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  • 16 Sep 2014 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Speaker: Dr. Andrew Frank, Director of the Memory Loss Clinic, Bruyère Hospital, in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Society  of Eastern Ontario

    Location: Rideau Park United Church , 2203 Alta Vista Drive k1H 7L9
    (at the corner of Cunningham Ave.)

    Please contact Sheila McKay at 613-680-5657, if you wish to attend. An RSVP is needed for the purpose of planning seating.

  • 05 Jul 2014 1:33 PM | Anonymous member

    This article appeared in the Ottawa Citizen " The Upbeat" July 5th.
    By Dianne Rummery and Alison Hobbs ( members of UWHAW)

    Physician and human rights activist Dr. Sima Samar was the guest of honour at “Voices of Afghanistan,” a reception held June 18 at the home of Hugh and Hally Siddons to raise scholarship funds for the Gawharshad Institute for Higher Education in Kabul. Hally leads a study group of the Canadian Federation of University Women in Ottawa that has been contributing to these essential scholarships for four years, organizing a Musical Lunch each April at the NAC as well as this annual garden party.
    Dr. Sima Samar, left, with former foreign affairs minister Flora MacDonald and Afghan Ambassador Sham Lall Bathija at garden party fundraiser.
    Gawharshad prepares young men and women, studying as equals in a spirit of tolerance and dedication, to take a leadership role in a future Afghanistan.
    Dr. Samar’s long term vision is one of equality for all. She told her audience at the reception that every child has the right to live with dignity, explaining that empowerment means having the right to decide one’s destiny, to have control over what to wear, what to do, what to be and how many children to have.
    Gawharshad’s Empowerment Centre chooses girls from deprived backgrounds and gives them an opportunity for further education in political science, law, engineering or economics. These girls are highly motivated because they have surmounted enormous cultural and financial barriers to complete their high school education. As a result, more than 30 per cent of Gawharshad students are women. Students from all regions and ethnic groups attend the institute and, unusually, the classes are coed.
    Dr. Samar not only founded the Gawharshad Institute but is also chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. She spent many years developing schools and clinics in Pakistani camps where so many Afghans sought refuge, and in Afghanistan itself. She longs for Afghan women to know and demand their rights, to take a role in the running of the country and to be at the peace table. Among many honours and awards, Dr. Samar is an Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada, holds an honorary doctorate from Carleton University and has been a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
    The participation at the reception of Sham Lall Bathija, the recently appointed Afghanistan ambassador to Canada, along with Laila Ayan, first secretary at the embassy, Flora MacDonald, former minister for Foreign Affairs, who continues to work for humanitarian causes in Afghanistan, and William Crosbie, former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan, was warmly appreciated by Dr. Samar and her Canadian friends and supporters. Several young Afghans or students with connections to Afghanistan attended as well.
    Besides wine and gourmet treats among the roses, guests bid for a weekend at the Claremount Inn and Spa in Prince Edward County and an Afghan inspired print in a silent auction. Afghan girls learn exquisite embroidery and examples of their work were also for sale. Guests were treated to henna hand painting by two Ridgemont High School students who had collected funds to present to Dr. Samar.
    Born in Canada, these girls share an Afghan heritage and know the barriers to education for Afghan girls. Freshta Mohseni and Sahar Amedi have baked and sold cupcakes, painted hands for donations and prepared an Afghan meal for 80 teachers, all to raise funds for their counterparts in Afghanistan.
    Although this was a brief private visit, Dr. Samar also met with staff at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and spoke at the University of Ottawa

  • 14 Apr 2014 4:43 PM | Janet Hagey

    The CFUW-Ottawa Board recently approved a new Summer Social Club proposed by Clea Derwent. She is looking for like-minded members who feel stranded when CFUW-Ottawa and just about everything else closes down for the summer. Activities would depend on the interests of those involved, but could include a book club, a weekly coffee get together, walking, National Gallery visits, outdoor cinema, etc., etc.

    If you’d like to join such a group or know more about this idea, contact Clea at  She will send you the full proposal approved by the CFUW-Ottawa Board of Directors.

  • 01 Feb 2014 6:43 PM | Anonymous member

    UNCSW - the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) is scheduled from March 10 - 24th in New York City. We will have a CFUW delegation of about fourteen attendees, both CFUW members and several members of Women Graduates-USA who will join us. The theme for this 58th Session of the CSW is "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls." CFUW will be presenting a workshop or parallel session with Women Graduates-USA, titled "Universal Primary Education by 2020: In Peril for Afghan Girls?" led by Hally Siddons and Leila Metcalf of CFUW Ottawa. CFUW is also preparing to submit an oral statement on the theme to read into the record at UNCSW. The delegate team will be working with other Canadian women's groups, the IFUW delegation, and others, on the advocacy front, attending as many formal sessions, side events, and parallel sessions as possible, and we will be reporting back to Clubs on the experience.

          Susan Murphy, CFUW National Newsletter, Jan.30 2014


  • 20 Dec 2013 9:31 AM | Anonymous member
     Information is now available about the June 19-22 AGM in Kitchener-Waterloo, 2014. Click on the coloured date.
  • 19 Sep 2013 11:40 AM | Anonymous member

    To read all about the IFUW Conference in Istanbul, please see the special edition newsletter put out by CFUW National.

  • 30 Jul 2013 4:11 PM | Anonymous member
    Expedia Cruise Lines is proud to offer an unique travel opportunity for CFUW members: the CFUW Literary Legends Cruise. In May of 2014, those of our members who wish to, can embark on a trans-Atlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, UK aboard the Cunard ship the Queen Mary 2. Upon arrival in England, a guest speaker will take you to explore the most famous sites of England's rich literary history. For further information click here.
  • 17 Apr 2013 10:44 PM | Deleted user

    CFUW-Ottawa and UWHAW member Dianne Rummery has written an excellent article for Diplomat and International Canada entitled "Helping Afghan Women find their place in Civil Society".  It appears in the Spring Edition.

    Hard copies will be available at Chapters and Mags and Fags around April 26th.

  • 03 Mar 2013 7:40 PM | Deleted user

    Proposed changes to the membership sections of the CFUW-Ottawa Constitution and Bylaws to bring them into conformity with recent changes to the Articles and Bylaws of CFUW were approved by the CFUW-Ottawa board in January.  These proposed amendments were presented to the membership for information purposes at the February General Meeting.  These amendments will be on the agenda at the AGM in May.

    To see more details about these changes, please see theMarch issue of the Carillon.

  • 03 Mar 2013 7:19 PM | Deleted user

    There are five proposed resolutions that will be presented for adoption at the 2013 AGM in Saskatoon on July 11-14, 2013 including one proposed by CFUW-Ottawa on the reduction of dietary sodium.   These proposed resolutions were sent to all clubs in February for comment and amendment.  To view the complete text of each resolution, click here.

    If you are interested in discussing and learning more about these issues, please consider joining one of the review committees.  Contact Charlotte Rigby at for more information.


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