Program for 2023-2024

We have an exciting program of guest speakers, with both day and evening sessions! 
All are welcome to join us for any of these sessions, at no charge.

We are grateful to meet on the traditional unceded, unsurrendered territory
of the Anishinabe Omàmìwininì/Algonquin Nation
whose presence on this land goes back thousands of years.

General Meetings

General meetings for September-December and April-May will take place in person,  
unless otherwise determined by Ottawa Public Health.
Presentations will be from 1:00-2:00 P.M., followed by socializing and Executive meetings.
Meeting times and location: Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 P.M., Bells Corners United Church,
3955 Old Richmond Road at Moodie Drive, unless otherwise specified.
General meetings for January-March will take place on Zoom.
Invitations to Zoom meetings will be sent a few days in advance of each meeting.


September 12, 1-3 P.M. Play about Agnes Macphail, first woman Member of Parliament. Registration meeting. Dues $110 full member, $40 joint member, cash, cheque or e-transfer.
October 3, 1-3 P.M.
Dr Graham White is a Chemist with experience in exposure assessments at Health Canada.  He will speak about  the recent federal regulation of plastics in the environment, the nature and potential effects of microplastics, the nature of plastics and polymers and the reasons behind the regulations considering the amount of pollution and the abysmal record of recycling.
November 7, 1-3 P.M. Allan MacArtney, Retired Terrorist Advisor for Transport Canada, will speak about “The Truth about Terrorism”, and tips on how to stay safe when traveling.
December 5, 12 noon Holiday lunch, Amica Westboro Retirement Home, 391 Richmond Rd.  Feel free to wear holiday hats and sweaters.
January 9, 1-2 P.M.
on Zoom
Moyra Lauzière from Heart and Stroke Foundation will speak about symptoms for women’s heart attacks and strokes.
February 6, 1-2 P.M.
on Zoom
Prof. Rod Phillips from Carleton University will speak about “Wine and the French Revolution.”
March 5, 1-2 P.M.,
on Zoom
Dr. Suzanne Evans will speak about her book, , “Mothers of Heroes, Mothers of Martyrs: World War I and the Politics of Grief”.
April 9, 1-3 P.M. Discussion of the resolutions that will be presented to CFUW National. (Rescheduled from April 2.)
May 7, 12 noon Lunch at a restaurant to be determined.  Donna Shields Poë will speak about the 125th anniversary of the May Court. Annual General Meeting (AGM).


Evening Speaker Series, Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 P.M on Zoom

Invitations to Zoom meetings will be sent a few days in advance of each meeting.

September 21, 7-8 P.M
on Zoom
Dr. Gillian Leitch will speak about the Irish immigrants who came to Quebec.
October 12, 7-8 P.M.
on Zoom
Carleton Professor, Dr Mary Jane Edwards,  will speak about “The Napoleonic Wars, Slavery, and Emigration: How the Strickland Sisters, Particularly Catharine Parr Strickland Traill and Susanna Strickland Moodie, Wrote Current Issues into Their Literary Works.”
(Note that this replaces the previously-scheduled talk by Victoria Rodriguez, RN, comparing the American vs. Canadian Health Care System.)
November 16, 7-8 P.M.
on Zoom
Suzanne Le, executive director of Multifaith Housing Initiative, will speak about affordable housing for low-income earners.
February 1, 7-8 P.M.
on Zoom
Rosella Bjornson will discuss her life growing up on a Canadian farm followed by her life as the first woman Canadian commercial airline pilot. (Rescheduled from January 25.)
February 15, 7-8 P.M.
on Zoom
Ottawa Police Constable Martin Riopelle will speak about scams and fraud systems directed to seniors.
March 14, 7-8 P.M.
on Zoom
Ryan McLellan from Edward Jones Financial Planners will discuss financial planning for seniors and tips on how to reduce taxes when dispersing their estates.
April 11, 7-8 P.M.
on Zoom
Roberta Ostler Balmer will speak about advocacy and her experiences at the U.N.