As a national organization, CFUW is always excited by the IWD events and activities our local clubs put together. Below is a cross-section of just some of these events and activities:
CFUW Ajax/Pickering held a celebration on Saturday March 3rd from 11:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Claremont United Church. The event featured a speaker, Kelly-Lee Mansi (executive coach), lunch, and their famous cupcakes.
The Aurora/Newmarket CFUW club is organizing a flash mob for March 8th. The plan is to gather in the new Riverwalk Commons area of old downtown Newmarket where the group will arrange itself to form the outline of the international symbol for women and then sing O Canada. This will be followed by walking up one block to Main Street where the group will instantly fill up the five little coffee shops on the street. Along the way, passersby will be given bookmarks with info about CFUW and International Women’s Day.
CFUW Burlington distributed information at the 16th annual International Women’s Day Breakfast on March 2nd hosted by a long time member of their club, Paddy Torsney, and former MP. This year’s speaker was Kathy Bardwick, President and CEO of the Co-Operators Group Ltd. Girls from all the high schools in Burlington were sponsored and attended the breakfast.
CFUW Edmonton hosted an International Women’s Day Fundraising Luncheon on the Eve of International Women’s Day, Wednesday March 7 2012 to honour the Mayor of Slave Lake, Karina Pillay-Kinnee. Proceeds from the event are going to the Slave Lake Women’s Shelter. This event was sponsored by CBC Edmonton and hosted by CBC News Host, Portia Clark. See poster for details. See poster for more details.
CFUW Kelowna is celebrating International Women’s Day by:
- Taking up a twoonie collection for CARE Canada
- Staffing a table at the local celebration with tickets on a hand-knit afghan (each square knit by club members in ivory wool) & donating some of profits to Charitable Trust.
- Selling Femina Coffee to support female coffee producers in several countries around the world (while keeping part of sales for local projects)
Leaside/East York will be making a donation to the Charitable Trust for International Women’s Day.
CFUW Northumberland is one of several local organizations putting on a free film day on March 11th in honor of IWD. This year, the day is supported by the YMCA, Trinity United Church, Northumberland Services for Women, Cobourg Public Library, beta Sigma Phi, and the United Way. See poster for details.
Parksville-Qualicum branch of CFUW has organized a Global Connections forum for March 11th. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Rhiannon Hughes of Port Alberni. She will share her recent experiences working for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in Haiti.
Oshawa and District CFUW will be welcoming Dr. Barbara Perry, Professor and Associate Dean of Social Science and Humanities UOIT to speak on “Community Impacts of Hate Crimes” on March 14th at their AGM. Dr. Perry has written extensively in the area of hate crime, including five books on the topic. She is particularly interested in anti-Muslim violence, and hate crime against Aboriginal people. See poster for details.
CFUW Ottawa, Kanata & Nepean in collaboration with the Ottawa Council of Women (OCW) will be hosting the 8th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration Empower Women – Change the World! On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber & Atrium, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr. The Speaker: Carol Ann Cole Founder of the Comfort Heart Initiative, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Author of If I Knew Then What I Know Now. See poster for details.
CFUW Regina is holding an International Women’s Day event for 2012 entitled “Women, Women Everywhere: on the Ground, on the Sea and on the Air on March 10th at the Royal Regina United Services Ins. Presenters are very notable Saskatchewan women who represent agriculture, the forces and media. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch and refreshments served. See poster for details.
CFUW Saskatoon Inc. celebrated International Women’s Day on March 5th, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Frances Morrison Library Theatre with the theme “Women and Girls Inspiring Leadership – Gateway to Economic Security”.
The UWC Toronto is planning a dinner and a guest speaker, Dr. Alanna Fitzgerald- Husek who was one of Flare Magazine’s volunteers of the year in 2009 and one of Chatelaine’s Women who Sizzle in 2011.
The University Women’s Club of Vancouver and the Vancouver chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan will be hosting International Women’s Day at Hycroft entitled “Women’s Rights in Transition” on Sunday 11th March 2012 12 Noon Social ~ 1pm Luncheon ~ 2:15pm with Guest Speakers Gulalai Habib and Eva Sajoo. Net proceeds for this event will be divided between CW4WA projects in Afghanistan and the Canadian Federation of University Women’s IWD project with CARE Canada. See poster for more details.
The University Women’s Club of Winnipeg is holding an IWD Luncheon and program on March 9th. Both Muriel Smith and Mary Scott will be speaking. The event is titled “Women’s Equality: Are We There Yet?”