Dates and Data: September 2003

From the CFUW Ontario Council President
Call to Meeting
Be Sure to Join us on September 20th
Legislation Committee
Status of Women and Human Rights
Education Committee
2002-2003 Advocacy Award
Regional Roundups
Club Leadership Essentials
A New Club
Fellowships Committee Report
Events Past & Future
Ontario Council AGM 2003, Notice of Motions
Ontario Council Constitution and By-Laws
Women and Peacebuilding

From the CFUW Ontario Council President

As I am writing this, 200 homes have been destroyed by wild fire in Kelowna, BC. With great disbelief we look at the scenes of total destruction. Our heart goes out to the residents, also to CFUW members who have lost their homes and possessions. This spring and summer, many Canadians have been seeing their lives and livelihoods endangered by crises that we normally associate with images on the 11 o'clock news and other far away countries.

In spite of these difficulties, CFUW members from coast to coast gathered at our CFUW AGM in Wolfville, N.S. It was wonderful to see Ontario CFUW members represented in such large numbers. Our voting delegates made their presence felt in passing CFUW policy on Legal Aid in Canada, Women

- Essential to Peace, Public Funding of Public Elementary and Secondary Education, Stem Cell Research: Ethical Accountability, Federally Sentenced Women and Health Care Delivery Services with respect to the implementation of the Romanow Report. CFUW also forwarded its resolution on water to IFUW.

CFUW Ontario Council and many Clubs have been vigorously advocating with our Provincial Government for public funding of high quality public education accessible to all as well as publicly funded high quality public health care. We cannot let these issues drop regardless of which political party will win the next election. The current Ontario Government has endorsed many parts of the Rozanski Report, the Opposition Parties have demanded implementation of the recommendations. Let us hold the political parties to their promises. Let us monitor funding and progress in education and health care in our communities. Let us speak up about what we see. Our province's peaceful civility, its broad prosperity and our future depend on swift government action in the areas of education and health ... and also on us.

We are sliding into a home care and geriatric nursing crunch. What will the pressures be when the baby boomers will be looking for care? How about our terminally ill? How will this manpower shortage affect the status of Canadian women? Will our daughters be able to continue their work and career when there are not enough nurses and caregivers for the sick and elderly? As women, are we ready to warehouse our aged?

The SARS crisis revealed a lack of human resources in other health care fields. It also made clear that a sustained epidemic can ruin an economy fairly quickly. It is important to have dedicated healthy and knowledgeable front line workers in such dangerous crises. I am sure that you will join CFUW Ontario Council in thanking the healthcare workers who selflessly continued to care for those stricken with SARS in spite of the systemic difficulties and under the ever imminent threat of becoming ill themselves with the deadly disease and who worked to prevented a much larger disaster. We are saddened by the shocking loss of life of Ontario health care professionals to SARS.

At our CFUW Ontario Council May Standing Committee Meetings we looked at "power politics", the politics of Ontario's electrical power generation, marketing and sales that is. No one suspected then that a couple of months later we would receive a province wide very hands on education on the importance of an uninterrupted supply of power and on what life is like when there is breakdown in such basic infrastructure. (Quebec and Eastern Ontario had learned that lesson earlier during the ice storm and -30 temperatures.) Experiencing the economic and human cost of the black-outs and the connected short supply of water and gasoline lets us relate to the people in countries where such conditions are "the old normal" be it because of war or because of bad management. What will the "new normal" be for us? This must be an area of public policy to be monitored closely.

In our daily lives, we take the affordability of a safe food and water supply, our power and energy resources for granted. We give very little thought to the boring institutional underpinnings of our living basics. We do this at our own risk as the BSE incidence and Walkerton have taught us. CFUW members are immensely qualified to understand and assess the science, the ethics, as well as the systemic necessities - and the human and economic consequences of a breakdown in our safety systems. Let us be vigilant.

In Ontario, we can look at these public issues from a position of strength. In spite of this summer's crises we still live in a world of plenty. Our political and other institutions, while not perfect, are intact. We can help ourselves and we can still look to the future with confidence. Let us be grateful and enjoy the wealth of things and opportunities we have. Let us look forward to a new CFUW year full of learning, friends and good food.

Are we not lucky to be free , empowered and able to make a difference in our lives and our communities? Come to Ottawa to our CFUW Ontario Council AGM on October 17/18 and find out just how fortunate and blessed we are when we look at "Women and Peace Building" and the challenges our sisters in war torn countries face.

