The Carold Institute for the Advancement of Citizenship in Social Change was established in 1989 with an endowment from Ms. Clare Clark, a long time participant in, and advocate for voluntary organizations in Canada. Clare Clark was an active volunteer in the Canadian Association for Adult Education (CAAE) for more than 20 years and developed a profound understanding of the connection between adult education and citizen participation in civil society. This appreciation remained with her for the rest of her life. Her legacy was the Carold Institute.
Ms. Clark served as the first President of the Board of the Institute. She entrusted her legacy to preeminent Canadian adult educator, Alan Thomas. Distinguished professor for many years at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and author of groundbreaking books and studies on adult education, Alan played an influential role as Executive Director of the Canadian Association for Adult Education for nine years, from the early 1960’s and later as its President. He was a founding Director of the Carold Institute and steered the direction of the Institute for the first 13 years of its life. The Carold Institute Fellowship was established in his name, to honour his passionate advocacy of learning, of voluntary action and citizenship in the Canadian context.
Alan Thomas and Gordon Selman, well-known figures on the Canadian adult education scene, were also founding Directors. Ms. Winnifred Hewetson and Professor Diana Ironside (whose work in developing the library for the CAAE became the cornerstone for the OISE library in the 1960s), made up the membership of the first Carold Board of Directors.