Important message regarding the activities of Senior College during the current CoVid 19 pandemic

Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Senior College’s Response

Dear Colleague:

Because of concerns about the Coronavirus and the demographic of our membership, and in accordance with recent memos from the University regarding the virus, Senior College has taken the decision to suspend all of its scheduled events until the end of April, at which point the situation will be reassessed.


The Annual Senior College Symposium scheduled for April 7th has been postponed until November 30th. All speakers have confirmed their availability for the new date.  None of the registration cheques have yet been cashed, and accordingly all of them will be shredded.  There is no need for anyone to cancel their registration.

All of the following events are also cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date:

  • Wednesday afternoon talks on both March 18 and March 25
  • Colloquia on both March 19 and April 16
  • Book Club on April 6
  • There is no need for anyone to cancel their registration for these events.

    For the period from Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 3, the Senior College Centre on McCaul Street will also be closed, and no access to the Centre will be possible.  No committee meetings will occur in the Centre throughout this period.  Committee chairs will contact you to reschedule or rearrange any existing meetings.

    As of Monday, the Senior College Administrator will also be working from home.  Vennese Croasdaile will continue, however, to be reachable by email (, and will respond to emails as soon as feasible. 

    Given the number of arrangements that will need to be undertaken over the coming weeks to reschedule events, and the need for all of us to take care of our own health, we hope you understand that we will likely not be sending regular updates to our members in the coming weeks.  Once we have established new dates for our events, we will send you an updated email providing you with new information.  In the interim, we appreciate your patience and understanding if we are slower than usual in responding to any inquiries. 

    We thank you for your understanding, and hope that each of you stays well. 


    Harold Atwood, Principal

    Jim Gurd, Vice-Principal (Administration)

    Daphne Maurer, Vice-Principal (Academic)