Club Action Newsletters



September 27, 2017

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 News

Women's History Month: Calling all #InfluentialWomen

October is Women’s History Month in Canada. To celebrate, CFUW will be using our social media platforms to highlight some of the many amazing members across the country who are leaders, influencers, advocates and have taken actions to improve the status of women, break boundaries, mentor and raise up strong women in their community.  Do you know someone in your club that fits this description? We want to hear from you! Tell us about a woman who started a local campaign, spread awareness about important women’s issues, invested time in other women, overcame a challenge in her life, etc!

We will be posting a new #CFUWInfluentialWoman each week during the Month of October. If you have a member from your club that you would like to see featured on our facebook and twitter, please send over a photo and a short write up (20-50 words max) by throughout the Month of October- the earlier the better!  

Voting on GWI Motion 

On Tuesday October 27, the GWI Voting survey was sent out to all the club presidents and authorized club members with questions relating to the upcoming Motions to increase member fees. Please submit your votes by October 15, 2017. If no representative from your club received this voting survey, please contact Jenna at cfuwgen@rogers.com. If you have not yet completed your club's Voting Authorization form, please find it here (right click to download) and send it to Jenna no later than October 10th. If you would like more information on the GWI motions, you can find the Resolution documents here

Upcoming Webinars

There are two upcoming webinars in the next two months. Webinars have limited capacity, so if you would like to sign up, please contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com. Find more information about the webinars here

FundScrip Webinar 

When: Thursday, October 26th at 2:00pm EST (1 hour)
What: This webinar will provide additional information about the program and let you hear from clubs who have been using the fundraising model for years.
Who: Mary Ann Roscoe, CFUW Sudbury.
Claudine Thompson, FundScrip Coach.Biteable Webinar
When: Friday, November 17th, 12:30 EST (45 Min)
What: This webinar will instructions as to how to log on to CFUW’s Biteable account as well as training on how you can develop and publish promotional, educational, and social videos for your club to use
Who: Nadia Ramundo and Slavena Kiryakova, CFUW Montreal

Advocacy

CFUW endorses a statement on the Treaty to ban nuclear weapons 

  • CFUW through the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) signed onto a statement calling on the Government of Canada to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read the full statement here. 

CFUW endorses a statement on the latest violence against the Rohingya population in Myanmar

  • On September 26th, 2017 a group of 30 Canadian civil society organizations called on the Canadian Government to use all necessary diplomatic channels to ensure the cessation of the ongoing hostilities, to protect the human rights of Rohingya people, and denounce the exactions perpetrated by the Myanmar military. The Rohingya communities are subject to discriminatory policies and violence since the 1970s.  They are now facing renewed violence from Myanmar’s military causing massive displacement and the rape trafficking and murder of Rohingya women and children. Read the joint statementhere. For more information click here 

CFUW’s letter to Minister Monsef following funding announcements for Gender Equality

  •  In a letter addressed to the Minister of Status of Women, CFUW welcomed the Government of Canada’s recent investments in gender equality projects including the most recent announcement of $2.2 million in British Columbia. The organization also underlined the socio-economic importance of these investment and urged the government to take an additional step and supply the gender equality program with the necessary funding to achieve its goals. Currently, Status of Women Canada and its programs receive only 1/100th of a percent of federal program spending. Read the complete statement here.

Vigils to Honour MMIWG

  • October 4th is coming up! As part of CFUW’s National Initiative on Violence against Women we invite clubs to gather in memory of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and in support to their families. We encourage clubs to raise awareness and show their solidarity by sending/posting pictures of the activities they participated in on that day. Consult the Native Women's Association of Canada website to attend or plan a vigil in your community. See a list of existing vigils here and read more about how to plan one in your community. 

Call for Action : Help get more money in the federal budget for child care.

  • We invite the CFUW members to tell the finance committee stories about the state of childcare in Canada.  Be creative: tell a personal story, hold a sign or wear a t-shirt, bring your children/grandchildren, share the microphone with your coworkers, friends and neighbours – after all, child care affects all of us. Find out the nearest open Pre-Budget Consultations, for more details click here.


CFUW Clubs News

  • Members of the Nelson and District Canadian Federation of University Women  gathered at Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson on Sunday to celebrate 50 years of advocating for women and girls and to hear Vancouver Sun journalist Daphne Bramham speak. Read more here
  • CFUW Parksville/Qualicum co-hosted a documentary do discuss the importance of getting rid of plastic bags and their negative effect on the environment. Read the story here
  • Congrats to CFUW Kelowna who hosted their 3rd successful fashion show fundraiser and raised over $11,000! Read more about the event here
  • After 7 years, Pattu Johnsen is stepping aside as president for CFUW Lethbridge as their newest president, Charmain Bonifacio, takes over. The club was featured in their local news and you can read the full interview and story here
  • CFUW Georgetown is sponsoring an event to host Henriette Thompson, director of public witness for social and ecological justice for the Anglican Church of Canada, who will give a presentation titled, 'Truth, Reconciliation and the 150th: Perspectives on the Sesquicentennial.' The talk is the first in the Halton Hills Lecture Series. Read more here.

GWI NewsGWI Update September 2017

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Important Dates
Sept 29-30:  Prairie Gathering, Edmonton
Oct 14:  Atlantic Council Meeting, Moncton
Oct 19: Ontario North Fall Gathering, Haliburton Highlands
Oct 21:  Ontario Huron Fall Gathering, Owen Sound
Nov 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2018
Jan 15: Deadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

September 7, 2017

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 News

Updates on Membership Benefits 

More UPS Savings:

We have great news! UPS has INCREASED the amount of discount it offers CFUW Members. Now you can get up to 40% off all you shipping costs through UPS. Read more here

Via Rail - How to get the discount without a membership card:

Booking a ticket with ViaRail, but don't have a member card from your club? No worries! You will still get the discount by using the promo code, and printing off a temporary membership card at this link here or go the Membership Website --> Member Discounts--> Via Rail--> Membership card template. [Username: viewonly password: cfuw4321]. Contact Jenna if you have any questions: cfuwgen@rogers.com

Biteable Video Resource:

CFUW has signed up for one year subscription for an online video builder called 

Bitable

. This program will allow your club to easily create promotional and educational videos that you can share among your members, use for presentations, and post to social media. 

If you are interested in getting the login credentials to Biteable so that you can start creating videos, please contact Jenna at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

 See this example video that CFUW Montreal created for World Human Trafficking Day: https://biteable.com/watch/world-day-against-human-trafficking-1479060  

Introducing CFUW's new Advocacy Coordinator 
Genevieve de Breyne-Gagnon became CFUW’s Advocacy coordinator at the end of August 2017. She is a dedicated and passionate women’s rights advocate. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in international law and international politics. Prior to working with CFUW, she worked in project management for the Mexican Youth Institute, supporting and developing projects in the areas of culture and gender equality. In 2016, she participated in the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) of Global Affairs Canada acting as a Gender and Citizen Participation Advisor in Peru with the NGO Ayni Desarrollo. Genevieve also participated as an intern in 2015 with the Humanitarian Funds section at the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. But her experience campaigning for human rights goes further back as she volunteered for more than 8 years with Amnesty International. She is thrilled to join CFUW’s team and look forward to working with the Clubs.

CFUW Library Award 2018: Call for Applications
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 a Library Award every two years which is available to: academic institutions, community centres, cultural centres, youth organizations or any community based organization/team/group. Please note that each submission must be nominated by a CFUW Club local to the applicant.Click here (pdf version) or click here (Word document) for the guidelines and nomination form. All completed application packages should be sent to Gail Crawford, Chair, Library and Creative Arts Committee at mgcrawford1932@gmail.com and to Robin Jackson, Executive Director, CFUW National at cfuwed@rogers.com. Questions should be directed to Gail Crawford, at mgcrawford1932@gmail.com

Applications will be accepted for the 2018 Award from: 
January 1 to March 1, 2018

Special rates to attend the 2018 BiovisionAlexandria Conference
BioVisionAlexandria is an important gathering that brings together distinguished speakers and Nobel Laureates from the four corners of the globe through rich discussions that commemorate science and the finest achievements of the human intellect. The theme of BVA 2018 is “New Life Sciences: Towards SDGs”. The conference will highlight the important role science plays with regards to achieving SDGs. For additional information about the conference go here.

To find out how to register contact Cheryl Hayles at cherylhayles@sympatico.ca 

Early Bird Offer for Hong Kong 60th Anniversary Celebration 
The Hong Kong Association of University Women invites you to join them as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary this December. Find out more details about the event here. 

Do not miss the early-bird offer which ends on 21 September!

Advocacy

CFUW and the UPR
CFUW National office is actively involved in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) under the United Nations Human Rights Council. Next April/May 2018, Canada’s policies and commitments to human rights will be carefully examined in this state-driven peer review process. As part of the consultative process with the Government of Canada and civil society, CFUW submitted on August 29th its comments on the draft outline of Canada’s third report under the UPR. CFUW urged the government of Canada to put issues related to gender violence and Indigenous peoples, particularly the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and access to safe drinking water and sanitation on First Nation Reserves, as its top priorities. See the comments here.

CFUW joins the CCEW
CFUW is joining forces with the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW) to promote women’s empowerment and advance gender equality. The CCEW is building collaborative partnerships across Canada to achieve the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact.
Find the signed statement of support here.
Click here for more information on the coalition. 

CFUW President Grace Hollet holding signed agreement between CFUW and CCEW


CFUW Clubs News

  • Thanks to the efforts of CFUW South Delta, in collaboration with other non-profits, corporate sponsors and provincial and federal funding, the first transition home will be open to at-risk women and their dependend children in the community. Read more here
  • CFUW Kanata has awarded 4 students with academic scholarships as they start school this September. Read the local news feature on the club and the students here
  • As your clubs gear up for the new season, a reminder that CFUW National is here to support you. Contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com to order club supplies including brochures and member cards. Visit the member resource page to access documents and resources on the latest advocacy campaigns (username: viewonly password: cfuw4321). And be sure to send details, photos, media highlights about events that your club puts on so that we can share with our networks. 

GWI News

Important Dates

Sept 29-30:  Prairie Gathering, Edmonton
Oct 14:  Atlantic Council Meeting, Moncton
Oct 19: Ontario North Fall Gathering, Haliburton Highlands
Oct 21:  Ontario Huron Fall Gathering, Owen Sound
Nov 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2018
Jan 15: Deadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: 
Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

August 21, 2017

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 News

International Opportunities for CFUW Members

CFUW has received multiple invitations to participate in various women's initiatives across the world. Please take a look at the following opportunities and contact Cheryl Hayes, VP International Relations if you are interested in attending:  

  1. IAW invites members to attend their 37th Congress in Nicosia, Cyprus October 20 - 28, 2017. Registration is open until September 10. Find out more information about the event and all the forms you need to participate here. 
  2. The Hong Kong Association of University Women invites you to join them as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary this December. Find out more details about the event here
  3. Mexican Federation of University Women invites GWI members to join present at their National Seminar on November 24th-25th in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. The theme of the Seminar is: Dare to Change: To a culture of substantive equality. Read more about FMUAC here. 

Announcing CFUW's latest affinity partnership: VIA Rail

CFUW has partnered with VIA Rail Canada to provide our members with a 5% discount every time they travel using VIA Rail. This 5 % discount is for all destinations, and all fare categories, with the exception of the Escape fare, and the Prestige Fare, on the Canadian (Toronto to Vancouver train). Moreover, this discount applies to your leisure travels. You can have up to 3 people (friends, family, colleagues) travelling with that can also benefit from the discount, as long as you are travelling with them.

To receive the 5% discount the next time you travel with VIA Rail, use the following Discount Code when booking: 811167. You will need to provide proof of CFUW membership (member card) along with photo identification when you pick up your tickets or when you are boarding with an electronic ticket.

Introducing Jenna Smith: New Member Engagement Coordinator

On August 14th Jenna Smith joined CFUW’s National Office, as the new Member Engagement Coordinator. Jenna moved to Ottawa last fall with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. For the past year and a half, Jenna has worked as the Partnership Coordinator for a tech start-up that worked with public lands agencies to create location-based, educational mobile games for kids. In her time as a student, Jenna acted as the President of the International Justice Mission campus chapter that worked to advocate against human trafficking and connect students to local woman’s outreach organizations. Jenna is excited to be a part of CFUW’s team and looks forward to working with all of the clubs and their members across the country.

 

Visit from the Rwanda Association of University Women

On August 18, the CFUW national office received a delegation from the Rwanda Association of University Women (RAUW).  Shamsi Kazimbaya, the Coordinator of International Relations, Shakilla Umutoni from the Rwanda High Commission and Jasmin Warkola, a young member of the Association, and who has a degree in Gender Studies,  attended the meeting.
The RAUW has 600 members, mostly young and very keen to undertake projects. They are working on such initiatives as fundraising for a women’s room at schools so when girls have their period and may not have money for sanitary napkins, they may be on their own in a classroom. They are involved in educating and encouraging young girls to go to school because once menstruation starts, many girls do not attend school.
The Association would interested in working with CFUW on some joint projects. Once she is back in Rwanda, Shamsi undertook to send us more information about possible areas of cooperation. We will share this information with Clubs.

