News and Announcements

  • 18 Dec 2016 9:12 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Join fellow CFUW-Ottawa members to participate in this electronic meeting at the Riverside Church (3191 Riverside Dr.) The meeting will decide CFUW's Response to the GWI dues increase.  Voting delegates will vote electronically, as at the 2016 CFUW AGM. Decisions by this meeting will affect the future of CFUW. 

    Come to our special meeting January 9 at 10 am (preceding our regular January General meeting) to learn about the background and issues.

    For information: 819 778 3438;  613 220 1493; or

  • 07 Nov 2016 5:00 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Article on UWHAW written by Dianne Rummery in October 2016 edition of CFUW newsletter, The Communicator (page 12).

  • 24 Aug 2016 8:39 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    There will be a detailed report going out about the GWI conference in September. Here is some preliminary information about the dues deliberations and voting results.

    Like us, many NFAs (National Federations and Affiliates) felt the 35 CHF (Swiss Francs) increase in dues effective immediately, was too difficult to do. Several proposals came to the floor and after much discussion, the assembly voted in favour of an increase of 10 CHF in 2017, 6 CHF in 2018 and 6 CHF in 2019. There is no change in the dues formula for NFAs. 

    The formal report requested at our AGM in St. Catharines will outline the implications for CFUW.

    Geeta Desai, Graduate Women USA, was elected as president of GWI for the next triennium. We give our thanks to Cheryl Hayles for her standing as a candidate. She represented us well in her speech and her answers to questions posed.

    Lastly, two of our three amendments to the amendments were passed.

    This is just a quick update and of course more details will come after the conference.

  • 22 Aug 2016 11:42 AM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Age Discrimination in Ontario Employee Benefit Programs. Click here for further information on this and other Policy Resolutions Originated by CFUW-Ottawa. 

  • 22 Aug 2016 11:26 AM | Charlotte Rigby

    CFUW-Ottawa members Hally Siddons and Susan Russell are attending. 

    Click here for further information.

  • 16 Apr 2016 10:12 AM | Janet Hagey
    A procedure to permit proxy voting at the AGM has been put in place. The motions, form and instructions are here.  In particular, the President is looking for guidance  on the motion related to changes to CFUW National Bylaws.        
  • 01 Apr 2016 12:30 AM | Janet Hagey

    Friends of GWI have prepared a series of fact sheets for CFUW members.  They can be viewed at:

  • 03 Jan 2016 2:34 PM | Mary Butterill
    Dr. Ruth Bell, who died on Dec. 16, 2015, will be missed by her many friends in CFUW-Ottawa. She was a life member of the Club, a generous supporter of our Scholarship Trust Fund, and active in many capacities over the years.

    Her obituary was published in the Ottawa Citizen from Dec. 19 to 21, 2015 and in The Globe and Mail on Dec. 19 and is found online at . A tribute to Ruth also appears in the February 2016 issue of the Carillon.

    See also an article by Joanne Laucius in the Dec. 23, 2015 issue of Ottawa Citizen, a featured obituary by Lisa Fitterman in the Jan. 18, 2016 issue of The Globe and Mail, and the following announcement on the CFUW home page at

    "It is with great sadness that we note the death of Ruth Bell who died on December 16, 2015.

    Dr. Bell was CFUW National President from 1973 to 1976. She was made Member of the Order of Canada in 1981 and received an honorary degree from Carleton University in 1984. She also received two Canada 125 medals.

    Ruth was instrumental in setting up the CFUW Charitable Trust and held the title of CFUW Archivist Emeritas. She was involved in a number of IFUW conferences and served on IFUW committees.

    Ruth was very active in volunteer work and was a board member of many groups such as UNESCO, the Canadian Association for Adult Education, YWCA, International Year of the Child Committee, Canadian Committee for Learning Opportunities for Women, Forum for Young Canadians, Royal Ottawa Hospital, Nepean Public Library, and the Ontario Educational Communications Authority."

  • 28 May 2015 9:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The former International Federation of University Women ( IFUW) has changed it's name to Graduate Women International ( GWI). The new name includes women with university degrees, and also welcomes members with different postsecondary education qualifications. We all share the vision and commitment to ensuring that every girl in the world can achieve education beyond primary school.

    CFUW was a founding member of IFUW in 1919 and we remain the largest of the GWI member clubs from more than 60 nations. For more information about GWI see


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