Club Action Newsletters


Club Action Newsletter: February 10, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW Nepean: Motion for a Dues increase to ensure CFUW is able to cover all of its expenses including all Graduate Women International (GWI) Dues

Motion: Moved by CFUW Nepean, that the CFUW Voting Body adopts a per capita dues increase of $5.00 to cover all of its expenses including the Graduate Women International (GWI) per capita dues increase. To read the entire motion, click here.

If there are any other dues motions they should be submitted by February 14 to cfuwed@rogers.com by 3 pm EST so that they may be sent out to the membership.  

Call for Nominations for CFUW Board and Regional Directors 2020-2022


The Nominations Committee is calling for nominations for all positions on the CFUW Board and all Regional Director positions for the next biennium. Nominations will be accepted from February 1 to February 28, 2020.

Due to some technical difficulties in filling out the PDF forms, we have provided the forms in Word format for ease of use. Please see the documents below. 

Attached Documents: 

The CFUW Board Job Descriptions
The Application Form for a CFUW Board position
The Application Form for Regional Director positions
The Application Form for B.C RDs
The Nomination Form (to be completed by nominating clubs)
The Elections Procedures
CFUW Byalws
 

Submit Your Membership Dues for a Chance to Win a Kobo E-Reader

 

                                   

This year we are giving away a Kobo Clara HD E-Reader to a lucky Club who submits their membership dues by March 31, 2020. For your chance to win, all you have to do is send in your membership dues payment to National Office by the end of March. From there you will be automatically entered in the draw. 

The CFUW Membership website is found at: http://cfuwmembership.org. You may log in using your Club's unique username and password. Once you are in the site, go to the "Clubs" header and click on "Total Club Members." This will bring you to the page for your Club. At the bottom of the page, you may click on the button that says "Download Membership Invoice." This will tell you the amount that your club owes for members and students. 

Should you need help in retrieving your invoice or have any questions, please contact Rachel, Member Services, at cfuwgen@rogers.com; toll-free number: 1-888-220-9606 x 101. 

Call for Application Submissions to the CFUW Library Award 2020 

The CFUW Library Award 2020, funded by the CFUW Charitable Trust, is accepting applications until March 1st, 2020.

The CFUW Library Award was created to promote literacy and learning by supporting innovative approaches, encouraging community involvement and advocating for the Canadian library system.

CFUW offers the Library Award every two years which is available to:

  • academic institutions
  • community centres
  • cultural centres
  • youth organization or any community based organization/team/group.

Important Note: Each submission must be nominated by a CFUW Club local to the applicant.

The applications opened on January 1 and close on March 1, 2020.

Click here for the Guidelines and Application Form.

International Day for Women and Girls in Science Article

CFUW's International Relations Committee has prepared a special article for International Day for Women and Girls in Science held on February 11
Click here for access to the article.

Article preview:
International Day for Women and Girls in Science is an opportunity to celebrate women and girls in science. We are all aware of the astonishing work accomplished by scientists like Marie Curie, Gertrude Elion, Donna Strickland, all of them Nobel prizes. We know that women have their place in the world of science and that women can reach the highest standards of excellence in research and scientific management. But… (Click to read more here)

Legal Aspects of Non-Profit Organizations WebinarMarch 23, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  EST

On March 23, 2020, Iris Cheung, one of our law students from ProBono Canada, will conduct a webinar on the legal aspects of non-profit organizations.  Iris is in her third year at the University of Ottawa. Her study focuses on business law and she intends to practice intellectual property law after graduation. ProBono Canada is a national student organization with a mandate to provide legal services without charge to community organizations under the supervision of qualified lawyers.
 
Iris will discuss such topics as: the role of directors and their primary responsibilities, non-profits and director liability; advantages and disadvantages in incorporating non-profit clubs; fundraising and club operating expenses; donations and tax receipts; the soon to be implemented Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and its impact on CFUW clubs.
 
There will be a question and answer period.
 
Please note that the webinar does not constitute legal advice as Iris, as a student, is not qualified to do so. What will be provided is legal information, which is a general description of the state of the law and not based on specific facts.

If you are interested in attending the webinar, please let Rachel in Member Services know at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

GWI News
February 5, 2020
 

IAW News
February 2020 
 


Aurora
Coquitlam
Montérégie
Montreal Lakeshore UWC
Ontario Council
Oshawa and District
Richmond
Sudbury
UWC Winnipeg

Important Dates and Deadlines


February 1-28, 2020:  Period to receive nominations for Board and Regional
                                   Directors for  the biennium 2020-2022
February 15, 2020:     Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package
March 9-20, 2020:      United Nations Commission on Status of Women, New York
March 30, 2020:         Small Club Grants applications due
March 31, 2020:         Deadline to submit membership dues to participate in raffle for
                                   prize
April 15, 2020:            Deadline to submit amendments to the “Resolved” clauses of
                                    the resolutions
June 18-20, 2020:      AGM and Conference, Delta Hotel, Ottawa, 101 Lyon Street
                                   North 

Copyright © | 2019 | Canadian Federation of University Women | All rights reserved.

Club Action Newsletter: January 17, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Reminder to Clubs to Update/Revise their Membership Numbers by January 31

To all Club Executives:

It is that time of year when CFUW asks that Clubs report their final membership numbers so that invoices can be prepared for the dues for the upcoming fiscal year (May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021).It was greatly appreciated that your Club was able to provide us with your membership numbers as of November. These numbers were needed early as GWI’s fiscal year starts January 1st and they use November membership numbers to prepare the invoice for CFUW membership for 2020. We recognize that November is a very early date for some Clubs to verify their final numbers.In light of this, we ask that your Club enter your current membership numbers in the CFUW Membership website by January 31.
 
The CFUW Membership website is found at: www.cfuwmembership.org. You may log in using your Club's unique username and password. Once you are in the site, go to the "Clubs" header and click on “Total Club Members”. This will bring you to the page for your Club. Under your Club name, there is a title” Current Fiscal Year Membership”. Below that line, there is a button that says “edit”. Click on the edit button and that will allow you to enter the number of members and students that you have for the fiscal year 2019-2020. Should you wish to know what your Club owes in dues, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the bar that says “Download Membership Invoice” and click on it. This will tell you the total amount owed for members and students.
 
Should you need help in entering the data or have any questions, please contact Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com; toll- free number: 1-888-220-9606.

Request to Members to Support CFUW with the Shortfall to GWI Dues

President’s Message
Supporting CFUW with the Shortfall to GWI Dues 
January 17, 2020
 
Dear CFUW Members,

As we continue our CFUW fellowship into the New Year and the new decade, I am reminded that as President, my main responsibility is to the viability and financial health of our organization and I recognize that commitment as being vital also for the Board, Clubs, Professional Staff and our more than 7536 CFUW Club Members.

As part of our dedication and our focused work aligned with CFUW’s ideals, members are immersed in continuing education, scholarship funding, and in community outreach and are contributing in many areas of community need. Receiving special attention throughout Canada are our national initiatives, particularly in the areas of Early Learning and Child Care, Indigenous Issues and Preventing Violence to Women. Along with local, regional, and national involvement, some Clubs also engage independently in international projects. 

I recognize that our membership in GWI has been a contentious issue within CFUW and I commend our Board and CFUW Club members who have worked to improve relations with GWI and who decided that any tension around the GWI issue will not negatively affect their primary focus on CFUW. Travelling around to different Clubs and Councils I have appreciated the energy of our women who through their Clubs are essential to all our endeavours.

CFUW has, however, a problem in that we have not been authorized to collect additional funds in order to pay  the full amount now charged by GWI. We have collected the base amount of 15.5 Swiss Francs ($21.70 Canadian) and the outstanding deficit was reduced in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of July 2019 to about $32,000. It was further reduced to about $29,000 through the IFUW pin raffle and unsolicited donations we have received.

As you know, CFUW has worked very hard to address the responsibilities of our membership in GWI, a membership directed by CFUW’s Article 4 which you voted on at AGMs 2017 and 2018. The CFUW Negotiating Team put in long hours in negotiations with GWI to share the concerns we have had and the challenge we face in meeting our obligations, and to work out a settlement.
 
Legal advice has made it clear that as long as CFUW is required to be a member of GWI, it is CFUW’s responsibility to pay the approved dues whether we as members support an increase or not. The motion to increase the dues to enable payment of the full GWI dues, and support expenses, was not approved by the membership at the Winnipeg AGM August 2019. Legal advice also stressed that the CFUW Board has a fiduciary obligation to ensure the financial good health of the organization but does not have the capacity to leverage one of its most important sources of revenue (dues).

We were left with two untenable choices; to draw down on our reserves or reduce our operational expenditures. Either of these options would weaken CFUW at a time when we believe our mission and our voice is critical. There are insufficient funds in the unrestricted reserves as we used that fund to pay the reduced GWI debts of 2018 and 2019 after we had negotiated a lower payment on the signing of the MOU. The restricted reserve is designed for emergencies and cannot be used to pay GWI dues. Our members and the Board are adamant that the services offered by national office continue undiminished, i.e., we are not in favour of reducing the office staff expenses in order to pay GWI dues.

In an effort to address this pressing matter, the Board of Directors appointed a Committee, chaired by Dr. Sharon Crabb, whose mandate was to identify strategies to raise funds to cover the shortfall, now about $29,000.

The Committee submitted to the Board their very fulsome report, containing many options. The first recommendation was a national appeal to all CFUW members/clubs. In their opinion, the “Direct Ask” would afford Clubs, and/or members, the opportunity to support CFUW in the payment of the GWI shortfall.  They point out that raising funds from parties outside of the organization, for dues or operations is very difficult and, generally, not well received.

It is for this reason that I ask you to consider a voluntary contribution. As of November 2019, CFUW had recorded 7536 CFUW members. If every member were to contribute, the individual contribution would be $3.85. If one half of the members were to donate, the contribution needed per person would be $7.68. With one quarter donating to the cause, the individual contribution would be $15.36. Any amount you send voluntarily will be appreciated by CFUW and passed on to GWI.

Contributions should be sent to the national office by April 30, 2020. Clubs can collect the amounts and send the names of the contributors to national office, OR, individuals may send their funds directly to the office at Suite 502, 331 Cooper Street, Ottawa, K2P 0G5. Cheques should be made out to: Canadian Federation of University Women with a note stating that it is for the 2020 GWI dues shortfall.

Full GWI payment is due by June 30, 2020. The Board is very hopeful that members will agree to contribute a voluntary amount so that CFUW will be able to pay its full 2020 membership dues and become debt-free. This will ensure that CFUW remains a member of GWI in good standing, and will put us in compliance with the MOU agreement we signed and in a strong position to influence future direction of GWI.

I thank you for your consideration of this request.

 
Grace Hollett

CFUW National President
 

2020 Annual General Meeting

  
    

Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, Ontario:

Mark your calendars! CFUW’s 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held in Ottawa from June 18 to 20, 2020. CFUW-Ottawa is excited to be hosting the 2020 AGM and our Local Arrangements Committee is busy working to put together an exciting and informative program of speakers, workshops and activities for you. Our theme of “Our New Century – Our New Challenges” will explore how CFUW can continue working to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace as we move into our second century as a national organization with international influence. Information on the program and speakers will be posted on this site as details become confirmed so stay tuned.

Our nation’s capital is a beautiful city with so many historic and cultural sites to visit and beautiful vistas to enjoy. We hope you will register for the AGM and consider staying for an extra day or two to experience all that our city has to offer.

Sincerely,
Patricia Duffey and Christine Rollo
Co-Chairs
Local Arrangements Committee
Chairs2020agm@cfuw-ottawa.org
 
HOTEL RESERVATIONS 
A block of rooms has been reserved and the Delta is offering a special group rate of $179 for a single or double, $199 for 3 people sharing a room and $219 for 4 people sharing a room (exclusive of taxes and fees). These special rates are available for bookings from Wednesday June 17 to Monday June 22, 2020.


 

Charitable Trust Boutique

 The CFUW Charitable Trust is a registered charity that assists women university graduates to further their post-secondary education. The Trust raises money to support annual Fellowships, Awards and Grants for Canadian women doing advanced graduate study and research in science, math, engineering, home economics, education, visual arts, music, humanities, and social sciences.

A Charitable Trust Boutique is set up each year at the AGM to raise funds for this important work. This is a great opportunity for clubs across Canada to provide interesting, local and creative items to sell to delegates/members attending the AGM. At previous AGMs such items as books, prints and paintings, regional and cultural crafts, jams, jellies and home décor items have all been popular.