Shakilla Umutoni,  Robin Jackson,  Shamsi Kazimbaya,  Jasmin Warkola

A New Learning Opportunity for CFUW Clubs 

This year, CFUW Oakville experimented with a new interest group by combining two concepts - book club meets MOOC. A MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants.
Now, CFUW is inviting all its members to participate in this learning opportunity. The upcoming MOOC will be focusing on Violence Against Women, find out more information about the coursehere. If you are interested in joining this course and discussion group, email Kathryn Wilkinson, wilkinsons@rogers.com or Ginny Boelhower at ginny.boelhower@sympatico.ca


Advocacy
 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day which UNESCO is celebrating under the banner ‘Literacy in a digital world’. In conjunction, the Canadian Federation of University Women highlights this important day in the series on the Sustainable Development Goals. Our purpose is to overlay a recognized Theme Day with the SDG lens in order to shine a light on and bring the conversation to everyone.
For International Literacy Day, we are intentionally making connections to SDG #4, and #5 (However, connections to any other SDG may be implied).

 

  
 

The 50/50 by 2030 Agenda is an agenda for all, and achieving it requires action at all levels. In the spirit of the 2030 Agenda, speakers from the grassroots, youth, International Non-Government Organizations have offered an account of International Literacy Day.
Visit the Member Resource Advocacy Pageto get your club involved with the International Literacy Day Initiative. 

GWI News

09 August 2017

26 July 2017

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CFUW Clubs News
 

  • CFUW Perth and District are gearing up for a new year with their first Open House on Monday September 11th. Moreover, this summer they have been busy preparing for their annual House Tour, find out more here
  • MLUWC has awarded 4 scholarships to students completing their undergraduate, masters, and law degrees. Read more about the recipients here
  • CFUW Salt Spring Island was featured in their local newspaper which highlighted the recipients of the Second Chance Bursary for Secondary School graduates and Hope Project, which has sponsored girls education in developing countries for the past 12 years. Read more here.
  • CFUW Moncton awarded 11 scholarships to female students graduating high school and another 3 scholarships to mature women in university programs. On September 20th they will host Hon Cathy Rogers as the guest speaker for their first Meet and Greet of the new year. 

Important Dates
 

October 14: Atlantic Council Meeting, Moncton
October 19: Ontario North Fall Gathering, Haliburton Highlands
October 21: Ontario Huron Fall Gathering, Owen Sound and Area Quebec Council Fall
Meeting, Quebec City
October 26: Board Meeting
October 28:Ontario Central Fall Gathering, Toronto
November 15: Deadline for intents to submit a resolution for the 2018 AGM. 

 

July 5, 2017

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 News

2017 AGM VOTE RESULTS

 

The results of the votes taken at the 2017 AGM are found in the link below.
 
Please note that there are three spreadsheets which present the votes – Results by Questions, Participant Results and Graphical Results by Question which are found at the bottom of the page.  The spreadsheet entitled Participant Results indicates how each club, board member, RD and Past President voted. The title of each vote is indicated in line 5 of the Participant Results. It should be noted that 1 means that the person voted for the motion; 2 means that the person voted against the motion.

Please note that Board members did not vote during the sessions they were chairing. Column D indicates the number of votes that each person or club has. 

On the Participant Results spreadsheet, of particular interest will be the following votes:

  • Column M - The bylaw ratification of the RD Standing Committee
  • Column P - The GWI vote
  • Column Q - The ratification of the board appointments
  • Column T - Resolution 1: The Right to Safe, Clean, Accessible and Affordable Drinking Water and Sanitation on First Nations Reserves in Canada
  • Column U – Resolution 2:  Universal Pharmacare
  • Column W - Adoption of Budget, Column 3 

Click here for the 2017 AGM Vote Results


We have listed only the most important vote results, if you wish to see any of the other results, please go to the public site for the AGM 2017. 
 

Reminder - Update your Club's Executive Listing

The 2017-2018 CFUW Directory will be produced in the upcoming weeks. Please ensure your Club Executive information is up to date by July 20, 2017. To do so log in to 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 have an unusual executive title and you need any assistance in getting your login or in completing this process, please contact Rabbi Hossain at cfuwgen@rogers.com or at 1-888-220-9606 ext. 101. 

The MATCH International Report - IWD

The MATCH International Women’s Fund thanks the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and all Clubs across Canada for supporting our “Holding Ground, Breaking Ground” project this past International Women’s Day. Read more here. 

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June 9, 2017


Greetings CFUW members! I am writing to update you on several items of interest.

Appointment of Cheryl Ambrose

I wish to announce that Dr. Cheryl Ambrose has accepted the CFUW Board
appointment of VP Advocacy.  Cheryl is currently the Regional Director for Ontario West and well versed in the promotion of advocacy among CFUW members. The attached introduction of Cheryl provides some information on her background and her involvement in CFUW. 
 
This appointment comes on the resignation, for strictly personal reasons, of Dr. Sharon Crabb on May 7, 2017.
 
Cheryl and Sharon are collaborating on making this a smooth transition and I am confident that the priorities already established for the 2017-2018 year will, with the able assistance of our Advocacy Coordinator Sarah Schattmann, guide CFUW advocacy programs nationally, regionally, and locally. Both Cheryl and Sharon will be attending the 2017 AGM, Cheryl as VP Advocacy, and Sharon as President of CFUW Fredericton and a member of the Sub-Committee Status of Women and Human Rights, Both are involved in workshop presentations.
 
Letter from Geeta Desai, GWI President

When setting up the Ad Hoc GWI Committee, Geeta had assured me that a preliminary report on GWI dues increases would be made available to NFAs around this time. It is of particular importance that CFUW  have up to date information in view of the proposed Bylaw motion to remove the requirement of membership in GWI from the Bylaws, and also in voting on the proposed budget (particularly should the dues increases decided at the GWI Triennial of August 2016 have been instated).

I am pleased to report that the preliminary report on the dues increases has been received from Geeta and is copied below. It gives us the parameters of the Ad Hoc Committee’s consideration of dues increases. It does not give an exact amount as that is yet to be decided. To put this in perspective, please note that an additional 6 Swiss Francs would be an additional $8.40 per capita for CFUW.

(The message from GWI President Geeta Desai follows.)
Update on GWI Dues – Related Consensus Building Process- June 5, 2017

  • The 16 members of the GWI Ad Hoc Committee, from USA, Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, England, Norway, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia and Japan, met for the first time on May 20, 2017.
  • Based on a revised budget, the Committee discussed a total increase of CHF 7 for the highest paying countries (for Canada, it would mean an increase of CHF 6).
  • CFUW currently pays CHF 15.5 per capita, annually. The Cape Town vote would have translated into a total increase of CHF 19 (9,5,5) for CFUW. After the first three years of this front-loaded increase, CFUW members’ annual dues would have increased to CHF 34.5 (15.5+19).
  • Instead, if the NFAs agree to the CHF 7 increase, CFUW members’ annual dues increase to CHF 21.5 (15.5+6).
  • While the increase will not be more than CHF 7 (for CFUW 6), there is a good possibility that it may be lower – CHF 6 or 5 (for CFUW members 5 or 4). There is also the possibility that there will be no increase. While not ideal, the Board is prepared to manage GWI and provide services with the current level of revenues generated by dues.
  • Ad Hoc Committee members have undertaken the responsibility to speak to their respective NFAs and additionally two NFAs to settle the dues increase and a range of other issues that will, hopefully, strengthen relationships between the GWI and its NFAs.
  • When the increase will be implemented will also be among the Committee’s recommendations based on its dialogue with NFAs.
  • Committee members will turn in their reports on conversations with the NFAs by June 20 and the committee will meet shortly thereafter to finalize recommendations to the GWI Board.
  • According to Swiss Law, the General Assembly – GA (comprised of NFA delegates for the next three years), is the GWI’s supreme decision-making body. Also according to Swiss law, the GA can amend its own vote regarding the increase and can vote on another amount entirely. The GWI Constitution offers the facility of an electronic vote to its NFAs, between face – to – face meetings.
  • Although the GA has changed its own vote by not adhering to the Cape Town vote, it will have to do so formally. At which point the GWI board will make a new motion informed in large part by the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee. The constitution calls for four months between a motion and a manual vote but is not clear about this duration before an electronic vote.
  • While we will check with Constitutional Advisors, it is safe to assume that a similar amount of time will be given to NFAs between a new motion and their electronic vote.
  • Whether there is an increase or not, there will have to be a motion regarding the Cape Town vote, which will be made shortly after the Ad Hoc Committee’s final recommendations.

Grace, as always, thanks to CFUW members for their continued interest in

and support for GWI.

Geeta 

GWI Financial Information and Analyses 

The GWI financial information received on May 30, 2017 was posted earlier on the Member Resources website. CFUW requested an analysis from each of two financial experts and with their permission, this has also been posted.
The links to the financial documents supplied by GWI and the analyses undertaken by our two financial experts are found below.
 

Grace Hollett
CFUW National President

GWI Financial Information

Request from VP International for Information on Clubs Supporting Refugee Families

If your club has been involved in sponsoring or supporting a refugee family please send a note to the VP International Relations at cherylhayles@sympatico.ca by June 15th.  We are interested in finding out the number of persons in the family and the level of continued support the club has provided for the family.



May 8, 2017

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 Register for the 2017 AGM before May 23, 2017


The CFUW Annual General Meeting and Conference will take place in Richmond, British Columbia from June 22 - 24, 2017. The opening reception will start at 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 22, followed by the Learning and Development Day and evening banquet on Friday, and the Business sessions on Saturday. Board and RDs will have pre and post AGM meetings as well. The Local Arrangements committee has arranged a program of tours for delegates and guests starting on June 21st. 

For instructions on how to register and for information on tours, accommodation, dining and more, please visit:

https://www.proreg.ca/events/cfuw/2017/welcome.php

Please read the AGM Registration Information Guide before registering.

If any problems with the registration form, please report them tocfuw@ProReg.ca or call ProReg Registration Solutions toll-free at 1-866-760-2005.
 
Remember to register before May 23, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Discount on registration fees. The final deadline for registration is June 13, 2017.
 
Club Displays – Reminder  
Clubs are invited to submit their Club name to present a poster display of their activities. Space for five displays will be available in the foyer. If Clubs wish to have such a display, they should submit their request to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com  by May 26, 2017. Guidelines for the displays are attached.

CFUW Charitable Trust (CT) Boutique – Reminder


We invite all delegates and members to visit the CT Boutique.

To make the Boutique a success, delegates are asked to help by donating an item for sale that will catch  your eye and interest to buy.

What to donate?  Jewellery, art cards (celebration and seasonal), paintings, handcraft items, culinary treats, preserves, and collectibles are gratefully accepted.

More details coming soon about the location of the Drop-Off depot for your items and hours of operation.

Looking forward to seeing you in Richmond!

RESULTS OF THE CFUW FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS  FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018 

Download full list of winners here.

National Health and Mobility Survey for Adults 45+

Here is a chance to participate in a study funded by the University of Waterloo International Research and Partnership Grant to examine the effects of health on mobility among Canadians. The aim is to determine how health as well as physical, cognitive and social factors influence injury rates including driving and fall related accidents. To learn more or participate click here.

Young Professionals Subcommittee Film Screening 


NGO CSW/NY is excited to be among an amazing list of partners (ranging from British Airways, Refinery29, The Global Fund for Women, and many more) behind a global initiative happening on May 10th, called 50/50 Day with over 8,000 film screenings worldwide. We hope you’ll join us!

Join our YP 50/50 event, or host your own! 
About 50/50 Day (watch 2 min trailer here): 
On May 10th, thousands of organizations, companies, schools, museums, libraries and homes -- anywhere people already gather --- will join a global conversation about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world. 
All participating groups will:

  1. Screen the 20 minute film 50/50 (watch it here) by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain 
  2. Tap into a 24 hour livecast Q&A that unifies all the film screenings and features prominent leaders from diverse perspectives discussing how to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society: business, politics, culture, society, and home. 
  3. Engage with printed discussion materials to dive deeper into conversation

 
Host Your Own 50/50 Day Event
Everything is free thanks to generous grants and donations. All you need to do is sign up at 50-50day.org  (takes 2 minutes). Once you have registered the 50/50 Day hosts will be in touch via email to help you organize your events. 
Please help spread the word about this global initiative to your community! 


Advocacy


Delays to Reforming the Access to Information Act
CFUW  joined over 50 Canadian civil society organisations and citizens to send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on April 4th, asking him to renew the commitment of his government to reform Canada’s woefully outdated Access to Information Act. Notwithstanding strong pledges to amend the Act during the election campaign and afterwards, including in its 2016-2018 Open Government Partnership (OGP) action plan, the government announced two weeks ago that it was delaying the promised reforms. The letter calls on the government to make a clear and formal commitment to move forward with the reform process and to pass amendments at the very latest by the end of 2018. You can read the statement here (pdf).

