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BC Council  of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a voluntary, self-funded, non-profit organization with 22 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

 
BC Council 2018   Patricia Lockhart Photo, CFUW Abbotsford 
Front row left to right: Ruth Mellor,  past president; Sheila Boutcher, Communications (newsletter) ; Kathy Torhjelm Treasurer; Jacqueline Russell (in black and white stripe sweater) incoming secretary; Bea Shumey, Web administrator
Back row: L-R. Alison Hutchison,RD Interior; Barbara DuMoulin,incoming  President; Audrey Hobbs Johnson, Beryl Matthewson, RD West; Sheila Service, RD Vancouver Island. ( T
his is the new BC Council Board. Their term officially starts in July)

BC Council Meeting at Hycroft 11:00 am, September 26th 2018 
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                                                                              Our Founding Members 1919
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               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.