So for this coming CFUW Ontario Council year let us celebrate that we are alive. Let us not complain. Let us not be apathetic. Let us roll up our sleeves and get involved. Let us get our brains and our computers fired up. There are elections coming. And we do live in wonderful times. I am looking forward to seeing you at the September 20th Standing Committee Meetings at the Toronto Club House.

Edeltraud Neal

Call to Meeting!

The Executive of CFUW Ontario Council wishes to notify you that the Annual General Meeting of Ontario Council will take place at the Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa on October 17th & 18th, 2003 . Registration forms are available from Club presidents and at www.cfuw-ottawa.org

Be Sure to Join Us on September 20th!

Joint Standing Committees Event Legislation, Education Status of Women & Human Rights

Election fever is in the air--at at all three levels of government. The final date for municipal nominations is Friday Sept. 26th and by the time you read this perhaps the provincial election will have been called.

Public policy affects us all and we as women, as the traditional caregivers, are called upon to pick up the slack. The female voice is needed in the decision-making process.

At the next meeting of the Ontario Council Standing Committees to be held on Saturday, Sept. 20th, the topic will be Women in Politics. To help us consider this topic as candidates, supporters and voters, at the morning session, will be Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MP St.Paul's, Dr. Sylvia Bashevkin, University of Toronto and Carol Price, campaign manager for the Halton riding for the Ontario Liberals.

PANEL MEMBERS

Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MP St. Paul's

Carolyn Bennett, a family physician, educated at Havergal College and the University of Toronto, was first elected the Member of Parliament for the midtown Toronto riding of St. Paul's on June 2nd, 1997.

She has been very concerned about the involvement of women in the political process. Carolyn Bennett served as the Chair of the National Liberal Women's Caucus beginning October of 1999 and completed her mandate in February of 2002.

Within the Liberal Caucus she serves as a member of Children's Caucus, Social Policy Caucus and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Caucus. Dr. Bennett has also been at the forefront of the growing movement towards Parliamentary Reform and as such is a member of the Caucus Sub-Committee on Future Directions of Parliament. She is currently pursuing her newest initiative, an All-Party Women's Caucus.

Dr. Bennett is also chair or a member of at least 8 other committees, including Chair of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament and a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health.

Her chief concerns, among others, lie with the issues of improving the relationship between the MP and the citizen, human rights, parliamentary reform, government accountability, and health care reform.

Dr. Sylvia Bashevkin

Sylvia Bashevkin is director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Toronto. A professor in the Department of Political Science and senior fellow at Massey College, she is a specialist in the fields of women and politics, public policy and comparative politics. She is a former president of the Canadian Political Science Association, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and is president-elect of the women and politics research section of the American Political Science Association.

Dr. Bashevkin's books include: Welfare Hot Buttons: Women, Work, and Social Policy Reform; Women's Work is Never Done: Comparative Studies in Care-Giving, Employment, and Social Policy Reform and Women on the Defensive: Living Through Conservative Times. She is currently working on a project titled City Women and the Challenge of Governance Reform.

Carol Price

Carol Price is the treasure that all politicians need - an experienced, professional campaign manager. Trained as a nurse, Ms. Price left the restrictions of shift work when she had children, staying at home, doing volunteer work and becoming a "community activist". This involvement led her to work on the provincial Liberal campaign in the Halton riding, and from there to become Executive Assistant of the winning candidate, Barbara Sullivan. She has worked on numerable municipal, provincial and federal campaigns, being manager of at least 7 of them. One of her most interesting jobs was actually at Queen's Park being the Legislative Assistant to the Chief Opposition Whip and watching the development of legislation.

Currently she is immersed, as manger, in the campaign for Barbara Sullivan who is again running in Halton for the provincial Liberals.

The afternoon session

During the afternoon session, the Committees will be working on questions that can be used during the upcoming election campaigns. Wouldn't it be nice if we could create a small Election Kit that could be used by the Clubs and our members.

Legislation Committee

Chair: Teri Shaw

At the May 10th meeting, our guest was Kathy Greiner, member of the Ottawa Transition Board, past Chair of the of the Nepean Hydro Commission and a member of the CFUW-Ottawa and CFUW-Nepean Clubs.

