Welcome to CFUW BC Council’s 2018 AGM

CFUW North Vancouver welcomes you to this year’s AGM. Most of you will need to cross a bridge to ‘connect to’ our conference. Our hope is that by the end of the weekend you will also have bridged gaps in your knowledge and have created connections with other CFUW members. We are pleased to have been able to include a number of keynote speakers on topics relevant to our BC Council advocacy goals from the last few years. In addition, many of these speakers have been willing to lead workshops, which will enable participants to form deeper connections to the various topics. We anticipate that our program will assist you in expanding your understanding of social issues relevant to CFUW policies and begin to create action plans in your communities.

Of course, there also will be time for socializing and having fun. We hope you enjoy this year’s Conference and AGM.

Details about the program can be found here  for a brief summary or carry on reading for more details.

BC COUNCIL AGM 2018 registration package is available at cfuwbcc.proreg.ca or  click here



Holiday Inn and Suites

700 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver, V7J 2H5

Phone: 604-985-3111; Toll-Free:1-877-985-3111

   Complimentary parking will be available for all conference participants.


A block of rooms is available at the Holiday Inn and Suites at a rate of:

  • $139 per night (single / double occupancy) for a standard room
  • $179 per night (single / double occupancy) for a superior room
  • $209 per night (single / double occupancy) for a one-bedroom suite.

Check in time is 3 p.m.  The hotel will hold your luggage if your room is not available when you arrive. It is recommended that you book early to ensure that a room will be available.  Identify yourself as a conference participant when booking.

(Waiting for details of check-out time)



From the Airport:

The easiest, most economical way to get to the conference site is to use public transit:

  • Take the Canada Line to Waterfront Station
  • Transfer to the Seabus to cross Burrard Inlet
  • Walk into the Lonsdale Quay bus terminal and take bus #239 to the hotel at 700 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver.  (The bus stops across the street from the hotel).
  • The transit cost for adults is $9.10 and for seniors is $7.80.

A slightly faster but more costly alternative is a combination using public transit and taxi:

  • Take the Canada Line to Waterfront Station
  • Transfer to the Seabus to cross Burrard Inlet
  • Walk out of the Lonsdale Quay Seabus terminal and turn left to the taxi stand.
  • Take a taxi to the hotel at 700 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver.
  • The transit cost for adults is $9.10 and for seniors is $7.80. Depending on traffic, the taxi cost should be about $20.00 plus tip.

The fastest but most expensive alternative would be to take a taxi from the airport.

Taxis are plentiful at the airport.  The rate from the airport to the hotel, assuming negligible traffic, would be about $60.00 plus tip.  If the Second Narrows Bridge is busy with traffic, the price could end up being considerably higher.


From Horseshoe Bay terminal:

  • Take Highway 1 Eastbound from the ferry. (On Friday afternoons, the highway often has significant traffic back-ups from the Second Narrows Bridge. Thus, the drive could take much longer than you anticipate for this part of your trip.)
  • Take exit 22 toward Lynn Creek/Capilano University
  • Use the 2 left lanes to turn left onto Fern St (signs for Mount Seymour Parkway/Lillooet Road)
  • Continue straight onto Lillooet Rd. and continue past the light on Mt. Seymour Parkway.
  • Turn left onto Old Lillooet Rd
  • This road curves around to the hotel which will be on the left at 700 Old Lillooet Rd.

From the East:

  • Cross Second Narrows Bridge going west
  • Take exit 22B. This road goes straight but then curves around to the right.
  • Keep in the left lane. At the light, turn left onto Lillooet Rd.
  • Turn left onto Old Lillooet Rd
  • This road curves around to the hotel which will be on the left at 700 Old Lillooet Rd.




You and your club are cordially invited to take part in the Silent Auction to raise funds for the fellowships granted by the CFUW CHARITABLE TRUST.  You may do this by submitting an item for the auction to the Auction Table at the Holiday Inn.



Annual General Meeting & Conference

Holiday Inn & Suites

Friday, April 20, 2018

12:00 -7:30 pm            Conference Registration, Holiday Inn and Suites, North Vancouver
1:00 – 4:00 pm              Afternoon Tours
2:30 – 4:30 pm              BC Council Executive Meeting

From 5:00 pm             Opening Reception – No Host Bar

5:30 – 6:30 pm             Keynote Speaker at Reception
.                                    Bernard Richard Representative for Children and Youth:
.                                    Vulnerable Children & Youth: What can WE do?

Key members of the community and metro non-profits will be invited to this session to share in this important message that will set the context for our conference.

6:30 – 7:30 pm            Reception: Hearty Cold and Hot Appetizers; No Host Bar
6:00 – 9:30 pm            Charitable Trust Boutique bidding open
7:30 – 9:30 pm            Hospitality Suite Open

Note: if the hearty appetizers aren’t hearty enough, on-site there is a restaurant (The Pantry) and a pub (Seymour’s Pub, one of North Van’s favourites).


