Through the efforts of its volunteers, YURA offers a number of events, activities and programs for members and their spouses/partners throughout the year.
Events have included theatre trips to the Stratford and Shaw Festival Theatres in the spring and fall respectively. Other past excursions have included guided walks around historic areas of Toronto, a steamboat ride and luncheon on Lake Muskoka, a visit to a garden centre in southern Ontario and group visits to galleries and museums.
For many years, the YURA Showcase and Sale has been staged in November on the York campus, providing members the opportunity to show off their hobbies or small business activities while generating funds for YURA sponsored student awards. More recently, YURA members have participated in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge in October, walking or running 5 km to raise funds for YURA sponsored graduate awards at York -- over the past two years, more than $36,000 has been raised by YURA participants and donors.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the University campuses, YURA has actively distributed information to its members about online events, including talks, seminars, concerts or performances that may be of interest to York retirees.
For information about upcoming YURA Sponsored Events, click here.
Suggested Day Trips Around the GTA
A YURA Café session some months ago discussed day trips in and outside of Toronto. We have compiled the suggestions and added a few more from our members. With the changing restrictions re: COVID-19, we recommend that you check the websites for visit regulations, opening hours, etc. The recommendations come from members and there are no guarantees on facilities available.
Hopefully in summer 2022, we will be able to offer an outdoor YURA excursion for members, likely in the City of Toronto.
Click here for a list of upcoming University events that may be of interest to our members and to which York retirees are invited. The list will be updated as new events come to our attention.
YURA is a member of CURAC, the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada. CURAC has a useful web page that includes information about member benefits for travel and health, a newsletter, conferences, and other information of interest to retirees. The link to the CURAC web page is: https://curac.ca/.
Click here for the list of "later life learning" programs and webinars available to YURA members that CURAC has put together, with the assistance of YURA and other member associations.