Her topic was electricity. At that point our greatest concerns were the rapid rise in rates, and the subsequent freeze. Since the August blackout, the concern has been the supply.

Kathy Greiner's overview of the situation was detailed and comprehensive. For that reason, we are going to prepare her notes that will be available at the September 20th meeting.

SOME TIDBITS

  • The intellectual framework of the move to privatization was a 1995 study of Ontario Hydro.
  • At that point there was a surplus of electricity.
  • Most of the current debt comes from the Darlington plant.

THINGS WE NEED TO FIX

  • A change in attitude
  • More conservation
  • The need to actually pay for the electricity that we are receiving
  • More money for infrastructure
  • More supply - but if we can cut demand then we would not need the supply
Teri Shaw

Status of Women

Joan Dunn, Chair

I would like to introduce myself to you. I recently accepted the appointment as the Chair for Status of Women and Human Rights for Ontario Council. Marilyn Letts, who served so ably over the past year, has moved to the Abu Dabi.

As a member of CFUW-Oakville for the past seven years, I have served on the executive as president, secretary, and program and hospitality co-chair. I retired two and half years ago from the Ontario Public Service after a 28-year career, mainly in human resources.

My husband and I have one daughter, who is studying at Queen's University. We enjoy travel and when visiting Australia and New Zealand this fall, I hope to explore issues around the status of women and human rights with AFUW and NZFGW members.

I look forward to working with you on ongoing advocacy on issues relating to women and human rights.

Education Committee

Chair: Elizabeth Haynes

What's Been Happening

In May we heard from Mary Cunningham of the Ontario Coalition for Mandatory Parenting Education (OCMPE). She related to us the benefits of parenting education in our public schools, they include:
  • Decreased incidence of teenage pregnancy
  • Decreased incidence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Increased student empathy
  • Decreased student violence-bullying and harassment
The OCMPE would like to see parenting education in all levels of the curriculum from primary through secondary. However, they are focusing their efforts on including a mandatory credit in parenting education in the secondary curriculum.

After Mary Cunningham's presentation, the education committee drafted a template letter for Clubs to use to encourage inclusion of parenting education as a mandatory component of the Ontario Curriculum. However, our policy states that parenting education should be mandatory at the elementary and intermediate levels and present at all levels, and the template letter was framed to be consistent with CFUW policy. (Copies of the template letter will be available at the September Standing Committee Meetings.)

Our public funding of public education resolution was passed at the AGM in Wolfville, with minor amendments that clarified meaning and or improved the flow. Now CFUW Clubs across Canada, Regional Councils and CFUW as a whole will be able to address to all levels of government our common belief that our public education should

  • Be publicly funded
  • Meet the individuals learning needs
  • Be a key priority for Canada
Over the summer Director of Education Mary Hall held a teleconference with the members of the education committee across Canada. Not surprisingly, in each province the issues were virtually identical, including the extreme cost to students and our education system of budget cuts; rising tuition at colleges and universities; and inadequate funding for special. education.; E/FSL and social support for immigrants; and meeting the needs of native students who are relocated to cities for secondary school. These issues were identified as challenges for the Education Committee and CFUW for the coming year.

In Wolfville, I helped Mary Hall and Janet Goldack with the education workshop. We highlighted issues of concern and use of the policy book to advocate for improvements in education. Of course the resolution was discussed, as were university fees and E/FSL. Members were also given the opportunity to discuss issues that they have noted. These will be used by the National Education Committee for future discussion and possible Communicator articles.

I have been asked by Mary Hall to take the lead in writing a resolution that will address the issue of rising tuition and ancillary fees at our universities as well as access to higher education. We currently have IFUW policy that allows us to speak on the topic, but a Canadian focus will strengthen our voice.

Coming Attractions:

  • After the morning joint meeting/panel discussion, we will be breaking into committees to generate questions for all candidates meetings. This will be our opportunity to develop questions with an emphasis on improving education in Ontario. We will be looking at questions for both School Board Trustee candidates and MPP candidates (as there will likely be a provincial election this year, in addition to the coming municipal elections.)
  • Teri Shaw, Joan Dunn and I are working hard to prepare for the Universities session for January Standing Committee meetings. We will be looking at many issues related to University education, including access/fees; equity-in hiring and in accepting students; curriculum etc. I look forward to seeing you on the 20th.