Saturday, April 21, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 am            Breakfast provided with registration

7:30 – 8:30 am            Conference Registration Table open

7:45 – 8:30 am            Keynote Speaker
.                                   Sue Trabant: Looking at Gender Identity Programs in Secondary Schools:
.                                   How can we support our youth?

8:00 – 5:00 pm             Charitable Trust Boutique open (NOTE: BIDDING closes at 5:00 pm)

9:00 -10:30 am            BC Council AGM Business Meeting
10:30 am                     Refreshment Break
11:00 am                     BC Council AGM Meeting Continued
12:00 – 2:00 pm           Luncheon

1:00 pm                       Keynote Speaker
                                    Dr. Lolehawk Laura Baker: Engaging our Society in conversations,
.                                    dialogue and reflections on “Reconciliation”

2:15 – 3:15 pm             Workshop 1 Series
3:15 – 3:30 pm             Refreshment Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm             Workshop 2 Series
4:30 – 5:30 pm             Free time
5:30 – 6:30 pm             No Host Bar Open (also open during dinner)

5:30 – 6:30 pm    Charitable Trust Boutique items available for payment and pick-up

6:30 pm                       Dinner
(Time?)                        Keynote Speaker
                                    Trish Neufeld: What does it mean to be a woman in today’s film industry?
9:00 pm                       Hospitality Suite Opens

Sunday, April 22, 2018

7:30 – 9:00 am             Breakfast is provided with registration

8:00 – 8:30 am             Sunday Meditation

9:00 – 11:00 am           CFUW Plenary Workshop:
.                                   Lived Experiences from the Women of Bountiful, a Nelson Club initiative

11:00 – 11:30 am         Wrap Up and Conclusion



 Opening Reception Keynote Speaker, Friday, April 20, 2018

Keynote Address Bernard Richard, Q.C.:  Vulnerable Children & Youth: What can WE do? 

Bernard Richard was appointed British Columbia’s second Representative for Children and Youth in February 2017. He is a bilingual lawyer whose early career was in social work.  Mr. Richard was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, where he served from 1991 to 2003, holding several cabinet positions and serving as leader of the Official Opposition, Opposition House Leader and chair of the Official Opposition caucus. In 2004, he became New Brunswick’s Ombudsman and in 2006 became that province’s first Child and Youth Advocate. Mr. Richard became a consultant in 2011, completing assignments for a variety of organizations, including the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, the City of Fredericton, the P.E.I. Auditor General and New Brunswick First Nations Chiefs.

The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Richard has been actively involved in several charitable organizations in the areas of children’s rights, youth mental health and enhanced opportunities for Indigenous children. He and his wife, Annie, have four sons and eight grandchildren.

He and his department support the children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child-serving system.  As he opens this conference with his keynote address, he will focus on and explore the issues around poverty and the related issues that need to improve for the children and youth growing up in BC.



  Luncheon, Saturday, April 21, 2018 

Dr. Lolehawk Laura Buker, Lake Babine Nation, and Stó:lō Nation, Elder, Retired Indigenous Professor, Fisherwoman, and Storyteller.

The stories of the land have informed Indigenous language and culture since time immemorial. Let’s allow the oldest stories to inform our beginning place of listening and sharing in moving forward with a new and positive perspective, starting a conversation on reconciliation. “It is important to start” believes Dr. Buker, “where Aboriginal knowledge begins and that starting place is with story.”

Dr. Buker received her first degree, Education, at UBC where she played Varsity Volleyball: she was on the 1973 Canadian Championship Team in 1973 which resulted in her recent induction into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. Dr Buker was a winning girls’ Volleyball coach at Carson Graham before she set off on her journey to find better ways to educate herself and others. First, a Masters from SFU, then a prolonged pursuit in San Diego into using video and movie production and integrating websites into classrooms preceded her 10-year teaching career at SFU while achieving a SFU Ph.D. in 2011 in special native education. An experienced aboriginal educator, with expertise in integrating aboriginal content into the curriculum from K to university, Dr. Buker was asked to assist Lakehead University in Thunder Bay to set up its Native Education university program where she taught students at all levels including doctoral. She recently retired to Mission where she was born and where the stories began from her mother and grandmother (Stó:lō Nation /Babine Nation Elders respectively).


  Breakfast, Saturday, April 21, 2018

Susan Trabant: Gender Identification and Inclusivity in our Schools

Sue Trabant became the Prince George School District’s first Inclusivity Resource Teacher soon after the board adopted the BC Education Ministry’s inclusivity initiative on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) in 2014. Already a secondary school teacher in the personal development fields of Career Planning, Family Studies, and Peer Tutors, the Prince George native is a natural fit for this new dimension, consistently earning top ratings from her students for her caring, nurturing approach.

