President’s November Message

I had the pleasure of attending the Business and Professional Women (BPW) Provincial Conference Banquet at the end of September. The two-day conference was hosted by the Niagara Falls Chapter which was celebrating its 100th anniversary of working to improve the economic, political, employment and social conditions for women. I was warmly welcomed and so surprised to be introduced feeling very proud of the room’s recognition of our CFUW Chapter. BPW is the founding organization of the CCEW: Canadian Coalition to Empower Women.

The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women was formed to advance equality between women and men, girls and boys in Canada; recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for all women, men and their families in communities across Canada.

This coalition was one of the workshop topics at the CFUW AGM held here in St. Catharines 2016 which I did attend so I was somewhat familiar with how it fits with the UN’s Sustainable Goals and in particular the goals of gender equality.

I met with the Canadian Federation BPW vice president who enlightened me about this coalition and the fact that CFUW has signed the “Statement of Support” .

Our club can sign this important document lending our voice to the growing number of more than 94 leaders from businesses and governments as well as community service organizations that have stepped up to promote gender equality across Canada.

Back at home, I would like to thank our own Program Standing Committee for a wonderful meeting in October. The speaker was Margaret Wente and so many members came out to hear her interesting presentation that the room was full. Our new layout enables members and guests to enjoy the delicious refreshments all evening while enjoying the fellowship around the tables. The November speaker is equally interesting so please come and invite a friend to hear the dynamic indigenous lawyer, Jodie-Lynn Waddilove.

Nancy Ferris-Hostick, CFUW St. Catharines President, 2017-18

President’s September Message

It’s Fall!  Welcome back to routine, to school, and from holidays and cottage life. Welcome back to CFUW. Many of our committees stayed busy throughout the summer to make the coming year interesting and attractive to our new and returning members.

On September 5th our Executive meets for the first time using its new format put in place to help streamline the meetings by reducing the number who must attend from 26 to nine. Only Standing Committees chairs are required to attend the meetings. Standing Committee members report to the Executive through their chairs although they are welcome to attend if they wish. By way of a reminder, every Executive meeting is open to any CFUW member. If you would like to attend a meeting, please let me know.

As we look toward the upcoming year, we focus on the need to once again “Tell Our Story.” I have chatted with long term members who remember how involved we were in telling the community who we are and what we have accomplished. Through community involvement in information fairs, a table at the library or Brock University or through personal contact, we let the community know about CFUW.  This year, we invite you to “Tell Our Story” through visiting our website for information, liking us on our Facebook page and spreading the word at community events through displays and casual chats. The Communications Standing Committee is working on new ideas but need everyone’s help. “Tell Our Story” every chance you get. It’s a theme for this year.

The Program Standing Committee has put together a new brochure and a spectacular speaker’s series. Be sure to share the information with others and invite them to our meetings so they learn about our work first hand.

The House Tour Committee is on fire with this year’s list of houses and activities. Jean and Sharon will update us at the September meeting. Good news!

The Membership Standing Committee will organize us with mailings, member details, and wonderful Interest groups. Please check out the list of these groups as there are new ones plus all our favourites. Tables will be set up at the September meeting for you to visit & obtain information and meet former group members.

I would like to thank the Club for the opportunity to attend the AGM in Richmond BC last June. It gave me a chance to see this great organization from another perspective. We had many positive discussions but it will be another challenging year for us as many of the issues from the last few years still linger. I hope that you have visited our website plus the CFUW National website to stay in touch with these issues. You can click here to connect with CFUW National.

Thanks also to Heather Hall for her leadership last year. What I’m looking forward to the most this year is meeting members and hearing your stories because they are very much a part of the CFUW St.Catharines’ story.

Nancy Ferris-Hostick, CFUW St. Catharines President, 2017-18