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  • Ontario Council President's Message for International Women's Day
  • Ontario Clubs IWD Events
  • More info for the 2021 AGM
Ontario Council President's Message
President's Message Special Edition

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a focal point in the movement of women’s rights. It is also a focal point for CFUW Ontario Council (OC) Clubs. In this special edition, please read about the events planned for March 8, 2021 and consider participating! Support your sister clubs!!!

I would ask that all Club presidents/leaders circulate this newsletter to their members. We are to celebrate being women and learn how we continue to strive for equality, peace, social justice, human rights, and taking “a seat at the table, not on the menu.”

Talking about women’s rights: Every year the United Nations holds the Commission of Status of Women (UNCSW) series of global meetings with governments and non- government organizations (NGOs). You are aware CFUW has UN consultative status and a delegation will be virtually attending the 65th commission.   I was selected as a delegate along with Teri Shaw, OC Secretary and Sandra Shaw, OC Chair of the Status of Women and Human Rights Committee. I am also pleased to announce that there are quite a number of OC women on the delegation too!   More news to come following the March 14-28 schedule of meetings and presentations.

Ladies, please mark your calendars for May 14 and 15, 2021 for the virtual OC Annual General Meeting (AGM). CFUW Orillia is the host club and have worked extremely hard to produce an exciting reception and program for the Friday evening, with the engaging theme of “Lead 2021 – Step Into Your Power.” Dr. Wendy Cukier is the keynote speaker, who will be addressing, “Women’s Leadership in the Economic Recovery.”
Details regarding registration for the Zoom program Friday evening and the OneCast Business meeting on Saturday morning will be posted shortly.

Thank you ladies and enjoy celebrating being a woman!

Sandra Thomson, President, CFUW Ontario Council President

Club Events
For International Women's Day
#ChooseToChallenge #IWD

Several Ontario clubs are hosting virtual events to mark International Women's Day on March 8th and throughout the month. Click here to view the Club Events calendar, or read all about it below!

CFUW Aurora Newmarket March 8, 2021 @ 10AM
IWD Event - Choose to Include 

Our guest speaker is Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux the first Indigenous Chair for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada for Lakehead University. She is a member and resident of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between peoples. Contact to register for this virtual event. All Ontario club members are invited to attend. See more ...

CFUW Barrie & District March 8, 2021
IWD Event - Choose to Challenge Virtual ZOOM Celebration

CFUW Barrie & District and the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Simcoe County, invite you to join their Choose to Challenge celebration on March 8th. The 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, a landmark report that called on the federal government to begin working towards a more gender equal Canada, took place on December 7, 2020. One of the highlights of the Celebration will be a video that looks at what has been accomplished in the last 50 years and also looks forward to the work still to be done. Read more here! Register in advance here!

CFUW Cambridge March 8, 2021
IWD Event - 9th Annual International Women's Day Breakfast

Three community leaders--Sue Sturdy, Pam Wolf, and Jayne Herring--will share their personal journeys in leadership and their involvement with the Cambridge Poppy Project, which is a community art project of remembrance honouring our veterans. The ZOOM link will be available on the CFUW Cambridge website from March 8th to March 22nd. Read more ...

CFUW Guelph March 8, 2021 @ 12PM
IWD Event - Guelph-Wellington Women Leaders & the Glass Ceiling

All are invited to celebrate International Women's Day in a presentation and discussion of leadership, mentorship and an equal future. This event is being brought to you by The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute/The Research Shop at University of Guelph, CFUW Guelph, Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis and the Zonta Club of Guelph. The webinar will highlight the results of CESI's project that interviewed women leaders in Guelph and Wellington about the barriers and opportunities they have experienced on their journey to positions in various leadership roles. The event will also feature a performance by a spoken word poet and a panel discussion on the role of mentorship. To register click here! See more ...
UWC Toronto March 8, 2021 @ 4PM
IWD Event - Women on the Ballot Stories of our Trailblazers 

Betsy McGregor is the author of Women on the Ballot: Pathways to Political Power and will speak about some of the trailblazing women in her book. Betsy’s talk promises to be a dynamic and inspiring address for International Women’s Day. To register go to, and to find out more about her book visit All are welcome. See more ...

CFUW Georgetown March 2
Honouring IWD

CFUW Georgetown is asking their members to wear purple to their general meeting on March 2nd. At the meeting attendees will strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose--a raised hand as in "I will!"--ZOOM screen shots will be captured and posted on their website and social media to honour IWD.

CFUW Milton March 8
100 IWD Selfies

CFUW Milton is raising awareness about International Women's Day by collecting 100 selfies of women striking the #ChooseToChallenge pose. The selfies will be incorporated into a video that will be posted online on March 8th.

CFUW Aurora Newmarket March 12, 2021 @ 7PM
LUNAFEST Virtual Film Festival

Seven films celebrate the achievements of forward thinking women:
  • An international women’s Arctic ski tea
  • A professional women’s softball player
  • A mixed-media artist
  • A 12-year-old separated from her mother at the US border
  • A young neuroscientist and her colleagues
  • A lifelong angler
  • A 93-year-old visual storyteller and accomplished printmaker

These are the women whose stories you will discover at this year’s virtual LUNAFEST®, an on-line film festival, co-hosted by the Charitable Trust of CFUW A/N and Soroptimists International of York Region. Starting March 12th, at 7:00 PM, LUNAFEST films can be streamed any time during a 48-hour viewing window. Click here to buy tickets! See more..

CFUW Sudbury March 25, 2021 @ 7PM
25th Annual CELEBRATE WOMEN Event

CFUW Sudbury, in partnership with YWCA Sudbury and LEAF Sudbury, presents the 25th Annual Celebrate Women on March 25th at 7 p.m. This year’s author is the prize-winning Canadian novelist Mary Lawson. She will be talking about her new book A Town Called Solace which, like her previous books, is set in Northern Ontario. Tickets are only $10. To register, or to learn more, go to CFUW Sudbury Celebrate Women 2021See more ... 


2021 AGM May 14 & 15
Notice of the 2021 CFUW Ontario Council Annual General Meeting

LEAD 2021

Step into your Power

A virtual conference hosted by CFUW Orillia

LEAD 2021 Step into your Power:
Women have been hit hard in the pandemic fallout. This year's Ontario Council AGM is an opportunity to learn about Women's Leadership in the economic recovery.

We will take this beyond an advocacy plan to a personal Call to Action. Participants will hear Keynote Dr. Wendy Cukier, work in small groups to develop personal action plans and wrap up the Friday reception with the Ontario Council awards, door prizes, and then break into conversational groups for a wine and cheese social. This ZOOM session has no cost and online registration will open on March 26th.

The Business Meeting will take place on Saturday May 15th through OneCast. A separate registration will be required, details to follow.
February 27th Speakers Series
Mental Health - From Prevention to Wellness
The three speakers on February 27th gave a very powerful, moving and informative presentation on Saturday. If you missed it, the session was recorded. Please contact Ingrid Sproxton to obtain the recording link and password.
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