Special Projects Award

Has your club had an interesting project this year? Do you have one planned before the end of April? Would you like to tell other CFUW Clubs about your event, and get recognition for all your members’ efforts?

Please download the application form here. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.

CFUW Nanaimo

Holiday Support for Tuition Waiver Students at Vancouver Island University
Vancouver Island University was the first post-secondary institution in British Columbia to launch a Youth in Care Tuition Waiver program which waives tuition for eligible students who have grown up in the care system. This program is the first step in overcoming financial barriers that make it difficult for these students to consider and achieve success in higher education. During 2017, CFUW Nanaimo reached out and developed a relationship with their Peer Support Navigator, Ruby Barclay, a young woman in third year studies. Ruby spoke to club members on IWD 2017 about her work with the students and Club members began to look for ways to help. She invited members to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner. The Club collected funds, cooked and supplied all the food and delivered it to the university for a group of over 20 students. Again, at Christmas, the Club supplied gifts for Holiday Care packages, with a variety of small gifts, toiletries, and gift cards for Holiday Care packages for over 40 students. Holidays are a very difficult time of year for these students; many had not celebrated Thanksgiving for many years and they were very appreciative of the Club’s involvement.


CFUW Edmonton

Surprise Movie Nights: CFUW Edmonton in Partnership with Edmonton Public Library
This year CFUW Edmonton contacted Edmonton Public Libraries (EPL) and developed a project we called “Surprise Movie Nights”. The purpose of these movie nights was to 1) Provide a free showing of movies that were life-enriching and featured strong women who overcame life challenges to make a difference in the community; 2) offer opportunities for personal growth, conversation in an informal setting, and learn from and about other people; and 3) raise the profile of EPL and CFUW Edmonton. Three movie nights were hosted featuring the movies “Maudie”, “Their Finest”, “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai”. The movie was prefaced by a short introduction to CFUW Edmonton by the president (or other executive member) and another member giving an overview of the significance of the movie in the context of the status of women in the region and/or period of time the movie was set. The movies were shown at the Edmonton Public Library Whitemud Crossing location.


CFUW Aurora/Newmarket

Stay in School Program
Our STAY IN SCHOOL PROGRAM, in conjunction with the York Region Children’s Aid Society, has expanded this year. For the past 5+ years, the club has given incentive awards to female wards of the CAS who while in grades 9-11 have shown responsibility in attending school and trying hard. This program follows our club’s mission and vision. BUT, we knew we were leaving out the young males who if anything, frequently become disillusioned with school more readily than the girls. The CAS workers on our team didn’t know where to turn. WE successfully turned to other local service clubs. With assistance from two local Optimist clubs, one local Lions club, one local BMO Nesbitt Burns office… we have organized a parallel program for boys, administered by the YR Children’s Aid Society, in conjunction with OUR program for girls! Now there will be 3 X$1000 awards plus $2000+ in incentives!


CFUW Ottawa, CFUW Nepean and CFUW Kanata

International Women’s Day 2018 Dessert and Drama
The CFUW Clubs of Ottawa, Nepean and Kanata presented a highly successful afternoon of drama and Victorian tea on March 10. Enthusiastic actors gave us a fresh look at how Canada was formed from the point of view of the women in the lives of the Fathers of Confederation in Joan Conrod’s play Women Vote Indirect. The actors were either members of the clubs or their relatives. The tea was delicious and the drama great fun. The profits from the event have been divided equally among the three clubs which in turn are giving them to women’s charities of their choice. The event was a networking opportunity, but it also involved lifelong learning, the advancement of women and fundraising. We were also able to highlight some women in Canadian history.


University Women’s Club of Montreal

First North American School Competition Les Olympes de la Parole: Empowering Girls’ Voices
The Olympes de la Parole is an academic competition open to high schools’ girls with the objective of encouraging them to join the global conversation on gender equality and education.
We have adapted the UNCSW 62 themes in a Canadian context and have asked participants to reflect on how access to new technologies could contribute to the empowerment of indigenous girls and women in a particular region of Canada.
A cohort of 19 Secondary V girls from three schools accepted to participate. Each school was assigned a UWCM mentor to help coordinate the process. Competition rules included: submitting a written essay, an oral presentation to the public and 3 minutes video illustrating research key findings. Data collection was done through literature search and direct interviews with girls and women from Kahnawake and Nunavut. Each participant invested 20 to 90 hours on this project. Primary and final evaluations were assured by a 7-member panel. Winners were announced through a press release on International Women’s Day; they were honoured during an Awards ceremony where they shared $6000 in scholarships. Each winner was awarded a participation certificate for dedicated volunteer hours.
This cost effective and high impact project integrates simultaneously several structural and functional needs of our club in terms of: sustainability, education, club promotion, community outreach and advocacy. It complies with Sustainable Development goals 4 and 5.


Montreal Lakeshore University Women’s Club

The Aging Out Project
C.A.R.E. Jeunesse is a non-profit organization that supports youth who must age out of care at eighteen, especially girls. One of their immediate needs was proper suitcases to put their belongings in upon leaving foster-home or residential care. This fall MLUWC launched a drive and collected over 100 suitcases. The Club also donated $900 in gift cards for distribution to the youth and raised $1720 at the Club’s Christmas gift basket raffle. We also prepared a letter addressed to the Quebec government proposing that the age for leaving care be raised to 21 and other supports which all the clubs in Quebec have agreed to sign.


CFUW Sherbrooke & District

50 Years and Growing – 50th Anniversary Celebration
2018 is our club’s 50th Anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, our Committee decided that in addition to having a celebratory event we would focus on raising our profile and awareness in the community and establish an Indigenous Scholarship at Bishop’s University. To raise awareness and profile, we negotiated with our local English newspaper to publish articles about the club that would appear once a month under the banner of “50 Years of Community Involvement”. By May 4 articles will have been written and published. 4 more are planned for August, September, October and November and all articles highlight various aspects of the Club. In addition, we have created display boards that summarize key milestones in pictures and these are being displayed in local libraries and museums. Finally, we have raised $13,500 towards our scholarship that will be awarded in 2019 to coincide with the 100th Anniversary.

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