WV Programme


CFUW West Vancouver,  meets the 3rd Monday of the month.  Coffee and tea are served at 6.45 PM and the meeting begins at 7:00 PM.  Meetings are held at The Westerleigh PARC, 725 22nd Street, West Vancouver.

Prospective members and guests always welcome.

Programme for 2019-2020

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – “Status Antarctica”  with Dr. Ted Scambos, Senior Research Scientist at the University of Colorado’s Earth Science and  and Observation Centre.  He has had 19 expeditions to Antarctica and will share his knowledge on polar ice loss and glacier melt acceleration.

Monday, November 18, 2019 – “The Turbulence of Gender”  with Reema Faris, a PhD student at Simon Fraser in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

Monday, December 9, 2019 – Christmas Social and Silent Auction for members and guests

Monday, January 20, 2020 – “Passion for Law Reform”    with Nancy Morrison, former lawyer and BC Supreme Court Judge.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – “Personal Storytelling- Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary”   with Professor Sam Thiara, SFU Beedie School of Business and a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award winner.

Monday, March 16, 2020 – Resolutions Meeting  members  consider any proposed draft resolutions and/or proposed amendments to the CFUW Articles and Bylaws  for CFUW AGM 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020 – “The Golden Girls Life Choice”   with Joy Hayden, Innovation and Engagement Specialist for the Hollyburn Family Services Society.  She’ll enlighten us about the intriguing new senior’s roommate registry that would pair up seniors seeking companionship, security and cost-effective housing alternative.

Monday, May 11, 2020 – AGM and Dinner Speaker – “BC in Rhyme”  with Adelene da soul poet, aka Bertha Clark . Bertha is a descendent of the Black Pioneers of Salt Spring Island, and uses the power of poetry to speak of family, friendship, spiritual power and justice for all people to live on their land.

Past Programmes: 2019-2020

Monday, September 16, 2019 –  Welcome back and welcome to new members- a Social evening with presentation about CFUW West Vancouver, honours to
CFUW WV members and to our 2 recipients at Capilano U of our CFUW WV National 100th Anniversary Education Award, interest group presentations and 2019-2020 program highlights.

Past Programmes: 2018-2019

September 17, 2018 –  Welcome back and welcome to new members a Social evening with presentation about CFUW West Vancouver, interest group presentations and 2018-2019 program highlights.

October 15, 2018 – Access to Pure Drinking Water  with Candace Cook, UBC Engineering research scientist, about her work with RES’Eau-WaterNET and the challenges that many BC First Nations reserves still have. In June of this year, 11 communities in BC were under Drinking Water Advisories, some of them for over 10 years.

November 19, 2018- 2017 Vital Signs  with Adine Mees, CEO of the West Vancouver Community Foundation.  The Vital Signs investigative study was done by the Foundation and she will share insights on belonging, diversity, inclusion and housing in WV.

December 10, 2018 – Social and Christmas Celebrations for members and guests

January 21, 2019-City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots and Strikes  with Kate Bird, former Vancouver Sun and Province researcher and author.

March 18, 2019 – Resolutions Meeting  members  consider any proposed draft resolutions and/or proposed amendments to the CFUW Articles and Bylaws  for CFUW AGM 2019.

April 15, 2019 – STRESS  with Sharon Selby, Registered Clinical Counsellor, on the New Age of parenting and some strategies designed for women who face careers coming to an end and face the anxiety of value and where to go next.

May 13, 2019 at 6 pm at The West Vancouver Yacht Club – AGM and Dinner Speaker – The Science of Wine with Gordon Fitzpatrick, President of Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards.-  For Members and Guests

Past Programmes: 2017-2018

Tuesday, February 19, 2019- Emergency Preparedness – a workshop hosted by the North Shore Emergency Management Office. Note the changed date for this 1 mtg only- Tuesday because of Family Day.

September 18, 2017 –  Welcome back and welcome to new members a Social evening with presentation about CFUW West Vancouver and interest group presentations.

October 16, 2017 – A Stitch in Time with Helen McCrindle and Making Your Vote Count with Jon Lumer, Legal and Electoral Reform expert.

November 20, 2017- Our Future on Canvas  with Landon Mackenzie, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

December 11, 2017 – Social and Christmas Celebrations for members and guests

January 15, 2018- Equality, Dignity and Human Rights  with Dave Thomas , Chair, Human Rights Tribunal

February 19, 2018- Meltdown in the Arctic  with Olav Slaymaker, Professor Emeritus of Geography, UBC

March 19, 2018 – Resolutions Meeting  members  considered proposed draft resolutions and proposed amendments to the CFUW Articles and Bylaws  for CFUW AGM 2018

April 16, 2018 – Living the Active Life with Joni Vajda, Program Director, Keeping Connected

May 14, 2018 – AGM and Dinner Speaker – Gary Little

He is currently is a Board member of Vancouver-based YoBroYoGirl Youth Initiative for at-risk youth in British Columbia. As well, he has served as the Treasurer on the Board of Dogwood 25, an educational body initiated by former Premier Mike Harcourt to support aboriginal learners throughout the province; chaired the Sustainability Committee of Stratford Hall, a K to 12 continuum International Baccalaureate school; and served for four years as a member of the Expansion Committee of Take-a-Hike, a partnership program for at-risk youth that combines intensive outdoor learning experiences with the provincial high school curriculum and one-to-one therapy.