She is unfailingly focused on social justice and keeping students in school through supportive initiatives. Thanks to her agency, all high schools in the district have instituted Queer Straight Alliances, which she believes foster vulnerable students’ self-esteem and a sense of belonging that helps them complete their secondary studies.

Susan shares openly with her audience in a way that provokes thought and action for change. Join in with an open mind, and she will take you on a journey that will motivate you to look at the world through new eyes.


Dinner, Saturday, April 21, 2018

Trish Neufeld, Filmmaker: Being a Woman in Today’s Film Industry

Trish Neufeld is an award winning director, writer, and producer whose love of storytelling led her to found Story Box Movies in 2012. Her short-film script, My Blue Balloon, was among the top 12 finalists from among 228 submissions in the 2017 Crazy8’s short film festival. In 2004 she produced The Porcelain Pussy, which won the Canadian Comedy Award for Multimedia, and as a student, Trish produced and directed a documentary, Mi Pasion, which was nominated for a Leo award and won third place at the BC Student Film and Video Festival.

After earning a diploma from Capilano College’s Media Resources Program, Trish acquired an MA in Communication from Royal Roads University, Victoria, and attended the Producer’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto.

Ms. Neufeld takes us through her more than 20 years in the BC film industry, from her work in community TV during high school to her mother’s devastating illness and the impetus it gave her to create her own film company. She will illustrate her talk with brief film clips and expand on women’s experience in the industry along the way. And she’ll bring us up to date on her latest projects.



Saturday, April 21, Workshop Session 1 ~ 2:15 -3:15 PM

Workshop 1 – Engaging our Society in conversation, dialogue and reflection on “Reconciliation”- a follow-up to the Lunch Keynote

Presenter: Dr. Lolehawk Laura Buker

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission defines reconciliation “as an ongoing process of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.”  This session offers an opportunity for dialogue and reflection on pathways towards reconciliation. Reconciliation is not a one-time event. It is a process that involves all Canadians. Let’s take those first bold steps together that lead to a more informed knowledge of Indigenous history.

Workshop 2 – The Future is Bright – the Future is Electric

Presenter: Kelly Kienleitner

After a successful career in the trades for almost 20 years and earning two Red Seal certifications, Kelly began teaching for the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC) in 2003 and has become its Chief Instructor.  Through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)’s National Training Institution (NTI), she completed the Master Instructor/Trainer program plus three years of Advanced Studies.  In addition to teaching the Electrical Committee’s Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) program for 6 years, she participated in the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) Curriculum Committee.  She is now a certified Master Instructor of this Committee and serves as a subject matter expert on other training initiatives. With her experience, Kelly has become an integral member of the National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO) Blended Learning Committee.

Workshop topics:

  • A glimpse into the near future, with a nod to where we have come from, looking at the latest technologies in power generation such as wind, water, tidal, geothermal, and electromagnetic and how to use them for electric vehicles.
  • The part women have played, are playing, and increasing their role in the trades will be examined.
  • Modern buildings are getting smarter; power generation is changing – what does the future hold for our electrical systems and for us? We are caretakers of our children’s future. How will we ensure that the planet is healthy for the coming generations?

Workshop 3 – Can #Me Too and Prostitution co-exist or is it #TimesUP?

Speakers: Lynne Kent and Cherry Smiley, University Women’s Club of Vancouver and Community Advocates

Former alderman Lynne Kent of the University Women’s Club of Vancouver (UWCV) and Indigenous community worker and artist Cherry Smiley will present background on the Prostitution Criminal Law Reform: Bill C-26, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act ( December 6, 2014) and the CFUW background policy work in this area. The workshop will build awareness of the extent of prostitution and human trafficking in BC and of how it impacts women’s equality, our Canadian culture and everyone personally. Our presenters will provide examples of the harm being done and dispute the claims of choice, freedom and harm reduction.


Saturday, April 21, Workshop Session 2 ~ 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Workshop 4 – Programs for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification (SOGI) Support in British Columbia

Presenter: Sue Trabant

Susan Trabant is a Prince George high school teacher and the District SOGI and Resource Teacher.  Join in, participate, and be open, and Susan Trabant will take you on a journey that will motivate you to look at the world from a new set of eyes.  A follow-up to the Breakfast Keynote.

Workshop 5Nothing About Us Without Us. How can we move this youth agenda forward?

Facilitator: Rachel Malek

Rachel, a member of UWC Vancouver, was a key participant in last year’s Vancouver Foundation/CFUW Circles Project  about Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in order to create an action plan.  Rachel continues her involvement with this issue.