2002-2003 Advocacy Award

At the 2002 AGM CFUW Ontario Council instituted its Advocacy Award to recognize Clubs who have made it a matter of their yearly business to be active in public affairs, working to raise the social, economic and legal status of women, as well as to improve education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights.

Clubs have found many different ways of making their voices heard with the governments and school boards as well as educating their communities about specific issues. Thank you for all Clubs' efforts and congratulations to the following Clubs which have earned the ADVOCACY AWARD CERTIFICATE for carrying out the prescribed kind and number of activities:

CFUW Burlington
CFUW Guelph
CFUW Kingston
CFUW Kitchener Waterloo
CFUW Leaside East York
CFUW London
CFUW Mississauga
CFUW Muskoka
University Women's Club of North York
CFUW Oakville
CFUW Owen Sound and Area
CFUW Southport
CFUW Brockville & District
Some of the above Clubs have also achieved the ADVOCACY EXCELLENCE CERTIFICATE which is awarded for advocacy activities beyond the basic requirements. The recipients of this certificate as well as the The Club Most Active in Advocacy will be announced at the CFUW Ontario Council AGM in October in Ottawa. The Club Most Active in Advocacy will receive a free registration for the Ontario Council AGM. All awards will be presented at the AGM in Ottawa.

In September we shall start the 2003/04 Advocacy Award round. We hope that your Club will join in. This time your Club may freely choose among the proposed activities. The awards criteria and the awards tracking sheet are enclosed with this newsletter.

Regional Roundups

ONTARIO WEST: Regional Director, Ardith Toogood

"Fields, Feathers and Forests - an Environmental Event" was the fitting theme for the Ontario West Regional Gathering held on May 3, 2003 at the Wheels Inn in Chatham. Marian Stranak, Superintendent of Point Pelee National Park, and Emily Slavik, a naturalist from Rondeau Provincial Park, spoke of the unique environmental features and challenges of these two Carolinian treasures. Marian had checked out our web site and focused on the similarities between the mission statements of CFUW and Parks Canada, even offering to act as a liaison with us.

The day began with a Leadership Workshop, open to all 68 delegates, dealing with issues ranging from recruitment to member responsibilities. There is an article about this workshop elsewhere in Dates and Data.

Greetings were extended to the delegates by Ontario Council President, Edeltraud Neal; Ontario West /National Board members Mary McEwen, Director of Development and Membership Services, and Sheila Clarke, Director of Legislation; and the President of the Northville-Novae AAUW Club in Michigan, Jane Kearns.

The Regional Roundup was divided into morning and afternoon sessions in order to accommodate presenters from the twelve Clubs that were represented. Many Club events were described including a public forum on Corporate Ethics, a brief on Cosmetic Pesticides and the resulting book Green Garden Remedies, and fund raising for Afghan teachers.

Many thanks to Judith Brisbin, Trish MacFarlane, Lynn McGeachy and the members of CFUW Chatham-Kent for their meticulous planning and teamwork which made the Gathering a great success.

ONTARIO SOUTH: Lynn Franklin, Regional Director

Ontario South was well represented at the AGM in Wolfville. In total, twenty-two members enjoyed the ‘down-east’ welcome. Nine of our thirteen Clubs sent representatives; six of these representatives were incoming presidents. The annual report showed that six Clubs in Ontario South had increased their membership. CFUW Mississauga welcomed twenty new members and was presented with a Membership Award by the CFUW National Executive. Two Clubs received Special Project Awards. CFUW Niagara Falls was recognized for "organizing a Teen Esteem Lunch Program - Mentoring girls in grades 6,7, and 8 with six workshop topics," while CFUW Mississauga was honoured for their involvement in "setting up and running book groups for seniors, a community service and fund-raising project." Both of these projects are written up in The CFUW Chronicle - Summer 2003 edition.

A late winter storm caused the cancellation of Ontario South's Regional Gathering. The executive workshops, successful projects sharing and member networking will be missed, however, our Clubs are fortunate to have experienced mentors still in residence and will continue to look to these ladies when guidance is required. Club presidents will have an opportunity, in early fall, to meet each other and to share their successes and issues. I look forward to working with these keen and talented women as they lead their Clubs this year.

ONTARIO NORTH : Joan Gentle, Regional Director

I was pleased to represent Ontario North at the AGM in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Joining me were Sudbury President Marion Harbin, and Eleanor Milliken, a former Ontario North RD, and VP Ontario, also from Sudbury.

