CFUW Press Agency

December 2017

In this Issue:  


Your International Update

By: Cheryl Hayles 
VP International Relations 

Secure Sanitation Access for Women
By: Kathryn Wilkinson
VP Education

As a way of providing CFUW information to Clubs, each month we will be sending copies of articles to the editors of Club newsletters, for their use. 
These are articles that we hope will be of interest to members and can be used as editors see fit. There is no obligation to use these articles and they will be 'stored' on the CFUW admin website for use at any time.
If you have any questions about this service or suggestions for its content, please contact Robin Jackson, at

Your International Update

1.  International Women’s Day Project:  MATCH

As Canada’s only international women’s fund, the MATCH Fund is more than just a grant maker. The Fund is committed to elevating philanthropy in Canada for women’s rights globally, so that Canadians are significantly contributing to women’s organizations leading change at the grassroots.  Our organization has selected MATCH for our 2018 International Women’s Day project.  As in previous years, contributions to the CFUW International Women’s Day project are to be mailed to the national office with the name of your club clearly indicated.  Collected donations are forwarded in a lump sum to MATCH on April 1st. 

Thank you to all who have given a gift of hope in the past.  We appreciate your continued engagement in International Women’s Day and your acknowledgement of the impact MATCH has on the lives of women globally.  Stay tuned for the MATCH report in the 2018 AGM documents.

2. UNCSW62

Written Statement for UNCSW62: Our written statement is posted on the CFUW website. 

Rural Women Survey

CFUW is sending a delegation of 20 women to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62) in March 2018.  To capture the voices of our rural women and prepare for participation in the conversation on the priority theme: "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”, we are collecting anonymous information on CFUW women who live in rural areas and/or have experienced rural life as an adult. 

According to the 2016 Census about 20% of Canada is “rural”.

Included in rural areas are:

  • small towns, villages and other populated places with less than 1,000 population
  • rural areas of census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations that may contain estate lots, as well as agricultural, undeveloped and non-developable lands
  • agricultural lands
  • remote and wilderness areas

We encourage CFUW women who have lived in these areas to participate in the survey.  The deadline for survey responses is January 15, 2018. You can access the survey at this link here

Life Long Learning Scholarship for a CFUW Woman

To ensure women of all economic backgrounds have access to the opportunity to attend the sessions at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, in New York City, which is a very expensive self-funded trip, one delegate will receive a $475 scholarship. We believe in life- long learning and to that end, the International Relations Committee has set up a scholarship program to support a CFUW member to attend the meetings at UNCSW62.  Thanks to the generous donations from all our delegates.

3. Sustainable Development Goals Series

Nine Theme Days were selected by the International Relations Committee to highlight in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series. I hope you had the opportunity to read the pieces on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, World Day to end Human Trafficking, International Literacy Day, International Day of the Girl Child, National Day of Remembrance of Violence Against Women – December 6.  These are posted on the CFUW website here. 

Coming soon:

  • International Women’s Day - March 8, 2018 (see information on MATCH)
  • Earth Day - April 22, 2018 
  • 50/50 Day - April 26, 2018 

4.  Rwanda Study Group

The Coordinator of International Relations of the Rwandan association met with CFUW at the national office during her summer visit to Canada.   Since then CFUW Comox Valley, a Club of 38 members on Vancouver Island, has started a Study Group and Fundraising Project to support 25 vulnerable girls to pursue their education in Rwanda.  If you are interested in partnering with this club please contact the president Marianne Muir at

5. CFUW Calgary North and CFUW Calgary South teamed up to discuss 50/50 Day

On November 15, 2017 CFUW Calgary and CFUW Calgary North held their annual joint meeting. This year’s topic was “Gender Equality and the Importance of Mentorship”. The springboard for this event was the 50/50 Day video directed by Tiffany Slain (watch here). On May 10, 2017 this video launch a global conversation about meeting the SDG goals by 2030.

6. CFUW Montreal Inc., submitted by President Dr. Saode Savary

Olympes de la Parole

The First North American Edition of Olympus de la Parole was successfully launched on November 15th at the Atwater Club with 75 participants including delegations from four schools; 10 speakers including : MP Chateauguay Lacolle, Mayor of City of Westmount, Community organizations, Kanawahkee Combined School Committees, Concordia University, and competing students. Media coverage was assured by: The Montrealer, McGill Tribune and First Nations Television. TV footage has been seen by over 1500 viewers so far and was posted on all participating schools Facebook page as well as on the GWI website.

Letters of support were received from the Deputy Minister Status of Women Canada, CFUW VP International Relations, GWI President, CFUW President and CFUW VP Prairies.  Feedback on the initiative has been extremely positive.