This year, the AGM is being held in Ottawa from June 18 to 20, 2020 and CFUW Kanata is managing the Boutique. If you are able to contribute one or more items, we would love to hear from you at any of the email addresses provided below.

Your contribution to the Boutique will ensure its success and contribute to the success of Canadian women university graduates!

Thank you,

Betty Bertrand: bettybe@rogers.com
Sandra St. Germain: spca.stewart@sympatico.ca
Joy Forbes: joy.v.forbes@gmail.com

Expression of Sympathy

                     

Following the downing of the Flight PS752, the following message was posted on a website designed for the purpose:
 
"It was with great sadness that the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) learned of the deaths of the passengers on the Ukrainian airlines flight PS752. On behalf of the 7536 CFUW members in clubs throughout all provinces of Canada I extend our sincere sympathy to the families, friends and colleagues of those whose lives were lost so abruptly.
 
As we learn more about those individuals, we see clearly, they each have made profound impact within their personal and community networks and this can be treasured. 
 
We hope you will find some comfort from the outpouring of messages empathizing with you at this time of great sorrow.
 
Sincerely,
 
Grace Hollett
CFUW National President"

GWI News
January 8, 2020
 



Abbotsford
Moncton
Oshawa & District
Richmond
Sudbury

Important Dates and Deadlines


January 31, 2020:       Final club membership numbers to be submitted by Clubs to
                                    National
January 31, 2020:       Deadline for applications for Position of VP Advocacy to Complete
                                    the 2018-2020 Biennium
February 1-28, 2020:  Period to receive nominations for Board and Regional Directors for 
                                    the biennium 2020-2022
February 15, 2020:     Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package
June 18-20, 2020:       AGM and Conference, Delta Hotel, Ottawa, 101 Lyon Street North 

Club Action Newsletter: November 27, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

How to Apply a Gender Lens Article

CFUW has published an article that includes helpful tips and recourses for how CFUW members can apply a gender lens to their research. Using a gender lens is essential for the advancement of gender equality because it allows for greater insight into social issues. A gender lens raises questions of why social processes, standards, and opportunities differ systematically between men, women, and gender diverse people.
 
Click here to access the article.

Send a Letter to Support Asylum Seekers and Refugees at the Border

The current situation of refugees desperately seeking safe haven is critical. Gross human rights violations of asylum seekers and migrants are occurring as a result of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement. The death of Mavis Otuteye, a woman from Ghana who lost her life in 2017 while attempting to make her way to Canada highlights how women and girls are forced into vulnerable and precarious situations by the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement. CFUW has prepared an advocacy letter for Clubs to send to their local member of parliament to call for a suspension of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement.

Access the letter here.

Reflections from CFUW's Intern Katelin Zaurin

CFUW's Fall intern Katelin Zaurin from Saint Paul University in Ottawa has prepared an article reflecting on her time at our office:

"Hi, my name is Katelin! I'm a writer, editor, and I am currently in my last year of undergraduate studies at Saint Paul University in Social Communications. I am a passionate advocate for human rights, particularly women's and children's rights, with an interest in media, awareness, and communications. Interning these past fourth months at CFUW has been an incredible learning experience. My time with CFUW has allowed me not only to apply my knowledge of communications to great causes but has also given me a valuable understanding of the systematic structures in which the world operates. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity I’ve received as an intern for CFUW. I look forward to continuing my academic career and advocating for human rights in the future by spreading awareness."     

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Aurora/Newmarket
Coquitlam
Fredericton
Montreal Lakeshore UWC
UWC Winnipeg
White Rock/Surrey

 

Copyright © | 2019 | Canadian Federation of University Women | All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
331 Cooper Street, Suite 502

K2P 0G5

Club Action Newsletter: November 8, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 


16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Toolkit

CFUW has prepared a 16 Days of Activism Toolkit with tips on how to get involved in the campaign. From November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day, let’s help put an end to violence against women and girls. The toolkit includes an article on the 30th Anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre. It discusses key themes on the topic of gender-based violence. If your club is organizing an even for the 16 Days of Activism campaign please register it here.

A Parallel Report on Canada’s Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

It’s been 25 years since Canada signed on to the Beijing Declaration & Platform for Action on gender equality. Where are we now? At the current pace, it will take 164 years to close the economic gender gap in Canada. A new report by 50+ groups and experts including CFUW tracks Canada's uneven progress towards gender equality in the 25 years since the Beijing Declaration. Access the report here.

Encourage Club Members to Subscribe to our Newsletter

                              

CFUW's Club Action Newsletter's contain relevant information pertaining to Club news and events. Encourage your fellow CFUW members to stay in the know by signing up here!

GWI News

October 8, 2019


 

Newsletters
Richmond
Sudbury 
UWC Vancouver
UWC Winnipeg

Upcoming Important Dates and Deadlines
 

November 8, 2019: Deadline for CFUW Delegate applications for UNCSW


November 15, 2019: Deadline for intents to submit a resolution for AGM 2020

November 15, 2019: Preliminary club membership numbers to be submitted by clubs to National

December 3, 2019: Fellowship applications due

Copyright © | 2019 | Canadian Federation of University Women | All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
331 Cooper Street, Suite 502Ottawa, Ontario

K2P 0G5


                     

THE POWER OF WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER.  LA PUISSANCE AU FÉMININ: ENSEMBLE POUR RÉUSSIR.
New Century. New Challenges. Join Us.  
      

Membership Matters Newsletter
October 2019 Edition

Message from V.P. Membership, Lynne Kent

Welcome to the first addition of the CFUW Membership Committee newsletter ‘Membership Matters.’

We are coming into the home stretch of our 100th Anniversary membership drive and hope to inspire you to put on an extra little push towards drawing new members into our CFUW family.

It has been a remarkable year of looking back over 100 years, discovering in awe the major role our foremothers played in the achievement of suffrage for women, their empowerment, education and human rights.

It has also been an opportunity to share the extensive work we are doing today, across the country and throughout the world. We are a strong voice for women. We speak out, we support, encourage & mentor young women, we provide fellowship, friendship and education, and we care for each other. We make a difference.

We are at the beginning of a new century for CFUW, with new challenges. What will we achieve for our daughters? We certainly are not sitting still. But how much more might we do with increasing rather than diminishing numbers.

This organization is a powerhouse of opportunity and we must fill that house with powerful women from all walks of life who are ready to advance all women that we might fill leadership roles with the voices and perspectives of women.

It’s time to toot your horn. Tell your friends that this is the place to be to create a sustainable future for generations to come. We are the ones who are here today and must do our bit for tomorrow.

I ask you for the holiday season this year, each of you, give your club a gift of one new member. If we each do that one thing, we will indeed be powerful together.

Lynne Kent
VP Membership, CFUW

Notable Women Press Release

                

Keep CFUW's 100th anniversary celebrations going with our Notable Women press release template. We recommend using this as a guide to congratulate the notable women winners in your club at your next event, showcasing the important role our members play in CFUW!

Travelling Exhibit Update

                                     

To celebrate CFUW’s 100th Anniversary our travelling exhibit has been making its way across Canada. The travelling exhibit has been used at numerous club events as a part of the 100th Anniversary Membership Campaign to help drive new members.

So far, the travelling exhibit has been used for approximately 34 events, many of which were used this past September for the beginning of the Club year. This includes exhibits in British Colombia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Club members have provided feedback on enjoying the exhibit, and having well attended events with a number of interested ladies after learning more about CFUW through the exhibit. CFUW Montreal Lakeshore has used the exhibit for 3 events, including an election event for an all-candidates Q&A that was open to the public.

Please feel free to share your experiences and feedback of using the travelling exhibit with Rachel, at cfuwgen@rogers.com or contact her to book your own exhibit. The exhibit includes a pop-up standing banner, membership brochures, a PowerPoint presentation, and CFUW branded 100th anniversary merchandise. For more information, click here.

Create Your Own Videos Using Biteable

                        
All CFUW members have access to Biteable, a do-it-yourself video making platform. Through using this platform you can create videos to help drive members, publicize membership events and more. Have a look at the step-by-step guide created by members from the University Women's Club of Montreal here. If you need any help using the platform, please contact Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com

Let's Share CFUW's History

We are very proud of the progress and contributions CFUW has made over the past hundred years. To celebrate and help attract new members, consider showing our history video at your next event! Click here to view the video. 

Aux membres de la FCFDU francophones et francophiles

L'AFDU Montérégie a développé un volet de membres francophones éloignées et vous invite à vous joindre à nous afin de bénéficier d'informations, de discussions et de services en français. Les frais d'adhésion pour celles qui paient déjà leur dû à la FCFDU et à la GWI sont de 23$

Explorez nos outils de communications virtuelles existants, d'autres à venir.
https://afdumonteregie.wordpress.com/infolettres/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2044196342507674/
et aussi l'app Slack pour les réunions virtuelles.

Liette Michaud, présidente, michaudliette1@gmail.com
Gisèle Picard, liaison FCFDU, picardg@sympatico.ca
Jacqueline Jacques, liaison membres éloignées, jacqueline.jacques@sympatico.ca

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AFDU Montérégie has developed a virtual club for remote francophone members. We invite you to join and spread the message to other CFUW members to benefit from information, including discussions and services in French. For those who have already paid their regular dues, the membership fee is $23. For more information please contact:

Liette Michaud, President: michaudliette1@gmail.com
Gisèle Picard, Liason: picardg@sympatico.ca
Jacqueline Jacques, Remote Member Liason: jacqueline.jacques@sympatico.ca

                        

PEI's Membership Event

CFUW Charlottetown held an open house in May 2019 to celebrate the 100thanniversary of CFUW and the 64th anniversary of the Club, and at the same time to raise awareness about CFUW in the community. The event was well attended, with approximately 50 members and guests.They showcased CFUW Charlottetown’s work and impact in community. They engaged two new younger women to assist with the preparations who subsequently joined the club as a result. They invited Gabriela Arias de Sanchez, the recipient of a CFUW Charlottetown post-graduate scholarship, to tell her story and Gabriela has since become a member of the club. With the initiative of planning the event they also netted Dr. Olive Bryanton, who received her PhD from UPEI in May 2019, and agreed to be their new President. So, all in all a simple event of celebration raised interest in the community and gained new members and leadership.

Using Social Media to Promote Your Club

This month's tip was provided by Amy Macleod, Alberta Regional Director, on the advantages of using social media. She provided a presentation designed for CFUW clubs interested in starting to use social media or looking to expand their use beyond one platform. To read the full presentation given at the CFUW Prairie Gathering on September 30, 2017, click here.

Amy will be hosting a webinar on social media in the near future. Stay tuned for the date. 

Copyright © | 2019 | Canadian Federation of University Women | All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
331 Cooper Street, Suite 502Ottawa, Ontario

K2P 0G5

Club Action Newsletter: October 22, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW Board of Directors Teleconference Notes:October 15, 2019

Please read the summary notes from last nights Board of Directors Teleconference here to gain key insights on important topics that are currently being discussed. 

Amy Macleod: New RD for Alberta

I am pleased to pass on the good news that Amy Macleod is the new Regional Director (RD) for Alberta. Like most RDs, Amy has a history of involvement with her CFUW Club  She currently holds the position of Past-President for CFUW Edmonton and  co-organized the bi-annual tri-provincial CFUW Prairie Gathering of September 2017. Unlike others in CFUW leadership, Amy’s study and work is connected with the environment, specifically bears. She has a volunteer position as Student Representative on the International Bear Association Council, a volunteer position as Layout Editor for the International Bear Association Newsletter and has volunteered at STEM related events in Edmonton as a Role Model to high school students. Amy was a volunteer member of the Glacier National Park Green Team (developing and implementing green and sustainable practices in the park) 2012-2014. Amy anticipates graduating this year with a M.Sc Wildlife Ecology and Management. View Amy’s website here.

In her role as RD Amy joins the others who represent groups of Clubs throughout Canada. Described by one previous RD as ”the best position in CFUW”,  others who hold this volunteer position are : Sheila Service, Beryl Matthewson, Alison Hutchinson, Mary Rowan, Patricia Elliot, Roline Maconachie, Susan Vecchiarelli, Mary Jane Waszynski, Moira Hudgin, Mary Partington, Lori Ker, Jane Cowell-Poitras, Anne-Lise Dupuis, Sharon Crabb, Eleanor Palmer, Grace Stapleton, and Valerie Campbell. We are all most grateful for the work done for CFUW   by the RDs!