This is an important issue affecting all Canadians as we rely on the ATI Act to obtain vital information from our government. We strongly urge you to write to your local MP to continue to apply pressure on the government to move forward with these necessary reforms. You can use the following template (doc) to send a letter to your local MP. 

GWI News
 

Update Newsletters:

Courtesy of the Personal Insurance: Top tips for buying home insurance

Spring is peak home buying season, and for many people, buying a home is the biggest financial investment they’ll ever make. Most homeowners simply can’t afford to replace or repair damage caused by unforeseen circumstances such as fire, storm damage or theft of their belongings. Home insurance protects you by covering the cost of repairing or replacing what’s lost or destroyed.  

The following tips will help you understand what is (and isn’t) covered by home insurance, and give you some ideas for making your home insurance more affordable. Read more here.


CFUW Clubs News

  • Canadian Federation of University Women Stratford requests city-wide plastic water bottle ban. Read more here.
  • Women academics urge action on gender pay gaps at universities. Read more here.
  • CFUW house tour event to feature heritage house in Thorold. Read more here.
  • CFUW hosting Annual House Tour. Read more here.

Important Dates


May 15, 2017 Deadline for Emergency Resolutions

May 15, 2017 Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations Reporting

June 22-25th, 2017 CFUW AGM and Conference

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March 27, 2017

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Indigenous Peoples Film Festival 2017
2017 is Canada’s Sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary.  Many celebrations and events are planned across the country but for many people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, Canada exists on stolen land as this was not an empty space waiting to be populated.   Through the Indigenous Study Group, CFUW is inviting Clubs, interest groups and individuals to learn more about our First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage in this the 150th year since Confederation. Read more about the film festival here in MS Word and PDF.

Reminder -  Where to Find Finance Reports
 
Finance reports are found on the Member Resource website- www.cfuwadmin.org user name: viewonly; password- cfuw4321. The reports are filed under Governance - Financial Documents. Finance reports are reviewed by the Finance Committee and then sent to the Board for review and acceptance. Once they are reviewed by the Board, the reports are posted on Member Resource website. With some exceptions, the reports appear on the website monthly.


Advocacy


The 2017 Federal Budget was unveiled March 22nd 2017. It included a much anticipated gender-based analysis, which highlighted the many areas in which gender inequalities exist in Canadian society. Investments in social infrastructure and housing and commitments to childcare and continuing education are some of the cornerstones of this budget and mark a welcomed step towards addressing gender inequalities in Canada. Nevertheless, much more work is needed the areas of care - child and elder, parental benefits, continuing education, youth employment, Gender-Based Violence, Climate Change, Affordable Housing and Social Infrastructure, Poverty reduction for seniors, and regressive tax measures, which negatively impact women. CFUW applauds the Federal Government's commitment to creating a gender equal Canada and is committed to working with the Government on these issues to create a more equitable future for all Canadians.

To read more on CFUW's reaction to the budget:
Press Release - PDF format
Full Response - PDF format

In advance of the budget, this letter was sent to Minister Monsef supporting the development of a National Framework on Early-Learning and Childcare. Last year, the Budget allocated $500 million to developing this framework, in partnership with the Provinces, Territories and Indigenous People. It is set to be launched this year. 

Letter to Minister Monsef - PDF format









GWI Requested Financial Information

In response to the Board of Directors requestiing an up-to-date GWI budget without the increased dues and a year to date financial report, GWI has sent the two documents, which are found below:

GWI Financial Renevue and Expenditutre Statements 2015-2016-2017 - PDF format

GWI 2017 Budget (without dues increase) - PDF format

Also included for background information is the GWI 2015 Annual Report, which contains their audited financial statements for 2015 (pages 19-30)

GWI 2015 Annual Report - PDF format

GWI Updates:



CFUW Club News

February 28, 2017

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. 

  • Read this brief biography of Jean Fisher, CFUW's new RD of New Brunswick. 
  • Make sure to send in your Club Membership Dues by March 31th, 2017. Get your dues in on time and your Club will be entered for a draw to win a Bose speaker! If you have any questions regarding how to submit your dues, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Whyte, Member Services Coordinator, via email at cfuwgen@rogers.com or by phone at 1-888-220-9606 ext 101.
  • Learn more about CFUW publications and how to sign up here.
  • Congratulations to CFUW West Vancouver for winning the draw for an iPad mini! Thanks to all Clubs who submitted Membership numbers on time! 
  • After six years of service to GWI as a member of the Finance Committee and five months as the Treasurer on the current Board, Tricia Blombery has made the difficult decision to tender her resignation. Read the full statement here. 
  • Learn more about your National Office Staff - read more here about who we are and what we do.

We are pleased to welcome Sarah Schattmann as our new Advocacy Coordinator at the National Office. She has previously worked with UNICEF, UNHCR, MEDA on women economic empowerment projects and has worked as Advocacy Director with STAND Canada. She has also recently completed her Master’s degree in International Affairs from NPSIA at Carleton University. She is deeply passionate about human rights, gender equality, poverty alleviation and economic empowerment.


Advocacy

International Women's Day
As you know, we are less than TWO WEEKS away from International Women’s Day. We want to start by saying a BIG thank you for everyone’s fundraising efforts in honour of this year’s partner MATCH International. You have made a meaningful impact in the lives of women around the world standing up against gender inequality. If you haven’t made a donation yet, it’s not too late! Send a cheque to your local club who will forward to the national office and it will be put towards our MATCH International contribution.

To maximize donations, we have created a template for an Op-ed your club can use to connect with your local newspapers. You can download the template here, and adapt it to your local context.
 
Most importantly, we want to hear from you this IWD! Please share with us what your club is doing to celebrate International Women’s Day on our Facebook page (link here) or on Twitter (be sure to tag us @CFUWCA)! If you ran an interesting fundraising campaign, we would also love to hear about it so we can share it on social media. 

For clubs interested in participating in this year's '7 Days of Genius Campaign: Youth Creating Solutions for Gender Equality,' here is a useful toolkit to support your advocacy initiatives!

Letters to Ministers
With the recent signing of the United States Executive Order on immigration, refugees applying for asylum in the US are now finding themselves at greater risk of persecution. To this end, we have, on behalf of all CFUW clubs, written a letter to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, requesting him to consider repealing the Canada/United States Safe Third Country Agreement. You can find the full letter here. If you are interested in pursuing an emergency resolution on refugees in light of recent developments, please contact us at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com.

As always, we appreciate hearing about the current issues you are advocating on and how we can support you to be more effective and visible in your work! 


Club News

 

  • March 8th, International Women's Day, proclaimed as CFUW Richmond Day. Read the proclamation here.
  • CFUW Belleville key organizers in International Women's Day March. Read more here.
  • Looking smart through the ages: CFUW West Vancouver celebrates 60 years. Read more here.
  • Stop the Violence elder abuse talk at a Canadian Federation of University Women Etobicoke Valentine’s breakfast in support of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter in Etobicoke. Read more here.



GWI News


 

 

Important Dates/Deadlines
 

March 1, 2017 Creative Arts Award
March 30, 2017 Membership Awards
March 30, 2017 Club Grants
March 31, 2017 CFUW Membership Dues to be submitted.
April 30, 2017 Special Project Awards
April 30, 2017 CFUW National Initiative: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls Award
May 1, 2017 Mentorship Award Application 
May 1, 2017 International Relations Award Application 


For more information on each of these awards please follow this link to the Member Resources website.

“Preventing and Responding to Violence

Against Women and Girls:

Sexual Assault Policies in

Post-Secondary Institutions in Canada

 

February 15, 2017

To All CFUW Clubs:
 

CFUW is writing to introduce clubs to a National Initiative of a Status of Women Subcommittee. The initiative is a research project titled, “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls: Sexual Assault Policies in Post-Secondary Institutions in Canada”. The purpose of the project is to determine whether post-secondary institutions have sexual assault policies and, if so, how do the policies work in practice.
 

The Status of Women Subcommittee that is over-seeing this project has developed a package of materials that we are asking CFUW Clubs to distribute to their members. Then, we are  inviting clubs and individual members to participate in the project as volunteers by doing internet research towards finding sexual assault policies at post-secondary institutions, examining the policies, and completing a questionnaire about the policies.
 

The package includes the following:

 

1/ A four-page document with the initial motion to the CFUW Board of Directors and an overview of the project. Download document here.

2/ A two-page questionnaire that invites CFUW Clubs and members to participate in gathering data for the project. Download questionnaire here.

3/ A one-page instruction sheet for the questionnaire. Download instructions here.

4/ A 6-page list of public post-secondary institutions in Canada, their locations and websites. Download list of institutions here. 


Please take the time to review all the materials. If you have further questions or need more information, please contact:

Pam Love

email: pamlove1948@gmail.com

phone: 506-206-3255

address: 508-5 Riverside Drive

Fredericton, N.B. E3A8C2


We hope that many clubs and individuals across Canada will join us in this endeavour.

Sincerely,

Pam Love,

Chair Status of Women Subcommittee

February 7, 2017

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 News


Reminder to Clubs: Today is the final day to send in your response to the Task Force Report “CFUW’s Way Forward”. Your response needs to be sent to Robin Jackson. Please title your email:  Response to CFUW’s Way Forward from CFUW (name of Club) and send it to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com

You can download the full report here. 

Membership Dues: Now that Clubs have input their membership numbers you can access the invoice to submit your dues. If your Club pays the dues by March 31st, 2017 you will be entered in a raffle for a prize! Then final deadline to submit your dues is May 1st, 2017. 

To help you identify how much to pay in Membership Dues and to ensure your final membership numbers are accurate please download the membership dues invoice. To do so you need to:

1- Log into the cfuwmembership.org website. Each Club has its own unique login information. If you do not remember yours please contact Elizabeth Whyte at cfuwgen@rogers.com to access it.

2- Click on the ‘Clubs’ tab in the top menu.

3 – Select ‘Enter Club Membership’ from the list of options.

4- On this page you will see a grey table highlighting your current membership numbers. If there are any discrepancies here you will need to fix these first. To update your membership numbers click on the ‘EDIT’ button on the left hand side of the grey table. It will allow you to change your membership to reflect your final numbers. Make sure after you have entered new membership numbers to click on the 'UPDATE' button where the Edit button used to be. 

5- Once your membership numbers are up to date you can print the membership invoice. You do so by clicking on the long rectangular grey button at the bottom of the screen that states ‘Download Membership Invoice’. It will download onto your computer, a screen with it should pop up. If not check your download folder to find it there.

6- Print this invoice and send it in along with a cheque noting it is for Membership Dues in the memo section. You make the cheque out to CFUW or Canadian Federation of University Women.

7- The mailing address is at the bottom of the Membership Invoice. You can also find it online, as well as our contact information if you need more information. 


Advocacy Updates

Electoral Reform
CFUW was incredibly disappointed at the announcement that the Government will no longer be pursuing electoral reform. In line with our policy in support of Proportional Representation, CFUW participated in the national consultations on electoral reform, presenting our case to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. CFUW responded to the Minister of Democratic Institutions and Prime Minister Trudeau to hold them accountable for this backtracking on their election promise. Over 60,000 people signed a petition to bring electoral reform back to the table. You can sign the petition here. CFUW will continue advocating for a change to a more representative electoral system. 

CFUW Joins Women's Organizations to Condemn Global Gag Rule
The Global Gag Rule prohibits foreign NGOs from receiving US assistance related to family planning and reproductive health. This reduces women’s access to reproductive health services such as counseling, referrals, abortion services and information, and causes real and serious harm. You can read the statement here. 

CFUW to Host Parallel Event at UNSCW
For a week in March every year, organizations from around the world converge on New York City to attend the Commission. This year, CFUW will be hosting a Parallel Event at the Armenian Cultural Centre on March 16th. Five speakers, including two CFUW Vice Presidents and representatives from the YWCA and Mosqoy, will discuss women, mentorship and the changing world of work. You can see the poster for the event here

 

Important Dates/Deadlines

March 1, 2017 Creative Arts Award
March 30, 2017 Membership Awards
March 30, 2017 Club Grants
April 30, 2017 Special Project Awards
April 30, 2017 CFUW National Initiative: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls Award
May 1, 2017 Final Deadline to Pay Membership Dues
May 1, 2017 Mentorship Award Application 
May 1, 2017 International Relations Award Application 


January 30, 2017

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 News

Extension of Deadline to February 7, 2017 to Submit Responses to the Report “CFUW’s Way Forward”.

 Please note that the CFUW Board has extended to February 7, 2017 the deadline for forwarding Club members’ responses to the report “CFUW’s Way Forward”. Please title your email:  Response to CFUW’s Way Forward from CFUW (name of Club) and send it to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com

Planning your next Fundraising Event – advice from an expert on where to spend your time - March 1, 2017 Webinar

How’s your fundraising mojo? Are you knee deep in bake sales, book sales and fundraising luncheons? Is this the most efficient way for you to raise money for your mission of improving the lives of women and children in your community and beyond?