Bras Drive for Free the Girls

We are collaborating with Free The to support financial empowerment of women rescued from human trafficking.  Between September and October, we placed bins at five collection points (1) Atwater Club (2) YWCA-Montreal (3) Carrefour des Femmes de Saint Léonard (4) The Study (5) and Villa Maria College. At the end of November, we had collected over 700 bras, this represents two months’ worth of inventory for a women entrepreneur in Mozambique. We have also raised over $250 to cover the cost of transportation; we expect to increase this amount by mid-December, at which time we will ship them to FreeThe

7.  CFUW Nepean, submitted by President, Marlene Sylvester

CFUW Nepean has had many interesting, informative and entertaining guest speakers over the years but three exceptional women have both inspired and motivated members to expand our assistance to girls and women in the international sphere.

Kathy Lucking, a former teacher from Cardinal in Ontario, visited her friend in the central highlands of Madagascar and observed that the local children did not go to school. When she returned home, she quickly began to fund raise and in 2008 a 2-room school was built.  After 6 years, the Madagascar School Project (MSP) has over 900 students enrolled, as well as adult instruction in dressmaking, welding, carpentry and agriculture skills. MSP has also arranged micro-credit loans and allotted money for medical personnel and land for terraced vegetable gardens which provide lunches for the children.  Members from our club have sponsored a number of girls to attend school at a cost of $8.00 a month for each student.

Arlene Mckechnie, Vice President of Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity (TEMBO Canada), spoke about TEMBO founders, Jo Marchant and Marion Roks of Ottawa, who after visiting a young girl they were sponsoring in northern Tanzania continued with followed up visits in 1999 and 2003.  They collaborated with community leaders, local residents and teachers, to establish TEMBO: a registered Canadian charity which provides educational and micro-business programs for girls and women. As of 2017, more than 270 girls have been sponsored for secondary school and many have gone on to post-secondary school and vocational training. In May 2017 members from our club donated funds to equip a girl for school by providing their required supplies (uniform, school supplies, mattress, toiletries and a trunk).

In October 2017, guest speaker Deborah Cowley spoke passionately about OSU Children’s Library Fund (OCLF) in Ghana. In 1990, Kathy Knowles, a Canadian living in Ghana, was reading to her own children and realized the local children did not have the same opportunities. She began a weekly story time with six neighbourhood children. This expanded to include more children and subsequently the creation of a library in the family garage. A more permanent library was later created in a 40-foot shipping container. Since that time, seven large community libraries in Accra, the capital, and the surrounding area have been built. OCLF supports more than 200 communities in Ghana and other African countries through librarian training and book donations. In 2013, OCLF raised funds to build a library in Tanzania. In 2018 the CFUW Nepean Book Club will donate money to OCLF in order to help them continue their great work.

These Canadian women are inspirational to all members. They saw a need and through their dedication, hard work and steadfast passion they have made such a difference in the lives not only to girls and women but to many children in some of the poorest countries in the world. Humanitarian work begins with acknowledging the need and then working to address that need. One step and then another and another and then, perhaps, girls and women will be empowered and their children will have better opportunities and hope for the future.

8. Woman of Distinction UNCSW62

Sizani Ngubane, President of the Rural Women’s Movement in South Africa was nominated by the International Alliance of Women (IAW). Watch a video of her speaking here

This is a wonderful example of how the IAW networks and helps members and their organisations.  Every year NGO CSW/NY presents the Women of Distinction Award to a woman in recognition of her leadership in the struggle for gender equality, human rights and women’s empowerment. The awardee gives the Keynote Address at the Consultation Day, the launch of the CSW62 Forum. The award is presented at the NGO CSW/NY Reception.

The honoree should be:

  • A leader of distinction in her field of expertise and a role model usually from a developing country (this is not required);
  • An advocate for positive social change to close the leadership gap, implement the SDGs, particularly SDG5, to create a more equitable society;
  • A public speaker who can address” challenges and opportunities and empowerment of rural women and girls,” the priority theme of CSW 62;
  • An activist who will benefit from participation in the NGO CSW Forum, including Consultation Day (she must be available to speak at Consultation Day);
  • A leader who can make a difference when she returns home;
  • Must be available to travel to the United Nations, New York from March 8th, 2018 to March 14th, 2018

This is a high honour and credit to Sizani Ngubane and IAW! Congratulations to both.

Prepared by Cheryl Hayles, VP International Relations

Secure Sanitation Access for Women

In post-war Britain, my primary school had outdoor toilets that required a walk across the playground to reach them and a request to the teacher for toilet paper before you made the expedition.  In four years in elementary school, I never used the school toilets; I ran home as fast as I could at lunchtime and after school.  Move forward sixty years and there are still millions of people worldwide without access to clean and safe sanitation.

