Canadian Federation of University Women Nelson & District


CFUW Nelson & District

Mission Statement: CFUW is a self-funded, voluntary, non-partisan,
organization whose mission is to improve the status of women, youth & children,
and to promote quality public education, human rights, social justice
and peace.

We are affiliated with  
BC Council National CFUW and our International organization, Graduate Women International

50th Celebration!

Congratulations to our club for hosting a fabulous Sunday brunch celebration with guest speaker, Daphne Bramham.

Daphne's presentation, "Beyond Bountiful: Why the Polygamy Trials Matter" was informative, thought provoking, heartfelt, and inspirational.  A special thank you to the women, who are former Bountiful members, for attending our event.  Their courage and moral compass is to be recognized and supported.  Thanks to community for attending and supporting our scholarship fund!

With a Tribute to our Long Standing Members!

Back row L to R: Dorothy Fraser, Bev Onischak, Bonnie Bell, Lois Arnesen, Shirley Miller,Kay Stewart

Front row L to R: Frances Welwood, Margaret Nickle, Anne Farrell-Webb, Judy Deon, and Rose Burgess 


Fifty years ago, in 1967, politician Indira Gandhi, performers Dianna Rigg and Aretha Franklin, and marathon runner K.V. Switzer were all making headlines and breaking new ground for women across the globe.  Back then Nelson’s women were also breaking ground as they formed the Nelson Branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women.  This eclectic group of dynamic women included teachers, politicians, nurses, writers, artists, musicians, scientists and activists!


On August 8, 1967 two of the women featured above, Lois Arnesen and Shirley Miller participated in the signing of the club’s charter. How many people can say they have been a member of a Club for fifty years? CFUW Nelson joined a federation that now includes one hundred clubs nationwide. During the years that followed, the long-standing members featured in the photo have shared a commitment to the Club’s mission to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. They have sustained the Club’s involvement in public affairs, arts and culture and fund raising for scholarships and bursaries for young women in the community.  These dynamic women may not make the global headlines but, in this corner of the Kootenays, for 50 years they have continued to make their mark toward gender equality and community service.


On Sunday, September 10th the Club is hosting a 50th Celebration Brunch at the Lakeside Prestige to pay tribute to the women featured in the photo.  In keeping with the Club’s mission, Daphne Bramham, a Vancouver based journalist, a CFUW member and a distinguished author, has been invited to present, “Beyond Bountiful:  Why the Polygamy Trials Matter”.


The CFUW Nelson & District Club invites the community to attend the event. Tickets are available at Otter Books; early bird tickets: $40 after August 30:: $50.00.  For more information email:





 Members and Former members kicking off our 50th Anniversary in 2017  at the Holiday Luncheon in December 2016

Benefits of Membership:

  • Support young women in Post Secondary education

  •  Membership is open to any woman who supports our goals.


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                 Contact Us: 


                CFUW BC Council:Provincial Website

                CFUW National : National CFUW Website

                Graduate Women International: Empowering Women & Girls through lifelong education.