Some of the success of Thunder Bay's public forum on organ and tissue donation was due to President Jeannie Arthurs' interview on Thunder Bay TV. Jeannie's interview included the history and scope of CFUW, CFUW's mission and mandate, and the Thunder Bay Club's activities.

Muskoka will sponsor a Fall Lecture Series open to the community, with proceeds to the Club's charitable trust. September 23, 2003
Dr. Ted Chase, Nipissing University
Every Breath You Take: The Earth's Atmosphere

September 29, 2003
Dr. Norman Yan
Water

October 14, 2003
Peter Ryback
Space

October 28, 2003

Dr. David Logan, York University Slavery, The Civil War &
The Battle for Civil Rights

November 11, 2003
Dr. David Hemmings, Nipissing University
War and Imagery in Literature

Ontario North looks forward to our biennial Regional Gathering in the spring of 2004 in North Bay. The theme is Les Compagnions - A Gathering of Friends.

We welcome the new Club executives and applaud the ingenuity of the programme committees, and interest group conveners.

ONTARIO CENTRAL: Regional Director, Linda MacGregor

"Energy! Let's Make it Renewable" provided the focus for the annual Ontario Central Spring Gathering last April 12th. Over 60 members of the central region Clubs attended workshops on water conservation, renewable energy resources, and aboriginal life in the Humber Valley 400 years ago. By the conclusion of the President's workshop, the Club Presidents came away with some essential "tools" with which to lead their Club through a busy and productive year; "tools" that will allow them to deal more effectively with Club business, interest group activities, advocacy and community involvement. Members of CFUW Vaughan and Barrie, led by co-hosts Lynn Dobson and Gillian MacLean Wagter, are to be congratulated for their skill in planning, organizing and ensuring that all those who attended came away with a greater degree of knowledge on how other Clubs in the Central region operate, what their successes have been, what problems they have dealt with, and what challenges they see facing them in this coming year as a member of a Club in CFUW Ontario Council.

Another CFUW National Annual General Meeting, held from August 14th to 17th in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is now an event of our past. All Central Clubs will be pleased to know that the "Increase in Membership Award" was presented to three of our Clubs: CFUW Aurora-Newmarket, CFUW Northumberland and CFUW Oshawa and District. Congratulations to these three Clubs from your Regional Director and all 1729 central members!! Your accomplishment serves as an important incentive for each Club to "reach for their own".

Four days of continuous, non-stop CFUW business, a reception, banquet and tours of the beautiful Nova Scotia countryside left our 27 Central representatives and delegates from 13 of our Clubs, with a greater sense of their national federation and how it operates. More importantly, it is hoped that they became aware of the essential "grass roots" role that they and all members of the 122 Clubs across Canada play in maintaining the credibility, respect, and success of our federation as a leading non-governmental organization that continuously advocates on behalf of equal access to health, education, and the protection of human rights and justice for women and girls as well as the necessary measures to effectively manage the environment within which we all live. On the Sunday, all were exhausted in a pleasant and satisfying way and ready to return home for some much needed rest and relaxation!

Next on the Central Clubs' busy agenda for this year is our own provincial Ontario Council Annual General Meeting (OC AGM). In my next RD letter, I will "speak" more about this AGM which will be held in Ottawa on October 17th and 18th. Until then, I respectfully "sign off" as your Regional Director

ONTARIO EAST: Regional Director, Marylea Burtt

The Eastern Ontario Spring Gathering was hosted by CFUW/Kingston on Saturday May 3rd, 2003 with the theme CFUW & The Community

Outreach programs were offered to CFUW members and the community. The purpose was to promote leadership training and development for future executive positions and to learn how to manage volunteer commitment as a part of your active lifestyle The cost was $30.00. There were four workshops:

  • Presidents and Vice-presidents - their problems and concerns as well as letter writing on advocacy.
  • Developing large projects - Alison Walker (Belleville) discussed the publishing of the book "Quinte Women of Distinction "
  • Ways and Means - Ideas on fundraising
  • Programs and Interest Groups
Registration included breakfast, lunch, workshops, two speakers and fellowship with other CFUW members from Eastern Ontario. The main guest speakers was Beth Peter, local councilwomen. Beth spoke on effective ways to make your voice heard, letters, letters to the editor of newspapers, e-mail, telephone calls, personal contact with politicians who may not admit they are listening, however, they are very interested in hearing comments, both positive and negative, from the public. She pointed out that letters need not be long essays and perfect in form. They should be short, to the point and sent promptly.