In this interactive, straight talk webinar with Jenny Mitchell, CFRE, we’ll dive into the fundraising and the friend-raising of events. We’ll cover:

•    How to define what your goals are for your event (hint: they shouldn’t JUST be about raising money)
•    Where you should spend your time planning the event
•    How to recruit new volunteers to help you out
•    Tips and tricks for sponsorship and ticket sales
•    How to steward and thank your wonderful event participants…so they buy a ticket to next year’s event!

BIOGRAPHY – Jenny Mitchell, DMA, CFRE
Jenny Mitchell, CFRE, empowers and educates fundraisers to raise more money for their organizations.  Jenny’s patented Fundraising Mastermind model of training and coaching helps charities all across North America support their leadership staff to build and grow their culture of philanthropy. Jenny lives in Ottawa, Ontario with her two ringette-playing daughters, and her hockey-loving husband. 

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST

Please register for the webinar with Elizabeth Whyte, Member Engagement Coordinator at cfuwgen@rogers.com; toll free phone: 1-888-220-9606 by February 17, 2017.

CFUW Policy for Representation at International Events. On January 24, 2017, the Board of Directors approved a revised policy on representation at international events.
Click here to see the revised policy. 

Committee Established to Develop a Code of Conduct/Ethics/Ethical Behaviour for CFUW. To complement the CFUW Respectful Treatment Policy, the national Board approved on January 24, 2017, the establishment of a committee to prepare a Code of Conduct/Ethics. The Code will be written, reviewed and edited by a multidisciplinary team in order to make it reasonably consistent with other corporate communications and policies, address relevant risk areas, provide for buy- in across the organization and represent the organization’s culture.  Representatives from the following areas will be included on the committee:  risk management, human resources, communications and the Clubs.

The Library and Creative Arts Award. These two awards are unique within the CFUW Scholarships and Fellowships Programs in that they are community awards nominated by CFUW Clubs.  The two awards are given biennially – one year is the Library Award and the next year, Creative Arts. 2017 is the turn of the Creative Arts and the CFUW Creative Arts Award is now open. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2017. Information about the Award is available on the CFUW website here. 

The winner of the Creative Arts Award in 2015 was The Community Music School of Waterloo Region - a program of the Lyrical Lines Education Network. The program provides music lessons to youth in the Waterloo region who would otherwise not have access to formal musical training.The amount of the award is normally $4,000 and is set by the CFUW Charitable Trust budget. This is a great opportunity to nominate organizations in your community who are making a difference through the creative arts.  


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CFUW Clubs News

  • The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Vernon branch is excited to bring history to life in a presentation featuring Katrina Kadoski in her one-woman play, Cougar Annie Tales, set for March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre. Read more here.
  • Journey to Antarctica with CFUW Feb. 6 in Perth. Read more here.
  • The CFUW members in Prince George have made a job out of digging up the stories behind the names of the city's streets. They have published the information before in book form, but new information keeps being found and new streets keep being built. It's a project that evolves with the city itself. Read more here.

GWI News

Important Dates/Deadlines
 

January 31, 2017 Deadline for Submitting CFUW Club Membership Numbers. Click here for instructions on how to submit numbers and dues.
March 1, 2017 Creative Arts Award
March 30, 2017 Membership Awards
March 30, 2017 Club Grants
April 30, 2017 Special Project Awards
April 30, 2017 CFUW National Initiative: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls Award
May 1, 2017 Mentorship Award Application 
May 1, 2017 International Relations Award Application 


For more information on each of these awards please follow this link to the Member Resources website.

Copyright © | 2016 | Canadian Federation of University Women | All rights reserved.



Club Action Newsletter 

January 13, 2017

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. 

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (CFUW)

100th ANNIVERSARY NOTABLE WOMAN AWARD (2019)

One hundred awards will be given to members of the Canadian Federation of University Women who have made outstanding contributions within CFUW and/or to the wider community; locally, nationally, or internationally in the fields of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Political Engagement, Organizational Leadership, Cultural Endeavours, or Social Innovation.  The award will be given to each recipient in the form of a limited edition 100th anniversary gold pin. Learn more about the process and get the application here.

 

Get your membership numbers in by
January 31, 2017 for a chance to win an iPad Mini! 


Submit your Membership Numbers - find out more here.

CFUW Club Awards and Grants for 2017 

CFUW National provides several membership, advocacy and mentorship awards each year to Clubs, and also administers grants to help small Clubs attend the annual general meetings. A reminder of the details and deadlines follows below.

New Members Award
Does your Club have new members this year? If so, you may be eligible for a New Members Award. The award is intended for Clubs that have more than 10% new members, even though they did not have a 10% overall increase in membership. (This could be because of members moving, etc.)
There is no separate application form required for this award. Instead, you are asked to add in the number of new members on the CFUW Membership database (www.cfuwmembership.org). If you do not remember your user name and password, please contact Elizabeth Whyte, Member Services at cfuwgen@rogers.com
 
Deadline to submit new member numbers: March 30, 2017

Membership Increase Award Winners 2016
Membership Increase awards were presented to the following Clubs for increasing their membership over the last year: There is no separate application form required for this award, rather the awards are determined from the information submitted with the New Members application.

Special Projects Award
Has your club had an interesting project this year? Do you have one planned before the end of April? Would you like to tell other CFUW Clubs about your event, and get recognition for all your members' efforts?
The application form is on the Member Resource site under Club Awards and Grants and is also here
Deadline to submit application is April 30, 2017.

International Relations Award
This award is given to a CFUW/FCFDU individual member(s), group, or club in good standing in recognition of efforts in advocating for the rights and advancement of women and/or girls at the international level. Initiatives (advocacy efforts, events and on-going projects) are eligible for consideration.
The application form is found on the Member Resource site under Club Awards and Grants and is also here.
The application deadline is May 1, 2017.

CFUW Creative Arts Award
The CFUW Creative Arts Award was created to promote 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.
 
Applications will be accepted from January 1st to March 1st 2017Small Clubs Grants to Attend 2017 AGM

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 Richmond, British Columbia
in June 2017. The grant will be a flat amount by region.
Click here for the application form
Deadline to submit applications: March 30, 2017

Mentorship Award
The Mentorship Award is given to a CFUW/FCFDU individual member(s), group, or club in good standing in recognition of efforts in mentoring women and/or girls in the STEM fields and Politics. This Award also recognizes mentorship to women who have assumed a portfolio of responsibility within the organization.
Please email the completed form and photos (optional) to Cheryl Hayles at cherylhayles@sympatico.ca and to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com.
 
Click here for the application form.
 
Deadline to submit applications is May 1, 2017.
 
CFUW National Initiative: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls Award
If your Club has been working on the CFUW National Initiative on Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls, please report your Club activities via the National Initiative on VAW Report & Award Application and send it to Madeline Kalbach, VP, Membership at vpmembership@gmail.com and to Robin Jackson, Executive Director at cfuwed@rogers.com
 
Click here for the application form.
 
The deadline to submit applications is April 30, 2017.
 



Save the date

Mark your calendar to ensure you don’t miss this exciting lunch-time event and help us empower girls and women in the developing world.

Walks taking place in Ottawa, Okanagan, Calgary, and Vancouver. Use registration link to find the time and date of a walk near you. 

Register today 
Online registration is now open at care.ca. Create a CFUW National team or join another CFUW team and invite your friends, family and coworkers to support you with a donation, or to join your team and fundraise and walk together. CFUW Ottawa, Nepean and Kanata should be joining us.
 
About the Challenge
Women and girls in developing countries walk an average of 10,000 steps every day to collect the basics their families need to survive – water, food and firewood, often in dangerous circumstances and weather conditions. This leaves them little time to get an education or earn an income, locking them into a cycle of poverty.
 
Walk In Her Shoes is a global movement mobilizing thousands of CARE supporters around the world to walk in solidarity with women and girls in the developing world. It’s a personal challenge to walk 10,000 steps while collecting pledges and raising awareness of CARE’s vital work around the world.

GWI News
 


CFUW Clubs News

  • Donna Brundige of the Canadian Federation of University Women shows off the latest edition of Street Names of Prince George-Our History, the first update in more than a decade. Read more here.
  • The Canadian Federation of University Women is pleased to announce that Linda Quart, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, will present a lecture on Estate Planning. Read more here.
  • CFUW-SC celebrates 30 years. Read more here.
  • The Canadian Federation of University Women in partnership with the York Region Media Group is hosting its 7th annual short story contest. Read more here.

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December 15, 2016

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. 

Message from the President December 2016

A number of inquiries have been made about the following October 18th board motion:
 
Motion: that no monies be sent to GWI from the CFUW National account in payment of any obligations, support or dues until the following has been satisfied:

a) the current year to date (September 30, 2016) GWI financial statement has been received
b) the financial situation of GWI has been analyzed
c) there is clarification as to the disposition of directed funds sent to GWI, including scholarship/fellowships and Bina Roy projects.
d) the requested legal opinion is received
e) A full report of all the above information and any other that might be of interest or value has been sent to the CFUW Members
f) the Special Meeting has been held to allow for input from the Members, notwithstanding the fiduciary duty of the board.
 
In preparation and planning for the Task Force Report on CFUW’s Way Forward, the board needed to ascertain certain information as indicated in a) and c). That information is included in the Task Force Report as attachments along with the GWI President’s reply to a number of other questions that we felt were pertinent. Upon review of that information, we had other follow-up questions, and also added other questions presented by members. This second set of responses arrived after the initial task force report was written, and so those responses which includes a response to a board query pertaining to the audited financial statements for 2016 will be a second attachment from GWI. All the information sent by GWI President Geeta Desai has been reviewed by the board.
 
The board felt it was important to have a legal opinion concerning our fiduciary responsibility on a number of questions. These questions were answered in the letter dated November 21, 2016 and will be attached to the Task Force Report also. Just recently, we had further advice on a follow-up to that advice. The original advice states:

In our view, a decision to not pay the dues or to only make partial payment of dues is not the same as a decision to resign from GWI. It might be that a failure to pay the full amount of the dues may result in a termination by GWI of the CFUW’s membership, but, as we discussed in our letter of March 16, 2015, the process for termination can be drawn out and may not necessarily occur, as evidenced by the leniency granted in the letter of September 13, 2016. We understand that the GWI Constitution has recently changed to provide that membership is terminated immediately if 50% of the fees are not paid by March 31 and the remainder by June 30 of each year. This does not change our view that a decision by the CFUW Board to pay the full amount of the dues notwithstanding the threat to the financial health of the organization could be viewed unfavourably. We note also that payment of the 15.5 per capita amount would represent more than 50% of the amount due, meaning that termination would not occur until after June 30.
 
This Question was asked for further clarification:

“If the membership votes to not pay the dues, would that contravene our article 4 that states “CFWU shall be a member of IFUW (now GWI)?”
 
Response: “Not necessarily.  However, any membership resolution should be clear as to the consequences, e. g. a vote to not pay any dues will have the consequences of a termination of membership (this would then be an indirect acknowledgment by the members that loss of membership in GWI would likely result and would protect the Board from failing to comply with Article 4.
 
On December 16th you will receive the Task Force Report (item e above is referencing this report).  It has a lot of information. I know that we as CFUW members are passionate about our organization. Let us read carefully, consider our options, some of which can be generated by you the members and brought as motions prior to the special general meeting or during that meeting.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Karen Dunnett
CFUW National President

CFUW News

  • Reduction of Votes Required to Request Special General Meetings and Length of Time Specified for the Call - read the report here
  • Announcing new Board of Director meeting minutes for September 29, October 18, and November 24th, 2016. Check out recent minutes on the Member Resources website HERE.
  • Special CFUW Member Discounts! Give the gifts that will open all year with Lenovo Smart Device PCs and Tablets and more for your loved one. December is filled with instant savings of up to 29% off select PCs with additional daily door buster deals that will blow the stockings off that mantle. Visit: www.lenovo.com/members OR
    Call: 1-888-315-7408, ext. 5067 (M-F: 9am-9pm EST, Sat: 9am-6pm EST)
    Be sure to check the website often – special offers change frequently.

     

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Meaningful Gifts to 
Support Women! 
 

Good or bad, sexism has been a hot topic of international conversation this year.  It’s been an important year for women’s rights and women in leadership. With that in mind, the holiday season is a great opportunity to show your loved ones that you’ve been thinking of them and support a worthy cause at the same time. We have amassed a collection of feminist, empowering causes to which you can donate in the name of a loved one. You can support our own CFUW Charitable Trust, Planned Parenthood (and get some cool swag!), Canadian women’s shelters, women in politics, and donate to Aleppo, Syria. See below for descriptions and links.

 

Canada

CFUW Charitable Trust

  • A registered charity dedicated to funding the CFUW National Fellowships and Awards; empowers women scholars and researchers through post-graduate education.    

