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

Nelson & District Club is:




Join and be apart of a dynamic, caring community of women!

Tribute to our Long Standing Members!

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 more than 50 years they have continued to make their mark toward gender equality and community service.

                           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.