At the luncheon Clubs highlighted their Club activities. The afternoon speaker was Louise Chatterton Luchuk who operates a consulting service for the volunteer sector in Kingston. She showed how our " member-based "organization fits in the volunteer sector. She talked about recruiting. retaining and recognizing members. A tour of the fort was also provided in conclusion to the very positive day for those who attended. Thanks again to those who made it a success and to those who participated so wholeheartedly in the days activities.

Club Leadership Essentials

(prepared by Ardith Toogood for the Ontario West Spring Gathering)
  • A President, Treasurer and Secretary are the minimum for an executive for a Club.
  • The whole Club needs to assume responsibility for leadership, and not just the executive. Each member should feel a sense of ownership of the Club, its direction and its functioning.
  • Leadership is a shared responsibility and is a Club issue.
  • Club members need to know what CFUW stands for, and be ready to promote it.
  • Can there be leadership without goals? Where is your Club headed for the next three years? five years? ten years?

FOSTERING Club LEADERSHIP

  • Create occasions for leadership, and give opportunities for the members to make announcements, lead committees, and get comfortable being in leadership positions.
  • Give appreciation for leadership so that it is not a thankless job.
  • Divide up the Club duties and know what each duty requires. Provide many options so that everyone can be involved, and feel successful at what they are doing.
  • Accept all offers of help, no matter how small or limited they may seem. Many organizations are dealing with episodic volunteerism - i.e. limited episodes of time that volunteers are available for various tasks.
  • Be flexible with volunteers. If we set up our duties in a rigid fashion, we may be losing out on talent that is available, but only on an occasional basis.
  • Provide financial support for Club presidents to attend Regional Gatherings, Ontario Council Standing Meetings, and Ontario Council and National AGMs. Sometimes we are so focused on raising funds for scholarships and awards for others that we forget to include looking after our own leaders. A Club with close ties to the Provincial and National network of members will be stronger than a Club that remains isolated.

RECRUITING LEADERS

  • Be in recruiting mode all year. Plant ideas about various positions by recognizing the talents of your members. E.g. "You are so great with anything to do with finances! You'd be a wonderful Club treasurer. Please think about it!"
  • Make sure that there are non-executive members on the Nominating Committee. Remember, leadership is a Club issue.
  • Give an all-call at Nomination time so that volunteers can offer to serve.
  • Approach members personally - i.e. either in person or by phone.
  • Let people think about it and get back to them.
  • Let them know who is already in place on your executive. It may give them a feeling of support.
  • As you recruit, take down the names of members who indicate they could assume certain duties next year. Keep the information in the Nominating Committee file.
  • Accommodate people who are episodic volunteers and for example, need to be "off" for two months in the CFUW year.
  • If someone says "No" one year, approach them again the next year. Their circumstances may have changed.
  • If someone says "No" to the position you are offering, give them some other options of jobs that are open.

SUPPORTING OUR LEADERS

  • Recognize all efforts by leaders/members and be appreciative. Mention thanks in newsletters and at meetings.
  • Accept responsibility for what you can do, and accept jobs that will ease the load of the leaders. Get rid of the notion that if you have done something once, it exempts you from ever doing it again for the rest of your life.
  • Give your leaders feedback.
  • Take a look at your Constitution and see if it is still meeting the needs and situation of your Club. Are you tied to expectations that no one is willing to assume?
I would welcome your ideas on leadership and strategies that work for your Club.

A New Club!

Do you know anyone who lives in the Haliburton area who would like to join a CFUW Club or do you have a cottage there and would like to attend Club meetings during the Summer? For more information contact: Joan Gentle gentle@muskoka.com

Fellowships Committee Report

Joanne Jamieson - CFUW National Fellowships Chair

I attended the AGM 2003 in beautiful Wolfville Nova Scotia and with Rosemary Mallory, Director of Finance, presented a workshop on Finance and Fellowships.

Our national Fellowships Programme every year awards over $40,000 in awards to Canadian women who are pursuing graduate studies in many diverse areas of study.