At the UN Commission for the Status of Women 2016, I attended a session purportedly about access to clean and safe water, only to discover that the session was to be about sanitation. One of the presenters explained that they did not think they would get much of an audience to come to a talk about ‘toilets’. They presented the key messages from a paper “Towards Gender Equality Through Sanitation Access” available here

Goal #6 of the UN SDGs (sustainable development goals) is: By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. The emphasis of most sanitation programs to date has been on the elimination of open defecation through expanding access to in-home latrines but women have unique needs and in-home sanitation, while improving safety as women no longer leave in the early morning to defecate or urinate in private where they are at risk of attack, does not provide adequate access during the day. 

If women and girls have clean and secure access to latrines, it can enable girls’ education, women's mobility, and sexual security.  The needs of women and girls are different to those of men and boys.  Social norms mean that women and girls do not relieve themselves in public; they need more time because they must sit or squat; they need physical safety if they use public facilities.  Research has shown that women who do not have access to safe toilet facilities may refrain from food and drink during the day which can lead to health issues associated with dehydration, discomfort and urinary tract infections.  The problems of access to sanitation become even more pronounced when a woman or adolescent girl is menstruating.  A UNESCO reportestimates that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their menstrual cycle. By some estimates, this equals as much as twenty percent of a given school year.  In 2015, the government of India launched National Guidelines on Menstrual Hygiene Management.  One of the surveys that informed the National Guidelines found that in 14,724 government schools only 53 percent had a separate and usable girls’ toilet.  Also, close to 113 million adolescent girls were at risk of dropping out of school due to the start of menstruation.  In Ethiopia more than half the girls who enroll in grade one drop out before sitting their primary school leaving exams and dropping out between 11 and 13 is linked to female hygiene challenges. 

I was lucky enough to live close enough to school to make the homeward dash but many women and girls travel long distances to school or work. CFUW Mississauga raised money to build a toilet for girls in Jimma, Ethiopia. Some CFUW Clubs are involved with menstrual kits ( These are just two examples of the practical things CFUW can do to assist women and girls towards gender equality. 

Prepared by Kathryn Wilkinson, VP Education

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November 2017

In this Issue:  


Cities for CEDAW Campaign

By: Isabella Fletcher
Student Intern, St. Paul University

CFUW on Facebook 
By: Jenna Smith 
Member Engagement Coordinator 

Following up with FundScrip
By: Jenna Smith 


As a way of providing CFUW information to Clubs, each month we will be sending copies of articles to the editors of Club newsletters, for their use. 
These are articles that we hope will be of interest to members and can be used as editors see fit. There is no obligation to use these articles and they will be 'stored' on the CFUW admin website for use at any time.
If you have any questions about this service or suggestions for its content, please contact Robin Jackson, President at

Cities for CEDAW Campaign

Developed by the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW), The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), is known as the International Bill of Women’s Right’s as it sets up guidelines on how the advancement of women will be achieved. It is legally binding on States that have ratified the treaty. Canada ratified CEDAW on December 10th 1981. The convention is made up of 30 articles ranging from what State Parties commit to do to promote equal rights, to outlining specific forms of discrimination, to stating how CEDAW is to be implemented and monitored. 186 of the 193 United Nations member states have signed the treaty. The only industrialized country that has not ratified CEDAW is the United States of America.

The lack of action by nations in eliminating discrimination against women catapulted grassroots organizations to organize the ‘Cities for CEDAW’ campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about the CEDAW treaty and to implement its articles at the municipal level. The campaign slogan is to make ‘the global local’ via ordinances and resolutions that localize the CEDAW treaty. In 1998, San Francisco became the first city in the world to implement a CEDAW ordinance at the local level. Their campaign gained support from the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Amnesty International and the Women Inter Cultural Network. Advocating for the Cities for CEDAW campaign in any given community will require three fundamental actions. The first is to conduct a gender analysis on city operations, the second to create an oversight body and the third to secure the funding to support the implementation of the CEDAW principles.

A success story! Since San Francisco implemented CEDAW as a local ordinance, the city has gone 44 months without a domestic violence homicide. Developed by the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Convention addresses the advancement of women, describes the meaning of equality and sets forth guidelines on how to achieve it.

There was also an in-depth gender analysis of city agencies, especially government agencies who examined their workforce and their programs and budgets to ensure that they were all working according to non-discriminatory principles, and serving all communities. The local government also created more community-based prevention and intervention grant programs dealing with violence against women.

For more information on San Francisco’s accomplishments, click here.  Following the success of San Francisco with this campaign, five other cities have established a local CEDAW ordinance.

The CFUW National Office has gained inspiration from the Cities for CEDAW program in the United States and is now creating a program and toolkit for clubs to implement Cities for CEDAW in their own municipalities. Stay tuned for more on this topic!

