President’s April Message – CFUW plans

Club members can look forward to fruitful discussions and decision-making at the CFUW St. Catharines April 12 Annual General Meeting. It is important to read and consider the following documentation prior to discussion and voting, including:
 Proposed CFUW National Bylaw amendments information was emailed to CFUW St. Catharines Club members on March 22. The Club will need to advise incoming President Heather Hall on how to vote at the CFUW National AGM in June. The major issue is whether or not our Club supports CFUW National withdrawing from Graduate Women International (GWI, formerly IFUW – International Federation of University Women).
 Proposed amendments to CFUW St. Catharines Constitution and Bylaws were circulated with the March newsletter.
 The proposed Club Budget and proposed Charitable Fund Budget for 2016-17 are included in attachments with this April newsletter.
 The proposed slate of Officers for the Club Executive and for the Charitable Fund Executive for 2016-17 will be presented at the AGM, after approval by our Club Executive. Some interesting positions are still open, so please contact Mary Jane Waszynski to get in on our Club Executive.
National President Doris Mae Oulton passed on this Advocacy News:marilyn
 Cheryl Hayles, CFUW’s National VP International from the CFUW Oakville Club, was part of the delegation from CFUW participating in the United National Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) that took place in New York in March. UNCSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Talks focused on women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.
Thanks go to all who contributed to these and many other CFUW activities.
I close with a modernized proverb: “No matter how long the Winter, Spring (Fling) is sure to follow. “ Don’t miss out, get your tickets now!

Marilyn Wallace, CFUW St. Catharines President 2015-16

President’s December Message – Happy Holidays

In December Club members have a chance to participate in their favourite things with family and friends, and to celebrate CFUW activities that support community development including:

  • An announcement from CFUW National congratulating Prime Minister Trudeau on the appointment of fifteen women to the federal Cabinet to create a gender-equal cabinet. The current female caucus of the Liberal Party includes prominent businesswomen, UN diplomats, leaders of major national and international NGOs, doctors and lawyers. The new female Ministers bring with them a wealth of experience and, importantly, a different perspective which will make a significant changes in decision making on issues facing Canadians. It is hoped that gender-based analysis will be ensured in federal departments, to create a national action plan on violence against women, to establish an inquiry into our missing and murdered aboriginal sisters, and to create a national framework on child care. CFUW and women’s groups look forward to consulting with Prime Minister Trudeau and the new Minister of Status of Women, Patty Hadju, in the reinstated Ministry of Status of Women.
  • Five CFUW members were elected in the federal election on October 19.
  • CFUW National’s call to Take Action on 2015 Adopted Policy Resolutions & Climate Change. Please contact me if you would like a copy of this special information bulletin.
    I would like to thank:
  • Heather Hall for chairing the CFUW St. Catharines October General meeting while I enjoyed a lovely getaway.
  • Pat Paulin for forging ahead on creating a new website upon our finalization of the contract with the vendor, in addition to coordinating our Silent Auction fundraiser and many other Club functions.
  • Jean Armitage for coordinating activities in my absence.

Best Wishes for a Joyous Season,

Marilyn Wallace, CFUW St. Catharines President 2015-16

President’s November Message – We Remember

For many of us the experience of war is something we have read about or heard from a family member, friend or veteran. On Remembrance Day, a Club member proudly lays a wreath and takes part, along with military & community members & leaders, in the touching ceremony to honour those who sacrificed their lives so that we may live in peace. Thank you, Joan Clancy, for participating in 2015 Remembrance Day services at the St. Catharines Cenotaph on behalf of our Club.

I participated in a President-to-President call with Doris Mae Oulton and Robin Jackson, Executive Director, CFUW National. They wanted to ensure our Club was aware of the following:

  • Doris praised CFUW St. Catharines effusively for hosting the National AGM in 2016. She was so pleased with the progress and planning made to date on the AGM in partnership with CFUW National staff and associates. Doris commented on how attractive the logo design by Beverley Boudreau is, and how wonderful it is Beverley is active in our Club again. These are sentiments we all share.
  • Doris was interested in AODA guidelines for accessibility which Pat Paulin, Mary Jane Waszynski, and I have ensured
    are part of our new CFUW website contract in preparation for compliance with legislation in 2021.
  • Club members are asked to participate in the Discussion Forum – CFUW and GWI (formerly IFUW) – Our Relationship
    at http://www.fcfdu.org/en-ca/aboutus/ifuw-gwi/ifuw-gwigoingforward.aspx
  • CFUW Ontario Council advised that The Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee is consulting Ontarians on
    how to close the wage gap between men & women. CFUW Ontario clubs are strongly encouraged to participate in the
    town hall meetings in their communities. The date for St. Catharines meeting is to be confirmed.
  • Club members are asked to consider very carefully the type and level of support they will give to a fundraising
    proposal to help give a Syrian Refugee Family (SRF) a new life. A discussion of the SRF proposal will take place at the
    November 10 general meeting. Please see more about the initiative in this newsletter.
    Thank you Marge Stark and Linda Emslie for hosting a warm welcome reception for new members and the Executive
    on October 27.

I’d like to give special thanks to Martha Abra for taking on newsletter preparation & distribution, in addition to all the
other things she does to support our Club.

Marilyn Wallace, CFUW St. Catharines President 2015-16