 Leading up to the nomination of Amy, the Governance Committee, chaired by Sandra Thomson, revised the procedures relating to elections during a biennium. Those new procedures were acted on by the Nominations Committee co-chaired by Grace Stapleton and Madeline Kalbach. I thank all for their many hours spent on this endeavour. 

Grace Hollett

Reminder to Submit Club Membership Numbers by November 15, 2019

In order for GWI to send CFUW the invoice for our 2020 membership dues, they require the number of members that each Club has and we must send the total number to them by the end of November. To this end, we are asking Clubs to register the number of members by November 15, 2019 by going to the CFUW Membership Website at www.cfuwmembership.org. You may log in using your Club's unique username and password. Once you are in the site, go to the "Clubs" header and click on “Enter Club Membership”. This will bring you to the page for your Club. Under your Club name, there is a title” Current Fiscal Year Membership”. Below that line, there is a button that says “edit”. Click on the edit button and that will allow you to enter the number of members and students that you have for the fiscal year 2019-2020. The number you will enter will be the number registered by your club as of the date in November, 2019. (Your number can be revised in January, 2020 if necessary.) 

If you encounter any issues logging in, recording your information, or if you do not have your username/password, please contact Rachel Deneault for assistance at cfuwgen@rogers.com or at (613) 234-8252 ext.101 or 1-888-220-9606 (toll-free). 

UN Commission on the Status of Women 64 2020

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women's 64th Annual Meeting is taking place in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020! UNCSW is an excellent opportunity to meet inspiring women and girls from around the world who advocate for gender equality. If you want more information about UNCSW please see our updated FAQ document and a special edition report that summarizes events from last year's UNCSW written by Joy Hurst, VP International. CFUW submitted a written statement to UNCSW64 that summarizes our commitments to this year's theme of Beijing+25. If you are interested in representing CFUW at UNCSW in March 2020 please submit an application online by November 8, 2019. Please click here for more information about joining the 2020 CFUW Delegation!

GWI Call for Applications 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women - Circular 19/2019

In addition to being able to apply to attend the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) as a CFUW delegate, GWI invites CFUW members to apply directly to GWI to attend as a member of the GWI delegation. If members wish to apply to GWI, the deadline is October 31st. GWI requires an Endorsement form to be signed by the CFUW. 

 Attached for your convenience are the Application and Endorsement Forms and the original Circular 19/2019 dated 27 September. Please send the endorsement form for signature to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com. Please also indicate your club.
 
Unfortunately, GWI cannot permit a deadline extension due to the application processing time of the applications and registration.  
 

GWI News
October 16, 2019

 

National Council of Women
October 2019

 

Newsletters
CFUW Aurora/Newmarket 
CFUW Moncton

Upcoming Important Dates and Deadlines


November 8, 2019: Deadline for CFUW Delegate applications for UNCSW

November 15, 2019: Deadline for intents to submit a resolution for AGM 2020

November 15, 2019: Preliminary club membership numbers to be submitted by clubs to National

December 3, 2019: Fellowship applications due

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Message from the President

October 4, 2019
 

President’s Message
Grace Hollett, CFUW National President
Please forward to all members.

Club Events

Greetings CFUW members,  from my current location in Ontario as I visit Clubs and Councils, hold meetings with certain members, meet with the Charitable Trust and attend special CFUW 100th Anniversary events with Clubs. In between, there will be short periods with family at Toronto and Belleville where thanks to my laptop and cell, my travelling office is complete to facilitate CFUW connections.
 

Welcoming 11 New Members

Before leaving home, I attended the CFUW St. John’s open house and saw 11 new members join the Club, including the two speakers. We heard from my former student, writer Margot Duley, about her Aunt Margaret Duley, the early Newfoundland novelist and suffragette of the city and London, England, who herself had been the guest speaker at CFUW St. John’s formation meeting almost 75 years ago, her title being “We Speak as Women”. When Susan Murphy visited the club and stayed with me, she avidly read Margaret Duley’s books.

I was delighted to give the CFUW Creative Arts Award to Jenn Dion, artistic director of the feminist PerSIStence Theatre who shared some details about this theatre and its success. Later,  when I was visiting the CFUW Peterborough Club on September 25th, R.D Grace Stapleton stepped in for me at the Resource Centre for the Arts in St. John’s  where she spoke to a sold-our audience for the PerSIStence production on Margaret Duley and told of their national award  at the CFUW 100th Anniversary AGM while diplomatically promoting CFUW and membership.

Peterborough Anniversary Cakes and Advocacy

Anne Cordon hosted me when I arrived at Peterborough for the Club meeting of Sept. 24th, and made sure I saw her beautiful city including the locks. Visiting Clubs is so refreshing, especially when it’s a CFUW 100th year celebration and Anne has brought three delicious cakes representing the hundred-year shape, while present in the background is the video on CFUW’s advocacy over the years, referred to as “Cheryl Ambrose’s video”. At the party, President Mavis Chinamore Stapleton with other executive members introduced women’s groups, female politicians, and major scholarship-receiving institutions. 
 
In addition to speaking to members about the year ahead, I was asked to present Vivian Heinmiller with her Notable Woman pin and certificate. Vivian had served in most Club executive positions, chaired the awards committee for 20 years and chaired and participated in interest groups. She received papal recognition for her church leadership and raised $60,000 for Parkinson’s in the last four years. You will hear more of Vivian and the Club celebrations in the Communicator being devoted to Club Celebrations!
 
Books and ideas are never far from CFUW members’ conversation especially with so many Book Clubs including the virtual one. We first discussed Linden Macintyre’s  “The Wake” about the tsunami that crashed over women and their families a month short of Canadian Women being recognized as persons. We then moved on to talk of  “The Zoo Keeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman, and I found myself talking with someone who had known those scenes in Warsaw and has a deep sense of the need to work for peace and justice and education as did our early women of CFUW in 1919.

Pink Teas

It is fitting in History Month that we think about the many successes women have achieved since CFUW was formed. One success was gained October 18, 1929, the right to be regarded as a “person”. I think that Margaret Duley and many other  women would have regarded it as impossible to not be a person!  Please read the Pink Tea promotion here and have a tea for you and your friends to celebrate the event of October 18th no matter when you decide  to get together because it is an event worth celebrating!


Sincerely,

Grace Hollett

National President-Presidénte Nationale
CFUW-FCFDU

Club Action Newsletter: October 3, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Request to Submit Club Membership Numbers by November 15, 2019

In order for GWI to send CFUW the invoice for our 2020 membership dues, they require the number of members that each Club has and we must send the total number to them by the end of November. To this end, we are asking Clubs to register the number of members by November 15, 2019 by going to the CFUW Membership Website at www.cfuwmembership.org. You may log in using your Club's unique username and password. Once you are in the site, go to the "Clubs" header and click on “Enter Club Membership”. This will bring you to the page for your Club. Under your Club name, there is a title” Current Fiscal Year Membership”. Below that line, there is a button that says “edit”. Click on the edit button and that will allow you to enter the number of members and students that you have for the fiscal year 2019-2020.

If you encounter any issues logging in, recording your information, or if you do not have your username/password, please contact Rachel Deneault for assistance at cfuwgen@rogers.com or at (613) 234-8252 ext.101 or 1-888-220-9606 (toll-free). 

Implementation Date of the $6 increase in Club Membership Dues

At the Winnipeg AGM, the motion to approve a dues increase of $6 per member was passed. Several Clubs have raised the question of when this increase takes effect and has to be paid to national office.
 
The increase takes effect immediately and Clubs should be providing for this increase in their membership dues beginning this fall. The increase of $6 per member for a total of $76 per member will be sent by Clubs in their membership dues to national office in March or April 2020.
 
Background Information:
 
There was a bylaw amendment at the CFUW 2018 virtual AGM that clarified when a dues increase becomes effective. The bylaw reads:
 
Article #15. Dues shall be payable at the revised rate at the beginning of the CFUW fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the change was approved.  (Articles and By Laws 2018)
 
Explanation:
Dues are paid at the beginning of the fiscal year in the same way that rent is paid at the beginning of the month.  The dues increase adopted at the August 2019 AGM was adopted in the 2019-20 fiscal year. Dues at the increased rate will be due and payable by end of April 2020 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.  Dues collected in one fiscal year are designed to run the organization over the next fiscal year. 
 
It should be noted that the $6 approved at the Winnipeg AGM is for the national dues increase. The membership did not approve the $10 dues increase for fees to GWI.  The national dues increase of $6 per capita will have to be dedicated to national operations and programs. This means that CFUW will not be able to pay the full membership dues owed to GWI when it makes its payment in early 2020. In order to deal with this shortfall, the Board of Directors will constitute a Committee to identify strategies to raise funds to cover the approximately $32,000 (CDN) that we will owe GWI for 2020 dues.
 
If you have other questions related to this matter, please contact Dominique Racanelli, VP Finance at domrac@icloud.com or Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com

Families of Sisters in Spirit Vigil October 4

Join Families of Sisters in Spirit at their annual vigil that will honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It is taking place on October 4 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa at 11am. If you are unable to make it to the vigil please light a candle on October 4 for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

IAW Vlog Submissions Update

CFUW supported the International Alliance of Women‘s Vlog Commemoration Project for Beijing +25 by sending in video vlogs. Joy Hurst, VP International and Yasmin Strautins, Advocacy Coordinator submitted vlogs on behalf of CFUW to support gender rights internationally.
 

Click below to view the submissions:
IAW Vlog 1 & 2 Joy Hurst, VP International Relations:
https://youtu.be/Jl5i6qKdHHI
https://youtu.be/D33tVHKBoiw
IAW Vlog 3 Yasmin Strautins, Advocacy Coordinator:
https://youtu.be/aww3Ow0IpCI

FEMU International Seminar in Celebration of the GWI centenary 

The Mexican Federation of University Women (FEMU) is organising an International Seminar on the “Empowerment of Girls and Women through Education” from 28-30 November 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Themes of the seminar include the history of GWI, the place of FEMU within GWI and the empowerment of women and girls through education. For more information, please visit the FEMU website.

Create Your Own Videos Using Biteable

                        

All CFUW members have access to Biteable, a do-it-yourself video making platform. Through using this platform you can create videos to help publicize membership events and more. Have a look at the step-by-step guide created by members from the University Women's Club of Montreal here. If you need any help using the platform, please contact Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com

Call for Articles on 100th Anniversary Initiatives undertaken by Clubs

We are putting together the 100th Anniversary edition of the Communicator and would like to include articles from Clubs describing the activities and initiatives you have undertaken in celebration of CFUW’s centenary.
 
Articles can be any length and should be sent to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com
by October 18, 2019.
 
Thank you!

CFUW Club 100th  Anniversary Celebrations:
Brantford

In light of the Canadian Federation of University Women's 100th Anniversary, we will be featuring Clubs successful initiatives on celebrating the centennial in each Newsletter.

The Brantford Chapter undertook two initiatives: the establishment of a special centenary scholarship award, and the planting of a garden featuring the CFUW logo in Brantford’s Memorial Garden, pictured above. 

The Centenary Scholarship was funded by individual donations from their Membership, matched by CFUW Brantford. $2,500 was awarded to a female student, graduating from one of our six secondary schools in Brantford/Brant County. The successful candidate was awarded the scholarship at the AGM and Annual Banquet in May. 

CFUW Club 100th  Anniversary Celebrations:
Kincardine

To honour the 100th anniversary, the Kincardine CFUW is awarding $1,000 bursaries to two female graduates of the Kincardine District Secondary School who are continuing on to post- secondary education. The awards will be presented at their Commencement by two of their members. 
 
In addition, in June they are presenting a $1,000 bursary to a mature woman who has completed the Bluewater District School Board Adult Education program and is continuing her studies.

Along with that, Kincardine proudly reported that five of their members received the SAGE award from Lori Ker, Regional Director at their September meeting.  The worthy recipients are Sylvia Kirby, Kathleen Dunn, Mary Wightman, Pauline Whelan and Jackie Clements. All are founding members since 1991 and are still active in the club. Congratulations!

