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Club Action Newsletter:
April 14, 2022
This publication contains time-sensitive information directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 
  • Elder Rights & Long-Term Care Justice - CFUW Week of Action (April 27-May 4)
  • CFUW Membership Committee - Spring Dialogues
  • National Committees - Expression of Interest Form
  • CFUW Visual Identity Survey
  • Call for Mentors - Young Women's Online Network Mentorship Initiative 
  • Deadline for Amendments April 19th for 2022 Proposed Resolutions 
  • CFUW Membership Dues
    • Submitting Club Membership Dues
  • CFUW Club Awards & Grants for 2022
  • Call for Nominations for all CFUW Board of Directors Positions - 2022-2024 Biennium
  • CFUW Merchandise Giveaway!
  • CFUW Scholarships, Community & International Donations Request
  • Sharing Corner
    • Lakehead University & CFUW Muskoka presents "China and the World" - Mar. 30 - Apr. 27
    • CFUW Kanata, Nepean and Ottawa present "Tackling the Environmental Crisis: Together We Can" April Webinar Series
    • CFUW Hamilton Speaker Series "Bright Run's Nancy McMillan" - Apr. 19 @7PM
    • CFUW Aurora/Newmarket Home & Garden Tour Save the Date! - June 18, 2022
  • GWI Update
  • Club Newsletters
Elder Rights & Long-Term Care Justice 
Week of Action

As part of CFUW's week of action for elder rights and long-term care justice (April 27 - May 4), join CFUW members from across Canada for 2 events related to our campaign theme "Invisible No More: A Continuum of Care for Elder Rights & Long-Term Care Justice".

On Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm ET, join us for a conversation with Seniors’ Advocates Isobel Mackenzie of British Columbia and Kelly Lamrock of New Brunswick on the proposed national standards for long-term care services and the progress toward promoting the rights of seniors in Canada. This is a CFUW members-only event.

On Wednesday, May 4 at 1pm ET, join our culminating event with esteemed panelists who will address the "Invisible No More: A Continuum of Care for Elder Rights & Long-Term Care Justice in Canada" theme. This is a public event, co-presented by CFUW, HelpAge Canada, and the Canadian Health Coalition. Please share widely!

Want to take more action toward elder rights & long-term care justice? Check out these advocacy materials to participate: We are still looking for photos of members with their posters & quotes about why they support promoting the rights of older people in Canada for our social media campaign. To participate, make a sign or print one from the link above (a piece of printer paper will do!), take a selfie, & email your photo to Charlotte Akin at with a brief message about why you support elder rights & long-term care justice. All supporter photos & messages will be circulated on CFUW social media channels on our May 4 Elder Action Day!

CFUW Membership Committee - Spring Dialogues

The VP Membership, Lynne Kent, and Membership Committee invite club presidents, club communication & membership chairs from across Canada to join us for conversations for connecting and sharing via Zoom.
Following the collaborative Communications Committee and Membership Committee webinar on: “Marketing and Recruitment Strategies” in February, the Membership Committee is hosting our spring dialogues this year as a follow-up to this workshop.
We invite you to come together with colleagues from across the country to consider the following 3 questions:
  • What has been your most successful message that has garnered community attention for your club?
  • What has been your most effective tool for getting recognized and appreciated for the work you do?
  • What have your challenges been and what do you want to change/build on?
Come join us in a lively chat! Please select the dates & times (the ones highlighted in blue) that work best for you to join the meeting: click here. When you are prompted to fill out your contact information, please provide your club name under "postal address."
We look forward to engaging with you again and learning of ways CFUW national can help you to be the best you can be.
Warm regards,
Lynne Kent,
CFUW VP Membership

Canadian Federation of University Women
Expression of Interest Form 2022-2024
We encourage all CFUW members who may be interested in joining a National Committee to read the job descriptions for the various committees and submit the Expression of Interest form to the National Office. If current Chairs and Committee members wish to continue, they should indicate that interest by also submitting the Expression of Interest form. This can also be done by a current Committee Chair on behalf of her committee members who wish to continue. Notice that sub-committees are on this list as well. CFUW benefits from the work of all members who dedicate many hours of volunteer commitment, and our organization remains strong because of our volunteers. 

