Community Outreach

Working Together
CFUW West Vancouver have a history of working together on community outreach initiatives of mutual interest and concern.

2017 – November 25 to December 10: CFUW National Challenge “16 Days, 16 Actions” working to prevent Violence Against Women (See 16 actions – 16 days)

2016-on going – Aging Out of Foster Care – a Provincial Program with CFUW BC Council:

CFUW North Vancouver participated in an action plan for the Resolution passed at the 2016 BC Council AGM in support of young people “aging out” of government-sponsored foster care. The following is an account of how CFUW North Vancouver has been involved both provincially and locally.

The committee involved with Aging Out of Foster Care here in North Vancouver has included the following:

A large group who initiated the conversation included the whole club as we debriefed and discussed the presentation made by Rachel Malek and a team of young people at our general meeting in September of 2016. This first phase of work led to the following actions by our local committees.

The second phase was a “Study Circle” project in the fall of 2016 and the follow-up Provincial Action Forum in December 2016. A committee was formed in North Vancouver, led by five club members and representatives from several community agencies. The committee’s reports are included in all three key provincial materials being used in the provincial project.

The third phase is where we are now. Our former Regional Director leads an active committee of six members which has clear goals and is studying the North Shore community’s current situation as to where we have services and where we need to increase or initiate services for this group of marginalized youth.

Various other club members have been working on the side and have provided timely suggestions and input. At the BC Council AGM in April it was heart-warming to see our North Vancouver delegation informed and motivated on this issue, and able to provide one model for the province.  (Audrey Hobbs Johnson, Chair)

CFUW West Vancouver worked with Hollyburn Family Services Society to identify potential candidates for Aging Out of Care education awards to assist these women with post-secondary opportunities. Three awards, totaling $2,600, were made.


2015  – CFUW North Vancouver and CFUW West Vancouver, following the national CFUW initiative, hosted a Forum on Violence Against Women in Society by hosting Prevention of Violence Canada (POVC) at a public meeting. POVC’s goal is to engage all Canadians at all levels, including government, to build a Canada that is violence free. From more information, to sign their charter, or to become involved go to their website at .  For a violence free Canada, it is up to all of us.

2014 -CFUW North Vancouver and CFUW West Vancouver  hosted a Forum on Children and Hypersexualization – Countering Exploitative Child Images
Read more….

2011 – The Joint Community Issues Action Group has completed  a workshop series on  Focus on Your Future

2011 – April 29 – May 1 –  Bridges: BC Council AGM and Conference at the Pinnacle at the Pier.  Members of both clubs contributed to the success of this conference.

— Click here for a pdf of the slides from the Intergenerational Leadership Workshop.

2010 – March 29th – Forum – Why Child Care Matters: Myth vs. Facts – a discussion of child care on the North Shore. From the summary: “…150 concerned citizens gathered … This report summarizes the speakers, the ideas, and the thoughtful questions that arose during this forum.” Read more …

2009 – North Shore Housing Forum which CFUW NV and CFUW WV co-ordinated.

2008 – 5th October, Columnist at the Vancouver Sun, Daphne Bramham,  presented The Secret Lives of Saints, her debut book about the polygamous, fundamentalist sect in Bountiful, B.C.  At Capilano University IKON speaker series – Is it possible to have both religious freedom and individual rights?

2008 – October pre-election non-partisan reminder to vote. Power of One – brochures published.

2004 – On 22 January, The North Shore Women’s Forum Coalition sponsored a public information luncheon titled “Women and Children Last?” The North Shore Women’s Coalition was an ad hoc committee formed by representatives of a number of North Shore women’s organizations including both North Shore CFUW groups. The forum was a response to the provincial government policy changes and funding cuts on agencies which provided sanctuary, counselling, job training, and child care support for abused and marginalised women with young children. The agencies hardest hit were the North Shore Women’s Centre and the North Shore Community Resources’ Child Care division. Keynote speaker: Shelagh Day, a Human Rights Consultant. Moderator: City of North Vancouver Mayor Barbara Sharp. The Raging Grannies provided musical commentary. Ralph Sultan, MLA, spoke on behalf of the provincial government. Attendance for this event: 330.

2003 – On 19 February, Community Affairs is hosting a public presentation by Dr Charles Ungerleider on the topic IS PUBLIC EDUCATION THREATENED?

2002 – Community Affairs arranged for the provincial commission on public education that’s roaming about the province to stop in North Vancouver and listen to the concerns of the community.

2001 – Delegates from our two North Shore Clubs participated in the August 2001 International Federation of University Women’s Triennial meeting hosted by Ottawa, Canada.

2000 – Our two groups co-hosted the provincial CFUW conference here on the North Shore. Part of the program was a community forum “Fostering a Youth Friendly Community”, attended by young people and community represenatives as well as CFUW members.

2000 – We worked cooperatively on a joint resolution for CFUW on the subject of drug and alcohol counselling. We did a survey of members to find information on facilities available on the North Shore.

1998 – A community workshop was held in October with the theme – Today’s Girl Child-Tomorrow’s Woman.

1997 – Forum on Women and Health.

1996 – Forum on Canadian Unity.

1994 – With the Soroptimist Club, we co-sponsored a mini-conference entitled Community Solutions to Violence as part of this annual event in November. Several of our members continue to be active participants on the Together Against Violence committee.

1993 – As part of an event in 1993 we sponsored a concluding forum entitled Where Do We Go From Here?

1992 – Public forum titled Women & Violence: Federal, Provincial and Local Initiatives. This was a springboard to the development of the North Shore’s Together Against Violence month which has been held each November since 1993.


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