                

GWI News
October 2, 2019


 

IAW News
October 2019
 

Newsletters

Nepean
Oshawa and District
Sudbury
UWC Vancouver

Upcoming Important Dates and Deadlines
 

October 8, 2019: Deadline to submit applications for Committee to Explore and Identify Strategies to Raise Funds for GWI Dues Shortfall

November 1, 2019:   Deadline for Delegate applications for UNCSW

November 15, 2019: Deadline for intents to submit a resolution for AGM 2020

November 15, 2019: Preliminary club membership numbers to be submitted by clubs to National

December 3, 2019: Fellowship applications due

                                                


Club Action Newsletter: September 25, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Deadline to Join Committee to Raise Funds for GWI Dues Extended to October 9, 2019

                                               
 
The deadline to apply for the Committee to Explore and Identify Strategies to Raise Funds for GWI Dues Shortfall has been extended until October 9, 2019. The mandate of the Committee is to identify strategies to raise funds to cover the approximately $32,000 (CDN) shortfall to be paid to GWI for 2020 dues. For more information on the committee and the application process, please clickhere

Global Climate Strikes

The Global Climate Strikes in Canada will take place this Friday September, 27, 2019. The goal of the strike is to demand that the government take action on climate change and recognize the urgency of the climate crisis. Strikes are happening all over Canada from VancouverCalgary, Winnipeg and
Saskatoon, to Thunder Bay, Ont.OttawaTorontoMontrealSt. John’s, Nfld.Halifax & more. Find or register your local strike at http://fridaysforfuture.org  or local websites. Greta Thunberg, leader of the #FridaysForFuture movement will be attending the strike in Montreal along with David Suzuki. We hope to see you there!

Call for Articles on 100th Anniversary Initiatives undertaken by Clubs

                                               
We are putting together the 100th Anniversary edition of the Communicator and would like to include articles from Clubs describing the activities and initiatives you have undertaken in celebration of CFUW’s centenary.
 
Articles can be any length and should be sent to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com by October 18, 2019. Thank you!

Guide for Clubs on Writing Bylaws 

CFUW is fortunate to be part of the ProBono Students Canada program at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law. We are delighted to report that one of the law students will be working on a guide for CFUW Clubs on preparing bylaws. This guide will take into account the differences among different provinces and the requirements of each jurisdiction. 

If you have any particular issues or questions that you would like to have addressed within this context, please forward them to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com by October 11, 2019.
 

CFUW Oakville, Georgetown and Milton to Host Election Forums on October 3, 2019

                    

The CFUW clubs of Oakville, Georgetown and Milton & District are partnering with the Halton Environmental Network to host election forums on October 3, 2019 in their local communities. These are part of the 100 Debates on the Environment which has a simple mission: to make the environment an issue that no party and no candidate can ignore. The debates will create a forum where voters can hear directly from candidates about their visions for the environment as well as provide a forum where voters can ask questions to their local candidates about other important issues and concerns.

For all the debates, the doors will open at 6 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with the actual debates starting at 7. The locations are as follows:

Oakville: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville.
Milton: Craig Kielburger High School, 1151 Ferguson Drive, Milton.
Halton Hills/Wellington: John Elliott Theatre, 9 Church Street, Georgetown.

 

GWI News
September 25, 2019
 

IAW News
 

Newsletters
 

Upcoming Important Dates and Deadlines
 

October 8, 2019: Deadline to submit applications for Committee to Explore and Identify Strategies to Raise Funds for GWI Dues Shortfall

November 15, 2019: Deadline for intents to submit a resolution for AGM 2020

November 18, 2019: Preliminary club membership numbers to be submitted by clubs to National

November 1, 2019:   Deadline for Delegate applications for UNCSW

December 3, 2019: Fellowship applications due
 

Susan Murphy Memorial Fellowship

September 10, 2019
 
I think all have read Grace Hollett's tribute to Susan Murphy, upon her untimely death, with shock and sadness. 
 
Susan not only had been a Past President of CFUW, but she was also a past chair of the CFUW Charitable Trust (CT). She had walked 300 km of the Camino Santiago trail in Spain, raising $18,000 for the Charitable Trust's Fellowship fund. The education of girls and women was something she believed in and she was creative on how she could contribute to this cause. 
 
She was instrumental in beginning the modernization of the Charitable Trust, examining the Charter and suggesting changes that were required but keeping in mind the intent of the founders of the Trust.
 
The CFUW CT Trustees are very grateful for her leadership. On behalf of the Trust and CFUW members, we will establish a Memorial Award to honour her. We welcome the participation of any Club or individual, who wishes, to contribute to this fund. 

You may do this in several ways: the mechanics are identified on our website, https://cfuwcharitabletrust.ca or you may mail a cheque to the treasurer of the CFUW CT - Ann McElhinney, 62 Thompson Avenue, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8Z 3T4. Please designate your donation as ‘ in memory of Susan Murphy’

We extend our condolences to Susan’s family and join you in remembering, with gratitude, Susan’s contributions to CFUW and the CFUW CT. 
 
Doris Mae Oulton

Chair, CFUW Charitable Trust

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Committee to Explore and Identify Strategies to Raise Funds for GWI Dues Shortfall

Terms of Reference and Call for Members

Purpose

The mandate of the Committee is to identify strategies to raise funds to cover the approximately $32,000 (CDN) shortfall to be paid to GWI for 2020 dues. This amount will be approximately $32,000, less funds forwarded to CFUW, for GWI, by Clubs who collect the full 21.5 CHF per person (or some other amount). Targeted funding may be explored. Proposals must be able to both be implemented and completed by June 30, 2020. Proposals must be consistent with the Donor’s Bill of Rights below.

Tasks

The Committee will:

  1. Be comprised of either one Chair or two Co-Chairs and three members. The National President will be an ex-officio voting member of the committee and serve as board liaison.
  2. Be accountable to the CFUW Board of Directors and report to the Board of through the board liaison.
  3. Identify fundraising approaches and initiatives that are directed to the public and/or directed solely to CFUW members.
  4. Create a case statement for each proposal that explains:
  5. What need(s) CFUW is seeking to meet
  6. How the need(s) will be met and what CFUW can achieve with additional resources
  7. What fundraising initiatives are to be undertaken
  8. What administrative requirements must be met in order to undertake the activity (e.g. lottery license, sponsorship, lottery, national signature event (e.g., a 100 Women relay/walkathon with sponsors) charitable status etc.
  9. What CFUW resources are required to complete the proposed activity, including but not limited to:
    1. Womanpower required
    2. technology requirements
    3. cost of activity

Deliverables

  1. Written report to the CFUW National Board
  2. Preliminary research on the viable options that would include:
    1.  resources required (both from the National office and elsewhere)
      1. Womanpower required
      2. Time frame for completion
    2. strategies to be used and special requirements such as licenses and time frames,
    3. logistic challenges regarding the steps required to undertake the initiative;
    4. Cost of proposal (complete a draft budget for each activity)

Membership of Committee

Chair or Co-Chairs (Individuals submitting their names for the position of Chair(s) are asked to provide a statement of interest outlining experience and skills relevant to the mandate of the Committee.

Members

Grace Hollett (ex-officio voting member and liaison to the CFUW Board of Directors.

Up to three members from Clubs across the country. Individuals submitting their names to be a member of the Committee are asked to provide a statement of interest outlining experience and skills relevant to the mandate of the Committee.

The Committee is to make recommendations to the CFUW National Board and will not take any independent actions without prior approval from the Board.

Time Frame 

The Committee is to submit their written report to the CFUW Board of Directors by November 30, 2019.

Application Process 

  1. Individuals are asked to submit their names with a statement of interest and outlining experience and skills relevant to the mandate of the Committee indicating if they are applying for: 
    1. Chair or member of the committee or
    2. Member of the committee but not chair

Please note that applications from individuals do not have to be approved by their Clubs.

  1. Applications should be sent to Grace Hollett, National President at: graceh@nl.rogers.com with copy to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com
  2. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Donor Bill of Rights 

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

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Club Action Newsletter: September 23, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW's Affiliations and Partnerships

Did you know that CFUW fosters partnerships with different organizations at the local, national and international levels? Some of the affiliations are ones to which we pay membership dues such as Graduate Women International, National Council of Women, the International Alliance of Women, the Association of American University Women.  Most of the affiliations do not involve paid membership dues. For example, Several of the affiliations consist of a symbiotic relation whereby we sign onto each other’s letters and briefs. Click here to learn more about CFUW's Affiliations and Partnerships.

Join the voice of International Alliance of Women (IAW) in preparation for Beijing +25

The International Alliance of Women has organized a Vlog Commemoration Project for Beijing +25. They are collecting a series of vlogs from IAW affiliates and associates as well as individual members to raise women's voices at the global level. Joy Hurst, VP International and Yasmin Strautins, Advocacy Coordinator will be submitting a Vlog Video on behalf of CFUW however, if your club or provincial council would like to participate, please do so by sending your Vlog directly to IAW with a copy of your submission to CFUW's Advocacy Coordinator at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com. Thank you for your participation. The deadline to submit a vlog is September 30, 2019. Find out more information here: http://ow.ly/OmEN50vGf1M 

Call for Contributions to GWI Women's Mosaic of Lived Experience-Video Project

Do you know an outstanding woman in your community that needs to have her voice heard at the international level? Please see the invitation to participate in GWI's Mosaic of Lived Experience Video Project by submitting a video testimonial about your experience and the experience of women in your community. We invite clubs and individuals to submit videos of local and personal lived experience.  If you would like to participate please read the Basic of Conducting an Interview Guideline, fill out and sign this mandatory release form and grab your camera! Please submit your videos directly to Graduate Women International (GWI) at cm@graduatewomen.org and forward a copy to cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com before 30 September 2019.We will share the videos with members via youtube when the project is completed. Thank you for your participation.

Up For Debate Toolkit

Up For Debate Alliance is asking federal party leaders to commit to a national debate on women’s rights and gender equality. In the lead up to Oct 21, it is important to show that people across Canada are engaging in conversations about women’s rights and gender equality.
 
That’s where you come in. Please show support for Up for Debate by engaging local candidates in your communities to support a national debate on women’s rights and gender equality.

The Up For Debate Mobilization Toolkit (english / french) includes:

  • Sample social media posts
  • Questions to ask your candidates
  • Information on setting up a local debate
  • Tips on engaging the media

Thank you for supporting Up For Debate!

Grandparents for Child Care Update

Thank you to everyone who took action at our AGM to support Grand Parents for Childcare. This campaign advocates for Universal Child Care as an essential public policy to fulfill children’s rights and gender equality as well as to generate economic growth that is beneficial to all Canadians. Many of our members had their photo taken at our AGM to show their support for Grand Parents for Childcare! The photos are being shared on our facebook page and will be uploaded to www.gpfcc.ca. You can help support the push for Universal Child Care by sharing CFUW's talking points and backgrounder on this topic with your MP candidates. 

IWD Fundraising Project Update

Thank you to everyone who supported CFUW's International Women's Day 2019 Fundraiser. Together we raised over $3,000 for Inter Pares and Humanas. We received an update on our sponsored project to promote gender equality in Columbia. In the cities/regions of Antioquia as well as Quibdo, Humanas has held workshops on sexual and gender based violence and gathered information to present to Colombia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Thank you for helping to fundraise to support important actions to address gender based violence. Our International Women's Day fundraising for 2020 will continue to go towards Inter Pares and Humanas to support their excellent work.


Photo from a workshop in Antioquia, Columbia


Photo from a workshop in Quibdo, Columbia

CFUW Oshawa and District Workshop on October 9, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.


GWI News
September 18, 2019
Invitation to FEMU International Seminar
 

IAW News
 

Newsletters
Coquitlam
Halifax
Montreal Lakeshore UWC
Oshawa and District
Sudbury
UWC Montreal
UWC Vancouver
UWC Winnipeg
White Rock/Surrey

Club Action Newsletter: August 21, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Access to Justice in Older Age Webinar

                                         

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older persons (GAROP) is organizing a Webinar, with the International Federation on Ageing, to discuss "Access to Justice in Older Age". This is a topic that will be discussed at the next session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, to be held in April 2020. The Webinar will be held tomorrow on August 22 2019, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. TheFlyer for Registration is attached.

Initative on Indigenous Peoples Sub-Committee

CFUW recognizes the many past and ongoing manifestations of colonialism faced by First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in Canada. We aim, through research, learning projects, calls to action, events and partnerships, to support Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

At the 2017 AGM in Richmond BC, the National Board approved a National Initiative on Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) to intensify our efforts in learning more about the issues facing Indigenous Peoples and about how we can offer support.  In 2019, the Board approved the creation of a sub-committee to support this initiative. For more information on becoming a part of this initiative, please contact Kathryn Wilkinson at wilkinsons@rogers.com.
 

