Aurora Newmarket
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CFUW Advocacy and Resolutions
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.

Advocacy Committee Goals 
To continue to promote and enable diverse partnership-building with other community organizations in York Region such as: York Region Children’s Aid Society, groups whose mandate it is to better the role and life of Aboriginal women and girls, and with internationally trained professional women.

To foster and enable education and or awareness of key women’s issues for our own members and those less able in our community: International Women’s Day event, investigating possible new partnerships: e.g., support concept of prison book clubs, Belinda’s Place, the national club’s efforts re: childcare, The Welcome Centre.

To keep the website up-to-date regarding our committee’s activities.

To lead our local club through the National club’s procedures for reviewing the annual Resolutions.  

Advocacy Committee News and Updates, February 2018


  • International Women’s Day Event, Thursday March 8, 2018. All are welcome. We will be celebrating March 8 at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Ave. Newmarket. Our guest speaker will be Fiona Jack who is a Sex Trafficking Prevention Trainer from Covenant House, located in downtown Toronto. She will enlighten us about Human Trafficking. Covenant House has been working with victims of sexual exploitations since they opened in 1982(homeless youth are at a significantly increased risk for both trafficking and sexual abuse). She has travelled to York region to our schools and her focus of these talks are about luring techniques and warning signs.

  •       10:00 am coffee tea
  •       10:30 -11:30 presentation on Human Trafficking
  •       11:30-12:30 potluck lunch 
  •       March to Water Street Bridge following lunch

  • Resolutions: We will receive this year’s resolutions on February 15th. A “Free Lunch” Resolutions Meeting, on Feb 22, at Park Place Manor. Please let Pat Leeson / Carolynn Schiller know if you plan to attend. After sharing a delicious lunch, small groups will be formed to discuss their chosen topic. On March 19 these groups will meet at 900 Bogart Mills to finalize decisions around each resolution. Recommendations will then be taken to the March 27 General Meeting.  
  • “Stay In School” Awards. On Thursday April 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity United Church in Newmarket, we will join CAS staff and students to recognize their school achievements. This year due to the generosity of two local charities and one local financial group we will also be able to honour boys at our celebration. 
  • In the fall/winter of 2018 we are committed to providing the Community Meal served at Inn From the Cold. This involves the planning, shopping, cooking and clean up for that date. If you are interested in sharing your talents with this undertaking please let Pat Leeson / Carolynn Schiller know. This is a wonderful way to increase our profile within our community!
  • Anyone wishing to join our group or needing further information, please contact our co-chairs, Pat Leeson / Carolynn Schiller.
CAS Stay in School Awards Day - 2017
Fiona Jack - Guest Speaker
International Women's Day Event