November 2018

Renewed Vision for the Future - 2018 Gift Appeal

Photo above: Faculty and friends with this year's full-time Waldorf Teacher Professional Development students at the RSCT's Michaelmas festival on September 28th, 2018.

Dear Friends of the Rudolf Steiner Centre,

We have wonderful news to deliver!

We have successfully turned the challenges of the last two years into a renewal of the Rudolf Steiner Centre. We listened closely to extensive input from 50 members of the community in a visioning meeting, interviewed past and present students, and our committed board engaged in several extensive retreats. As a result, the Rudolf Steiner Centre is moving into the future with new confidence and purpose.

From this comprehensive review we have developed a strong, three-year strategic plan for our future which can be viewed through this link.

The results of these efforts have already begun to bear fruit. Our programs are attracting increased interest both nationally and internationally, while we are also developing an exciting partnership with the Canadian Indigenous community.

None of this would have been possible without your steadfast support. We thank you!

We continue our efforts to become an accredited Private Career College so that we will be able to accept more applicants into our Waldorf teacher education programs and build a platform for future vocational training initiatives.

To do this requires concerted effort and expenditure. As we continue to expand our programs, we ask you to give generously to fund this and our future work as we continue to develop the transformative resources of anthroposophy.

To make a donation:

Please go to the Canada Helps “Giving” button on RSCT’s website home page – you will receive a tax receipt immediately:

Or visit our website’s “Giving” page to send a cheque.


James Brian, Executive Director

Jan Ney Patterson, Director of Early Childhood Education

Robert McKay, Chair of the Board of Directors


RSCT 2018 Successes


• The Early Childhood Education part-time program is at full capacity of 17 for the first time. The 2018-2020 cohort is a remarkably diverse and mature group. The Birth-to-Three program was developed by Jan Patterson, our director of Early Childhood Education, to meet the needs of childcare educators seeking what Waldorf education can offer in caring for the youngest and most vulnerable of our children.


• The Summer Festival was a great success with over 150 participants. Full-day grade intensives were offered and received positive feedback from teachers and students.

• Nine participants graduated from the Teacher Education part-time program who are now teaching at schools across Canada and in the United States. Currently there are 16 students in years 1 and 2.

• RSCT sponsored an intensive four-week Foundation Studies course in Hanoi, Vietnam, with 35 graduates.


• Foundation Studies Encounter, under the leadership of Elyse Pomeranz and Les Black, saw the graduation of 12 Indigenous participants. This course was held at the Everlasting Tree School on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve.


• Two courses in Foundation Studies Encounter are being offered at RSCT in Thornhill: Saturday mornings and Wednesday mornings for Toronto Waldorf School parents, both under the leadership of Paul Hodgkins.

• A new course in Foundation Studies Encounter has started Monday evenings in Guelph at the Trillium Waldorf School under the leadership of George Ivanoff.

• RSCT was accepted last November as a Designated Learning Institute by Immigration Canada and currently has students from Korea, China and Mexico in the full-time Teacher Education program.

• To attract more Canadians and thus provide more teachers for Canadian schools, the Centre is now applying to become a private career college. We hope to be able to accept students starting in September, 2019.


• The Waldorf Development Conference, with the theme Working with Indigenous Cultural Material in the Waldorf School Setting, attracted 110 participants from Canada and the United States.


• We welcomed the return of Professor Fred Amrine for a well attended Sunday Afternoon at the Rudolf Steiner Centre.

• In the new year, RSCT will be opening a childcare centre in Guelph called the Star Seedlings Family and Childcare Centre. This will be under the leadership of Karen Weyler, our National Director of Childcare.In Memory of Gene Campbell


In Memory of Gene Campbell

Gene Campbell, the founder of the Foundation Studies Distance program, passed away this summer from cancer. She remained encouraging and dedicated to RSCT and played a big part in helping us implementing our new vision. A moving gathering in tribute to her memory was held at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in September.

We thank and acknowledge Gene Campbell for her dedicated role in helping RSCT expand our understanding of what is possible.

We send her on her journey:

May my love be the sheaths
That now surround you-
Cooling all warmth,
Warming all coldness-
Interwoven with sacrifice!
Live, borne by love-
Light endowed- upward!

Rudolf Steiner


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