Apr 192019

Speakers:  Cathy Leugner and Alison Hutchison

Cathy Leugner and Alison Hutchison from the CFUW Nelson club will present the work they have been doing meeting with and supporting, several ex-FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints) women.  These women have organized a group called “SafetyNet in the Kootenays” (SNK).

The intent of the group is to help others who have left Bountiful and are navigating the world beyond the FLDS closed community. Nelson Club members have been working with these former Bountiful residents, and helping SNK to arrange face-to-face meetings with politicians and community support agencies.

At the 2018 CFUW AGM, Cathy and Alison did an inspiring presentation. The May 9 North Vancouver  session will include stories told by ladies who have come from Bountiful as well as a short video clip featuring one SNK lady talking about her background and experiences. This presentation will focus on how CFUW Nelson can provide on-going support and represents a unique perspective on how women can receive support to become independent within the context of their communities.

NV Theatre Night – May 8 – Duets

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Apr 022019
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CFUW North Vancouver’s major scholarship fundraising event of the year is coming soon.  Reserve Wednesday, May 8h, 2019 for our annual FUNDRAISING PLAY NIGHT at Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre.

First Impressions Theatre Group will present  “DUETS” by PETER QUILTER—-a thought provoking four part comedy. “A gloriously funny examination of the chaotic world of love, relationships and why the grass is never greener. Duets is a hilarious tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart.”

TIME: Doors open at 7pm, theatre doors open at 7:30 pm and play begins at 8pm.

TICKET PRICE: $27.00 each. Tickets available from members or, if any left, at the door.

Light refreshments will be served and wine is available for purchase from the theatre volunteers.

Please help support our scholarship fund which helps at least one young graduating female student from each North Vancouver secondary school pursue her chosen post-secondary education and our similarly-intended endowment funds at Capilano University, BCIT, Simon Fraser University and UBC, where we are currently trying to raise $50,000 for its endowment.

WV Event – Mar 11 – Shelagh Stevens

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Feb 282019


West Vancouver, BC – Shelaagh Stevens, a retired Canadian Forces logistics officer, former peacekeeper and civilian Logistics Officer with the UN, will speak on ‘Women and Peacekeeping’ in West Vancouver on Monday, March 11. This program, presented by the West Vancouver chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), will be held at St. Stephens Anglican Church, 885 22nd Street, West Vancouver, at 7pm on March 11 (doors open at 6:30). The admission fee will be $10.

Although peacekeeping is an important mission of the UN, it was not until 2000 that the UN Security Council began to acknowledge that women could play a vital role in preventing conflict, resolving conflict, and building peace. In her talk, Lt.-Col. Stevens will draw on her experiences in Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Croatia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, and the UN Headquarters in New York City.

CFUW is hosting this program to celebrate International Women’s Day. Groups throughout the world hold programs in March to recognize the progress that women have made and promote plans to accomplish more.

In addition, this year CFUW is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its parent organization. In 1919, three women – two British and one American – established the International Federation of University Women, whose goals were to promote women’s education and ‘to prevent any future wars’. Today that organization, now called Graduate Women International (GWI), has 56 member countries. GWI will celebrate its 100th anniversary later this year in Geneva, with the theme ‘Peace through Education’.

Poster and Background

NV – Lolehawk Laura Buker – Jan 10 Speaker

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Jan 282019
Lolehawk Laura Buker (seated) with longtime friend, Faye Hudson

Dr. Lolehawk Laura Buker,  a Lake Babine Nation and Stó: lō Nation Elder, retired indigenous professor (Lakehead University), fisherwoman, and storyteller walked us through the indigenous world view that she walks every day. Sharing stories of the land Dr. Buker opened a sharing circle of respectful and safe conversation with us all, with time for reflection in our era of truth and reconciliation.

WV Vital Signs 2017 – on Nov 19 2018

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Nov 162018

West Vancouver Community Foundation
Vital Signs 2017 – West Vancouver
Monday, November 19, 2018
6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Our population is aging, our younger residents are on the decline, and the proportion of low income residents is growing just as the average price of a detached home last year hit $3.1 million. Those are just a few of the fascinating facts revealed in 2017 Vital Signs, an investigative study by the West Vancouver Community Foundation. CEO Adine Mees will share insights in November on belonging, diversity, inclusion and housing in our beautiful West Vancouver.

NV – Paul Butler, Oct 11 Speaker

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Nov 162018

Paul Butler, Director Youth Services at Hollyburn Family
Services, who spoke about the North Shore’s youth shelter. Paul is
flanked by Program Chair Wendy Mickelson and October program liaison and
club President, Barb MacLellan.

NV – Taimi Mulder, Sep 13 Speaker

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Nov 162018

Taimi Mulder spoke about the local earthquake zone, title
Shake, “Rattle, and Roll”. Pictured with Taimi are Program Committee
member Marie Brazier, September program liaison, and Taimi’s mother,
long-time North Van member, former secretary and recently retired
newsletter editor, Shirley Mulder.

Fundraising for Scholarships – 2018

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Oct 242018

The NV Group provided members of the local community an opportunity to shred their past. These are some photos of that successful event:

WV — Indigenous Water Initiatives, Oct 15

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Sep 302018

Monday, October 15 at 6:45 pm
at Westerleigh Parc
725 – 22nd Street

Indigenous Water Initiatives
Candace Cook

Access to clean drinking water is a pressing challenge faced by many small and rural communities across Canada. Small drinking water treatment systems serve millions of people in North America and require a unique solution, not simply a scaled down version designed for urban centers. RES’EAU – WaterNET’s Community Circle Model for Strategic Innovation aims to address the issues inherent to this issue, with a specific emphasis on community involvement and mutual understanding. By uniting the collaborative efforts of end-users, community leadership, government, industry, and university researchers, this approach is working to develop socially and technologically sustainable drinking water outcomes across BC.

Candace Cook is a Research Engineer working on Indigenous and rural drinking water initiatives in her role with RES’EAU – WaterNET. Currently based out of the Vancouver, she is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa, with a background working on First Nations projects in both the private and public sectors.