Bathurst Manor Recording Sessions

Volunteer with the Ontario Jewish Archives for a unique opportunity to interview the earliest residents of Bathurst Manor—one of Toronto’s first Jewish suburbs. Gain important research and interviewing skills while connecting with seniors about their pasts. Professional training and mentorship will be provided. 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Attend two two-hour online workshops conducted by Dr. Jillian Gould, associate professor in the Department of Folklore at Memorial University
  • Conduct two virtual interviews with Manor-based residents
  • Curate content to share back experiences through social media


  • Unique intergenerational learning opportunity!
  • Help grow the OJA’s collection and documentation of local history
  • Learn basic cultural documentation and oral history methods including research ethics, interviewing techniques, sound recording, and preparation of field notes
  • Develop an understanding of oral history as a mode of research that can effectively be used in a variety of settings

Important Dates

  • Sign-up deadline: August 5, 2020
  • Workshop dates: August 11 (10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) and August 13 (10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
  • Interview deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Share back deadline: October 20, 2020 

Project Time: Ten to twenty hours Maximum capacity: Twelve

Eligibility: Students entering grades eleven and twelve and university students under twenty-five

Contact us to learn more and sign up!

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