Welcome to the CFUW North Bay Website


Members of CFUW North Bay Touring Canadore College’s The Village on October 18, 2023

CFUW North Bay holds monthly meetings, usually on the third Wednesday of the month, where we listen to inspiring guest speakers, socialize, and have fun. You can find out what is on our program for 2023-24 by clicking on the Information for Members tab. Socializing also happens in our interest groups. Click on the Interest Groups tab to find information about our book club, bridge group, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner groups. If you scroll down to the slideshow for 2022-23, you will see photos of activities showing both the serious side of our club and the fun we have throughout the year.

By clicking on the Scholarships tab at the top of the page, you can find information about how our club has accomplished one of its main purposes: raising money for scholarships for women to pursue higher education. By clicking on the Community Service tab, you will read how we service the community in other ways. 

If you click on the Information for Members tab, you will find our registration form and current membership fee. Membership in our club is open to any woman who aspires to the goals of CFUW. You will also find our current program there listing guest speakers and their topics.

As well as this website, we also have a Facebook page featuring many of our activities and photos and managed for us by Kristen Ferguson, one of our program chairs:


Founded in 1941, our club celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2021. As you explore this website you will find details and photos describing our celebrations of this and other important anniversaries. 

CFUW North Bay is a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women. CFUW was established in 1919 to raise the social, economic and legal status of women, and to improve education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights.  CFUW represents about 7500 members in over 95 clubs across Canada. 

If you are not a member of CFUW North Bay and would like to receive more information about our club, send us an email: cfuwnorthbay@gmail.com.

Photos: November speaker Haley Massicotte, club members, and Kristen Ferguson thanking Haley.

                                       Haley’s website where you can order her cleaning products:  .

The Lunch Bunch at the Block on November 7 and members at Burrows with their seasonal urns on November 22

Charitable Trust Dinner December 4

For the first time since the pandemic began, our club will be able to meet in person to remember the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989. Many members choose at this time to make a donation to the CFUW Charitable Trust École Polytechnique Commemorative Award established in 1991 honouring the memory of

the murdered women. For more information about the Charitable Trust or to donate online, go to cfuwcharitabletrust.ca.

We will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 4, at Average Joe’s, where we will order from the menu. Please let 

Bonnie Roynon (broynon@gmail.com) know by Sunday, December 3, if you are planning to attend.

Christmas Social December 13

This year our Christmas social will finally take place in person at the Motherhouse at 6:30 p.m. on December 13.

Please bring some cookies, bars, or another dessert to share.

You may aat this time wish to make a donation to Transition House and the Montessori School Under the Tree in Oltepesi, Tanzania.  You will find more information about both Transition House by clicking on the Community Service tab at the top of the screen and scrolling down to the heading Christmas Gifts for Residents of Transition House and True Self. However, this year Transition House has indicated that cash donations would be preferred rather than the Christmas gifts we have been purchasing and donating in previous years.

You will also find information on the school in Tanzania by going to the Community Service tab and scrolling down to International Connections: Supporting Rural Schools in Tanzania.  You can also read Brenda Robertson’s new update on the Tanzania project by clicking link below:      

Our speaker will be Linsay Keats, PEO, North Bay Chapter.  Lindsay is a dedicated civil engineer and a valued member of the Ministry of Transportation in North Bay. Lindsay applies her expertise to shape the future of transportation systems, ensuring efficiency, safety, and sustainability. Beyond her professional pursuits, Lindsay is a vibrant force within the engineering community. Her passion for advancing the engineering profession is evident in her proactive involvement and leadership. Lindsay takes pride in fostering a sense of camaraderie among her peers and actively recognizes the hard work and dedication of fellow engineers. In Lindsay's world, engineering is not just a career - it's a calling. She is a driving force behind the promotion and elevation of the engineering field. Her commitment to excellence, coupled with a genuine appreciation for the contributions of her colleagues, sets her apart as a true advocate for the engineering community.

 New Bulletin Board for CFUW Members

Please check out our bulletin board for club news by using the green link below the title.  Also of course please share your news.  This could include the work your committee is doing, plans for fundraisers, information about CFUW National and/or Ontario Council meetings, announcements about webinars advertised in Club Action Newsletters, or anything else that used to be in our newsletters or that you think our members should know. If you have news to share, email Caroline Haist (carlilh43@gmail.com).