2019 Violence Against Women & Girls Awards

This year, we were pleased to recognize CFUW Kelowna, CFUW Leaside-East York and CFUW St Thomas for their actions to prevent and respond to Violence Against Women and Girls.

CFUW Kelowna has been holding a December 6th Vigil since 2009. The event includes a candlelit walk to the Sails Fountain, where the names of the 14 victims of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre and the missing and murdered women and girls of the Central Okanagan are read. A rose in memory of each victim is place on the fountain. 

Since 2018, CFUW Leaside-East York has undertaken to educate members about the serious issue of Violence Against Women and Girls by inviting two expert speakers to their general meetings. The first was Barbara Gosse, Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, who successfully set up a hotline for victims trying to escape. The second speaker was Robyn Doolittle, winner of 2017 Journalist of the Year, who spoke on her research for the Globe and Mail series “Unfounded.” 

After studying the abysmal rate of convictions of sexual assault, members of the CFUW St Thomas advocacy group decided to investigate if their local St. Thomas Police Force had taken action on the recommendation by the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs that every police force in Canada review their policies on interviewing survivors of assaults and how often they report these accusations as “unfounded”. They met with the Chief of Police, and learned that more action was required following the St. Thomas review, especially regarding trauma informed training when interviewing survivors.This moved the club to advocate for Bill C-337, also called The JUST Act, which requires further training of judges on this issue.

Election Issues Talking Points

The Advocacy Committee is finalizing the talking points and backgrounders for the eight 2019 election issues chosen by clubs. Although our goal was to have hard copies available for distribution at the AGM, our limited resources didn’t permit it. These documents will be shared in a special Club Action News bulletin in early September, in time for clubs to share with members and use them at all candidates’ meetings when the writ drops.

October Communicator



Please note that the October communicator will be devoted to Club initiatives that have been undertaken for the 100th Anniversary. Please send these items to Executive Director, Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com by September 30, 2019.

Join a Working Group to Contribute to the Feminist and Women's Movement Action Plan for Beijing+25

Do you want to play a pivotal role in shaping a Feminist and Women's Movement Action Plan for Beijing+25?

Register now to join one of the following six Thematic Working Groups being organized by NGO CSW/NY:

  1. Inclusive development, shared prosperity and decent work
  2. Poverty eradication, social protection and social services
  3. Freedom from violence, stigma and stereotypes
  4. Participation, accountability and gender-responsive institutions
  5. Peaceful and inclusive societies
  6. Environmental conservation, protection and rehabilitation

As we prepare to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World 
Conference on Women and Beijing Platform for Action, it is important to examine the threats, barriers and gaps that remain to advance gender equality. Together we can measure our progress and brainstorm clear advocacy goals. This plan can be implemented at global, regional and national/local levels. Please adapt as you wish.

Register here. The deadline to register is August 25, 2019.

CBC Documentary to Feature PEI Senior

                                 

The incoming president of CFUW Charlottetown Olive Bryanton will be the subject of a new documentary on CBC Docs POV on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service on Thursday, August 22, at 9 pm Atlantic time. For more information on the documentary and Olive's achievements, click here

GWI News
August 21, 2019
Invitation to FEMU International Seminar
 

IAW News
 

Newsletters

ICW-CIF, July 2019
 


Message from the President
 

July 19, 2019
 

President’s Message
Grace Hollett, CFUW National President

Please forward to all CFUW Club members. 

 
I am delighted to bring you news that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) developed by the CFUW and GWI negotiating teams has been signed, with terms favourable to CFUW, and is in effect until Dec. 31, 2022. 
 
Background and Thanks

The Negotiating Team consisted of Joy Hurst, VP International and chair;  Kathryn Wilkinson, Acting President and VP Education; Dominique Racanelli, VP Finance;  Robin Jackson, CFUW Executive Director: and myself, Grace Hollett, as National President. With Board approval, CFUW initiated negotiations, to address areas of concern between our two organizations, to agree on specific areas of collaboration, and to re-negotiate the dues formula and payment terms for CFUW. Due diligence by all has produced results and I thank the teams on both sides who acted in a spirit of collaboration and good faith. I thank, also, the CFUW Board whose considerable input helped bring us to a satisfactory conclusion, CFUW office staff for research, and you the Club members who exercised admirable patience in waiting for news of negotiations.
 
The MOU indicates the willingness of both parties to collaborate and strengthen cooperation, to recognize existing problems and to set up a plan for dealing with them and, subject to its termination provisions, to be legally bound by the terms of this Agreement.
 
Areas of Collaboration Include

  • Member Relations: CFUW proposed and GWI accepted that we will collaborate on developing and testing an electronic platform for National Federation and Association's (NFA) dialogue and consultation to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas, discussion on leading or emerging practices and access to presentations by an international pool of subject matter experts. Additionally, GWI will convene a committee with representatives from all GWI regional areas to facilitate ongoing discussion and foster understanding among regional groups about regional priorities and issues of common interest.
     
  • Global Advocacy for Women and Girls; CFUW will continue to support GWI’s Education Advocacy agenda for Women and Girls by sharing CFUW research on selected issues within CFUW’s areas of focus and will also support written statements prepared by GWI for presentation to UN bodies when they also reflect the interests and areas of focus for CFUW. GWI will collaborate with CFUW to increase our international advocacy footprint with UN agencies where GWI has onsite representation or partnership relationship and these relate to CFUW interests.
     
  • Projects: Together we will review Bina Roy projects and decide which could be scaled up, to continue beyond their one-year funding period.
     
  • Communications and Promotion: Agreement was reached on promotion of publications and information in a timely manner.
     
  • Membership: GWI will share its recruitment model and knowledge base with CFUW.
     
  • Financial Management and Sharing Information: GWI has agreed to full transparency by providing quarterly financial statements within 30 days, publishing their accounting standards, providing annual budgets, timely updates on partnerships/alliances, and freeing the Canadian Assistant GWI treasurer to speak openly to the CFUW Board on GWI financial issues. We welcome this commitment to a fuller accountability.

Reduction of CFUW’s Dues to GWI 

Prior to July 16th and the signing of the MOU, CFUW had an unpaid balance for 2018 and 2019 relating to the CHF 6 per capita increase.
With the signing if the MOU, GWI agreed to receive the unpaid balances of our uncollected dues in two forms, 1. in-kind services/collaborative work, and 2. financial payment. The details for each of 2018 and 2019 are as follows:

  • For 2018, CFUW’s total increase in dues was CHF 48,564 based on 8094 members.  GWI and CFUW have agreed to value CFUW’s in- kind services at CHF 23,465. CFUW owed GWI a payment of CHF 25,099. Of this amount, GWI has already received CHF 13,306.50. For 2018, CFUW owes GWI a payment of CHF 11,792.  A zero-balance invoice will be provided to CFUW when this payment is made.
     
  • For 2019, CFUW’s total increase in dues is CHF 45,546 based on 7591 members. CFUW’s in-kind services are valued at CHF 22,014. CFUW owes GWI a payment of CHF 23,532. A zero-balance invoice will be provided to CFUW when this payment is made placing CFUW in good standing with voting privileges at the 2019 GWI Triennium

Arrangements have been made to pay on July 19th the difference between the amount owing and the amount being credited for in-kind services (i.e. the discount). Following from the two bulleted paragraphs above for 2018 and 2019, this calculates to CHF 23, 532 + CHF 11,792, totaling CHF 35,324 or CAD $ 49,454 if the exchange rate is 1.4. Note that, as a GWI member CFUW was assessed dues and this debt must be paid eventually. As long as CFUW is a GWI member dues will be assessed. This opportunity for a reduced payment is to CFUW’s advantage. Without the amount being reduced paying the full amount was quite problematic. With the payment, CFUW maintains its voting privileges at the GWI Triennial, but this was not the reason for paying the debt.
 
In order to fully resolve the outstanding amount remaining unpaid from the 2018 and 2019 years the board voted in support of a “one-time only” use of approximately CDN $49,454 from our unrestricted reserve, contingent on GWI signing the agreement on the reduced amount.
 
Although using the CFUW unrestricted reserve at a precarious time is not ideal, the CFUW board recognizes the financial obligation attached to GWI membership. Carrying an unpaid balance for another year would not be recommended business practice.

Additionally, this reduced payment plan continues to the end of the 2022 dues cycle.
 
GWI has agreed to review its dues model, and also its voting structure to ensure an appropriately enhanced reflection of CFUW’s membership numbers. Reporting back on those issues must be done at least 6 months before the 2022 GWI General Assembly (GA).
 
Future actions

The identified collaborative activities will be summarized by documentation and managed by a project management approach with specific deliverables, timeframes and articulated responsibilities.  Agreement on oversight, modification of the MOU, dispute resolution and events leading to termination of the agreement has been reached.
 
What has not been solved?

1. The constitutional requirement of CFUW’s membership in GWI (CFUW Article 4) and GWI’s definition of membership for the purposes of dues calculation (Articles II.1 and X.3 of the GWI Constitution), were part of the discussions but constitutional changes were beyond the mandate of the Negotiation Committees and consequently the constitutional relationship between CFUW and GWI remains unchanged. These constitutional issues must be resolved prior to the end of this agreement, December 31, 2022.
 
2GWI Dues for 2020
Dominique Racanelli, in her role as VP Finance, thanks all who contributed to the voluntary payments, an updated copy of which will be posted, and alerts you to the following:
The January 2020 invoice we will receive from GWI will again be assessed at 21. 5 CHF per capita.  In spring 2019, CFUW collected dues from Clubs at the defined rate of CHF 15.5  due to the fact that at the CFUW June 2018 AGM, CFUW members once again rejected a dues increase.  Although the MOU will again provide CFUW a discount to the full 2020 invoice, this credit will not be enough to cover the anticipated invoice.  We do not know the shortfall as it depends on membership numbers at December 31, 2019,  but estimate it at approximately CHF 23,535 or CAD $32,950 at a 1.4 exchange rate.  
 
 If the proposed GWI dues increase is accepted by the membership at our August AGM, the increase will be collected to meet the 2021 GWI invoice, not the 2020 payment.”
 
She estimates that “on average more than 300 women hours were  provided by individual members of the Negotiating Committee and the CFUW Executive Director for research, analysis and written recommendations provided to GWI,” with  well in excess of this being expended by the chair and president. She further reiterates “This consultative work was well received by GWI and assessed at in-kind value in the amount of CHF 23,465 for the year 2018 and  CHF 22,014 for year 2019” 
 
Ms. Racanelli states relative to the projected dues for 2020, “At this point we need to ask and must depend on CFUW membership to provide a new solution.”
 
Conclusion: 

The Negotiating Team is pleased that this period of negotiations has concluded. We realize, however,  that much remains to be done to activate some of the MOU provisions. We look to you to help find a solution to additional funds needed for the 2020 GWI dues.  
 
Thank you again for your cooperation during this process,
Grace Hollett

National President-Presidénte Nationale
CFUW-FCFDU

 

Club Action Newsletter: July 10, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW Town Hall Agenda and Information

CFUW Town Hall Agenda and InformationJuly 15, 20197:30 pm Eastern, 4:30 pm PacificInternet WebinarDiscussion dial-in:  877-366-9096 – for those who wish to join the discussion
Conference ID 2095; PIN 6706111

Town Hall Format:

  • All participants will be invited to practice voting at the beginning of the July 15thmeeting.
  • Three presentations will provide overviews of the GWI Resolutions—Constitutional Resolutions, Policy Resolutions and Internal Resolutions.
  • Each presentation will be followed by an open discussion - see below on how to join the discussion
  • After the discussion, a poll will appear in the Town Hall screen and voting delegates will be asked to cast their vote — you do not need a separate tab to cast your vote. 

