President’s Message

Marlene Sylvester

Marlene Sylvester

The Canadian Federation of University Women welcomes all women who support equality, social justice, fellowship and lifelong learning for girls and women. We meet the first Tuesday of each month except in June, July, and August at Bells Corners United Church, located at 3955 Old Richmond Road in Nepean, Ottawa, at 1:00 p.m. Visitors and guests are always welcome.

We have a very active club and each month we invite guest speakers to address various issues which confront Canadians locally, nationally, and internationally. We also have a number of interest groups, including book clubs, bridge, travelogue, movie, art tours, luncheons, jaunters, dining out, and money management.

We are dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women. Twice a year we host Scholarship Trust Luncheons and in 2016-2017, we raised $4,000 which has been donated to four nursing students at Algonquin College. In 2017-2018, we hope to give two scholarships to the Information Network Technology degree program and the Building Science program at Algonquin College, as well as three scholarships to nursing students. This year, we also raised funds to support young girls in secondary school in Tanzania. We also provide personal items to Interval House, a local women’s shelter, and we support the Barrhaven Food Bank and the Ottawa Food Bank. To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial year, we are providing starter kits for women who are leaving Cornerstone, a shelter for homeless women, and beginning a new chapter in their lives.

The CFUW is a great organization with 110 clubs across the country and over 8,000 members. You will find interesting, well-informed, like-minded women who continue on this lifelong journey of learning and empowering women locally, nationally, and internationally. You will have the opportunity to network with the provincial, national, and the Graduate Women International groups to advocate for women’s rights, education, justice, and equality through education and training.

Our first meeting is on September 12th. See you then!