We welcome expression of interest for these positions (filling out this form and submitting it constitutes an expression of interest). The terms of reference for the Standing and Special Committees may be found in the Administrative Procedures Manual, Volume 2 available on the Members Only site. Please choose to Chair one Committee and/or be a member of two Committees maximum. Please contact Robin Jackson, Executive Director should you wish any additional information.

Click here for the Expression of Interest Form 2022-2024
 REMINDER: CFUW Visual Identity Survey
This is a reminder to complete the Visual Identity Survey before End of Day Sunday April, 17th, 2022. We expect that completing this survey will take about 10 minutes. 

We encourage all CFUW members to weigh in.

We value your time, participation and insight. 
Thank you.

Click here for the survey.
Cliquer ici pour commencer le sondage.

CFUW Young Women's Online Network Mentoring Initiative

Membership numbers in CFUW have been falling over the past few years and the current generation of young women are not joining our clubs in substantial numbers. Many clubs are experiencing difficulties in meeting the challenges of technology and attracting women to take on executive positions. In an effort to address these issues, the national office and the board of directors have been working on three related initiatives to attract younger women:
  • The creation of a Leadership Institute
  • Development of a Young Women’s Online Network
  • Mentoring Program
The Young Women’s Online Network (YWON) will encourage young women (ages 20-40) to join the Network, and a CFUW club near them. As part of the YWON pilot project, the Network will offer an Advocacy Circle, Mentorship Program and various social events.  

CFUW is proud to announce the launch of the Young Women's Online Network Mentorship Initiative to empower young women (ages 20-40) in the workforce. We are seeking CFUW members who are enthusiastic about uplifting the next generation of young women to join this initiative as mentors. We encourage working women, retired women, and women from diverse disciplines, industries and occupations to sign-up! 

To learn about what is mentoring, click here.

We have asked Dr. Madeline Kalbach, a longtime member of CFUW, retired academic and experienced mentor and Susan Stauffer, working lawyer, CFUW member and active volunteer, to lead this campaign.

To read their bio’s click here.  

To discuss the opportunity with Dr. Madeline Kalbach:
To discuss the opportunity with Susan Stauffer:  

To read what Dr. Madeline Kalbach and Susan Stauffer have to say about mentoring, click here.

What is the commitment?
The commitment to participate in this pilot project is for six months, tentatively beginning in September 2022. The mentoring will be carried out virtually (unless the mentoring pair are in the same location and decide to meet in person). It will be the responsibility of the mentoring pair to decide the frequency of their meetings, although we recommend meeting at least once a month.

What will be offered?
Mentoring will initially be offered in three areas: education (i.e., women working on degrees looking for support); career/professional development and community action. CFUW is interested in offering one-on-one mentoring, mentoring circles, social events and webinars tailored to the interests of the mentor/mentee cohort followed by guided discussions to encourage networking!

What training is provided?
CFUW will provide support to mentors in the form of initial training, a mentor guide, a toolkit, individual occasional check-ins as well as group meetings with mentors and mentees. 

Is there a cost?
There is no charge to be a mentor or mentee.

To learn about the benefits of being a mentor, click here.

"The Power of Women Working Together" is at the heart of this project. If you are interested in enhancing your leadership and communication skills, while gaining intrinsic satisfaction by helping young women develop their potential, being a mentor is for you! Please complete the Mentor application by Friday, May 6th, 2022.

To complete the mentor application, click here.
2022 Proposed Resolutions Reminder - Deadline for Amendments April 19th

Clubs have until April 19th to submit amendments, comments, and suggestions to the proposed resolutions to Grace Hollett, at and Charlotte Akin at, who will forward to the Proposers for consideration. 
CFUW Membership Dues
Submitting Club Membership Dues
Reminder: the CFUW Membership dues are $55 per capita and the GWI Dues are an additional $30.10 per capita. 