By: Isabella Fletcher, Student Intern, St. Paul University

Engaging with CFUW on Facebook

If you have ever been confused when you’ve tried to connect with CFUW on Facebook, you are not the first. Between the CFUW Facebook national group and page along with the multiple club Facebook accounts, it’s easy to get lost in the social media world. My goal is to explain what each of these different accounts are for and how we can all help raise CFUW’s online presence most effectively.
Facebook GROUP--  Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) - National
This is a closed group used to CFUW members across the country. The group was set up by an individual CFUW member for the purpose of acting as an informal kind of forum where members could communicate online. Currently it is composed of 870 members. Any CFUW member with an individual Facebook account may join this group simply by requesting to join. Any members may post in this group to share relevant articles, club news, and upcoming events. Only members of the group see the posts made in this group and it is not used for the purpose of raising awareness about CFUW initiatives to the public at large.
The Facebook page is a way for CFUW National to broadcast information to members and non-members in an official, public manner. The Facebook page is for CFUW to share articles, resolutions, partnerships, events and initiatives that are relevant to the organization’s work. The content of the page is managed by the Advocacy Coordinator and the Member Engagement Coordinator at the National Office and it is designed to educate the public about CFUW, promote the work of our partners, highlight events and scholarships from clubs, and recruit new members to join our organization. Rather than “join” this Facebook page, you can “follow” the posts by clicking the “Like” button at the top left of the page. To increase the visibility of CFUW’s online presence it is important that all of our members like the Facebook page, invite your friends to like it, and engage with the content posted.
Engaging with the Facebook PAGE
The average Facebook user has access to more than 1,500 posts per day but only looks at 300. The Facebook algorithm is the thousands of factors, or signals, that Facebook uses to determine which posts should be among the 300 that get served up in a user’s News Feed. Basically, it’s how Facebook curates an overwhelming amount of content into a manageable chunk for the individual user. This means that Facebook users only see the content that the algorithm has determined is relevant to them. If you follow a page or have friends on Facebook, but you never like their content or engage with their pages, you will not see their content in your news feed. So when you click the like or share button on CFUW content, Facebook will make sure that this shows up on your feed and the feeds of your friends who follow CFUW. The more visibility the Facebook page has, the more people will go to it to learn about CFUW and join in its clubs and initiatives.
Engaging with other Group’s Facebook 
You will also notice that many of the clubs have their own Facebook pages. Engaging with one another on Facebook is a great way to raise awareness about events and issues your club wants to promote. I would encourage you to share your pictures, upcoming events, scholarship news on your Facebook pages and be sure to like and share the content that other clubs post. The National office is also happy to broadcast club events that you would like to share from the official CFUW page.

Prepared by: Jenna Smith, Member Engagement Coordinator 

Following Up with FundScrip 

Last month, CFUW hosted a webinar to provide more information about the FundScrip program. FundScrip is a fundraising program for nonprofits that allows organizations to meet fundraising goals through an easy-to-manage gift card program. It is designed to allow your club to raise funds simply by encouraging members to shop at their regular stores with gift cards instead of cash/debit/credit. Supporters order gift cards to participating retailers and when they purchase these gift cards, the nonprofit receives a 2%-13% rebate. Gift cards are sold to members and supporters at face value. There are over 227 retailers from categories including groceries, gas, pharmacy, home improvement, department store, restaurants, pizza, coffee shops, household items, clothing stores, movies & books, travel, and more.
During the Webinar we heard from Mary Ann Roscoe about  CFUW Sudbury’s experience using the program for the last six years and we were introduced to Claudine Thompson, who is the FundScrip representative that will manage all of CFUW’s accounts as new clubs sign up. If you were unable to join the webinar and are interested in learning more about this fundraising opportunity the links and documents below will provide you with all the information you need to get started.

To view the recorded webinar, click here.
To access the Best Practices document created by CFUW Sudbury, click here.  
To read advice on using the Paper Order Form program option, click here.  
To view a full list of participating retailers, click here.

Claudine will be working with each club that signs up to determine individual fundraising goals and timelines and advise which of the 3 program types would be best for you. You can contact her by phone or email: 

Claudine Thompson, FundScrip Coach
(514) 861-1234 x 106

Prepared by: Jenna Smith, Member Engagement Coordinator 

September 2017

In this Issue:  

The Charitable Trust: Scholarships, Fellowships, and CFUW
By: Kathryn Wilkinson, VP Education and Charitable Trust Board Member

Surrounded By Smart Women – Gwen Black, CFUW President, 1970-74
From the Tantramar Heritage Trust Press Release

Newest Affinity Partnership
Prepared by Jenna Smith 

Fundraising Program for Clubs 

New Interest Groups: Learn through MOOC

As a way of providing CFUW information to Clubs, each month we will be sending copies of articles to the editors of Club newsletters, for their use. 
These are articles that we hope will be of interest to members and can be used as editors see fit. There is no obligation to use these articles and they will be 'stored' on the CFUW Member Resources website for use at any time. You can find them on the site HERE.
If you have any questions about this service or suggestions for its content, please contact Robin Jackson, Executive Director at

