News and Announcements

CANCELLED - Important National General Meeting - January 30, 2017  6-8 pm
Join fellow CFUW-Ottawa members to participate in this electronic meeting at the Riverside Church (3191 Riverside Dr.) The meeting will decide CFUW's Response to the GWI dues increase.  Voting delegates will vote electronically, as at the 2016 CFUW AGM. Decisions by this meeting will affect the future of CFUW. 

Come to our special meeting January 9 at 10 am (preceding our regular January General meeting) to learn about the background and issues.

For information: 819 778 3438;  613 220 1493; or

Important news and announcements from CFUW-Ottawa, CFUW - Ontario Council and CFUW National.
  • 03 Jan 2016 2:34 PM | Mary Butterill (Administrator)
    Dr. Ruth Bell, who died on Dec. 16, 2015, will be missed by her many friends in CFUW-Ottawa. She was a life member of the Club, a generous supporter of our Scholarship Trust Fund, and active in many capacities over the years.

    Her obituary was published in the Ottawa Citizen from Dec. 19 to 21, 2015 and in The Globe and Mail on Dec. 19 and is found online at . A tribute to Ruth also appears in the February 2016 issue of the Carillon.

    See also an article by Joanne Laucius in the Dec. 23, 2015 issue of Ottawa Citizen, a featured obituary by Lisa Fitterman in the Jan. 18, 2016 issue of The Globe and Mail, and the following announcement on the CFUW home page at

    "It is with great sadness that we note the death of Ruth Bell who died on December 16, 2015.

    Dr. Bell was CFUW National President from 1973 to 1976. She was made Member of the Order of Canada in 1981 and received an honorary degree from Carleton University in 1984. She also received two Canada 125 medals.

    Ruth was instrumental in setting up the CFUW Charitable Trust and held the title of CFUW Archivist Emeritas. She was involved in a number of IFUW conferences and served on IFUW committees.

    Ruth was very active in volunteer work and was a board member of many groups such as UNESCO, the Canadian Association for Adult Education, YWCA, International Year of the Child Committee, Canadian Committee for Learning Opportunities for Women, Forum for Young Canadians, Royal Ottawa Hospital, Nepean Public Library, and the Ontario Educational Communications Authority."

  • 28 May 2015 9:00 PM | Sue Hurtubise

    The former International Federation of University Women ( IFUW) has changed it's name to Graduate Women International ( GWI). The new name includes women with university degrees, and also welcomes members with different postsecondary education qualifications. We all share the vision and commitment to ensuring that every girl in the world can achieve education beyond primary school.

    CFUW was a founding member of IFUW in 1919 and we remain the largest of the GWI member clubs from more than 60 nations. For more information about GWI see

  • 14 Apr 2015 3:30 PM | Sue Hurtubise

    The CFUW Ontario Council AGM and Conference will take place in Ottawa May 29th and 30th, 2015. 

    Reminder - click here

    Brochure - click here

    Registration form - click here

    Keynote Speakers - click here

    Flyer - click here

  • 13 Apr 2015 9:26 PM | Sue Hurtubise

    CRIAW stands for the "Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women."  CFUW-Ottawa is pleased to announce that we will participate in a non-partisan focus group to brainstorm issues that are of concern to women. Groups will be facilitated by CRIAW researchers from Ottawa University. Information that is collected will be shared with political parties, and candidates as well as bureaucrats at all levels of government. If you are interested in this event it is very important that you click here for more information. Included in this information is how to register. You must register for this event by May 12. A light supper is included.

    DATE: Wednesday May 20th
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Riverside United/Church or the Resurrection Anglican, 3191 Riverside Dr.

  • 06 Feb 2015 11:11 AM | Sue Hurtubise

    The new " International" Study and Interest group will have it's first meeting take place on February 17th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For details on location please e-mail

  • 04 Jan 2015 6:56 PM | Sue Hurtubise

    The Elizabeth Fry Society has sent a sincere thank you to our members for our  donations of gifts, household items etc. for  the residents of Norwood House. This thank you letter can be viewed here.

  • 30 Nov 2014 10:54 AM | Sue Hurtubise

    Looking for a book club? The newly formed Literature Study Group VII welcomes members to join. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Titles selected so far are diverse with an interesting mix of new and older titles. For more information send a note to:

  • 30 Nov 2014 10:49 AM | Sue Hurtubise

    Members have requested reinstating the study group International Studies. This group used to meet monthly, discussed a variety of topics and hosted very interesting speakers. Expressions of interest are very welcome. Email

  • 19 Nov 2014 7:18 PM | Sue Hurtubise

    CFUW is one of the many women's organizations who are members of " Up for Debate", an all party campaign to address women's issues in the upcoming election. Below is the link to the latest  "Up for Debate" news release:

  • 02 Oct 2014 1:42 PM | Sue Hurtubise
    Please take a moment to read the information below . After, please vote for Dr. Samar.
    1. Dr. Sima Samar has just been nominated for the Human Rights Tulip, an award of 100,000E offered by the Dutch Government. Not only does the award bring money but also recognition of the work being done.
    2. She is one of several competing for the award.
    3. Voting opened yesterday and continues to October 10.
    4. Dr. Samar would like to win the prize to pay for the land for her school, Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education in Kabul.
    5. Gawharshad is co-ed! Its academic programme and its many other campus activities have been designed to train a future generation of leaders and professionals that are committed to the fundamental principles of human rights, womens' rights and democracy. It strives to deliver education relevant to the socio-economic needs of the country.
    6. Gawharshad started in 2010 with 120 students and this year has 1564. The first graduates this fall include ten of "our girls".
    7. The survival and expansion of Gawharshad are reflections of the society's positive response to the vision of Gawharshad.
    How can you help?
    1. Please take a moment and right now scroll down below to vote.
    2. Take another minute to think about 5 people you could send this on to asking the same things - to vote themselves and to send on to their networks.
    Yesterday, Dr. Samar had 192 votes. Today, she has 476 votes. People are voting and we thank everyone.
    Vote now at /  Follow the leads and click on Dr. Samar's name and picture in the list. Once you've voted, you'll receive a verification email with a link to confirm your vote. If you don't receive this email, please check your junk .


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