President’s Message

Marcia Armstrong

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. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Due to the health restrictions imposed by Public Health in these times of Covid-19, we are meeting virtually this year until it is safe to do otherwise.

CFUW Nepean, established in 1991, 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. Where possible, these groups are meeting virtually this year.

CFUW Nepean is dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women. In 2020 the CFUW Nepean Scholarship Trust awarded six $1,000 scholarships to students at Algonquin College. There were 2 each disbursed in the STEM program, in Nursing,  and in the PSW (Personal Support Worker) program. The Club also provided a $500 award to a woman at Cornerstone Housing for Women to assist in furthering her education. To date, we have awarded over $47,000 in scholarships.

This past year we provided personal items to Interval House, a local women’s shelter, and to Cornerstone Housing for Women. We also supported the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.

The CFUW, established in 1919, is a national organization with 100 clubs across the country and over 7,000 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.

Our first meeting of the new Club year is on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. I hope to see you all Zooming in to start the year! If you are browsing the website and are not yet a member, I hope you will seriously consider joining us. It will be a learning experience!

See you then!

Marcia Armstrong
President, CFUW Nepean