Rachel will interview a youth panel composed of:

  • Karmella Benedito De Barros – Foundry, North Vancouver
  • Vanessa Bui – The Anti-Oppression Network, Vancouver
  • Ruby Barclay – Tuition Waiver Advocate, Nanaimo
  • Terry Dyrda – Troubled Youth Records, Vancouver Island

Taking steps forward to create meaningful and sustainable change on social issues requires that we centre the voices and follow the leadership of those with lived experience. Meet four young leaders who are making an impact in their communities and hear tips on why being an ally matters and how to do it right!

Workshop 6Post Secondary Education today and beyond: The What and Why of Post Secondary Education today.

Facilitator: Brittany Barnes

Brittany Barnes is the Alumni Relations Officer at Capilano University as well as an alumna of both the Communications and Global Stewardship program. While studying at CapU she served as student union president before moving on to work as the Communications and Community Relations Assistant for our North Vancouver Member of Parliament.  Brittany is passionate about being involved in her community and enjoys discussions around affordable housing, public transportation and, of course, women’s empowerment.

This workshop will include a panel presentation on the topic of The What & Why of Post Secondary Education.  Panelists will include students from Capilano University.

The importance of a post secondary education has increased significantly in the last decade. Some people choose to continue their education as a means of improving their career prospects. Others see higher education as something of a door to opportunities more generally, and take a range of courses that will enable them to be more marketable as thinkers and workers in a number of different fields. Some choose to pursue their personal passions.   The world context and students themselves are driving the changing content and process in the wide variety of post secondary opportunities available.  Panelists will discuss these issues.



Sunday, April 22,  8:00 – 8:30 AM


Led by Monica Macdonald and Heather Luccock

Monica is a long-time member of CFUW North Vancouver, a school teacher, and is active in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Heather Luccock, our guest, has a background in Christian education and youth ministry. We are pleased she is able to share her knowledge and experience with us in this service:

Please come and join us early Sunday morning in a relaxing service of meditation and prayer.  This short, non-denominational service will offer time for reflection, prayer, song and inspiration – a great way to regenerate and start your day!  All are welcome.



Lived Experiences in Bountiful

from the Women of Bountiful:

a CFUW NELSON initiative





Friday Afternoon Tours

All tours will meet by the Registration table.


Booking and payment of these tours should be made within your registration to the CFUW BC COUNCIL 2018 AGM.

Please select the tours you would like to take. Note:, the cost is per person per tour.  Companion and partners are welcome on tours at the same cost per person.

There may be a delay in processing tours until a minimum number has been reached.

Tour #1    Cost $30.00 per person        1:30 – 3:00 pm with shopping.

Polygon Art Gallery

The new Waterfront Art Gallery on North Vancouver Waterfront Operating as Presentation House Gallery for forty years, the organization presented more than 300 exhibitions, earning a reputation as one of Canada’s most adventurous public art institutions. At this inaugural exhibition North Vancouver provides an opportunity for gallery goers to witness the imaginative possibilities of visual artworks in discourse with the immediate surroundings of its new home.

Transportation and guides will be available on this afternoon tour which can include ambling around or shopping at Lonsdale Quay and other North Vancouver Lower Lonsdale shops.

Tour #2    Cost $30.00 per person         1:00 – 2:30 pm


Bridge Brewing is a craft brewery located in North Vancouver serving the finest beers and tacos in the city. Since they opened in 2012, they have been brewing both classic and new age beers with quality ingredients and best of all, creating zero waste while doing so. The Bridge Brewing tour visits their Charlotte Road tasting room and consists of a sampling of a flight of four of their beers, a tour around the brewing area, and an explanation of the beer making process. The visit lasts about 1 hour.

Transportation and guides will be available on this afternoon tour.

Tour # 3   Cost per person  $15.00         1:30 pm

Tour of Capilano University

Join us for a tour of Capilano University where you will experience our Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, our Blueshore Centre for Performing Arts, Centre for Student Success, Kéxwusm-áyakn (First Nations) Student Centre, Capilano Children’s Centre, and other sites on campus. Transportation from the Holiday Inn will take you to the Main Entrance of Birch Building at the cafeteria where tour will begin.

Transportation and guides will be available on this afternoon tour.

Tour #4   Cost $20.00 per person            2:00 – 3:30 pm

Walk in Maplewood Bird Sanctuary

The Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats This guided tour will begin with a session that includes an overview of the area and an update of recent bird and other wild life activities. The trails are flat and accommodate all levels of walking.   This area is not wheel chair accessible.

Transportation and guides will be available on this afternoon tour.

Tour #5     No cost                                   1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

 A Game of Bridge

Making connections among us.

Do you like to play bridge? Want to have the opportunity to meet fellow bridge players from other CFUW clubs?  If the answer is “yes” then this activity is for you.  All bridge players, regardless of experience, are welcome to play.