Town Hall Agenda:

Welcome

CFUW President Grace Hollett
Meeting Rules
CFUW Parliamentarian and Town Hall Moderator Elizabeth Haynes
Practice Vote
Review of GWI Standing Rules and Constitutional Amendments
CFUW Bylaws Chair Lori Ker
Review of GWI Policy Resolutions
CFUW VP IR Joy Hurst, CFUW VP Advocacy Cheryl Ambrose,
Review of GWI Finance Resolutions
CFUW VP Finance Dominique Racanelli
 
OneCast Webinar Information:

  • You can register for the CFUW Town Hall at this link:
    https://onecast.thinkpragmatic.com/ses/KqtqwQAO2FEvR90o__6GRg~~
  • For the purposes of the poll, one member per club may serve as a voting delegate. Other club members who wish to attend the Town Hall on a separate computer or mobile device must register. All attendees will be able to speak by joining the dial-in portion of the presentation at the appropriate time. Only voting delegates may respond to the poll.
  • Registrants will receive an email confirming registration. The email contains a link that will take you directly to the webinar. 
  • The presentation can be viewed and listened to on any internet capable device—computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or smart TV. You will need speakers but you do not need a microphone.
  • If you wish to participate in the discussion, you must join the teleconference by calling this number: 877-366-9096 and enter the conference id: 2095 and pin: 6706111 when prompted.  You will be placed in a speaker queue and will be called on to speak in turn.  You may keep the townhall webinar open while you are in the queue. Mute your computer speakers when you are called on to speak.
  • If you choose to listen only—you will do that through the internet webcast. 
  • The screen shot below is what you will see when you follow the link provided in your registration confirmation. Once the meeting begins, a power point presentation will be visible.

Reminder: CFUW AGM Early Bird Registration 


The deadline to receive The Early Bird Discount on registration fees for the AGM on August 15-17 is this Friday, July 12th. You can register here: 
https://www.proreg.ca/events/cfuw/2019/welcome.php

BILL C-71 has become law!

                           

CONGRATULATIONS!  WE DID IT!  BILL C-71 passed the senate!
 
A big thank you to all who participated in the passing of Bill-C 71 by the Senate. The bill has received royal assent and has become law. This is a necessary step to reducing gender based violence by strengthening gun control. We thank the clubs and individual members who contacted each of their respective provincial senators.

However, our actions need to continue as we remember the 14 women who died at the Montreal Massacre. CFUW policy addresses the need for gun control in Canada. We have a federal election coming up in the fall. We must take action and ask candidates about their party’s position on banning hand guns and assault weapons. Let us keep going and again, well done.

GWI News

 

IAW News
  

Important Dates and Deadlines


July 12: Deadline for AGM Early Bird Registration
July 15: Virtual Town Hall
July 15: Deadline to purchase a congratulatory Ad
August 12: Final Registration Date for AGM 
August 15-17: 2019 AGM & Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba



Club Action Newsletter: July 4, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW Charitable Trust Online Auction Begins July 5th!


The CFUW Charitable Trust will be hosting an online auction starting tomorrow, July 5, 2019. The Charitable Trust has received a generous donation of five Bruce Head originals for sale online and at the AGM. 

The funds raised from this auction will be used to support the Trust's initiatives in supporting women's education. The CFUW Charitable Trust has supported graduate study, literacy and creative arts through awards and fellowships since its founding in 1967. Each year they assist women university graduates, the future of our country, to further their post-secondary education. The Trust raises money to support annual Fellowships, Awards and Grants for Canadian women doing advanced graduate study and research in science, math, engineering, home economics, education, visual arts, music, humanities, and social sciences.

To learn more about the Canadian artist, and to take part in the upcoming auction, visit the web-page here

 

Request for Help in Identifying Photos for the “Scarved” Video

                          
                                     

We need your help to identify the statutes, the location of them and the club that submitted them for the CFUW “Scarved” Video. If you know, please contact Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com or toll free 1-888-220-9606. We will be presenting the video at the Winnipeg AGM. Thank you!

Membership Campaign Toolkit

This is a reminder to have a look at our 100th Anniversary Membership Campaign Toolkit and to book a reservation for the travelling exhibit for your next club event! There is an English version and a French version. Join us in celebrating and promoting CFUW and 100 years of women working together. 

CLUB NEWS

 

Perth and District Hikers Enjoy Orchids

                              

CFUW Perth and District hikers took advantage of a warm summer's day to explore and view the many Orchids while walking alongside the beautiful Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids at Purdon Conservation Area. 
 

GWI News
June 26, 2019

IAW News
 

Important Dates and Deadlines


July 12: Deadline for AGM Early Bird Registration
July 15: Deadline to purchase a congratulatory ad
August 12: Final Registration Date for AGM 
August 15-17: 2019 AGM & Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba
August 17: Deadline for IFUW pins draw at noon

Club Action Newsletter: June 20, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Reminder: Update Your Club's Executive Information

This is a reminder to ensure your Club Executive Information is up-to-date by June 28, 2019 for the 2019-2020 CFUW Directory. To do so log into the cfuwmembership.org website using your Club login. Once you are in the site you can find instructions on how to update Club information by clicking on the link in the main screen "Click here for further data entry instructions". If you need any assistance in getting your login information or in completing this process please contact Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com or at 1-888-220-9606 ext. 101. Please contact Rachel once updated, or to confirm that there are no changes.

UWC Montreal Inc. Donates $5000 in Honour of Elizabeth Monk

                                               

For CFUW's 100th Anniversary Celebration, UWC Montreal Inc. has made a donation of $5000.00 in honour of one of the Clubs founders, Elizabeth C. Monk! We would like to thank the Club for their generous contribution. To learn more about Elizabeth Monk's incredible life, read the article here

Women Deliver

More than 8,000 gender rights advocates participated in the Women DeliverConference in Vancouver June 3-6, which was the largest gathering of feminists in the world. There were very inspiring speakers including Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo Movement. Tarana is a leader in working to end racial injustice and sexual violence and has previously given a powerful TED talk.

Jody Willson Rayboult spoke at the side-conference “Feminists Deliver” and stated that the Government of Canada has stuck to the norm of managing the “indigenous problem” rather than adopting a rights and recognition framework.

The main take away from the conference was that we need to ask ourselves how we can use our power to work together to advocate for gender equality. CFUW is proud of the work that has been accomplished over the last 100 years. It is vital that we stick together to address pressing concerns including climate change, sexual violence and universal childcare. We hope to see you at our AGM to get energized to continue the fight for gender equality!

Purchase a Congratulatory Ad for CFUW's 100th Anniversary

                       

For CFUW’s 100th Anniversary, we are giving our friends and partners the opportunity to celebrate with us by purchasing a message of congratulations in our Anniversary Booklet. We are giving our Clubs and members the same opportunity. You can purchase one as an individual or as a group. We have already received an advert purchase for the booklet from Lynne Kent, VP of Membership.
 
Your announcement will appear on the CFUW website and in the Anniversary Booklet to be distributed at CFUW’s Annual General Meeting and Conference in Winnipeg in August. Information about the price and size of messages can be found here. The size of the booklet is 8 ½ x 8 ½." To place a message and/or for further information, please contact Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com; phone: 613-234-8252 x 101. We hope that you will want to celebrate with a tribute message to CFUW. The deadline to purchase an ad is July 15, 2019. 

Reminder: Register for the 2019 AGM in Winnipeg

                         

This is a reminder to register for the 2019 Annual General Meeting and Conference. The event will take place at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba from August 15-17, 2019. For instructions on how to register and for information on tours, accommodations, dining and more, please visit: 
https://www.proreg.ca/

Remember to register before July 12, 2019 to receive the Early Bird Discount on registration fees. The final deadline for registration is August 12, 2019.

Flight discounts are available if you are flying out to Winnipeg. West Jet will be offering discounted flights from August 6-26, 2019. They will be offering 5% off Econo, 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border. To take advantage of this offer use the following code at  www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online:
Z62RL70

Air Canada has been chosen as the official airline for CFUW AGM 2019. The eligible dates are between August 7-August 24, 2019. If you choose to fly Air Canada to Winnipeg, please use the following promotion code at aircanada.com:
XPMF76Q1

Launch of Final Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The National Inquiry’s Final Report: Reclaiming Power and Place outlines the high rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The report calls for urgent changes that need to be made in Canadian laws and in the wider society to address a crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country. The National Inquiry report reflects the stories from 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers. It outlines 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians.

CFUW Members should read the report and in particular consider the following calls to action that are directed at Canadians:

Decolonize by learning the true history of Canada and Indigenous history in your local area. Learn about and celebrate Indigenous peoples' history, cultures, pride and diversity, acknowledging the land you live on and its importance to local Indigenous communities, both historically and today. Using what you have learned, become a strong ally. Here is a toolkit on what it means to be an ally to indigenous communities that was created by the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network.

Membership Campaign Toolkit


This is a reminder to have a look at our 100th Anniversary Membership Campaign Toolkit. There is an English version and a French version. Join us in celebrating and promoting CFUW and 100 years of women working together.

Note Cards for Sale

                

We have newly designed note cards for sale for our 100th Anniversary. Offered in a pack of 6, the note cards pictured on the right will be sold for $5. Our older design on the left side which are also sold in a pack of 5, will be sold for a discounted price of $4. Prices do not include taxes.

If you are interesed in purchasing these items, contact our Member Engagement Coordinator, Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com

Funding Announcement for Women’s Organizations

Minister Maryam Monsef announced the Government of Canada would provide $300 million to the Equality Fund, a partnership to invest in women’s rights. Prime Minister Trudeau also launched new funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights in developing countries. Seven hundred million dollars a year, over 10 years. These are significant and historic investments for the gender rights movement.

CLUB NEWS

 

Ruth Mellor Awarded Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

                                             

We are excited to announce that our longstanding CFUW member Ruth Mellor has won the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers. This Medal recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements from across the country and abroad, celebrating a wide range of voluntary contributions. Ruth Mellor volunteers with several organizations in Kelowna, supporting women’s issues, chairing the Central Okanagan Community Gardens Society, and providing quality film options and scholarships through the Kelowna Film Society Board. A member of the Canadian Federation of University Women since 1972, she has served on the national and provincial boards. Congratulations, Ruth on this great achievement!

GWI News
May 29, 2019
June 12, 2019
 

IAW News
 

Newsletters

Abbotsford
Fredericton
Oshawa and District
Scarborough 
UWC Vancouver

Important Dates and Deadlines
 

June 28: Deadline to submit Club Executive Information
June 28: Deadline for IFUW pins draw
July 12: Deadline for AGM Early Bird Registration
July 15: Virtual Town Hall Meeting
August 12: Final Registration Date for AGM 
August 15-17: 2019 AGM & Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Club Action Newsletter: May 24, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Update Your Club's Executive Listing for the 2019-2020 Club Directory


The 2019-2020 CFUW Directory will be produced in the upcoming weeks. Please ensure your Club Executive information is up-to-date by June 28, 2019. To do so log into the cfuwmembership.org website using your Club login. Once you are in the site you can find instructions on how to update Club information by clicking on the link in the main screen "Click here for further data entry instructions". If you need any assistance in getting your login or in completing this process please contact Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com or at 1-888-220-9606 ext. 101. Please contact Rachel once updated, or to confirm that there are no changes.

2019 AGM Registration


Please remember to register for the 2019 Annual General Meeting and Conference. The event will take place at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba from August 15-17, 2019. For instructions on how to register and for information on tours, accommodations, dining and more, please visit: 

https://www.proreg.ca/


Remember to register before July 12, 2019 to receive the Early Bird Discount on registration fees. The final deadline for registration is August 12, 2019.

2018 GWI Financial Statements Revised

                                                                                 
Please click here to view the revised 2018 GWI Financial Statement. 

IFUW Pins:An Opportunity to Own a Unique Piece of History

                              
In honour of CFUW’s 100th Anniversary, we are pleased to present members with an extraordinary opportunity to own a unique piece of history. Our CFUW VP Finance, Dominique Racanelli, on her much loved antique explorations, discovered two beautiful blue enamel pins that were created in 1924 for the third IFUW International Conference in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway, held Monday July 28 to Friday Aug 1, 1924.

These two pins are being made available to the membership through a draw. For a contribution (minimum $10) in the 100th Year of both CFUW & GWI, you will get two chances to own one of these lovely pins. Please contact your Club executives to give them your contribution to be eligible to win.

Alternatively, members may send their name and payment directly to the national office at Suite 502, 331, Cooper Street, Ottawa K2P 0G5. Payment may be made by cheque (made out to Canadian Federation of University Women) or by credit card by calling Rachel Deneault at the national office at toll free 1-888-220-9606, ext. 101. When paying, please include your name, club, email and mailing address. The deadline is June 30, 2019. The draw will take place before the GWI Triennial in July 2019 and announced on July 28, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Good luck to all!

Help tell us why Universal Child Care is so important!

Tell us your story! Have you witnessed your daughter’s or son’s desperate search for licensed childcare? Have you been lending a helping hand to provide care for your grandchild because of expensive child care fees?

Or, have you just simply seen too many years go by without governments delivering on affordable, accessible and high quality childcare across the country!

