WV Programme Archives

Programme for 2019-2020

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

January 20, 2020 – “The Golden Girls Life Choice” Susan Cathcart, with the Hollyburn Family Services Society spoke to  us about the intriguing new senior’s roommate registry that would pair up seniors seeking companionship, security and cost-effective housing alternative. Anne Baird who made her own arrangements for such an arrangement ( before the registry had been set up) spoke to us about her experience which has been very positive.

February 18, 2020 – Evolving Canadian Awareness of Re-Awakening China”   with Dr. David T. Fung.  He  is Capilano University’s chancellor, a resident of the North Shore, and an international leader in business, technology and sustainability who has a long history of proactive interest in post-secondary education.

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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019- Emergency Preparedness – a workshop hosted by the North Shore Emergency Management Office.

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.


Past Programmes: 2017-2018

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

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,
a Board member of Vancouver-based YoBroYoGirl Youth Initiative for at-risk youth in British Columbia.


Past Programmes: 2016-2017

September 19, 2016 – 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, 2015 – Dealing with Wild Life Encounters by Simon Gravel, BC Conservation Officer

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

December 7, 2015 – Social and Christmas Celebrations.

January 18, 2016 – Elizabeth 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
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

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

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

December 8, 2014 – Social and Christmas Celebration

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

February 16, 2015 -Healthy Ageing – At Any Age! Dr. Heather McKay , UBC

March 16, 2015 – Resolutions meeting

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 Guest speaker to be Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools/CEO with the West Vancouver School District.