This year, six of the ten winners were studying at Ontario universities and we were very fortunate to have the winner of the 2003-2004 CFUW Memorial Fellowship, Marianne Ariganello (2002 Bachelor Engineering Lakehead University) as our Charitable Trust Breakfast speaker.

Marianne Ariganello has completed her first year of a two year Master in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University, Halifax. Her topic was artificial heart valves, which she made most interesting with her "power-point" presentation that was quite easy for the early morning audience to follow. The Breakfast attracted 135 attendees and the proceeds from this event were donated to the Charitable Trust which funds the Fellowships Programme. Other events and activities which raised money for the Charitable Trust were: the selling of Herstory 2004 calendars, the AGM Boutique sale items and raffle and the Sunday morning interfaith service.

Finally, I encourage Clubs to use the information on the 2003-2004 winners, to spread the word on this Programme and to perhaps have a winner speak to your Club.

Please contact me for more info: Joanne Jamieson - CFUW National Fellowships Chair joanne.jamieson@sympatico.ca

EVENTS PAST & FUTURE

December 6th Luncheons!

The Toronto Caucus Event>
This year the luncheon will be on Saturday and we hope that those previously unable to attend during the week will join us. This is a very pleasant and satisfying event. In the past three years we have raised a total of $4200 for the CFUW Polytechnique Memorial Award.

This year our speaker will be Dr. Nancy Olivieri, a professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Toronto and a founding member of Doctors for Research Integrity, an organization dedicated to scientific integrity and the protection of patients in clinical trials. Dr. Olivieri follows the principle that "when safety is in doubt, ethics dictate that we err on the side of caution". She will speak about her commitment to this principle and how it has effected her life.

Tickets are $40 and are available through Toronto Caucus presidents or Ann McElhinney at annmce@look.ca.

Guelph Area Luncheon
Plans are underway for a December 6th luncheon in the Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo area. Contact Mary McEwan for information.

ANNIVERSARIES

The University Women's Club of Toronto
Turning 100 is something to celebrate! On April 23 at the University Women's Club of Toronto almost 100 people crowded the elegant dining room as President, Judith Lewis, proclaimed our 100th year and paid tribute to the 13 past presidents there. She read greetings from Premier Eves praising our work for women. President-elect Elisabeth Sachs introduced the mystery guest, Kirby Chown, a descendent of Mabel Chown, president in 1903.

Courses of soup, salmon, and cake with ice cream were interspersed with skits. We recalled how the Club was established, first in rented rooms before taking the plunge in November1929, (depression time) to purchase for $45,000 the grand old house at 162 St. George Street.

One vignette acted out our activity of rolling bandages for World War I, soldiers using the actual moss and including a humorous letter sent home on the tooth-breaking job of eating the army biscuits.

Another vignette compared the reasons for joining the Club in 1903 and 2003 - many the same. Two women, a ghost from 1903 and a 2003 student, pursuing medicine, illustrated the divide in clothing and enrolment. Another skit used the archives to illustrate profound changes at the U of T in attitudes towards women.

Then in came a huge 100th birthday cake and Happy Birthday to us. The final skit was a pink tea meeting of the Famous 5 who won the Persons Case and are now immortalized on Parliament Hill in a statue. Posters around the room also told our story.

The evening ended with "For we are jolly good women, which nobody can deny" and sparklers. We hated to end our once-in-a-lifetime party where we celebrated our past and where friendships continue to blossom.
Shirley Farlinger

CFUW Mississauga
We celebrated our 50th Anniversary dinner and AGM last night at the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club. We were delighted to have seven charter members in attendance, along with one hundred and fifty-two members. Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, and CFUW Past President, Roberta Brooks, were our guests. Mayor McCallion spoke of the great contribution CFUW makes to the community, and of our ability to influence decision making. She presented a Certificate in recognition of our role in furthering our mission in Mississauga. Roberta spoke warmly of her long association with our Club, and of the value of CFUW in the community, and at the provincial, national and international level. Roberta presented the CFUW certificate recognizing our 50th anniversary. Roberta brought greetings from the Federation and presented the CFUW certificate in recognition of our Anniversary.

