President’s Message

Susan Russell

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.

CFUW Nepean is 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 and luncheons.

CFUW Nepean is dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women. Twice a year we host Scholarship Trust Fund-Raising Luncheons and in 2018 these luncheons and other donations raised close to $6,000. In 2018 we donated 7 scholarships of $1,000 each. Five scholarships were awarded to Practical Nursing and STEM students at Algonquin College. Two scholarships were awarded to women at Cornerstone Housing for Women, one of these scholarships was a special tribute for Canada 150. Founded in 1996, our Scholarship Trust, which is a CRA registered charity, has awarded a grand total of $35,200.00 in scholarships to students from 2006 until 2018.

This past year we provided personal items to Interval House, a local women’s shelter, and we supported the Barrhaven Food Cupboard. We continued to engage with Cornerstone Housing for Women, focusing on their new long-term residence for 42 women on Princeton Street. We provided diverse items such as Crock Pots, bathing suits and winter hats, gloves and scarves as well as Adirondack chairs and tables for their enclosed garden. Club members also catered and served a full lunch at Cornerstone’s Women’s Shelter. On an international level, we supported Inter Pares who provide help to woman and girl victims of sexual and gender-based violence in Columbia.

The CFUW is a national organization with 100 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. Graduate Women International has members in 60 countries world-wide. Graduate Women International celebrated its 100th anniversary in Geneva this July. CFUW celebrates its 100th anniversary in Winnipeg this August.

Our first meeting of the new Club year is on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. Please bring along any friends who may be interested in joining the club.

See you then!

Susan Russell
President, CFUW Nepean