Equal Voice

  • Supports women running for office in Canada

Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses
 

Planned Parenthood Federation
Otherwild: The Future is Female

  • 25% of profits from this shirt goes to Planned Parenthood

The Outrage: Nasty Women Unite

  • 100% of profits from this campaign are donated to Planned Parenthood

International
One Woman Project

  • Partnering with Words with Heart, 50% of the profits from these items go towards women’s educational projects in Cambodia

Stop Telling Women to Smile

  • Fights street harassment, you can buy clothes, totes and posters.

Emily’s List

  • An American organization dedicated to helping pro-choice Democratic women get elected to office

End the Backlog

  • An initiative of the Joyful Heart Foundation to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits in the United States

Relief in Aleppo, Syria
Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders
Syria Relief


And of course, don't forget to support the CFUW Charitable Trust, helping women with post-secondary education! 

 

GWI News
 

  • Reminder - There is also the GWI InFocus. This monthly communication for members provides an overview of Graduate Women International’s (GWI) activities and opportunities to be involved, for all National Federations and Associations (NFAs), branch Presidents, Coordinators of International Relations (CIRs), Membership Coordinators, and members who would like to be more active in GWI. InFocus briefs you on GWI training, advocacy, social media, member activities and NFA news so that you are fully informed and can, in turn, brief your peers. 
  • GWI Updates:


CFUW Clubs News

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October 5, 2016

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. 

 

Mentorship Program- Extension of Deadline 

 

Mentorship, Your Future Depends on It

 

We are very pleased to offer the CFUW Mentorship Program for the second year to our members.  The program was established in 2015 to promote cooperation, build networks, offer support and deepen understanding of women’s empowerment pathways. The symbiotic relationship between Mentor and Mentee encourages and enables women to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in the political arena, organizational leadership and the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) fields.

 

-     Are you a recent graduate entering the work force?

-     Would you like help in preparing for an interview, assistance with an application process?

-     Are you interested in a political career and need help getting started?

-     Are you entering a 'non-traditional' career and would like some guidance?

If any of the above statements resonates with you, we encourage you to apply for a CFUW Mentor. Our Mentors are committed to supporting other women in reaching their full potential.

 

One of our 2015 Mentors when asked what she thought of the Mentorship Program said,

“In my opinion, the Mentor/Mentee programme is a valuable resource for both Mentors and Mentees and should be continued. It has been an excellent experience for me as a Mentor. I believe we both benefited from the pilot programme. I would like to see it continue”.

 

Aspiring women have the opportunity to request a CFUW Mentor in any of the designated areas.  Our Mentors give back in ways that are specific to the needs of the Mentee.  If you are interested in joining as a Mentor or Mentee in STEAM, Politics or Organizational Leadership please contact Robin Jackson, cfuwed@rogers.com, at the national office with your request.  To facilitate the process of matching Mentors and Mentees please provide the following information in your communication by October 31, 2016. Matches will be made and communicated in early November.

 

Mentor 

Name:_________  Club:______  Province:_______ or Country:_______

Indicate area of interest (Politics, STEAM, Organizational Leadership)  

Your Curriculum Vitae including your contact information such as Email:_____  Telephone #:____________  

Have you previously participated as a mentor in another organization?  Yes___ No___

 

Mentee  

Name:_________  Club:______ Province:________ or Country:_______ 

Indicate area of interest (Politics, STEAM, Organizational Leadership)  

Email:_____  Telephone #:____________

 

We are very appreciative of our current Mentors for their leadership in working with our Mentees, to indicate your interest in continuing in the program please send a confirmation to Robin Jackson by October 31, 2016.  

 

Cheryl Hayles

VP International Relations

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September 29, 2016

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CFUW Fall Advocacy Package

Dear Clubs,

 

We know that many clubs are keen on advocacy, and some have even started meeting with their representatives. With that in mind, you can now access all of the handouts and suggested action for this year's adopted resolutions. 

Below you will find handouts, suggested action and letter templates to take action on all of the resolutions adopted at the 2016 AGM. We encourage you to be bold, be active and take charge of advocacy in your community. Note that all of these materials are also available on the Member Website (username: viewonly, password: cfuw4321). 

Here you will find the annual letter to send to your local representatives, which details the policies we adopted this year and introduces our position. Ici vous retrouverez la lettre annuelle pour envoyer à vos représentatives locaux. Cette lettre inclus les nouveaux politiques de la FCFDU et détaille notre position. 

1. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

2. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

3. Strengthen the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada

4. Electoral Reform: Changing the First Past the Post System to Proportional Representation / Réforme Éléctorale 

5. Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Global Goals

Early Learning and Childcare: Telling our Stories Campaign

 

Has your club conducted the Telling our Stories Campaign in your community? If you have, and you have completed the Telling our Stories Template, please send your documents to Maddie at National Office (cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com). These stories are invaluable when conducting advocacy at all levels. 

Sexual Assault on Campus
 

Earlier in September CFUW National submitted a brief to the Status of Women Committee for their Study on Violence against Young Women and Girls in Canada. Our brief focused on the danger women face on university and college campuses. We discussed rape culture, lack of institutional support and victim services, and what the government can do to address these issues. The Government will study our brief and has posted it to their website. You can read our briefs here: EN / FR

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September 22, 2016

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CFUW News

  • We are very pleased to offer the CFUW Mentorship Program for the second year to our members.  The program was established in 2015 to promote cooperation, build networks, offer support and deepen understanding of women’s empowerment pathways. The symbiotic relationship between mentor and mentee encourages and enables women to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in the political arena, organizational leadership and the STEM fields. 
    Aspiring women have the opportunity to request a CFUW mentor in any of the 3 designated areas.  Our mentors participate to give back in ways that are specific to the needs of the mentee.  If you are interested in joining as a mentor or mentee in STEM, Politics or Organizational Leadership please contact Robin Jackson, cfuwed@rogers.com, at the national office with your request.  To facilitate the process of matching mentors and mentees please provide the following information in your communication by September 1, 2016. 
  • New CFUW Directory is complete. To purchase your own please send $10 to National Office. You can mail a cheque or call to pay via credit card. Please contact Elizabeth Whyte at 1-888-220-9606 ext. 101. 
  • Reminder - CFUW members can participate in GWI Discussions and Connections forums. Information on how to join the discussions and connections list serves can be found HERE. Members can type discussions or connections in the search button and the page will come up in the search results. Another option is for people to write directly to us and we will be happy to subscribe them. 
  • “Equality Seekers, 100 Years of Leadership by CFUW Presidents”, is a series of biographies of all CFUW national presidents since 1919. For each president there is a record of her CFUW contributions and her career and community involvement, as well as some information about her personal life. READ MORE HERE
  • Graduate Women International’s association in Mexico, the Federacion Mexicana De Universitarias (FEMU), is hosting the 5th Conference of International Associations of Women’s Museums (IAWM) 28-30 November 2016. The IAWM Conference is focussed on the importance of Women’s Museums around the world, in the spread of equality culture. For more information visit www.femumex.org 

GWI News
 


CFUW Clubs News

  • Cornwall's University Women making a difference. Read more here.
  • The Canadian Federation of University Women/ Yorkton Inc., (CFUW), appeared before the regular meeting of Council Monday seeking to have Sept. 14 proclaimed Canadian Federation of University Women’s Day in the city. Read more here. 
  • CFUW awards scholarships to deserving Miltonians. Read more here.

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Club Action Newsletter 

September 12 2016

 

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CFUW Fall Advocacy 

 

Dear Clubs,

 

Welcome back! We at National Office hope you had a lovely, relaxing break. After a long, hot Ottawa summer, the House is coming back and we are excited to jump right into advocacy!

Below you will find information about CFUW participation in electoral reform and violence against women - as well as how you can engage! You will also find information about ongoing advocacy projects, such as early learning and child care.

 

 

AGM 2016 Newsletter

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. Note that all of this information will also be posted on the Member Website under AGM 2016.

JUNE 23-25, 2016

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
 
The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) hosted its Annual General Meeting and Conference in St. Catharines from June 23 - 25 at Brock University. The Annual General Meeting from June 24 - 25 was divided into Plenary and Business sessions. Five new resolutions were adopted, the 2016/2017 budget was approved, and one change was made to the Articles and Bylaws – the addition of a Governance Committee.

Participants were also treated to a variety of social events and excursions during the four day event, including the opening reception on Thursday June 23, a play, a banquet, and excursions throughout the weekend.

Opening Reception
Thursday evening the opening reception was kicked off with welcome remarks from local leaders, followed by a speech by National President Doris Mae Oulton. Attendees heard from local MPP Jim Bradley, a representative of the local MP Chris Bittle, and City Councillor Sandie Bellows representing the Mayor. AGM Co-Chair Monique DeJonghe read greetings from the Chair of the Region of Niagara Alan Caslin and from Brock University President Jack Lightstone. The reception featured the musical talents of the drumming group Strong Water, Zhong Naibii Kwe.

Opening Speaker
Friday morning attendees heard from an amazing opening speaker – Dr. Bonnie Rose, Special Advisor to the President of Niagara University and former Executive Vice President at Niagara University.
 
Dr. Rose opened our AGM with an engaging presentation on the future of women leaders in Canada and the world. Attendees listened with great interest as Dr. Rose gave her insights into the future of education and female leadership.

Let Them Howl
On Thursday night several members of CFUW put on a play for the attendees of the AGM. "Let Them Howl" was the re-enacting of the famous "mock parliament" that featured Nellie McClung and her peers in the Political Equality League. This became the iconic beginning of enfranchisement for many women in Canada. CFUW members delighted in reliving this moment in history. 

CFUW Workshops
Resolutions - Proposers and Amenders Workshop
Presented by Eleanor Scarth, Chair, Resolutions Committee

Articles and Bylaws Workshop
Presented by Myra Willis, Chair, Articles and Bylaws Committee

Proposers and Amenders Workshop
Presented by Eleanor Scarth, Resolutions Chair

Promoting Your Club: Innovations and Inspirations
Worksheet
Presented by Maddie Webb, CFUW Advocacy Coordinator

Leadership Workshop
Presented by Brenda Robertson, VP Ontario

CFUW in the World
*this PowerPoint was too big to e-mail, it will be on the Member website under AGM*Presented by: Cheryl Hayles, VP International Relations, Chair, 100th Anniversary Committee and International Relations Committee

Small Clubs, Big Results: Scholarships and Bursaries in the Atlantic Region
Presented by: Barbara Clancy, RD for Newfoundland and Labrador (2014-2016) and Grace Hollett, VP Atlantic

Life of a Resolution
Handouts 1 / 2 / 
Presented by: Teri Shaw, VP Advocacy and Chair, Advocacy Committee


Club Governance Workshop
Handouts 1 / 2 / 3
Presented by Karen Dunnett

Celebrating CFUW

Grace Stapleton and Cheryl Hayles gave presentations on Celebrating CFUW, including the Past Presidents project, UNCSW60, and the 100th Anniversary. 

Nominations Committee Report
Grace Stapleton, Chair of the Nominations Committee gave her report. This year all Board of Directors’ and Regional Directors’ positions were open for nominations. The Committee received nominations from CFUW clubs across the country.

This year there were two nominations for the Board position of VP International Relations. Clubs voted and elected Cheryl Hayles to continue in this position for a second term. The committee received nominations for 17 out of the 18 Regional Director positions, however the position of RD for Ontario Huron remains empty.

Announcement of the 2016 - 2018 Regional Directors

RD BC Vancouver Island: Barbara DuMoulin
RD BC West: Beryl Matthewson
RD BC Interior: Maureen Fotos
RD Alberta: Dale Wilkie
RD Saskatchewan: Margaret Hendry
RD Manitoba: Patricia Elliot
RD Ontario North: Christine Tworo
RD Ontario West: Cheryl Ambrose
RD Ontario South: Heather Foss
RD Ontario Central: Pat Joyce
RD Ontario East: Mary Partington
RD Ontario Huron: Vacant
RD Quebec English: Jane Cowell-Poitras
RD Quebec French: Debbie Christianson Stowe
RD New Brunswick: Sharon Crabb
RD Nova Scotia: Janet Willwerth
RD Prince Edward Island: Heather Huetis
RD Newfoundland & Labrador: Barbara Clancy
 

Announcement of the 2016 - 2018 Board of Directors

President: Karen Dunnett
VP Atlantic: Grace Hollett
VP Quebec: Dominique Racanelli
VP Ontario: Sandra Thomson
VP Prairies: Bilkies McKen
VP British Columbia: Ruth Mellor
VP Finance: Helen Sami
VP Advocacy: Brenda Robertson
VP Membership: Madeline Kalbach
VP International Relations: Cheryl Hayles
VP Education: Kathryn Wilkinson

Executive Director's Address
Robin Jackson, Executive Director, reported on the work undertaken by the CFUW national office in support of the five strategic aims.  In the areas of membership, scholarships/fellowships, building profile, advocacy and sustainability. The office has been hard at work to ensure services to Clubs, support the Board and Committees, find new efficiencies, and improve the effectiveness and visibility of the organization. You can access her presentation here

Resolutions 
Five resolutions were put forward for consideration at the AGM. They were: 
1. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: Ending the Marginalization of Indigenous Women in Canadian Society
2. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Diagnosis, Intervention and Support Plan for Children, Adults and Families Affected by FASD
3. To Strengthen the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada in its Mandate to Approve, Register and Monitor Pesticides, in a timely manner, as well as to protect the health of Canadians and the environment
4. Electoral Reform: Changing the First Past the Post Electoral System to Proportional Representation in Canada
5. Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Global Goals

All five resolutions passed. You can read the full resolutions here: English / French

Resolutions for GWI
Three resolutions were put forward to be brought to the 2016 GWI Triennial Conference, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa in August. All three resolutions passed. You can read these resolutions in French and English here. 

