President’s Message – Fall Forward

As we move away from the lull of summer, many embrace fall and new beginnings. For all of us as part of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) National there are man
opportunities to participate in re-energizing activities. Many communications have been received about what Clubs across the country are achieving, along with invitations to support their interesting initiatives. For example, The CFUW Southport and Port Elgin Club designed an inspiring “Grandma asked me” to Just Vote campaign to encourage young people to get involved in political processes. Here’s a picture of CFUW Southampton suffragettes getting the message out about the importance of all women taking advantage of their hard earned right to vote for the person who cares about what they care about. More information can be found at:
http://cfuwsp.wix.com/cfuw-sp-documents#!young-voter-s-page/cee5

As CFUW National and Provincial members we are members of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), now
going through a change process. Graduate Women International (GWI) is the new name for IFUW and the changes also involve other areas. As an original founder of IFUW/GWI and the largest National Federation Affiliate/Association of the organization, CFUW National has prepared information and questions about how the IFUW/GWI changes affects our membership. This information can be accessed at:
http://www.fcfdu.org/en-ca/aboutus/ifuwgwi/ifuw-gwigoingforward.aspx

I attended an Ontario South Presidents meeting at Deborah Harasym’s home in Burlington. Much information was shared
about how individual CFUW Clubs approach issues such as programming, events such as Meet the Candidates meetings,
archives, mentoring and 100th Anniversary projects. Sharing successes and future plans created a sense of belonging to our
related Club organizations that together have more power to influence and improve the status of women in meaningful ways.
Appreciation for our Club has been shown in the following ways:

  • An Advocacy Award from CFUW Ontario Council was received from Deborah Harasym, Ontario South Regional Director,
    in recognition of our years of advocacy work in activities such as Gift of Reading, House Tour, Silent Auction and
    participation in Coldest Night of the Year.

  • A thank you for supporting student success at Niagara College was received citing a media ad, published in the St.
    Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune on August 2. It highlights a scholarship recipient and
    also lists all the awards that supported students in the School of Business, Hospitality & Environment in 2014-15,
    specifically mentioning our CFUW – Laura Sabia Bursary.

  • To further support advocacy, our Club is starting a Syrian Refugees support group. Please see more about it in this
    newsletter.

In October with Thanksgiving, it is a time to count our blessings and to be proud of our Clubs’ achievements. At this time
I thank all of the Executive and members for their support. In particular, I am grateful to Marg Thibeault and Jean Tonogai for
co-chairing the Secretary position, ensuring important business details are recorded to support our activities. I wish you all a
happy harvest season with some time to enjoy gorgeous fall colours and good things to savour.

Marilyn Wallace, CFUW St. Catharines President 2015-16