Community Service


Scholarships

Our scholarship fund provides scholarships and bursaries for local girls attending Nipissing University, Canadore College, and Near North secondary schools.  For details about these scholarships click here. Members donate individually directly to our scholarship fund and participate in fund-raising events.  For more information, including details of our club’s Trust Agreement, click here and read Sharon Walker’s fall 2015 report.

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In July of 2012 and again in July 2014, we held a garden tour in partnership with the North Bay Grandmothers for Africa.  As well as seven or eight gardens, the tours featured music provided by musicians from the North Bay Symphony and displays of art and photography by local artists. 

A silent auction at the November meeting raises some money for scholarships as well.  For this auction members donate items and services, as well as canvassing local businesses for donations.  For additional photos of last year’s auction, included in the 2016-17 photo album, click here.

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Charitable Trust Dinner

In early December we hold a Charitable Trust dinner in memory of the 14 women killed December 6, 1989, at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.  Money donated by members at the dinner is sent to the CFUW Charitable Trust, which awards scholarships to a postgraduate female student studying a topic of relevance to women.  For more information about the CFUW Charitable Trust, click here.  Included are speeches made at the 2015 dinner and a letter from the CFUW Charitable Trust.

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Christmas Gifts to Transition House

Each Christmas, at our annual December Christmas celebration, we bring wrapped Christmas gifts for women and children to be delivered to Transition House, a shelter for women and children, and True Self.  Gifts are handed out by Santa at a Christmas Party. 

International Connections

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The Montessori School Under the Tree is a mud-thatched structure in rural Tanzania where Maasai children come each day to learn.  For the last several years club members have made donations at Christmas to assist this school, last year donating money for the construction of a more permanent building.  Click here to see photos and read Brenda Robertson's detailed report.


Gift of Reading

Each year during the first week in March, to celebrate International Women's Day, our club, along with other CFUW clubs, participates in The Gift of Reading.  Volunteers from the club choose a senior kindergarten class in the district and visit the class, distributing one book to every pupil.  They then stay to read and discuss the books with the children.  In 2016 this event took place on March 8 at St. Luke’s Catholic School.  

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Doris Toswell, pictured in the photos above (middle) and on the left, has organized this event for the past 16 years.

To donate children’s books suitable for kindergarten pupils, place them in the box provided at general meetings or email Nat Brunette, the new chair, at natbrunette62@gmail.com.

Advocacy and Issues

Information about issues is forwarded to us from both the national office and Ontario Council, which gives us direction on taking action.  Issues committee members study and discuss the resolutions thoroughly and made recommendations to the membership at the resolutions meeting in April. Their presentations are followed by discussions by the members of the club and then are voted on. 

CFUW continues to exercise its responsibility to speak out on issues of concern and to take action. We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic, dedicated and knowledgeable Issues and Advocacy Committee. We appreciate the support of our membership and encourage members to join the advocacy work of CFUW North Bay.

Click here to read the reports for the last two years of the Issues and Advocacy Committee submitted by Jan Poudrier for our club’s annual reports. 

The issues and advocacy group meets monthly on different days and at different times, depending on the availability of its members.  Information about this group is also available under Interest Groups.

Community Partnerships

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Starting in November 2014 and continuing into 2016, CFUW North Bay members will be supporting the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area (ACNBA) by donating items for their Bathtub Project.  The project’s goal is to fill a bathtub with items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, razors, hotel shampoo, soap, toilet paper, and other hygiene supplies.  Donated items will be packaged by the staff at the ACNBA and will be distributed to their clients through the outreach program.

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Sock It to Us! is another ACNBA project started in 2014 and continuing into 2017.  Its purpose is to provide warm socks to those in need.  CFUW North Bay members have been donating gently used or new socks and bringing them to meetings to place in the collections bag.  

The third ACNBA project with which the club is helping is The Red Scarf Project.  ACNBA still needs  scarves and will use them to raise public awareness on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017.  Members of our club have donated red wool, knitted scarves, and participated in World AIDS Day.

The CFUW North Bay Cool Cats participated in on February 25, 2017, the North Bay Coldest Night of the Year together with 21 supporters of members, family and friends and raised $675 for the Gathering Place, surpassing their goal of $100.  Total amount raised was $60.000.  The Coldest Night Event is the major fund raiser for the Gathering Place. 

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