 The Charitable Trust: Scholarships, Fellowships, and CFUW 

September is always an exciting time for CFUW as the Clubs begin to meet again, friends reconnect after the summer, and study and Interest Groups resume activities.  It is also the time of year when many Clubs collect their membership dues.  Some Clubs include a donation to their scholarship fund with the Club registration and most Clubs also engage in some form of fundraising activity for their Scholarship Program: Book Sales, Card Nights, Lectures, Shows, House Tours, and more.   In 2016-2017, CFUW Clubs awarded $1,034,348 in scholarships.  So,  if your Club is already engaged in fundraising for scholarships, you might ask the question: “Why donate to the Charitable Trust?”.
Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has supported graduate study, literacy and creative arts through awards and fellowships. Originally, the funding for the awards and the administration came from CFUW but in 1967, the Charitable Trust was established as a separate entity with the mandate to award fellowships across the country to women university graduates for advanced study and research.  Some Clubs do have programs in place to support graduate study but Clubs generally concentrate most of their local programs on girls as they leave high school and enter first degree programs. The Charitable Trust is CFUW’s national program.  Each year, the Charitable Trust allocates an amount for fellowship awards which comes from interest earned on the CT capital and donations from Clubs and individuals.   In 2016-2017, the Charitable Trust awarded $92,500 in funding bringing the total awarded by CFUW in 2016-2017 to $1,126,848. 
Many of the women who have received support from the CT are profiled on the Charitable Trust website at  One of the major fundraisers for the CT is the Charitable Trust Breakfast at the AGM and the keynote speaker is always a former recipient of a CT Fellowship but this year was a little different.  At the last moment, the speaker had to withdraw and Betty Dunlop (National Office administrator for the Fellowships Program) came to the rescue and arranged an alternative speaker, Faith Eiboff, the recipient of the 2017-2018 Ecole Polytechnique Award.  Faith is in the last year of her PhD program; she is a single mother who is putting herself through school.  As she completes her PhD, her daughter will enter her first year at University. Faith’s work examines the housing and health related impacts of violence on homeless women and uses research to inform the development of gender responsive services – a topic of potential interest to CFUW members across the country.  When we support the CT, we are doing more than offering a woman the opportunity to complete her education; the CFUW Charitable Trust supports Canadian women doing advanced study and research in science, mathematics, engineering, home economics, education, visual arts, music, humanities, and social sciences. The Trust also provides financial assistance to Aboriginal women studying law, medicine, nurse practitioner, optometry programs, and Aboriginal studies.
Last year, the CT received $13,716 from Clubs across the country.  An electronic AGM could mean the loss of considerable income for the CT as we will not have the CT Breakfast and we will also lose the proceeds from the CT Boutique.  The CT is asking Clubs and individual members to consider expanding their support for scholarships to include our national program.   One very easy suggestion is a Tooney for the Trust where Clubs have a collection box at general meetings and ask individual members to donate a tooney to support advanced study and research by Canadian women across Canada. 
Prepared by Kathryn Wilkinson, VP Education and Charitable Trust Board Member

Surrounded By Smart Women – Gwen Black, CFUW President, 1970-74

The Tantramar Heritage Trust has published a new book entitled Surrounded By Smart Women by author Larry Black, Gwen Black’s grandson.
The 166 page book details the lives of two Maritime Women: Statira Caldwell McDonald and her daughter Gwendolyn McDonald Black. The story begins in Wolfville, N.S. in 1876 with the birth of Statira and ends in Sackville, N.B. with Gwen’s death in 2005. With bits of family lore and occasional warm humour, the author carefully chronicles the significant events in the lives of these two women from Acadia University, to a Parsonage in Alberta, Lasell Junior College for Women in Auburndale, Massachusetts; Mount Allison Ladies’ College, and the Canadian Federation of University Women. The narrative is a compelling story of mother and daughter’s ability to maintain very high standards as professionals while working through adversity and at the same time being wives and mothers. Both women were well ahead of their time in promoting women’s education and activism.
Gwen Black was very well known in Sackville, having spent most of her adult life in the Town. Arriving in Sackville in the fall of 1928, she attended Mount Allison Ladies’ College, graduating in 1931. In 1933 she acquired a Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison and thereafter had a lifelong association with Mount Allison’s music program, initially as a teacher and always as an avid supporter. She married Sackville businessman Laurie Black in 1935 and Sackville became her permanent home.
The author details many interesting historical facets of life in the Town, particularly during the war years. Gwen Black became deeply involved as a volunteer in numerous organizations within her adopted community and a leading force in most of them. She was also most active in Mount Allison affairs, serving on the Federated Alumni, Board of Regents, Senate and President’s Committee on the Status of Women. Her work with the Canadian Federation of University Women was especially notable as she served as National President from 1970-74.
From Tantramar Heritage Trust Press Release