The Gift of Reading

Nat Brunette and Kristen Ferguson have just announced that they are restarting the Gift of Reading, a project that CFUW North Bay ran for many years prior to the pandemic. Go to the bulletin board to find out more details about this event and the help Nat and Kristen need from members.

The photo was taken at Phelps Public School in March 2020 where the last Gift of Reading took place.

Find more photos, newspaper coverage, and the history of this event by clicking on the Community Service tab on the menu bar. Then scroll down to Gift of Reading.


Slideshow of 2022-23 Events

September: North Bay Public Library Display

September Display at North Bay Public Library

Catherine Whiting and Kaarina Tulisalo

Catherine Whiting and Kaarina Tulisalo

Venue for September 20 Media 

Launch for Dr. Diana Walton 


dr. Diana Walton Media Launch

Bonnie Roynon, Nipissing President Dr .Walmsy, Mr. Bill Walton, and Nipissing Representatives

CFUW North Bay Members 

Bill Walton with Co-president Nat Brunette

Mr. Bill Walton

Co-President Bonnie Roynon

Co-president Bonnie Roynon , Recipient of a CFUW North Bay Scholarship and Nipissing Alumna


September 21 Meeting: Donna Spencer Registers with Sue Fisher, Membership Chair and Treasurer 

Members at Motherhouse for September Meeting 

Marg Mullen Joins on Zoom 

Guest Speaker Elysha Carriere from My Village Doula Collective

Nat Brunette Thanks Members of My Village Doula Collective 

Co-president Nat Brunette with Special Project Award Certificate for Museum Display

September 30: Sunrise Breakfast 

October 4: Lunch Bunch at Average Joe’s 

October 14: Wake-up Call 

October 19: Kristen Ferguson Introduces 

Guest Speaker Dr. Natalya Brown 


November 16 General Meeting: Zoom Participants

Guest Speaker Dr. Natalya Brown 

Janet Poudrier Thanking Dr. Natalya Brown 

October 25: 

Book Club

November 16: Susan Fisher, Guest Speaker 

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Hybrid Meeting: Members in Motherhouse 

Members on Zoom

November 24: Making Seasonal Urns at Burrows 

Kaarina Tulisalo with Her Urn 

December 6: Charitable Trust Walk at City Hall

December 14: Fun Night on Zoom 

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January 11: Walk with Members to Introduce New Member to Club

January 24: 

Book Club

January 27: Sunrise Breakfast

February 7: Lunch Bunch

February 15: Dr. Kurt Claussen, Guest Speaker

February 23: Dinner Group at Crown and Beaver

March 7: Lunch Bunch Celebrates Mary Catherine O’Hagan’s 80th Birthday at Average Joe’s

March 9: Fundraiswer for CFUW North Bay

Kaarina Tulisalo at March 9 Fundraiser for CFUW North Bay at NUSU

Nat Brunette and Catherine Whiting

Members at Silent Auction Table

New Member Marilyn Savage

March 31: Sunrise Breakfast

March 23: Donor Social at Nipissing University Student Union with Dr. Diana Walton Scholarship Winner Kennedy Bond (middle) and Co-presidents Nat Brunette and Bonnie Roynon

Some of the CFUW North Bay Members Who Participated in Fundraising for the Coldest Night of the Year

April 19: Lunch and Learn Panel with Johanne Brousseau, Erika Lougheed, and Tanya Vrebosch

May 2 Lunch Bunch: 19 for Lunch at Average Joe’s 


May 17 AGM

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Getting in the Mood for a July Picnic with Teddy Bears

Diane Wallace and Terry Blair 

Promote Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Heritage Gardeners on June 14

June 21: Year-end Party at the Home Cher Harvey


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Diane Wallace Provides Details of the July Fundraiser

Dessert: Flower Cupcakes from North Bay’s BK Bakery

July 26: Downtown Walk and Teddy Bears Picnic Fundraiser for Scholarships

Amber Livingston, North Bay’s DIA Executive Director (far left) Speaking About Downtown Businesses 

Treasurer Susan Fisher with Cher Harvey’s Help Collecting Donations

Buffet Picnic Lunch

Our Hostesses and Cooks: Diane Wallace, Heather Chambers, Heli Vail, and Terry Blair