Back Row Left to Right: Alison Hutchison, RD Interior; Sheila Service, RD Vancouver Island; Barbara DuMoulin, President; Jeannette Mergens, Advocacy; Ruth Mellor, Past President; Bea Shumey , Web Manager

Left: Beryl Matthewson, RD BC West

Front Row: Kathy Torhjelm, Treasurer; Grace Hollett, National president; Sheila Boutcher, Communications & Newsletter; Jacqueline Russell,Secretary; Audrey Hobbs Johnson, Resolutions

Who We Are:

BC Council of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a voluntary, self-funded, non-profit organization with 21 clubs across the province, which is affiliated with the national CFUW and the Graduate Women International ( GWI ).

Our mandate is to promote education and life-long learning, to encourage the participation of members in their communities and to enhance the status of women and girls.

Our main concerns include high quality public education, universal health care, a clean safe environment and the physical and psychological violence against women.

CFUW welcomes all women who support the purposes, mission and values of CFUW

Contact us: cfuwbccouncil@gmail.com

Members of:

CFUW National

Graduate Women International

International Alliance of Women

First Call

Whether we are 'small a' activists or sign wavers, whether we have arrived at this state early or late, it is important that we be concerned, that we educate ourselves as thoroughly as possible regarding our concerns, and then take whatever action is appropriate to address these concerns."

Quote by Tammy Irwin past CFUW President 1988 -1990

CFUW BC Clubs All In for CFUW 100th Anniversary Contributions!

To celebrate CFUW’s support of women’s studies since 1919, Clubs, Councils and members have been invited to award, at both the local and national level, an additional $100,000 in scholarships and awards during the anniversary year.

CFUW BC Council is proud to announce that every BC CFUW club has made a contribution to the CFUW 100th Anniversary Charitable Trust or offered 100 th Anniversary Awards, or did both! Many clubs have made a donation to National and have also provided local awards. Even Comox Valley, a club that folded, made a donation! Congratulations to all for making this 100th Anniversary a huge success. It will be interesting to see how BC stacks up compared to other provinces.

CFUW's 100th Anniversary and AGM

August 15-17, 2019

Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg click here for details


Congratulations to CFUW Saanich Peninsula for donating $5000.00 to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation to mark the 100th Anniversary of CFUW National in 2019


Our Founding Members 1919 Organizational Meeting of Canadian Federation of University Women, Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 26, 27, 1919

“PR1969.0022.0120 appears courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Alberta”

Back Row, Left to Right: Mrs. C. Wiley, Ottawa; Mrs. E. Smith, Victoria; Mrs. Sadler, Winnipeg; Miss Jessie Dykes, Toronto; Miss Kathleen Teskey, Edmonton. Front Row, Left to Right: Miss Lexa Denne, Victoria; Miss May H. Skinner, Toronto; Dr. Margaret McWilliams, Winnipeg; Mrs. G.L. Lennox, Winnipeg; Dr. Geneva Misener, Edmonton.


As Margaret Scovel McWilliams, first president of the CFUW later recalled, “Some of the leaders among university women in Canada had been dreaming of a national federation for years, but the effective impulse towards it came from Great Britain. Early in 1919 Dr. Winnifred Cullis, well known in Canada by reason of the time she had spent during the war lecturing at Toronto University, suggested that the national federation should be organized at once, so that Canada might become one of the first group of countries in the coming International Federation of University Women. This suggestion was reinforced by a companion one from Dr. Virginia Gildersleeve of the American Association of University Women to the effect that, while she hoped that the Canadians would form their own federation, they might, if they preferred, be allied with the American Association.

“Canada’s response was immediate. A conference of four of the leaders in university organizations – Mrs. J.A. Cooper of the Toronto Club; Mrs. R.F. McWilliams, president of the Winnipeg club; Miss May H. Skinner, then representing Canada on the American Association’s Committee on International Affairs; and Miss Laila Scott – took place in Toronto in March 1919….The various clubs responded enthusiastically to the appeal and the organization took place.”

Six clubs, those of Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Victoria, as well as the McGill Alumnae, sent delegates. The Brown Room of the Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg was the scene of the inaugural meeting of the “Federation of University women in Canada,” on August 26, 1919.

Organizational Meeting of Canadian Federation of University Women, Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 26, 27, 1919

Back Row, Left to Right: Mrs. C. Wiley, Ottawa; Mrs. E. Smith, Victoria; Mrs. Sadler, Winnipeg; Miss Jessie Dykes, Toronto; Miss Kathleen Teskey, Edmonton. Front Row, Left to Right: Miss Lexa Denne, Victoria; Miss May H. Skinner, Toronto; Dr. Margaret McWilliams, Winnipeg; Mrs. G.L. Lennox, Winnipeg; Dr. Geneva Misener, Edmonton.

Provincial Archives of Alberta, CFUW Edmonton: 69. 22/120

Thank-you to our Archivist, Cathy Barford for the above documents.

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