Newest Affinity Parntership for CFUW Members 

CFUW is excited to announce that we have officially included VIA Rail Canada as our newest Affinity Program to offer members. This Partnership with provides all members with a 5% discount every time they travel using VIA Rail. This 5% discount is for all destinations, and all fare categories, with the exception of the Escape fare, and the Prestige Fare, on the Canadian (Toronto to Vancouver train). Moreover, this discount applies to both your business and your leisure travels. You can have up to 3 people (friends, family, colleagues) travelling with that can also benefit from the discount, as long as you are travelling with them.
To receive the 5% discount the next time you travel with VIA Rail, use the following Discount Code when booking: 811167. You will need to provide proof of CFUW membership (member card) along with photo identification when you pick up your tickets or when you are boarding with an electronic ticket. If you do not have a membership card, you can print one off and fill it out at this link here.
If you would like to ensure that you receive this discount every time you travel, simply go online and create a profile. In your profile, you will be asked to select a discount type. Select “corporate rate’’ and enter our six digit corporate number: 811167. Find additional instructions for creating a VIA Rail profile here.
As the use of this discount code increases, VIA Rail will increase the percentage of discount offered to CFUW members. So ensure that you are getting the word our to your club members about this new partnership! Happy Travels.

Prepared by Jenna Smith, Member Engagement Coordinator 

FundScrip: Easiest way to Raise Money for your Club

FundScrip is a fundraising program for nonprofits that allows organizations to meet fundraising goals through an easy-to-manage gift card program. Originating in Montreal, Canada FundScrip is designed to allow your club to raise funds simply by encouraging members to shop at their regular stores with gift cards instead of cash/debit/credit. Members order gift cards to participating retailers and when they purchase these gift cards, the club receives a 2%-13% rebate. Gift cards are sold to members at face value. There are over 227 retailers from categories including groceries, gas, pharmacy, home improvement, department store, restaurants, pizza, coffee shops, household items, clothing stores, movies & books, travel, and more.
CFUW Sudbury, Sherbrooke, and Kingston have all used the FundScrip program and found it a successful initiative. Moreover, this fundraising program has successfully raised thousands of dollars for school groups, religious groups, clubs, sports teams, etc. Read some of the success stories here.

CFUW National thinks that this is a perfect fundraising platform for our clubs and would love to give you the resources and support you need to set this up for your individual club. This fundraising model would allow you to sell gift cards to your members and the community at large for everyday things (like gas and groceries) during times they would normally be shopping (Christmas, back to school, special events, etc.) and raise money for scholarships, special club projects, advocacy initiatives, and any events your club is programming.

How to sign up: 

  • CFUW is working directly with a contact at FundScrip to get each club set up with their own account. To sign up, email Claudine Thompson at who will provide you the information you need.
  • Upon signing up, you will receive an invitation code and activate an online account.
  • You will then complete an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) application so that payment for the cards can be taken from your club’s account. (You can also set up a separate account for this program)
  • Print off order forms and a list of available retailers and distribute to your members. (Remind members that these do not have to be used as gifts, but can be used for regular gas and grocery shopping that they would do normally. They just need to change the card they pay with to make your club money!)
  • A representative of your club collects the order forms and payment from members at the end of each month and enter the orders into your online account. (To avoid additional credit charges, it is best if members can pay with cash)
  • FundScrip processes orders 4 days a week after they have confirmed payment. Orders typically take 3 business days to be delivered.
  • Orders are delivered in individual envelopes for each member with their specific cards enclosed

Learn more about Fundscrip in the links below:

To learn more, join the Webinar on Thursday, October 26 at 2pm ET. 
Contact Jenna Smith at for more details. 


Educational Interest Group Opportunities for Clubs

If your members are looking for an opportunity to dive into interesting and complex topics, hear from experts, and receive high quality learning for free, then a MOOC might be the perfect interest group for your club. A “MOOC” is a Massive Open Online Course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, a MOOC provides interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants.
Both the CFUW Oakville Club and the Education Committee have been participating in these online courses as a way to grow in knowledge and engage in challenging discussions around various topics. Combining the concept of a book club and an online course, a MOOC provides a platform for a stimulating and interactive interest group to offer members. Advantages of MOOCs include location flexibility (members only need access to internet connection), price point (majority of MOOCs are offered free of charge), and schedule adaptability (classes offered 24/7 so they fit around your schedule). MOOCs are offered by major universities from around the world such as Harvard, Yale, University of Toronto, Queensland University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausane,
Step by Step: Setting up a “Learn by MOOC" Interest Group

  1. [Group] Selects MOOC for study: Group member volunteers to lead next month’s discussion.
  2. [Individual] Registers with Institution providing the MOOC
  3. [Individual] Enrolls in MOOC
  4. [Individual] Independently studies online course materials including video and written materials. May also choose to complete quizzes and join online discussion boards
  5. [Group] In between meetings groups can use a closed Facebook page to post questions, comments, etc. Facebook can also be used to post possible MOOCs for study and track attendance at meetings.
  6. [Group] Members reconvene to discuss course materials in the context of their lives and experience.