We invite you to share your testimony, and help raise awareness of the impacts the child care crisis has on families, women, children and seniors! We need your help to ensure CFUW's Grandparents for Childcare campaign is a success. Please email a short blurb describing your experience to cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com!

Check out the newly released Affordable Child Care for All Plan for more information on the push for Universal Childcare in Canada!

CFUW will be at the Women Deliver Conference!

Canada will host Women Deliver at the beginning of June 2019, the world's largest gathering on #genderequality, health, rights, and well-being of women and girls! CFUW’s Advocacy Coordinator Yasmin Strautins, and VP Membership Lynne Kent, will be attending the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver from June 3-6.

Many exciting satellite events will be held in Vancouver in June that are are free and open to the public including Canadian specific programmingIndigenous Longhouse dialogues and the #Feminists Deliver Conference.

If you are located outside of Vancouver you can take part by tuning into the online live broadcasts!

Violence Against Women and Girls Award Applications Due May 31st

Almost half of Canadian women experience the devastating mental, physical, social, and financial effects of gender-based violence (GBV) in their lifetime.

Our work focuses on insuring that adequate laws, policies and programs are in place to prevent and address VAW.

If your Club has been working on the CFUW National Initiative on Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls, please download the National Initiative on VAW Report & Award Application form here to report your Club activities the and send it to both:

The deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2019

CLUB NEWS

 

The 40th AGM of the CFUW Ontario Council

                    

The 40th Annual General Meeting for the Ontario Council took place on May 10 and 11, 2019. It was a successful event and celebration featuring motivating guests such as Ana Bailão, the Deputy Mayor of Toronto and Kathleen Wynne, the Former Ontario Premier. To hear more about the empowering event, read the article here.

UWC of Montreal Inc. Announces Winners of les Olympes de la Parole School Competition

The University Women’s Club of Montreal is Proud to Announce the winners of the second North American edition of les Olympes de la Parole school competition. This year’s theme addressed the feminization of poverty and its impacts on the empowerment of women and the development of the child in Canada. Learn more about the inspiring projects these women have put forward. Congratulations to the winners! 

GWI News
May 15, 2019
 

IAW News
 

Newsletters

Abbotsford
Aurora/Newmarket


 

Important Dates and Deadlines
 

May 31: 2019 Violence against Women and Girls Award application due
May 30: New Members Award deadline
June 1: Deadline to raise funds for IWD-Inter Pares fundraising project
June 28: Update Your Club's Executive Listings
June 30: Deadline for IFUW pins draw
July 12: Deadline for AGM Early Bird Registration
August 12: Final Registration Date for AGM 
August 15-17: 2019 AGM & Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Club Action Newsletter May 9, 2019

2018 GWI Financial Statements

Several Clubs have asked if the GWI Financial Statements are available. They have just been sent to us and we are forwarding them to you.
Please click here for the 2018 GWI Financial Statements.

French Version of Advocacy Letter on Bill C-71 to increase gun control in Canada!

                                

Calling all members! Please help support Bill C-71 which would increase gun regulations in Canada and require extensive background checks and recording keeping of handguns. The French version of the advocacy letter on Bill C-71 to email or send to Senators is now available. Click here to access the document. If you have any further questions please contact Advocacy Coordinator, Yasmin Strautins cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com

I
n case you missed it, view the English version of the advocacy letter on Bill C-71 here

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Club Action Newsletter April 15, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Financial Motions Announcement for AGM 2019

Three financial motions have been received for consideration and voting at the 2019 AGM to be held in Winnipeg on August 16-17.
 
Motion 1: National Dues Increase for CFUW
The motion from the Finance Committee to the Board is for a per capita increase of $6.00 for CFUW.
 
Motion 2: National Dues Increase for GWI Membership Fees and Support Expenses
The motion from the Finance Committee to the Board is for a per capita increase of $10 for GWI membership dues and support expenses.
Please note that these two motions will be voted on separately.
 
Click here for the Two National Dues Increase Motions
 
 Motion 3: Winnipeg Motion
A financial motion for AGM 2019 has been received from CFUW Winnipeg.  This motion deals with differentiated CFUW dues for members who wish or do not wish to pay GWI dues. The Club has prepared background information for your consideration.
 
Click here for the Winnipeg motion

Grandparents for Childcare

CFUW has launched our new Grandparents for Childcare campaign in honour of our 100th Anniversary. We advocate for publicly funded child care that is high quality, accessible, affordable and inclusive across Canada.

Have you witnessed your daughter’s or son’s desperate search for licensed childcare? Or, have you just simply seen too many years go by without governments delivering on affordable, accessible and high quality childcare across the country! Tell us your story! 

You can help support Grandparents for Childcare now by submitting a testimony by April 30, 2019 describing your own personal experience. You can submit a testimony online at https://www.gpfcc.ca/ourtestimonies or by email to cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com.

Membership Campaign Toolkit

                            

This is a reminder to have a look at our 100th Anniversary Membership Campaign Toolkit here. Join us in celebrating and promoting CFUW and 100 years of women working together. 

CLUB NEWS

 


CFUW Nelson Hosts SIP Talks

                           

CFUW Nelson hosted their second SIP talks: Stories Inspire Passion on Saturday, March 30th. Seven women spoke from the heart on what inspired them in their work and their lives. It received a very warm welcome as these women spoke with passion, eliciting inspiration throughout the afternoon. 

Proceeds for the event were used for the Scholarship Fund, and a one time 100th Anniversary Scholarship will be awarded to a young woman within the community.  


Reminder of Club Merchandise Taxes

                     

With our 100th anniversary celebration this year, we're excited about all of our new merchandise products. As a reminder, all of our products are now charging tax on top of the salable price as follows: 

To purchase an item, or if you have any questions, please contact our Member Engagement Coordinator, Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com

GWI News
GWI Triennial Early Bird Info
 

IAW News
April 2019

Important Dates and Deadlines
 

April 30: Special Projects Award application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award nomination form due
May 1: International Relations Committee Award application due
May 1:  Nominations for Sage Award due
May 1: Deadline for Club Membership Dues to be sent in
May 30: 2019 Violence against Women and Girls Award application due
May 30: New Members Award deadline
June 1: Deadline to raise funds for IWD-Inter Pares fundraising project
June 20: Deadline for IFUW pins draw
July 12: Deadline for AGM Early Bird Registration
August 12: Final Registration Date for AGM 
August 15-17: 2019 AGM & Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Club Action Newsletter April 11, 2019

Advisory #1

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

AGM Registration is Now Open

Registration for the 2019 Annual General Meeting and Conference is now open! The event will take place at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba from August 15-17, 2019. For instructions on how to register and for information on tours, accommodations, dining and more, please visit: 
http://www.cfuw.proreg.ca

Remember to register before July 12, 2019 to receive the Early Bird Discount on registration fees. The final deadline for registration is August 12, 2019.

Hotel Accommodation

                  


There are only single rooms left at the Fort Garry Hotel.

Alternate accommodation is available at the Humphrey Inn & Suites, 260 Main Street, Winnipeg; Phone: 1-204-942-4222
The Humphrey Inn and Suites is a seven minute walk from the Fort Garry Hotel
The room rates are as follows:
$119.00 plus taxes based on a single or double occupancy in King Standard Rooms or Double Queen Standard Rooms.
$139 plus taxes for King or Double Queen Suites
 
Reservations may be made with the hotel by calling: 1-204-942-4222
 
Please specify that you are registering for the CFUW conference in order to receive the preferred rate.
The Group reservation code is: 156587
 
For those who might want less expensive accommodation, there is the University of Winnipeg hostel. The address is 370 Langside Street and is also called McFeetors Hall Residence.  The phone # is 204 789 1486 and the email: hostel@uwinnipeg.ca  The location is a little farther to walk but still easily doable for a walker.

Tour Schedule for Winnipeg, Manitoba's AGM

A number of exciting tours are being offered in Winnipeg, Manitoba during the Annual General Meeting and Conference on August 15-17, 2019. Some of these tours include a visit to The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Royal Canadian Mint. 
For a list of the full schedule, click here
 

AGM Flight Discount Information



We're happy to announce that both West Jet and Air Canada are offering discounted flights for Winnipeg's 2019 AGM. 

West Jet will be offering discounted flights from August 6-26, 2019. They will be offering 5% off Econo, 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border. To take advantage of this offer use the following code at  www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online:

Z62RL70

Air Canada has been chosen as the official airline for CFUW AGM 2019. The eligible dates are between August 7-August 24, 2019. If you choose to fly Air Canada to Winnipeg, please use the following promotion code at aircanada.com:

XPMF76Q1

CFUW 2019 AGM Club Displays/Poster Sessions 

We are really excited to hear about all the very positive things that Clubs are doing across the country for the 100th Anniversary. We are again providing the opportunity for Clubs to present a 'poster display' of their activities. 

CFUW Reads: Join Our Virtual Book Club

CFUW Reads is an opportunity for members across the country to connect through a virtual book club. Many of our in person book clubs close for the summer which is when members might have more time to read either in the garden, on the deck, or by the lake. To join and to get more details please visit the CFUW Book Club Facebook Page. Members will be nominating the books and the club will run from
June to August 2019.

Submit Your Clubs Donation Records

This is a friendly reminder to submit your clubs donation records as soon as possible. Follow the step-by-step guide we have provided for assistance.
 

New Merchandise and Tax Information

In honour of CFUW's 100th anniversary, we are selling a variety of new club merchandise products including water bottles, mugs and pens. Going forward all our products will charge  taxes on top of the set price. For more information on the purchasing of items and tax guidelines contact our Member Engagement Coordinator, Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com

UWCM Member Appointed to Audit Sexual Abuse Claims

                                  

UWCM is proud to announce that their member, the Honourable Anne-Marie Trahan was appointed to the Montreal Archdiocese on March 27, 2019 to conduct an audit of sexual abuse claims levelled at the church over a span of nearly seven decades. Congratulations Anne-Marie!

Radio Interview with Sandra Shaw, CFUW President of the Perth and District, ON

                                  

Sandra Shaw, President of the Perth and District CFUW gave an illuminating interview on CFUW's 100th Anniversary with In Focus. Sandra discussed our organization’s projects to improve the status of women and advocate for human rights. Click here to listen!

Newsletters

CFUW Aurora
CFUW Fredericton
CFUW Kelowna
CFUW Oshawa and District
CFUW Perth and District
CFUW Richmond
CFUW Sudbury
CFUW UWC Vancouver


 

           GWI News                                             IAW News
         Press Release
          April 3, 2019

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Club Action Newsletter: February 25, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

The first step of the CFUW Articles and Bylaws amendment process has been completed. The Articles and Bylaws Committee (the Committee) received one (1) proposal to amend the bylaws (beginning on page 2). This proposal has been vetted and accepted by the Committee. 

The second step is the distribution of the proposed amendment. Click this link to find the amendment, and its rationale for consideration. If during your consideration of the material, you have questions or inquiries you wish to make, these must be sent in writing to the Chair of the Articles and Bylaws Committee to lori.ker@gmail.com

The third step is the submission of Amendments to the proposed Bylaw Amendment. The due date for Amendments to the Amendment is April 15, 2019. The correct form (Form 2) must be used and submitted on or before this date to lori.ker@gmail.com. Form 2, along with the procedures, may be found at this link here.
 
All Amendments to the Amendment will be forwarded to the proposers for consideration after being vetted by the Committee. The package of compliant amendments to the proposed amendment, along with the final wording of the Proposed Bylaw Amendment, will be distributed to the Clubs, Regional Directors and members of the Board of Directors before the AGM. If it is not possible, such material shall be distributed to members of the voting body on arrival at the AGM. At the AGM, only proposed Amendments to the Proposed Bylaw Amendment properly received and compliant will be allowed from the floor.

Lori Ker
Chair, Articles and Bylaws Committee

Call for CFUW Delegates to the 2019 GWI Triennial

The GWI/IFUW Triennial General Assembly will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from July 25 – 28, 2019. 
 
If you wish to be considered to be either a delegate or an alternate, the application form is available online here. Please be aware that you must be willing to attend the business meetings and participate fully in the work of the delegation.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Joy Hurst, VP International Relations, jghurste@gmail.com.
 
Please note that CFUW”s voting status has yet to be determined, however, regardless of the decision on this issue, CFUW will have a delegation attending this historical event.
 
The deadline for receipt of your application by email to National Office – cfuwed@rogers.com  is March 15, 2019.
 