Changes to the Articles and Bylaws 

New Governance Standing Committee

An Amendment to the CFUW Articles and Bylaws was put forward by the CFUW Board of Directors, and passed by the clubs. As such, the following changes were made to the Articles and Bylaws:
In F. Committees, 54. Governance was inserted after “Finance”.
The Articles and Bylaws now read:
F. Committees: 
The following committees shall be designated Standing Committees of the Board: Advocacy, Articles and Bylaws, Education, Fellowships, Finance, Governance, International Relations, Nominations, and Resolutions.

Defeated Amendment – Withdrawal of CFUW from Graduate Women International (GWI) formerly known as International Federation of University Women (IFUW) as a National Federation or Association (NFA) member

Clubs across the country engaged in thoughtful debate over an Amendment put forward by CFUW St. Thomas, “Withdrawal of CFUW from Graduate Women International (GWI)”. CFUW members engaged in vigorous discussion on the amendment, which requires a 2/3 (66.6%) majority to pass. The amendment failed, with 55% voting to withdraw and 45% voting to remain as an NFA member.

Candidates Nominated by CFUW for Roles in GWI
President: Cheryl Hayles
Assistant Treasurer: Carol Hare
Resolutions Chair: Marianne Singh-Waraich
Membership Committee Member: Mary Hall

Originally Susan Russell was nominated for the position of VP Governance, but she withdrew her name at the AGM. 

The Delegates to attend the GWI Triennial Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2016 are: 
Karen Dunnett
Cheryl Hayles
Liette Michaud
Brenda Robertson
Beryl Matthewson
Joy Hurst
Susan Murphy
Marianne Singh-Waraich
Sandy Millen
Hally Siddons
Mary Hall

Approved Motion
The following motion regarding CFUW delegates to the GWI Triennial was presented by the Board of Directors and passed by 81% of delegates voting in support. 

  1. The voting delegation will support the candidates nominated by CFUW.
  2. The voting delegates will support CFUW positions.
  3. The delegation will reject the resolution, as written, for the fee increase.
  4. That the CFUW President and VP International Relations be given authority to caucus with delegates at the 32nd GWI Triennial Conference in Cape Town South Africa in August 2016.
  5. That the CFUW Delegation, operating with the caucus direction, be given discretionary leeway to vote collectively in the best interests of CFUW at the 32nd GWI Triennial Conference in Cape Town South Africa in August 2016.

Report of the Finance Committee
 
Helen Sami, Vice President Finance presented the Federation’s 2015/2016 Audited Financial Statements, and the proposed budget for the upcoming year. Motions to approve these documents were passed by delegates.
 
See the Finance Booklet for more information.

CFUW Charitable Trust Report
Ann McElhinney, Treasurer of the Charitable Trust, reported on the current status of the Trust.

Key Trust activities include the first competition for the CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award, the launch of the new logo and public website, and the publication of their new brochure.

For more information access the CFUW Charitable Trust Annual Report here.  
 

Charitable Trust Luncheon and Boutique

Jennifer McWhirter, recipient of the CFUW recipient of the CFUW 2010/11 Ruth Binnie Fellowship was the Charitable Trust speaker and gave a presentation on the influence of images on our knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. Jennifer captivated attendees with her discussion on gender stereotypes, expectations and beauty ideals, particularly as they pertain to women. Jennifer's PowerPoint presentation will be on the Member Website under AGM 2016.

Banquet
Saturday evening attendees of the AGM and Conference were treated to a wonderful banquet, filled with great conversations and company. There were several special highlights that evening, including classic jazz music from The Shea D Bunch, featuring Peter Shea and Juliet Dunn, remarks from local politicians and leaders, and awards for our fantastic clubs.
 

From Club to Commons

Brenda Shanahan, former VP Quebec and presently Member of Parliament for Châteauguay — Lacolle spoke to members about the power of civic engagement, advocacy, and the journey to Parliament. 

Reports 

VP International Report
Cheryl Hayles, VP International gave a report on CFUW’s International activities over the last year, including CFUW participation in the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  An engaging PowerPoint presentation on UNCSW was prepared by Cheryl Hayles.*this PowerPoint was too big to e-mail, it will be on the Member website under AGM*

Advocacy Report
Teri Shaw, VP Advocacy, gave her report on the year's advocacy, highlighting exciting meetings and campaigns that CFUW has been a part of nationally and locally. You can access her report here. 

Membership Committee Report
Karen Dunnett, VP Membership, gave her report from the Membership Committee, highlighting the activities of clubs as well as the state of CFUW membership moving forward. You can access her presentation here. 

2016 CFUW AWARDS


Membership Increase Awards

 

Club Name

% Increase

BC

CFUW Abbotsford

13%

 

CFUW Richmond

14%

 

CFUW Sunshine Coast

17%

 

UWC Vancouver

11%

Prairies

CFUW Calgary North

16%

 

CFUW Strathcona County

23%

Ontario

CFUW Ajax/Pickering

24%

 

CFUW Cornwall and District

10%

 

CFUW Markham/Unionville

12%

 

CFUW Nepean

40%

 

CFUW Perth and District

12%

 

CFUW Thunder Bay

12%

 

CFUW Vaughan

24%

 
2016 New Member Awards

 

Club Name

% New Members

BC

CFUW Abbotsford

17%

 

CFUW Nelson and District

17%

 

CFUW North Vancouver

24%

 

CFUW Saanich Peninsula

15%

 

CFUW Salt Spring Island

12%

 

CFUW South Delta

12%

 

CFUW Vernon

13%

 

CFUW Victoria

13%

 

CFUW White Rock/Surrey

19%

Prairies

CFUW Lethbridge

23%

 

CFUW Saskatoon

10%

Ontario

CFUW Barrie and District

12%

 

CFUW Brampton

10%

Ontario

CFUW Burlington

13%

 

CFUW Etobicoke

12%

 

CFUW Haliburton Highlands

15%

 

CFUW Markham/Unionville

13%

 

CFUW Muskoka

11%

 

CFUW North Toronto

11%

 

CFUW Orangeville and District

13%

 

CFUW Orillia

11%

 

CFUW Ottawa

10%

 

CFUW Owen Sound and Area

26%

 

CFUW St. Thomas

12%

 

CFUW Stratford

14%

 

CFUW Sudbury

18%

Ontario

UWC North York

13%

Quebec

CFUW Sherbrooke and District

13%

Atlantic

CFUW Dartmouth

10%

 
 
2016 Special Project Awards

 

Club Name

Project

BC

CFUW Nelson and District

Stories Inspire Passion (SIP Project)

 

CFUW Sunshine Coast

“Sea Changes”: an open house held to increase membership and create more public awareness about CFUW. SWOT analysis conducted.

 

CFUW White Rock/Surrey

“From then to Now”: A Federal All Candidates Meeting.

Prairies

CFUW Edmonton

“Women Getting the Vote in Alberta” vignette and Pink Tea; celebrating the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote.

 

CFUW Lethbridge

Westminster School Reading Ladies.

Ontario

CFUW Aurora – Newmarket

CFUW/Children’s Aid Society “Stay in School” Project

 

CFUW Sudbury

In partnership with Sudbury YWCA and LEAF Sudbury – 21st Anniversary of Celebrate Women.

Quebec

CFUW Sherbrooke and District

1- Aboriginal Initiative at Champlain College
2- Teaching English to Syrians

 
2016 Fighting Violence Against Women Awards

 

Club Name

Project

BC

CFUW North and West Vancouver

Town Hall Meeting: Prevention of Violence with Speaker Shannon Turner

Prairies

CFUW Lethbridge

Monthly support for Harbour House, the women’s shelter in Lethbridge. Now also supporting ARCHES (HIV Connections – 40 women).

Ontario

CFUW Scarborough and Ajax/Pickering

International Women’s Day Event. Speaker: Director of Violence Prevention Programs (Canadian Women’s Foundation).

 

CFUW Scarborough

1- Provide support for abused women with children all year round.
2- Fashion Show Fundraiser. Some funds went to the Scarborough Women’s Center.

Ontario

CFUW St. Thomas

Welcome Kits for women at local Shelter. Choir in Community Christmas Concert. Choir committed to annual Seafood Extravaganza.

Atlantic

CFUW Truro

Promotion of Private Members Bill C-242: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture).

 
 
2016 CFUW Mentorship Award
Recipient of 2016 CFUW Mentorship Award is Madeline Kalbach for her service as an excellent CFUW Mentor.
 
2016 Advocacy Awards

Club Name

Project

UWC Montreal Inc.

Financial Literacy campaign – the discussion tool, Beginning the Conversation, and its resources for Club and community use; the brief to the National Task Force on Financial Literacy and its involvement in public consultations.

UWC Vancouver

Campaign for the Nordic Model for prostitution, involving local, national and international action.

CFUW Stratford

For getting the trains back to Stratford through its GettingThere.ca campaign, with the involvement of local, provincial and national organizations.

 
 
2016 Small Club Grant Recipients

  

CFUW Cowichan

CFUW Vernon

CFUW Dartmouth

CFUW St. Thomas

CFUW Kingston

CFUW Saint John

CFUW Prince Albert

CFUW Moncton

CFUW Cambridge

CFUW Prince George

CFUW Fredericton

2016 International Relations Award
Awarded to CFUW Salt Spring Island for The Hope Project - funding education of secondary school girls in developing countries since 2005.
 
2016 Library Award
Awarded to Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures.

Outgoing President's Address, Doris Mae Oulton
Doris Mae Oulton gave an impassioned speech to members at the close of the Annual General Meeting. Doris Mae has spent years pouring passion, energy and ideas into CFUW, and our membership is proud to have had this fearless leader at the helm. 

THANK YOU to the Board of Directors, Regional Directors and Standing Committee Chairs!

Incoming President's Address, Karen Dunnett
Karen Dunnett of Shediac Cape, New Brunswick, was elected President of CFUW for 2016-2018. Ms. Dunnett has a B.A. and a B.Ed from Mount Allison University, and was a high school teacher at the beginning of her career. She has delved into private business, and contributes her time and efforts to community building through work on the Home & School Committee, Downtown Residents' Association, Board of Directors of the Beaver Curling Club and the Moncton Branch of Save the Children Canada. Having been involved with CFUW since the 1980s, holding all executive positions within her club as well as on national committees, as Regional Director of New Brunswick, VP Atlantic and VP Membership, Karen is well prepared to lead our organization into the next two years. Welcome Karen!

THANK YOU CFUW ST. CATHARINES! 
Attendees joined in thanking the CFUW St. Catharines Local Arrangements Committee and the other volunteers for their hospitality and hard work in pulling together the 2016 AGM and Conference. Co-Chairs Monique DeJonghe and Gail Neff were presented with gifts for all their hard work in putting this fabulous AGM together. 

Invitation to CFUW AGM Conference 2017 in Richmond, B.C.!
Join us from June 22 - 24, 2017 in Richmond, B.C. for our next CFUW AGM. The theme is Gateways/Passerelles. See the beauty, culture and excitement that Richmond has to offer. We hope to see you next year!