Below are MOOCs being offered in course material that may be relevant to various CFUW initiatives:
Indigenous Canada: University of Alberta
Understanding Violence Against Women: Focus Learning
Women in Leadership, Inspiring Positive Change

Contributed by CFUW Oakville

March 2017

In this Issue:  

Dr. Vivian Brown Morton – Leadership for Changing Times CFUW President from 1958-1961
By: Nancy L. Renault

Maintaining a Healthy Charitable Trust 
By: Doris Mae Oulton

The 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Update #6
By: Lynn Franklin

As a way of providing CFUW information to Clubs, each month we will be sending copies of articles to the editors of Club newsletters, for their use. 
These are articles that we hope will be of interest to members and can be used as editors see fit. There is no obligation to use these articles and they will be 'stored' on the CFUW Member Resources website for use at any time. You can find them on the site HERE.
If you have any questions about this service or suggestions for its content, please contact Robin Jackson, Executive Director at

Dr. Vivian Brown Morton – Leadership for Changing Times
CFUW President from 1958-1961

The 1950s and early 1960s ushered in an era of social, political, cultural and economic changes in Canada and around the world. In terms of women’s right, it was a time of many “firsts,” with the appointment of the first female cabinet minister, the first federal female Ambassador and the first woman appointed to the Parole Board.
Dr. Vivian Brown Morton spearheaded the CFUW during these tumultuous times, making a solid contribution to the political landscape in Canada. In addition to serving as the 14th National President, Vivian was involved at every level of the organization over the years – she served with the local Saskatoon Club, was the Provincial Director for Saskatchewan (1957-1958), the National Membership Secretary (1946-1953), and attended two IFUW Triennials (London, 1953 and Paris, 1956).
Under her leadership, the CFUW made many notable contributions to the advancement of women and society at large. For example, scholarships presented from CFUW clubs across Canada increased from  $21,000 to $30,000. It was also during her tenure that CFUW submissions were presented directly to the Prime Minister for the first time. In a show of commitment to social justice, national unity and women’s rights, some of these initial submissions included a request for tax deductions for working women, the admittance of a larger number of tubercular Hungarians to Canada and support for the National Library and the CBC – issues that are all too familiar to us today.
Throughout her life, Vivian was active in her community and, along with her husband, Arthur, was passionate about history and culture. She was involved in the Historical Association of the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Arts and Crafts Society and the Handicrafts Committee of the Saskatchewan Arts Council. Her contribution to arts and culture earned her an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1962. In addition, the Vivian Williams Morton and Arthur Silver Morton Memorial Travel Scholarship was created in her and her husband’s name by the Saskatchewan Arts and Crafts Society in recognition of their support.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Vivian Brown Morton, you can read her full biography at
By Nancy L. Renault
Nancy is a Montreal-based translator and writer with an interest in community organizations and women’s issues.

Maintaining a Healthy Charitable Trust

Contributions to the Charitable Trust (CT) are critical to maintaining the ability of CFUW Charitable Trust to continue its important role in our Fellowships program. There are a number of ways member and Clubs contribute to this. We very much appreciate all of the help we have received over the years. Some of the ways you can assist us in maintaining a healthy Trust are your contributions to the Boutique at the Annual General Meeting (many thanks);  the lunch/breakfast at the AGM (please join us this year); purchasing our lovely celebration and Christmas cards (available at the AGM) ; Club contributions; and, of course, direct contributions on our website ( We have an annual event at Shaw, this year a matinee of Me and My Girl  at the Shaw  Festival  on Thursday, April 27. Tickets are $65 with a $15 receipt for tax purposes. The proceeds are in support of the CFUW Charitable Trust post-graduate awards and fellowships. If interested contact

We have been very fortunate that some Clubs, when they have had a change in circumstance, have made special arrangements with the CT.  In March 2015, the Education Council-Wolfville transferred the proceeds of their education fund to the CFUW Charitable Trust to establish a new award, the CFUW Aboriginal Women's Award (AWA).  
In reviewing our Charter (which we are recreating as Articles and Bylaws), we became very aware that it is important for us, and all Clubs, to determine the allocation of their assets upon dissolution. We all sincerely hope that there are no occasions where this clause is necessary, however, we would respectfully request that Clubs consider including the Charitable Trust in such arrangements.
Thank you for all your support in the past. Please be assured that the trustees are aware of the importance of the CFUWCT and of making careful and well informed decisions as we continue to raise money and administer funds to support the Fellowships and Awards Program of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW).

