Ontario Council Recognition Award Submission for April 2018 by Brenda Robertson and Kaarina Tulisalo



ACTIONS: Our submission reflects our initiatives to connect with community organizations at the grassroots level across our community, with a focus on helping those most vulnerable.

Coldest Night of the Year, Feb 24, 2018

Entered a team in the event , CFUW North Bay Cool Cats

  • 23 members, families and friends raised $655.00 for the Gathering Place, North Bay’s Soup Kitchen and for the Warming Centre an overnight shelter
  • The community event with about 175 walkers together with the hundreds of donors raised over$55,000.00

The Hike for Hospice, May 6, 2018

The CFUW North Bay Cool Cats will again participate in a community event to raise money for the Nipissing Serenity Hospice. Ground breaking for the Hospice will take place in the spring of this year.

Stable Funding for Initiatives Assisting Women

  • True Self Debwewendizwin Employment and Training Program provides an array of services, including employment and training, for victims of domestic violence.
  • It is a successful local initiative celebrating 10 years of service to marginalized women in the community
  • CFUW North Bay has supported the True Self Program for many years by collecting Christmas gifts for clients of the program, which includes women and their children.
  • The program is in jeopardy because of a lack of stable funding. This has resulted in a reduction of programming, staff and perhaps closure. 
  • CFUW North Bay has sent letters to the M.P.P. Vic Fedeli, Mayor Al McDonald and to CFUW Ontario Council requesting that the letter be sent to the Minister of Status of Women Indira Nadoo Harris in support of the need for stable funding.
  • The Mayor of North Bay, Al McDonald, is very supportive of True Self and requested a meeting with CFUW North Bay. It was a very informative meeting that lasted for 2 hours

 Other Initiatives

The following initiatives were also discussed with Mayor Al McDonald:

CEDAW Campaign for Cities, The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women

CFUW 100th Anniversary Celebrations 2019

There will be considerable follow up by CFUW North Bay members on the above initiatives.  

Lunch & Learn

  • CFUW North Bay will host a Lunch & Learn on April 18, a community event for members, guests and the public from 11:30 a.m. - 1:15p.m.
  • Three panelists will share their experience and involvement with “Welcoming Newcomers to North Bay”
  • Attendees are invited to bring their own brown bag lunch
  • CFUW provides dessert, coffee and tea