Tomlinson who predeceased her in 1991. She is survived by her son Dr. Colin Campbell of Toronto and daughter Dr. Lauren Campbell of Maryland, and her brother Leslie Campbell of Peterborough. Friends and relatives will be contacted at a later date regarding a celebration of her life and friendship. While Hazel has always loved pink roses, she has asked that donations and remembrances be directed to Sunnybrook Hospital.

Published in The Globe and Mail from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27, 2018

Annual General Meeting

Please us for this year’s AGM Brunch at  Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge North York, February 10, 2019 at 12pm. Order breakfast, lunch or dinner items from their extensive menu which caters to every taste and every budget. This year we’re keeping it simple, pay for what you order!  Invite your sisters and enjoy and afternoon reminiscing and planning for our future.


We will be collecting gift cards and toiletries for Juliette’s place at the AGM. Juliette’s Place (Homeward Family Shelter) provides safe, short-term emergency shelter to women and children fleeing violence and abuse and helps them to build their skills through educational programs and support services.

We will also be holding a raffle in support of the Dorothy Cody Fund hope you are feeling lucky!

Symposium Location: 5221 Yonge St North of Sheppard. TTC: North York Centre Station. Parking nearby

Canada Alpha History

The Establishment of Canada Alpha and Early Residence History.

By Christine Kralik

In 1927, a group of women at the University of Toronto formed a local sorority called Kappa Phi Alpha. In 1929, the women of this same sorority applied to Delta Delta Delta for a charter, and this request was granted. The Canada Alpha Chapter was officially installed on May 24, 1930, and there were 28 Charter members, most of whom were students enrolled at University College. The initiation banquet was held at the Royal York Hotel that evening.

At that time, the Chapter occupied an apartment at 2 Sultan Court (now 2 Sultan Street, see photo), just east of the Windsor Arms Hotel. In subsequent years, the Chapter moved around several times, first to other apartment buildings, among them 321 Bloor West (the original building is no longer extant; the Woodsworth College Residence stands on that site now), and then to different houses along St. George St. (first 85 St. George in 1933; then 122 St. George in 1939; and then 136 St. George in 1948.) In 1966, the University of Toronto identified that block on the west side of St. George as the ideal site for the new Robarts Library, and the Chapter had to vacate the property and find a new home. 30 Madison Avenue was identified as an ideal new home for the Chapter.

Toronto Alumnae Annual General Meeting

We invite you to join us for this year’s AGM Brunch at  Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge North York, February 10, 2019 at 12pm. We welcome you to order breakfast, lunch or dinner items from their extensive menu which caters to every taste and every budget. This year we’re keeping it simple, pay for what you order!  

Please RSVP to by February 1, 2019.


Location: 5221 Yonge St North of Sheppard. TTC: North York Centre Station. Parking nearby

Holiday Message

On behalf of the Toronto Alumnae Executive Committee –  we want to extend our warmest wishes during this holiday season, and all the best in the New Year!

Holiday Nails

Do your nails need some refreshing before the holidays? Well now is your chance!

DDD Holiday Nail Night is on Monday Dec 10th, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Drinks and snacks will be provided!!

Alma Natural Spa is located at 2105 Yonge St (just south of Eglinton). The spa has requested that you let me know your time preference
and whether you want a mani or pedi and I can make the appointment.  We will have the entire venue to ourselves. Please check out their site for types of manis and pedis, along with pricing 🙂

Send an email to with your time preference and mani and pedi request so I can book your appointment 🙂 Hurry, spots are filling quickly!

Hope to see you there!

Founders’ Day Dinner

Dearest Deltas,

Please join us as we celebrate Founders’ Day 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel on

Wednesday, November 21st. Please RSVP by providing payment below. Be sure to choose your meal selection using the dropdown menu.

Location: Willard Room at the Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville hotel located at 220

Bloor Street West

Time: Cocktails and reception will commence at 6:00pm followed by dinner and awards

at 7:00pm

Pricing: $70 or $90 for non-members

Get your tickets hereDues and Donations

Are You Novelling?

Over the last few years, National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo has become huge. It’s a great way for anyone to express their creative side or for writers to finally get that novel written and finished. I’m always delighted when I discover someone I know is doing NaNoWriMo. Are you novelling this year? Please say Hi and become my buddy at ShireenJ!

A friend introduced me to it in 2009, and I’ve written a novel or non-fiction every year, though most remain unpublished. This year, I set myself the challenge to both write and edit for public consumption a satirical novel focusing on every Torontonian’s favourite subject. No, not raccoons. The TTC. Louise and The Men Of Transit.

“Louise has been hired by TTC management and dives into learn all about customer convenience on transit from her idol, the CEO. She eagerly adopt her idol’s way of wearing a name tag and riding the subway. And then she meets Jim.”

So far I’ve written a chapter daily and have uploaded them to Wattpad. If you don’t know Wattpad, it’s a free Toronto-based website devoted to providing stories on any device, readable anywhere in the world. You can read without joining. If you join, you can comment on any chapter or story, build your library of favourite stories, or follow your favourite authors. My plan is to post a new chapter every day and am hoping writing this post will make it so. Accountability works! You can read it here ->