Prepared by Doris Mae Oulton, Chair of CFUW Charitable Trust

The 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Update #6

$100,000 Goal - To celebrate the CFUW’s 100thAnniversary, the local, regional and national levels of CFUW have as their goal the provision of an additional $100,000 in scholarships and awards in 2019.

Over $60,000 Received - Donations received by the CFUW Charitable Trust for additional national awards in 2019 now total over $60,000

Over $30,000 Pledged – Many Clubs are planning to give additional local awards in 2019.  Most Clubs are still fundraising and drafting criteria; however, current estimates predict that total to be in excess of $30,000.

$450 Needed - The ‘Matching Gift Campaign’ which was announced at the St. Catharines AGM in June needs nine more $50 donations to achieve its goal of $10,000.  These contributions will be matched or effectively doubled up to the goal.  Let’s ‘wrap-up this gift campaign’ as soon as possible!

20 Base Donors - Some Clubs have wondered who is supplying the ‘matching’ funds for the ‘Matching Gift Campaign’.  The matching donors are CFUW members from across Canada who support the CFUW Fellowship Program and the CFUW Charitable Trust and who responded to a request to initiate the campaign by committing to a $250 donation.  Thanks for their generosity!

106 Clubs - At the AGM in 2019, all Clubs will be recognized publicly for their additional local awards and/or donations to the CFUW Trust for additional fellowships in our anniversary year.  To ensure that every Club that is participating is included, the CFUW’s 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Committee is contacting all Clubs that have not previously reported.  In early February an email was sent to many Clubs requesting 100th Anniversary plans.  The results are still being tabulated, and it appears that while some Clubs are raising funds for the CFUW Charitable Trust for additional awards at the national level, many more are planning to give local awards.  This is exciting news!

If we missed your Club during our email campaign, please report your Club’s plans to the 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Leader, Lynn Franklin, at .


January 2017

In this Issue:  

CFUW Delegates to Attend United Nations Commission on Status of Women Meet-ings in New York City, March 2017
By: Cheryl Hayles, VP International Relations

CFUW’s  National Membership Committee
By: Dr. Madeline A. Kalbach, VP Membership

International Engagement; Follow Your Passion, Interrupt the Status Quo
By: Cheryl Hayles, VP International Relations

CFUW Charitable Trust: awarding fellowships to women pursuing post-graduate studies across the country.
By: Kathryn Wilkinson, VP Education

As a way of providing CFUW information to Clubs, each month we will be sending copies of articles to the editors of Club newsletters, for their use. 
These are articles that we hope will be of interest to members and can be used as editors see fit. There is no obligation to use these articles and they will be 'stored' on the CFUW Member Resources website for use at any time. You can find them on the site HERE.
If you have any questions about this service or suggestions for its content, please contact Robin Jackson, Executive Director at

CFUW Delegates to Attend United Nations Commission on Status of Women Meetings in New York City, March 2017


This spring a 20 person delegation of the Canadian Federation of University Women will attend the annual conference at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW61) in New York City taking place from March 13-24, 2017. The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.


The discussion at this year’s session will primarily focus on… Read the full article here.

CFUW’s  National Membership Committee
The Membership Committee is responsible for directing the development of membership policies, procedures and strategies for recruitment and retention in CFUW. In addition, Membership adjudicates applications for several  annual CFUW Club awards, i.e., the Violence Against Women award, the Special Project award,  the New Members and Member Increase Awards and the Small Club Grants award. The committee also presents the awards at the AGM each year or in the case of the small club grants prior to the AGM.

Read the full article here.

CFUW Charitable Trust: Awarding Fellowships to Women Pursuing Post-Graduate Studies Across the Country.

As many of you are aware, the CFUW Charitable Trust is a separate entity from CFUW and, unlike CFUW National, the Trust also has charitable status with CRA so any donations made to the CT are eligible for a tax receipt.  Annually, the Charitable Trust awards over ninety thousand dollars to women pursuing post-graduate studies.  The CT now has its own website. 

Read the full article here.

International Engagement; Follow Your Passion, Interrupt the Status Quo

It is very encouraging to learn how our CFUW members are positively engaged in making a difference in the world! Our very own Kathryn Wilkinson, VP Education followed her life long passion and took her teaching skills on the road all the way to Tanzania to work with village girls to raise their level of education. This is a repeat trip for Kathryn to work on an initiative that is dear to her heart. Her testimonial introduces the reader to a world that seems so remote from Canadian sensibilities, yet we know the world is shrinking and it is possible to participate in reshaping outcomes for women and girls globally.

Read Kathryn's testimonial here.