Oct 24 - Author Signing at United Nations Celebration, Queen’s Park, Toronto

Thursday October 24, 2013
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

United Nations Celebration, Queen’s Park, Toronto.

Author Signing at book table and short talk on the Huronia Institution, in conjunction with her publisher, Inanna Publications.

Thelma will participate in a panel discussion on “Health Politics/Activism” organised by Brunswick Books.

Author Talks, July 2013

Author talk at Lakehead University Orillia
July 3, 2013, 1-3pm.
'The Role of Social Workers and the Institutionalization of the 'Mentally Retarded' and 'Feeble-Minded' in the Orillia institution.'
Arranged by Dr Susan Scott, Professor of Social Work, Lakehead University Orillia, 4-5pm.

Related event: Author Book Signing: Manticore Books, Orillia.
July 3, 2013, 4-5pm

Author Reading and Talk
The Secret Handshake, Toronto.
Sunday July 28, 7:30pm
Institutionalization of the 'feeble-minded' at the Orillia institution. Display of author’s Archival Photographs of the Orillia institution.

"Breaking Out of Huronia" Exhibition, June 2013

Breaking Out of Huronia Exhibition
Judy Richardson Collection of Art by residents at the provincial institution, Huronia Regional Centre, Orillia.

Keynote Speaker: Thelma Wheatley

Opening Reception June 1, 2013,  2-4 pm.,
Creative Spirit Art Centre
999 Dovercourt Road, Toronto
Exhibition Times: June-July; September-October, 2013


Related Articles in the Toronto Star:

BREAKING OUT OF HURONIA: 'Incredible hero' inspired love of art'
Amy Dempsey, Toronto Star, Thursday June 6, 2013.

'Huronia institution art brings back family memories of woman who inspired it'
Amy Dempsey, Toronto Star, Saturday June 15, 2013.

Article on Huronia Regional Centre:

'Ugly history of Ontario psychiatric hospitals festers'
Carol Goar, Toronto Star, June 7, 2013.

Events May 2013

Author Reading at Port Credit Library.
May 2, 2013
Televised by Rogers TV Cable 10, for programme: “Access Peel”.  Author Interview including interviews with two developmentally challenged former patients of the institution in Orillia, Ontario Hospital School. Michael Callahan and Mike Dalzell.

Inkwell, Poetry Group. Author Reading.
Timothy’s Coffee House, Lakeshore/Trafalgar Road, Oakville.
May 9, 2013

Author Reading and Talk on the Orillia institution.
Cyril Clark Library, Loafer’s Lake Road, Brampton.
May 30, 2013

2012 Author Readings and Presentations

United Nations International Day of the Girl, OISE, University of Toronto.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Talk on the Orillia Institution: “LABELLED AND LOCKED UP IN CANADA’S OLDEST INSTITUTION”. And Exhibit of my archival photographs of the institution for the mentally retarded, Orillia, Ontario, 1900-1966, and a slide show, and talk  on the institutionalization of the mentally retarded  in Ontario Hospital School, Orillia, at the United Nations International Day of the Girl, sponsored by University of Toronto, at OISE.


Poets For Change
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Steelworkers Hall, 28 Cecil Street, Toronto
Poetry reading


59th Annual Conference, Community Living Ontario,
in Richmond Hill, Ontario
May 31, 2012

Presentation, “Labelled and Locked Up in Canada’s Oldest Institution”
It was accompanied by a display of archival photographs of Ontario Hospital School, the institution for the mentally retarded in Orillia in the twentieth century, Ontario, the subject of my book.