Past Programmes: 2016-2017

September 19, 2016 – Welcome back and welcome to new members –Social evening with presentation about CFUW West Vancouver and interest group presentations

October  21, 2016 – “Where There’s A Will, Is There a Better Way?” by Richard Bell, owner of Bell Alliance Lawyers and Notaries Public Mr. Bell addressed such questions as: Do You Have the Right Executor? If Your Child Pre-Deceases You is Their Surviving Spouse in Your Will? How to Handle the Black Sheep in the Family? How Do You Avoid Probate Using Joint Tenancy and a Bare Trust? And How to Leave a Legacy Through Charity?

November 21, 2016 – “Addiction by Prescription”
University of Victoria Drug Policy researcher and renowned author , Alan Cassels, spoke on his work studying, palpating and poking the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing machine for over 22 years. His belief is that Canadian seniors are falling prey to a new and seemingly unstoppable ill: Disease Mongering. He offered advice  on how to counter all the disease spin being offered up by the multi-billion dollar prescription drug empire.

December 5, 2016 – Social and Christmas celebration for members and guests

January 16, 2017 – “The Emerging Power of Women in Governmental Foreign Affairs”
“BECAUSE IT’S 2015.” Those three words made headlines and set social media on fire when Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau voiced his rationale behind his gender equal cabinet – a first in Canada’s parliament. But the campaign for equal representation as political leaders is far from over.As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, takes it a step further.“Why in the world, especially today, are we not maximizing the potential of women in the achievement of our security?”Given the interconnectivity of world nations on security concerns, combating terrorism, Arctic security and energy policies, our MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country spoke of how women have much power and influence that remains untapped.

February  20, 2017 – “Coming of Age in This Digitally Connected Global Sandbox”
Robotics. App Advisory. Wee Musicians. Learning Challenges. These are just four of the new ways the Memorial Library is serving youth and adults alike in West Vancouver.  Director of Library Services, Jenny Benedict, and Head of Youth Services, Shannon Ozirny, spoke to the drivers of change and how our Library is supporting seasoned and new learners in this digital world.

March 20, 2017 – Resolutions Meeting- Proposed National Resolutions and proposed amendments to CFUW Articles and Bylaws as well as proposed changes for CFUW BC Council Constitution were discussed and voted upon by club members.

April 17,  2017 – “Defeating Domestic Violence”
Understanding the many facets of domestic violence is the first line of defense to combat it. In this sensitive direct presentation, we heard why so many women – victims of violence – return to it and how those who don’t are being empowered to rise above it. Our speakers from the North Shore Crisis Services Society were Laura Reynolds, Executive Director, and Margaret Harman, Program Director. Together they described the many programs delivered by the  Society and how they have  seen the turn from trauma to triumph. With one in five women a victim of verbal, physical or emotional abuse, we learned a lot and what we could do to help someone we thought may be at risk.

May  15, 2017 -“80 Anthems. 80 Countries. 41 Languages. 1 Determined Girl”
Capri Everitt set out from Vancouver in November 2015 with an impossible dream – to use her voice to raise $1 million for orphaned and underprivileged children in SOS Children’s Villages around the world. Nine amazing months later, singing national anthems from the Sydney Opera House to the Roman Coliseum, by the statue of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria to a Major League Baseball game in Washington, Capri and her family made a triumphant return in August with a big story to tell. Her tenacity and talent set a Guinness World Record and in the process inspired young and old to follow in her footsteps and use what they love to help others. Capri sang and spoke about her amazing trip and captivated all in attendance.

Past Programmes: 2015-2016

September 21, 2015Welcome back and welcome to new members -Social evening with presentation about CFUW West Vancouver and interest group presentations

October 19, 2015Dealing with Wild Life Encounters by Simon Gravel, BC Conservation Officer

November 16, 2015Brain Plasticity and Learning by Dr. Lara Boyd, Director of UBC’s Brain Behaviour Lab

December 7, 2015 – Social and Christmas Celebrations for members and guests.

January 18, 2016Elizabeth May, Leader of The Green Party of Canada, also a member of CFUW Saanich, gave an overview of the global  climate change meetings of the last few years and particularly of the COP21 meeting in Paris in early December, 2015.

February 15, 2016Insects, Food of the Future by Yasmin Akhtar of the UBC Dept. of Applied Biology

March 21, 2016 – Resolutions Meeting for CFUW WV members.  Draft resolutions for CFUW AGM 2016 were discussed and  some amendments were proposed.

April 18, 2016Helping Bangladesh tragedy survivors by Carolyn Scott of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed

May 16, 2016Annual Dinner and AGM  took place at the West Vancouver Yacht Club.  Jared Burrows, Academic Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Capilano University was our speaker and 3 Capilano students performed 3 wonderful jazz selections.

Past programmes: 2014-2015

 September 15, 2014 –  Open House, welcome and sign up for interest groups

October 20, 2015 – Dr. Judith Marcuse,  Founder/Co-Director International Centre of Art for Social Change

November  17, 2014 – Dr. Kendall Ho, UBC Faculty of Medicine, spoke on Modern Technology Enhancing Health

December  8, 2014 – Social and Christmas Celebration

January 19, 2015 –  Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean of Faculty of Global and Community Studies at Capilano U spoke on “Community Tourism in North Vietnam” – creating sustainable tourism with the women of ethnic hill tribe villages.

February 16, 2015  –  Dr. Heather McKay , UBC, spoke on  “Healthy Ageing – At Any Age!”

March 16, 2015  – Resolutions meeting-  Members  discussed  and voted on proposed CFUW resolutions for National AGM 2015.

April  20, 2015  – Caroline Canfield Cole, Violinist with Vancouver Opera, also with Hippo Therapy, working with horses…using the violin as a voice for people with disabilities.

May 11 , 2015  – Dinner and AGM for members and guests to be held at the West Vancouver Yacht Club.   Guest speaker to be Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools/CEO with the West Vancouver School District


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