Our three scholarship winners from the previous year expressed their great appreciation of our support. We hope they will become CFUW members.
Lucille Deegan

HONOURS RECEIVED

CFUW Ajax-Pickering is pleased to report that Cindy Adams the dynamic force behind the very successful Scientists in School programme was one of the winners of the Durham Women of Distinction Award for 2003. Congratulations Cindy!
Karen Empringham

Ontario Council AGM 2003

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

TO THANK THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS OF THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO

Resolved, that the Ontario Council of the Canadian Federation of University Women wish to express their deep thanks and extreme appreciation to the health care workers of the Province of Ontario, especially those in the most affected areas, who, during the SARS epidemic, showed professionalism, determination and courage, and

Resolved, that this appreciation be expressed through the associations of the various health professionals

Background On a fateful day in February, a tourist from Toronto was enjoying the last few days of her holiday in Hong Kong with a visit to the Hotel Metropole. At the same time, an elderly doctor from China, was taking a restful vacation after attending to so many patients ill with a virus he did not understand - an innocent passing of travellers which led to a health crisis on both sides of the Pacific.

The doctor died shortly after and Sui-chu Kwan, returning to Toronto, died on March 5th, starting a lethal series of events. As this is written, one patient is still in hospital with SARS and recuperating - 44 people have died, including one doctor, Dr. Nestor Yanga and two nurses, Nelia Laroza and Tecla Lin. A total of 247 probable and 128 suspected cases became ill, and thousands were quarantined. While statistically this might not be high as far as epidemics go, it is because of the dedication and work of the health care professionals, from the researchers to the medical staff, that SARS was stopped. Working conditions were extreme for those dealing directly with the illness, from the paramedics who delivered the patients to the hospitals, to the nurses and doctors working in the isolation wards, also including all of those who were dealing with the constant stress that the illness created in the medical world, from the closed hospitals to surgeries not done to the lingering fear that you might be next. While Toronto was the centre of the epidemic, much of the rest of the province felt the constraint and the fear. The courage to heal and the professionalism shown through such stress must be acknowledged and thanked.

Sources:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/sars/timeline.html, accessed Aug. 25th, 2003

http://thestar.com Special Report: SARS, accessed Aug. 25th, 2003

"Last SARS patient improving" www.globeandmail.com, Aug. 25th, 2003 online edition.

CFUW ONTARIO COUNCIL CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS, dated October 2002

Proposed Changes Rationale:
Ontario Council is proposing to have its year finish with a Spring Annual General Meeting instead of the current October AGM so that the provincial yearly cycle of activities runs parallel to that of the Clubs. This switch from Fall to Spring is being recommended because we feel that it will make CFUW Ontario Council communication and co-operation with the Club leadership easier.

By-Law III - Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of CFUW Ontario Council shall close on xxJune 30xx May 31 of each year.

By-law XI - Ontario Resolutions
By-law XI.5

The Resolution in its final form must be received by the Resolutions Committee Chair by XXApril 15XX the date set by the Executive Committee so as to allow for an orderly process of amendments and changes during the year prior to XXin the year ofXX the Annual General Meeting at which the vote is to be taken.

By-law XII - Amendments
Amendments to this Constitution and these By-laws may be made by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the votes cast at the Annual General Meeting. Proposed amendments must be received by the CFUW/OC President xxby April 15xx by the date set by the Executive Committee in the year of the Annual General Meeting at which the vote is to be taken. The notice calling the meeting* shall present the text of the proposed amendment(s).

Moved by Teri Shaw, CFUW OC Legislation Chair, seconded Elizabeth Haynes, CFUW OC Education Chair

*Note: According to the CFUW Ontario Council Constitution and By- Law VII, 6
Notice of any meeting of CFUW Ontario Council must be given by the Secretary to the Presidents of all Clubs in Ontario and the members of the Executive Committee, in writing, at least six weeks before the time of the meeting.

CFUW Ontario Council
2003 Annual General Meeting
October 17 & 18
Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street

"Women and Peacebuilding"

Find out about what it takes to re-build a society after war. How do women obtain peace and personal security? What is women's role in setting up government, institutions and infrastructure, schools and hospitals, and civil society maintaining human rights? What are the barriers?

Panelists

Senator Lois Wilson
Founder of the Joint Government and NGO Canadian Committee on Women, Peace and Security. Former Moderator of The United Church of Canada.
Maggie Paterson
Senior Policy Advisor Gender Equality, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Ayesha Rekhi
Policy Advisor Peacebuilding and Human Security Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). Linda Souter
Immediate Past President of the International Federation of University Women, Former President CFUW.

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