How to get your Membership dues invoice: 
  1. Go to and click "login" at the very top right of the screen. 
  2. Use your regular username and password. If you do not remember it, please contact Brittany Sagriff, Member Engagement Coordinator or telephone toll free:  1-888-220-9606
  3. Once you are logged in, go to "clubs" in the menu and click "enter club membership."  If your membership numbers are not listed for this year yet,  please add them in as they are needed in order to generate the invoice.
  4. To add in or update your membership numbers,  click on the ‘EDIT’ button on the left hand side of the grey table. It will allow you to change your membership to reflect your final numbers. Make sure after you have entered new membership numbers to click on the 'UPDATE' button where the Edit button used to be. 
  5. Please review it, make sure it is correct, (CFUW members pay $55.00 and GWI Dues are $30.10), and click "download membership invoice" at the bottom of the screen to get your invoice. There you will find the total due, to whom you should write the cheque, and where to send it.
  6. Print this invoice and send it in along with a cheque noting it is for Membership Dues in the memo section. You make the cheque out to “Canadian Federation of University Women” (please do not use CFUW, CFUW National, etc.) .
  7.  Please note that we have not had time to change the address on the invoice to the new office. The new address is: Room 230, 815 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa K1K 3A7.
CFUW Club Awards and Grants for 2022
CFUW National provides several membership and advocacy awards each year to Clubs. 
Click here to view the reminder of details and deadlines of each award.
 The Nominations Committee invites applications for all CFUW Board of Directors positions to serve in the 2022-2024 Biennium.  The nomination period is April 1 – April 28, 2022.  Any member who is qualified and interested in any VP Board position is invited to submit an application with a nomination from a Club and a resume.
Applicants for CFUW Board positions must demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities and commitment that the appointment entails.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to dedicate the time required to attend Board meetings, participate on committees when required and attend annual events such as annual general meetings and policy sessions.
The completed forms and supporting documents should be submitted no later than April 28, 2022, to the Nominations Chair, Pat McCutcheon –
and to the Executive Director, Robin Jackson –
Questions on the nominations process should be submitted to the Nominations Chair, Pat McCutcheon at
Elections for Board Positions will take place at the AGM in August 2022.  Nominations from the floor will be accepted.  Details about this procedure will be sent out with AGM material.
  1. CFUW Application Form for the Board of Directors
  2. CFUW Club Nomination Form for the Board of Directors 
  3. Job Descriptions for Board of Director Positions

Requesting Clubs Register Information on their Scholarships, Community and International Donations

In preparation for the annual tally of the total amount of scholarships, fellowships, awards, community and international outreach donations provided by Clubs and the Charitable Trust, we are asking you to input your Club's total scholarships and donations made between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 on the website by May 20, 2022

A guide on how to submit your 2021 Club education awards and donations is available at this link here

If you have any questions or require your Club's Username/Password, please contact Betty Dunlop, CFUW Fellowships Program Manager, at

While CFUW publicizes the amount it awards for education, we know that many Clubs make donations to their communities and to some activities and organizations internationally. We suspect that these amounts are quite significant and we would like to give credit to those Clubs and publicize the total amounts given on the community and international levels. In this respect, there are two sections on the CFUW membership website one is called Community Outreach Donations and the other is International Outreach Donations. We are asking you to input your Club’s individual Community Outreach Donations as well as your International Outreach Donations made between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 on the website by May 20, 2022.

If you need assistance in entering your data, please contact Betty Dunlop at
Lakehead University & CFUW Muskoka Presents:

Read more about the series here!

Register for the event here!
Tackling the Environmental Crisis: Together We Can - April Webinar Series by CFUW Kanata, Nepean and Ottawa
Canada and the world are facing devastating environmental problems that make us feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to do and where to start. To learn what we might do and encourage others to do, join us to hear practical advice from three inspiring speakers who will focus on how individuals can take action.

Please register to join us for the last webinar of the series on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Click this link to register for the webinar:

Click here to view the event flyer with webinar descriptions!

Saturday, June 18, 2022
10AM – 4PM 
For 65 years, the Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora/Newmarket has shown its commitment to education. We invite you to attend our Home & Garden Tour on June 18, 2022. The event is our premier fundraising initiative in support of scholarships for deserving young women in the local community.
This event will feature self-guided tours of selected homes and gardens in Aurora, Newmarket, and Stouffville. We have 9 stops on the tour, from a century home to a mid-century bungalow. And glorious gardens and outdoor living spaces that will inspire our guests.
Our HGT box office is now open. Tickets are $40/person
To find out more about the tour visit our website .
For more information, contact Anne Marie Devine at .

GWI Update - April 13th
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