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Club Action Newsletter 

May 11, 2016

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 News

  • ASK THE PARLIAMENTARIAN: In response to the question of whether the proposed amendment to the bylaws can be “tabled”, Elizabeth Haynes, Registered Parliamentarian, provided a response. Download the response here.
  • Have you read the new issue of the Communicator? Download it here or read it on ourwebsite here. 
  • CFUW 2016 AGM Poster Session – Deadline Date Reminder: Location: Brock University, St. Catharines, Thistle Corridor, Times: breaks throughout the AGM - We are really excited to hear about all the very positive things that Clubs are doing across the country. We are again providing the opportunity for Clubs to present a ‘poster display’ of their activities. If Clubs wish to have such a display, they should submit their request to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com by May 27, 2016. For further information contact, Doris Mae Oulton at cfuwpres@gmail.com or Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com. There is room for a maximum of 20 poster displays. Download the poster guidelines here.
  • Congratulations to CFUW Fredericton for winning the draw for paying Membership Dues by March 31st! They have won a new Nespresso Coffee Machine. 
  • Call out for action photos from Clubs: Please send along any action photos you have taken of Club activities or events. We would love to be able to share engaging photographs in our range of outreach materials. Send photo's to Elizabeth Whyte at cfuwgen@rogers.com
  • International Relations Award – Extension of Deadline: This award is given to a CFUW/FCFDU individual member(s), group, or Club in good standing in recognition of efforts in advocating for the rights and advancement of women and/or girls at the international level.  Initiatives (advocacy efforts, events and on-going projects) are eligible for consideration.Please note the new deadline for applications: May 30, 2016. Click here to access the application form
  • Mentorship Award- Extension of Deadline: The Mentorship Award is given to a CFUW/FCFDU individual member(s), group, or Club in good standing in recognition of efforts in mentoring women and/or girls in the STEM fields and Politics. This Award also recognizes mentorship to women who have assumed a portfolio of responsibility within the organization. The deadline to submit applications is extended to May 16, 2016. Please email the completed form (Download it here) and photos (optional) to Cheryl Hayles at cherylhayles@sympatico.ca and to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com.


Advocacy

National Initiatives

Check out the Member Website > Advocacy & Resolutions > National Initiatives for tools and actions to take on these two issues!

1. Child Care
2. Violence against Women (Sexual Assault on Campus) 

We will be having a webinar on the child care project on May 25th at 1:00pm EST. We will share best practices for using the new child care materials and answer your questions about the initiative. You can sign up for the webinar by emailing Elizabeth at cfuwgen@rogers.com. Please read the Webinar User Guide HERE.  


Donating to Fort McMurray

As a result of an outpouring of concern for our fellow Canadians affected by the wildfires in northern Alberta we have been asked to share some resources on how support can be provided. We understand that Clubs are independent of the national office and we do not instruct Clubs where to direct their funds, nor do we suggest that they donate funds already earmarked for other causes. Clubs determine the use of their funds independently. In light of the interest we thought to share this article by MacLean's where they detail how you can donate, offer accommodation, help pets or donate food items. 

Our thoughts are with the residents who have had to flee their homes and the brave service men and women who are fighting the fire and supporting communities.

 

GWI News
 



The 2016 Federal Budget: CFUW Responds

On Tuesday, March 22nd, the Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the Government's 2016 Budget. We read through the Budget carefully to analyze how the investments, or lack of, will impact the lives of Canadian women and the issues CFUW cares about. Here, you can read our response.
  

Summary

The Federal Government is to be congratulated on tabling a budget that builds on the promise of a renewed partnership with the people of Canada, a renewed understanding of the great needs of Indigenous peoples and increased support for working Canadians and students entering the workforce.

CHILDCARE
CFUW has been calling for a federally-funded, high-quality and accessible child care system for years. An affordable child care system is crucial to attaining equality, including pay equity and access to education for all children.

With this new Federal Budget, the Liberal Government has replaced the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) with the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). The CCB will be tax-free and income-tested. All families with household incomes below $150,000 will receive more under this new program than they would have under the previous program, and will help lift an estimated 300,000 children out of poverty.

While this new benefit is better than the last, it is not the affordable, accessible, child care system with consistent standards that is our ultimate goal. CFUW believes that the only way to achieve true equality, including pay equity, is to provide affordable publicly-funded childcare. We are encouraged that this might be on the horizon. The Budget has allocated $500 million to developing a National Early Learning and Childcare Framework, in partnership with the Provinces, Territories and Indigenous peoples, starting in 2017/2018. CFUW will continue to advocate for a partnership between levels of government to create the child care system Canadians need.
 
WOMEN
Status of Women Canada has been allocated an additional $23 million over five years ($4.6 million/year) to increase their capacity for supporting local organizations working on women’s issues and gender equality. Our recent experience at the UNCSW indicates that there is a renewed interest in feminist research and, given this government’s interest in gender equity and evidence-based decision-making, this would be an excellent addition to Status of Women funding in the future. 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
This budget includes significant funding for Indigenous peoples, certainly in comparison to previous budgets. There is $8.4 billion over five years, which includes $2.6 billion to improve primary and secondary education on reserves, fund drinking water and housing, family and child services; $1.1 billion for housing and social infrastructure on reserves; $635 million over five years for First Nations Child Welfare; and $40 million for the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This is an area that requires serious attention to overcome the years of inadequate funding and certainly is an indication that Indigenous peoples are being included as partners. We will be watching with great interest to see if the Government will follow through on their election promise to lift the 2 per cent funding cap on the Post-Secondary Student Support Program for Indigenous students.
 
CLIMATE CHANGE
This Budget is the first time ever we have seen such significant investment in combatting climate change and is welcomed. It would appear, however, that it does not meet some commitments in this area.

Over the next two years, the Government is allocating $2 billion for a low-carbon economy fund to support provincial and territorial actions that will materially reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs), $197 million over two years to research methods to reduce air pollution, and an expansion of national parks.


The Liberals had previously committed to putting a price on carbon, but there is no mention of this in the budget. We will need more action than this to meet the Paris agreements, and to limit our Greenhouse Gas emissions in order to stay under the 1.5 degrees Celsius line.
CFUW is pleased to see the allocation of $129.5 million over five years and $40 million over five years to build resilience in Northern and Indigenous communities and integrate climate resilience into building design guides.

STUDENTS AND YOUTH
CFUW was pleased to see the increase in federal student grants by 50% for low-income and middle-income students, raising the possible amount to $3000 and $1200 respectively. We were also pleased to see the investment in the Youth Employment Strategy - $165 million in 2016/2017.
Youth unemployment is a significant problem in Canada, and more needs to be done not only to help students get through school without debt, but to help them find gainful employment after graduating. The 2016 Budget has only allocated $73 million over four years, somewhat less than original commitments.
CFUW calls for continued investment in jobs for youth, including federal programs and strategies to train young people for in-demand jobs.
 
SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
CFUW was happy to see the significant investments this Budget makes in public infrastructure, particularly on affordable housing and support for shelters. The investment is divided into two phases. Phase 1 starts immediately, focusing on repairs to existing infrastructure with an investment of $11.9 billion, and Phase 2 starts in two years, focused on new construction.

$2.3 billion of this funding is for affordable housing, including doubling federal spending on the affordable housing program and adding $111.8 million to help 61 cities tackle homelessness. This includes $200 million over two years to repair and build affordable housing units for more than 5,000 low-income seniors, and $739 million over the same period for First Nations, Inuit and northern community housing. $3.2 billion will be spent on renovating old units, which are neither energy nor water efficient, and otherwise in desperate need of repair.

This part of the budget also includes $89.9 million over two years to construct and renovate more than 3,000 shelter spaces for women escaping domestic violence. CFUW is pleased with this investment, as women’s shelters and transition houses are desperately in need of funding and play a crucial role in protecting the lives of women.


Hello CFUW North Bay Members

 

CFUW North Bay made the last line of this Newsletter!!!!!  

The link takes you to the lovely Nugget picture of Joellen Brown giving a book to a Kindergarten student at M.T. Davidson School at our annual Gift of Reading on International Women’s Day March 8th. It was a great morning.  Thank you to Joellen who has so enthusiastically taken up the leadership from Doris Toswell who organized it for 15 years. 

 

On a more serious note read the Pre-Budget Consultation Document .  

CFUW has some serious decisions to make about their finances. Although the webinar is meant for the President and executive members you can give them feedback which they can pass on.

 

Please read.

 

Heather Chambers

CFUW Liaison


Club Action Newsletter 

March 15, 2016

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. It includes what would have been in both the News and Updates and Advocacy emails.

CFUW News

  • CFUW Pre-Budget Consultations to be Held - CFUW is facing some financial challenges this year: a decline in membership dues, the free-floating Swiss franc in which CFUW must pay GWI dues, the depreciation of the Canadian dollar negatively affecting the Canadian economy and the prospect of a deficit budget with the necessity of having to draw on the reserve fund. To remain within our current resources, the Board of Directors believes that we need to examine our ways of doing business. To this end, several options have been identified and a series of pre-budget consultations – both in person and webinars will be held. 
  • Ask the Parliamentarian - Q:  How do we engage in respectful, meaningful debate in an electronic age? Read the full response by Elizabeth Haynes, a Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians, HERE.
  • Read the Notice of Change in Rationale for Proposed Amendment 2 here.
  • Reminder - CFUW Membership Dues to be paid by March 31, 2016. For instructions on how to download your dues invoice click here.
  • Reminder - Contributions to the 2016 IWD Project Due April 29, 2016. Read more here.
  • Announcement - The winner of the 2016 Prize for submitting their Club's membership numbers by January 31 is CFUW Richmond! Congratulations to them and their win of a new KOBO e-Reader. Don't forget there is another chance to win by ensuring your Membership Dues are received by March 31, 2016. The prize for this will be a Nespresso VertuoLine coffee maker. 
  • Reminder - The CFUW Discussion Forum is now over. You can continue to read submissions and register if you have not yet had the chance. If you still wanted to submit a statement you can follow up with Myra Willis at mwilliscfuw@gmail.com. Note - no new registration can be processed over the course of the weekend. Please expect between 24-48 weekday hours for the registration to be completed.
  • Registration for the 2016 AGM is now open! For instructions on how to register and for information on tours, accommodation, dining and more, please visit: http://www.proreg.ca/sort.php?e=344-e. Please read the AGM Registration Information Guide before registering. If any problems with the registration form, please report them to cfuw@ProReg.ca or call ProReg Registration Solutions toll-free at 1-866-760-2005.
    Remember to register before May 20, 2016 to receive the Early Bird Discount on registration fees. The final deadline for registration is June 10, 2016.



CFUW Clubs News

  • Joy Barrett, the City of Nelson’s cultural development officer, gave a fascinating slide presentation at a recent meeting of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Nelson and District. Read More here.
  • The Orillia branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) welcomed guest speaker Jennifer Jackson, of the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka (CAC), to its latest meeting. Read More here
  • CFUW Cambridge approved a resolution asking the federal government to implement the recommendations of Amnesty International on Stolen Sisters dealing with discrimination and violence against indigenous women in Canada. Read More here.
  • The Canadian Federation of University Women, Yorkton Club is pleased to announce that Cosmin Coltea, ASD Consultant, at the Children’s Therapy Program for Sunrise Health Region will make a presentation on Autism — What is it, What it is not. Read More here.
  • Each member of the CFUW North Bay purchased a new book for a child in this class. Read More here.


 

Club Action Newsletter 

Special Notice - CFUW 2016 AGM

 

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (CFUW)
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
 
Notice is hereby provided that the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) will be held at Brock University,

500 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines, Ontario from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24 and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday June 25, 2016 for the purpose of:
  

  1. Receiving annual reports and auditor’s report,
  2. Approving the audited financial statements,
  3. Considering proposed external policy resolutions,
  4. Considering proposed amendments to CFUW articles and bylaws,
  5. Considering proposed CFUW internal policies, and
  6. Transacting such other business as may be brought before the meeting.

  

Doris Mae Oulton
President
CFUW
 
Dated March 21, 2016

The CFUW Annual General Meeting and Conference will take place in St. Catharines, Ontario from June 23 - 25, 2016.
 
The Annual General Meeting business and information sessions will be held Friday, June 24, 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm and Saturday June 25, 9:00 am – 6:00 p.m.     

  • Notice - Notice of the CFUW Annual General Meeting and business to be transacted is hereby provided, and this notice meets the requirement in CFUW bylaw 96 to do so ninety days in advance of the meeting.  

  

  • Proposed General Rules - The AGM proposed general rules will be sent to delegates in an advisory email prior to the AGM, posted on the website and included in the conference booklet for all delegates.  The AGM proposed agenda will be finalized and circulated prior to the AGM.   Both will be voted and approved at the AGM.

  

  • NEW- Voting will be done using clickers. A clicker is a handheld transmitter that beams a radio-frequency signal to a receiver attached to a computer which tallies the votes.  Clickers will be used to assist in speeding up voting. Instructions on how to use them will be provided at the AGM.

  

  • Elections – On Saturday, June 25, nominees for Board and Regional Director positions will be identified and nominations from the floor will be received. Later that day, elections for contested Board and Regional Director positions will be held.

  

  • Organization of AGM - The AGM is organized into two sections - business sessions at which business items are presented and voted, such as approval of the audited financial statements 2015/16 and proposed budget 2016/17, proposed policy resolutions and article and bylaw amendments; and secondly, information sessions, at which reports and information are presented, discussion is welcome, and no voting is required

  

  • NEW- Let Them Howl – Reading play on June 23 re-enacting the famous ‘mock-parliament’ that featured Nellie McClung and her peers in the Political Equality League. You don’t want to miss it!

  

  • Club Displays - Clubs are invited to submit their Club name to present a poster display of their activities. Theses displays will be available in the foyer. If Clubs wish to have such a display, they should submit their request to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com  by May 27, 2016. There will be a limit of twenty poster displays. For further information contact, Doris Mae Oulton at cfuwpres@gmail.com  or Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com.

