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 and luncheons.

We are dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women. Twice a year we host Scholarship Trust Fund-Raising Luncheons and in 2017-2018 these raised close to $5,000. In 2017-2018 we donated 6 scholarships of $1,000 each. The scholarships were awarded to three Nursing and two Information Network Technology students at Algonquin College. The sixth scholarship was a special tribute for Canada 150 and was awarded to a woman at Cornerstone Housing for Women. We also provided personal items to Interval House, a local women’s shelter, and we supported the Barrhaven Food Cupboard. To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial year, we  provided home starter kits for women beginning a new chapter in their lives at the new Cornerstone supportive housing building. We also helped support two refugee families moving to Ottawa West and provided funding for a library in Ghana.

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 of the new year is on Tuesday September 11th, 2018.
See you then!