For information on the GWI Triennial, please visit:  https://www.graduatewomen.org/

UNCSW63

UNCSW63 is fast approaching, and while our CFUW delegates will be there to participate in person, we would like to give the opportunity for all members who are not attending the session, to be home observers.

"UNCSW63 Home Edition" invites CFUW members to view the events straight from their computer or device, using THIS LINK.

If members would like to receive daily tips during the event and receive preparatory materials about the session, they should contact Shelagh Stevens: shelagh007@gmail.com, member of the International Relations Committee and past UN Peacekeeper, by Feb 27, 2019.

IWD Award 2019

We are looking forward to hearing about all of the international work that clubs are engaged in across Canada. Share  your your club's activities for International Woman’s Day by submitting your activity for the CFUW International Woman's Day Award.  Examples of past club activities are a film screening with panel discussion, hosting a speaker, special event, projects that contribute to raising awareness of international women’s issues and raising the profile of your local club or provincial council. Submission of annual events or initiatives that are done in partnership with other organizations are welcomed. 

2019 International Women's Day(IWD) Award nomination form

International Women's Day
Fundraising Project

CFUW’s International Women’s Day Fundraising Project for 2019 is “Promoting Justice for Women in Antioquia, Colombia” a project supported by Inter Pares and implemented by their Colombian counterpart, Humanas. CFUW is thrilled to partner with Inter Pares, an organization that has worked for over 40 years with organizations from around the world to build peace, advance justice and globalize equality. The deadline to raise funds for the Inter Pares project in Colombia is June 1, 2019. We hope CFUW members will consider donating to the Inter Pares IWD project to support strategic litigation for women and girls that were victims of sexual and gender-based violence in Colombia’s armed conflict.

Click here for more information.

IAW Positions

Dear IAW Network,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Ad Hoc Selection Committee responsible for filling the positions of Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Members of the Finance Committee.  With the support of President Joanna Manganara, Secretary General Olufunmi Oluyede, Treasurer Rosy Weiss, Azadeh Khalili, Kalyani Raj and the good will of the IAW network to spread the word, I have all the confidence that we will be successful in filling these positions with experienced, committed members to carry on the work of Rosy Weiss and the Finance Committee to the benefit of the organization.

Please find attached the following documents prepared for your information in a call to service.

1. Treasurer’s Guidelines

2. Terms of Reference of the Ad Hoc Selection Committee

3. Expression of Interest Form

4. Art. XIII (6) of the By-laws adopted 2017 governing the composition of the Finance Committee

Cheryl HaylesChair of the Ad Hoc Selection Committee  for the positions of Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Finance CommitteeVP North America

CFUW NEWS

The CFUW Creative Arts Award application deadline has been extended to April 1, 2019. The Award promotes interest and involvement in the creative arts by engaging audiences and inspiring discussion. The amount of the award is normally $4,000, and is set by the CFUW Charitable Trust budget. It is awarded biannually.
Click here for the guidelines.

If your club has fewer than 50 members, you may be able to receive a grant to send a member of your executive to the national AGM in August 2019. The grant may be put towards some of the expenses for AGM registration, travel, and/or accommodation costs for the event in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The application deadline is March 31, 2019.
Click here for the application form.

Please click here for a letter from CFUW National regarding the use of copyright images, and free websites you can use to avoid this issue.

Sandra Millen, The Chair of 2019 AGM Local Arrangements Committee has updated her contact information:

Tel : 204-489-5864, 204-389-3738
Email : millens@mts.net

If you need to get in touch with her regarding the 2019 AGM in Winnipeg, please use the information above.

Correction

: In the previous Message from the President that went out on Friday, February 22, the President of CFUW Ottawa was mistakenly named as Heather Lester. The correct name is Heather Lewis. We apologize for this error.

Newsletters

 

CFUW Abbotsford
CFUW Kelowna
CFUW Nepean
CFUW Saskatoon
CFUW White Rock/Surrey
UWC Montreal Inc.
UWC North York
UWC Vancouver
 

If you would like to have your newsletter, events, and/or speakers publicized, please email the information to cfuwgen@rogers.com.

GWI News
February 6
February 20

IAW News
February 2019

Important Dates and Deadlines


March 8: International Women’s Day and start of International Women's Week

March 11-22: UNCSW63, New York City
March 31: Small Club Grants applications due
April 1: Creative Arts Award applications due
April 15: Deadline for Proposed Amendments to the Amendment to the Articles and Bylaws
April 30: Special Projects Award application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award nomination form due
May 1: International Relations Committee Award application due
May 1:  Nominations for Sage Award due
May 30: 2019 Violence against Women and Girls Award application due
May 30: New Members Award deadline
June 1: Deadline to raise funds for IWD-Inter Pares fundraising project
June 20: Deadline for IFUW pins draw
August 15-17: 2019 AGM & Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Club Action Newsletter January 24, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Welcome to 2019-CFUW's 100th year!

Message from the President

Please be advised that we are asking all CFUW Clubs to submit their membership numbers for the 2018 year. Like last year, we request that you visit the CFUW Membership Website and log in using your Club's unique username and password. You can also print out your invoice on the site. Any Club that submits their membership numbers by February 7, 2019 will be eligible for the draw for an HD digital photo frame.

CFUW Pay Equity Workshop

This past Saturday, January 19, CFUW hosted a workshop titled “Negotiating Fair Pay: Empowering Women Entering the Workforce” at the Queen University's Female Leadership in Politics Conference. The goal was to provide students with important information about pay equity and skills that can help them negotiate for a better offer of employment. The workshop also intended to raise the profile of CFUW and motivate students to sign up to take part in Young Working Women. The workshop shared important statistics such as women working full-time, earn on average, 26% less than men earn in Canada, and it takes women 15.5 months to earn what a man earns in 12, according to the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition.
 
It was wonderful to see the participants so engaged, and to listen to their experiences and stories about the gender wage gap and negotiating for a job offer. We received very positive feedback, and approximately 50 participants signed up to receive more information about joining CFUW, and how to take part in the Young Working Women initiative. Overall, the workshop was successful in imparting key facts and statistics about the gender wage gap, in addition to information about the important work being done by CFUW.

Request for Photos for CFUW History Book

Canadian Women in Winnipeg at inaugural meeting of CFUW, 1919. Margaret McWilliams, CFUW's first president, is front and centre

When reviewing the photographs that are held at national office to find appropriate ones for the CFUW history book, it has been noted that while there are hundreds of pictures dating from 1980, there are very few prior to that date. We are asking Clubs to send us photos that date before 1980 which might be relevant to the contents of the book. It would be greatly appreciated if you could send the photos to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com by February 28, 2019. 

For more information and the outline of CFUW history book, please click here.

Call for Nominations for the GWI Board, All Committees and for Assistant Treasurers

GWI has issued a call for nominations for the GWI Board, all Committees and for Assistant Treasurers in Circular 1/2019. The job descriptions and application forms are found in the Circular.
 
Interested members may submit a nomination form to the National Office.
The National Office will:

  • Ensure that current GWI procedures have been followed
  • Applications will be reviewed by the VP International Relations
  • The VP International Relations will make recommendations regarding the nominations to the Board of Directors
  • Once approved by the Board of Directors, will forward completed packages to GWI.

The deadline to return applications to the national office is: February 8, 2019.  Applications should be sent to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com. GWI must receive all nominations by February 21, 2019 (the date was extended from February 7 to 21).

CLUB NEWS

Congratulations to UWC of Montréal whose Olympes de Parole contest has been nominated for a 2019 World Summit on the Information Society PrizeWe encourage you, your club members, friends and families to support UWCM by voting for the project.

Online voting is now open– deadline for votes is 10th of February. It is open to the public, so anyone can vote.

How to vote?

1.  Go to the link
2.  Register as a new user
3.  Log in to your account
4.  Go to the “Voting Form”
5.  Vote in each of 18 category (only then is your vote valid!)

Click here for a video on how to vote

Please do not forget to follow WSIS on Facebook and other social media:
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Newsletters

 

CFUW Coquitlam
CFUW Guelph
CFUW Nepean
CFUW Oshawa and District

CFUW Richmond
CFUW Scarborough
CFUW Sudbury
UWC North York

GWI News
December 26 2018
January 9 2019
January 23 2019

 

IAW News
President's Newsletter- January 2019



This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Welcome to 2019- the 100th Anniversary of CFUW!

 
 2019 is an exciting time for CFUW as we celebrate our first centennial.
 
During 2019, we will have the unique opportunity to tell our stories and to showcase the impact of CFUW in our accomplishments at the local, provincial, national and international levels.  During 2019, CFUW is setting the stage for vibrant growth over the next century in its work on women’s rights, education and social justice.  
 
The slogan for the Anniversary is: 100 Years of CFUW – The Power of Women Working Together.  
 
In addition to the Annual General Meeting to be held in Winnipeg in August at the same hotel as the founding meeting, there will be the Notable Women Awards, the Sage Awards, the unveiling of a CFUW plaque by the Government of Canada, the additional $100,000 to be given out for the 100th Anniversary Scholarships, the 100thAnniversary Membership Campaign; the advocacy initiative for 2019 on Grandparents for Childcare and the publication of the CFUW History book.
 
To assist clubs with their plans for this year, this edition of the newsletter contains the 100th Anniversary toolkit; the 100th Membership Campaign toolkit; a report from the Membership Committee about information gathered from clubs on recruitment and retention; information on the draw for the IFUW pins; the Name the CFUW History Book Contest and the new advocacy initiative and website for Grandparents for Childcare.
 
 Thank you CFUW Members for all you are doing and all the plans you are making for the CFUW 100th Anniversary.
 
                             

Grace Hollett                                           Doris Mae Oulton

National CFUW President                   Chair, CFUW 100th Anniversary Committee

100th ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN

 

The 100th Anniversary Toolkit contains messaging for the celebration, branding, press release templates, tips for outreach and community engagement, and information on the Sage Awards.

Click here

to access it.

The 100th Anniversary Membership Campaign Toolkit contains key messaging for the campaign; tips on recruiting and retaining members, branding, marketing, suggested target markets, E-clubs and resources.

Click here to access it.

Membership Report
 

The CFUW Membership Committee undertook extensive work in speaking with CFUW clubs across the country about recruitment and retention. Their report includes what strategies have worked; what success looks like; why members stay; steps taken by some clubs in targeting soon-to-be retired and retired women and other tips.

Click here to access it.

ADVOCACY

Grandparents for Child Care - 100th Anniversary Advocacy Campaign
 

CFUW has launched our new Grandparents for Childcare campaign in honour of CFUW’s 100th Anniversary. This is a joint initiative with Child Care Now and is supported by grandparents invested in the well-being of their children and grandchildren. We advocate for publicly funded child care that is high quality, accessible, affordable and inclusive across Canada. 

Get involved in Grandparents for Childcare by signing up for our newsletter on the new website https://www.gpfcc.ca. Please help support the campaign by submitting a testimony by April 30, 2019 on the website describing your own personal experience. Have you witnessed your child’s dire search for licensed childcare? Have you been lending a helping hand to provide care for your grandchild because of expensive child care fees? Or, have you just simply seen too many years go by without governments delivering on affordable, accessible and high quality childcare across the country? We invite you to share your testimonies, and help raise awareness on the impacts the child care crisis has on Canadians! Help tell us why Universal Child Care is so important!

100th Anniversary Initiatives

Historian Dianne Dodd expects to have a draft of her book on the history of CFUW ready by late spring and the publisher, Second Story Press, has agreed to consider our suggestions for the title. If Second Story Press selects your suggested title, CFUW will award a prize to the winner.

Click here to read more about the history book, and the contest for naming rights.
 
Please send your suggestions with your name and email address to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com by February 15, 2019.  Please mark the subject of the email “Name CFUW History Book Contest”.

IFUW Pins – An Opportunity to Own a Unique Piece of History
 

In honour of CFUW’s 100th Anniversary, we are pleased to present members with an extraordinary opportunity to own a unique piece of history. Our CFUW VP Finance, Dominique Racanelli, on her much loved antique explorations, discovered two beautiful blue enamel pins that were created in 1924 for the third IFUW International Conference in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway, held Monday July 28 to Friday Aug 1, 1924.

These two pins are being made available to the membership through a draw. For a contribution (minimum $10) in the 100th Year of both CFUW & GWI, you will get two chances to own one of these lovely pins.
Please contact your Club executives to give them your contribution to be eligible to win.


Good luck to all!

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