  

  • Circulation and Posting - All AGM material will be circulated and posted on the public website under AGM 2016 as soon as it is available.

  

  • Credentials Form - This form is included with this note and will be circulated again at a later date closer in time to the AGM and will be posted on the Member Resource website.  Each Club must complete a credentials form so that its delegate or proxy may obtain the voting cards to which the Club is entitled.  Clubs are reminded that RDs can carry their Proxy to vote on the resolutions and By-Law changes if they are not able to send a member.

  

  • Questions - If you have any questions, please contact Robin Jackson, ED at cfuwed@rogers.com

Registration for the 2016 AGM is now open!

 
For instructions on how to register and for information on tours, accommodation, dining and more, please visit: 

http://www.proreg.ca/events/cfuw/2016/welcome.php

 
Please read the 

AGM Registration Information Guide

 before registering.

If any problems with the registration form, please report them to 

cfuw@ProReg.ca

 or call ProReg Registration Solutions toll-free at 1-866-760-2005.

Remember to register before May 20, 2016 to receive the Early Bird Discount on registration fees. The final deadline for registration is June 10, 2016.

March 3, 2016

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. It includes what would have been in both the News and Updates and Advocacy emails.


Advocacy

Exciting news from CFUW National Office!

Non-State Actor Torture
CFUW has been advocating for the addition of Non-State Actor Torture to the Criminal Code since 2011 - particularly due to the tireless action by two CFUW members, Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald. In February we were approached by MP Peter Fragiskatos (London North Centre) to support his Private Member's Bill to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to include Non-State Torture. We were thrilled that on February 26th, Mr. Fragiskatos introduced Bill C-242, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code of Canada (Inflicting Torture). 

Read our letter of support for Bill C-242 here
Download a letter template to urge your local MP to support this bill - the next reading will likely be in April. (French coming next week). See more information on the Member Website.
Check out this article on Mr. Fragiskatos' recent press conference on his bill. 
Listen to the CBC Radio Interview with Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald!


International Women's Day: Government Consultations
Some MPs are doing local consultations with women's groups, to report to Status of Women Canada. If your MP is doing such a consultation, we encourage you to attend and speak on issues important to your Club and reflected in CFUW Policy. Here are some materials we suggest bringing with you: 
CFUW Women's Equality Brief (2015)
CFUW Education Brief (2015)
CFUW National support for Bill C-242
2016 Brief on Issues


Women, Peace and Security News
In February, MP Hélène Laverdière (Laurier-Sainte-Marie) tabled a motion in the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee that would require the committee to undertake a study of the efforts of the Government of Canada's implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security: 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122, and 2242. 

CFUW has long advocated for the implementation of these resolutions, particularly 1325. Along with our Women, Peace and Security Network allies, we lobbied for the members of the Committee to adopt this motion. 

On February 24, the motion passed! This is an excellent example of how CFUW policy gets translated into advocacy and action at the national level - your voices matter! 

 


CFUW News

 

  • Make sure to send in your Club Membership Dues by March 31th, 2016. Get your dues in on time and your Club will be entered for a draw to win a Nescafe Coffee Machine! If you have any questions regarding how to submit your dues, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Whyte, Member Services Coordinator, via email at cfuwgen@rogers.com or by phone at 1-888-220-9606 ext 101. 
  • Reminder: CFUW Delegate Selection for GWI Triennial August 21 - 23, 2016. For more information on delegate selection click here.

Important Dates:
 

March 30th, 2016 CFUW National Initative on Violence Against Women Awards Deadline
March 31, 2016 CFUW Member Dues to be paid
March 31, 2016 New Member Award Deadline
April 8, 2016 GWI Delegate Selection
April 30, 2016 IWD Projects Deadline
May 1, 2016 Special Project Award Deadline
May 1, 2016 International Relations Award Deadline
May 1, 2016 Small Club Grant Deadline
May 1, 2016 Mentorship Award Deadline.

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February 19, 2016

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. It includes what would have been in both the News and Updates and Advocacy emails.

CFUW News


Advocacy

  • We have written two articles for clubs to read and possibly share in their newsletters:
  • A reminder about protocol when contacting elected officials: 
    • Clubs can send correspondence to their local MP, MPP/MLA/MHA
    • Contact with Premiers goes through the Regional Directors and Regional VPs
    • Any communication to Ministers or the Prime Minister come from National Office
    • Clubs must use their own boilerplate when sending correspondence
    • If you have an issue you would like to communicate to a specific Minister, please get in touch with National Office. 

GWI News

GWI Updates:


CFUW Clubs News

  • Barbara Gustafson inducted into Hall of Fame. Read more.
  • The Canadian Federation of University Women, Cambridge branch, is sponsoring trends expert Lynn Spence set for International Women’s Day Breakfast. Read More.
  • The speakers series organized by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Corner Brook to mark the club’s 10th anniversary continues this month with “Things every woman needs to know about ... financial planning.” Read more.
  • Liz Riley, Simcoe North Liberal candidate in the recent federal election, spoke to the Orillia branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women about her experiences of being a woman candidate. Read more.




 

Important Dates:


March 1, 2016 Library Award Application Deadline
March 31, 2016 CFUW Member Dues to be paid
March 31, 2016 New Member Award Application Deadline
April 8, 2016 GWI Delegate Selection
April 30, 2016 IWD Projects
May 1, 2016 Special Project Award Application Deadline
May 1, 2016 International Relations Award Application Deadline
May 1, 2016 Small Club Grant Application Deadline
May 1, 2016 Mentorship Award Application Deadline.

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Our mailing address is:
331 Cooper Street, Suite 502Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0G5



Hello CFUW North Bay Members

 

I urge you to follow the link under 2016 Proposed Amendments to CFUW Articles and Bylaws.  

The second proposal is an amendment to the CFUW Articles and bylaws and is a motion by CFUW St. Thomas which reads:

 

Withdrawal of CFUW from Graduate Women International (GWI) formerly known as International Federation of University Women (IFUW) as a National Federation or Association (NFA) member.

 

Rationale

 

Our amendment is based on the following:

 

·         Governance actions that abandon the IFUW/GWI constitution as well as democratic parliamentary procedures

·         Questionable financial accounting, poor fiscal planning for the future, and a lack of clarity and transparency in IFUW/GWI’s fundraising plans or finances

·         Reliance on Canadian resources while failing to consult and provide respectful responses to questions or invitations

·         Providing marginal benefits to CFUW with no request for input other than for motions that are undemocratically overruled

 

Please follow the link for more very interesting information.

 

Heather Chambers CFUW Liaison

 


Club Action Newsletter 

February 3, 2016

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. It includes what would have been in both the News and Updates and Advocacy emails.

CFUW News

Club Action Newsletter 

January 29, 2016

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. It includes what would have been in both the News and Updates and Advocacy emails.

CFUW News

Prime Minister Trudeau committed to moving on climate change policy within 90 days of the COP21 Paris Talks. CFUW members have made it clear that they care about climate change.  In light of this, National Office has created letter templates for clubs to send to their local elected representatives, both provincially and federally, to remind them of our support for bold action on climate change. Each provincial template is unique, so be sure to download the one relevant to you.  As always, these are your letters, so feel free to edit them to include local information. 
British Columbia                                Alberta                                         Saskatchewan                                   
Manitoba                                             Ontario                                         Quebec (EN)
Quebec (FR)                                      Nova Scotia                                 New Brunswick                                            Newfoundland & Labrador             Prince Edward Island

Federal letter template for all MPs.

These letters will also be available for download on the Member Resources site under Advocacy & Resolutions > Take Action beginning next week. 



CFUW Clubs News

 

  • CFWU Northumberland will hold their annual scholarship fundraising luncheon May 11 in Cobourg. Read more.
  • CFUW Orillia hosting its own member, Liz Riley, to share tales from the campaign trail. Read more.
     


GWI News
 

Club Action Newsletter 

January 22, 2016

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. It includes what would have been in both the News and Updates and Advocacy emails.

Get your membership numbers in by January 31, 2016 for a chance to win a KOBO! 

Submit your Membership Numbers - find out more here.

CFUW News


Advocacy

  • Federal Budget consultations: Liberal MPs across the country (183 ridings) are hosting consultations on the upcoming federal budget. They are a forum for community members to highlight areas where they would like to see funding in the budget. This is a great opportunity for CFUW members to get involved in federal policy, and to voice concerns that are important to them. Use this link to find your MP, and reach out to them to see if they are hosting a consultation.  
  • The Advocacy Manual is now online! Go to the Member Resources site (www.cfuwadmin.org / username: viewonly / password: cfuw4321) and find all the National Office resources for various levels of advocacy. It is under Advocacy & Resolutions > Advocacy Toolkit. Whether your group wants to convene a study group or organize a community-wide campaign, this is a great resource for clubs. 
  • Yesterday at the World Economic Forum, the Secretary-General of the United Nations announced the first ever High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. The panel is a group of influential leaders from government, the UN, business and civil society, appointed by the Secretary-General. They will make recommendations for key actions to achieve the Global Goals, as they relate to the economic empowerment of women and girls. To learn more about this High-Level Panel, click here. 

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Club Action Newsletter 

January 15, 2015

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. It includes what would have been in both the News and Updates and Advocacy emails.

2016 PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS
Reminder: The 2016 Proposed Resolutions have been sent out to clubs and made available on the Member Website for download. To access them, go to www.cfuwadmin.org, enter the username: viewonly and password: cfuw4321, and find these files under Advocacy & Resolutions > Resolutions > Proposed Resolutions. 

There you will find the Proposed Resolutions, the Amendment Guidelines and the Amendment Form. Reminder that all amendments must be received by March 1st, 2016. Each resolution has a specific e-mail address to which the amendments should be sent - these are included in the instructions. 

CFUW News


Advocacy

  • Take Action button on the CFUW Member site: This is where you will find all the most recent action items and materials for advocacy from National Office, in addition to receiving them by e-mail. Keep an eye out for new materials on childcare and climate change.
  • Request for information: Does your club do an exceptional job getting noticed in your community? Do you have great community partners and high visibility? We are looking for great strategies to highlight at the 2016 AGM, and I'd love to hear about your activities and ideas! Please get in touch with Maddie Webb, Advocacy Coordinator at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com!

 

CFUW Clubs News

  • CFUW Owen Sound 25th Anniversary Luncheon. Read more here.
  • Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay (CFUWNB) is celebrating 75 years in North Bay in 2016. Read more here.
  • CFUW Ottawa Talk on Education for Girls in Afghanistan. Read more here.
  • The Salvation Army Says Thank you to CFUW Oriliia. Read more here.

 




 


GWI News
 

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Club Action Newsletter 

December 17, 2015

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. It includes what would have been in both the News and Updates and Advocacy emails.

CFUW News


Advocacy

Keep an eye out in the new year for materials coming your way regarding the follow-up to COP21, and a new Advocacy Toolkit! For now, some interesting pieces in the news regarding CFUW policies.

CFUW Clubs News

Graduate Women International News

Seasons Greetings from CFUW National Staff and Board.
We wish you all a joyous holiday.

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Club Action Newsletter

Holiday Edition 2015

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. It includes what would have been in both the News and Updates and Advocacy emails.

Special Holiday Pricing on all CFUW Merchandise

New CFUW USB Sticks available for purchase!!

Download the Catalogue here. Email or mail in your order and receive it within two weeks. For any questions please contact Elizabeth Whyte at cfuwgen@rogers.com

CFUW News

  • Pay Forward the Gift of Hope this Holiday Season. CFUW participates in an International Women’s Day Project annually to highlight progress towards women’s equality in Canada and world-wide. Read more about the project here.

Advocacy*important update*

  • Earlier this week we sent the incorrect link to the NDP Shadow Cabinet. You can find the current Cabinet and Shadow Cabinets here: 
  • Find out how you can help Syrian refugees moving to Canada in the coming months by checking the Member Resources site under Take Action!
  • CFUW has been very involved in promoting Early Childhood Education and Learning. Earlier this year we signed on with over 160 academics as well as UNICEF, Public Health Early Years and 1500 private signatories to urge governments to increase investment in ECE. The Atkinson Centre and their partners are seeking continued support and signatories to this open letter, which you can read and sign here
  • Check out our 2015 Gender Neutral Holiday Gift Guide. Also available on the Member Resources site, under Advocacy and Resolutions > Tools and Resources.
  • Looking to give a gift with social meaning? We have created a useful guide to different ways you can give and also have a positive social impact. Download the guide here. 

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Club Action Newsletter 

November 30, 2015

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CFUW News

  • Pay Forward the Gift of Hope this Holiday Season. CFUW participates in an International Women’s Day Project annually to highlight progress towards women’s equality in Canada and world-wide. Read more about the project here.
  • CFUW École Polytechnique Commemorative Award Reaches 25 Years in 2016.  Read more here.


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Partner News
Campaign 2000's Report Cards on Child and Family Poverty and Canada 

 

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