CFUW encourages its members to use their interest and expertise to bring about change, with particular reference to women’s issues such as violence against women, early learning and child care, education, economic prosperity and the empowerment of women as leaders and decision-makers.
CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Education Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. CFUW regularly sends a delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Members of CFUW Aurora/Newmarket continue to work on a number of issues through letter writing, meetings with legislators, special events and attendance at public meetings.
Knitters for Southlake Regional Health Center
Members and their friends are encouraged to knit baby hats and blankets for the newborn nursery at Southlake Regional Health Center. Contact Sandra Eveleigh, email@example.com for patterns and delivery details. Donations of wool are appreciated.
Inn from the Cold Community Meal
Club members come together once or twice a year to prepare and serve a meal to those members of our community who need support. Our future plans to deliver meals to the needy during the pandemic will be put into effect in compliance with the York Region Public Health recommendations. Financial donations in support of the community meal can be made directly to CFUW Aurora/Newmarket.
The next opportunity to participate in the club-sponsored community meal is Oct.22nd 2021
International Women’s Day
International Women’ Day is celebrated each year on March 8th. March 8th is our day to celebrate, educate and empower women locally and around the world. During the current pandemic our traditional in-person meeting with a speaker and potluck luncheon changes to a video conference with a speaker. We extend invitations to other York Region women’s groups to join us in celebration. Our traditional walk to the bridge at Fairy Lake in Newmarket, to demonstrate solidarity with women around the world, continues to be part of the celebration. For more information contact Lynn Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club members are asked to donate small personal grooming items such as hotel sized body lotion, shampoo and conditioner to Pat Innes, email@example.com. Toothbrushes and toothpaste are also welcomed. Pat and her team will assemble small gift bags for redistribution. Because of the pandemic, the filled gift bags will be distributed at the Aurora United Church Rise and Shine take-out breakfast.
Stay in School
The Stay in School program is an initiative our club started in 2013 with the York Region Children’s Aid Society (CAS) to encourage youth in care to complete high school and to go on to post-secondary education. In 2017 we started reaching out to community partners to increase the number of awards and to provide awards to young men in care. Our community partners are:
CFUW Aurora/Newmarket Charitable Trust
CFUW Markham Unionville
The Optimists Club of Newmarket
The Rotary Club of Newmarket
The Lions Club of Newmarket.
For the school year 2019/20 a record amount of money was raised. 74 students in grades 8 – 12 received awards and 15 youth now in post secondary programs received scholarships.
CFUW encourages young writers to share their talents by entering the annual writing contest, a club tradition for the past ten years. Students from across York Region and Bradford/West Gwillimbury are eligible to enter in two categories: Elementary (Grades 6-8) and (Secondary Grades 9-12). Cash prizes are awarded to top three stories in each category as well to 4 finalists. Each year students begin their story with the same opening sentence/question. This year’s stories began with “Imagine finding it at the bus stop.” Three levels of judging were completed for the entries, with the last level including local author, Megan Ferrari and Ted McFadden, editor of York Region Media. First place winners and their stories will be featured in the local newspapers. Next year’s contest will be launched in November with a submission deadline in February 2022. For more information, contact Outreach Chair, Shiela Ingle at CFUW.firstname.lastname@example.org