During the tour, participants encountered these four women through a series of dramatizations:
Jean Lumb – An activist and owner of a Chinese restaurant who helped break down barriers for the Chinese community in Toronto.
Performed by Stephanie Jung, Written by Marjorie Chan
Cecelia Reynolds – joined the African-American community in Toronto after escaping slavery and initiated a longstanding correspondence with her former enslaver in order to obtain freedom for her mother and brother.
Performed by Akosua Amo-Adem, Written by Audrey Dwyer
Annie Whelan – an Irish immigrant who became a bootlegger in order to support her family.
Performed by Elizabeth Whitbread, Written by Ali Joy Richardson
Elizabeth Neufeld – a Jewish American social worker who established, Central Neighbourhood House, the first settlement agency in Toronto.
Performed and written by Coleen MacPherson
John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist. He writes about urban affairs, business and politics for various media, including Spacing Magazine, The Globe and Mail and Walrus.
Tatum Taylor is a writer, heritage planner, and Texan transplant, currently based in Toronto. She holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University. She has co-edited three anthologies on Toronto’s history for Coach House Books, including The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood and, Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer. Both were shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award; and The Ward won the Heritage Toronto Book Award. Her most recent co-edited work is The Ward Uncovered: The Archaeology of Everyday Life.
Women of the Ward Walking Tour
26 May 2019
Church of the Holy Trinity
19 Trinity Square,
Toronto, ON M5G 1B1