International Women’s Day: Making a Difference for the Environment at St. Margaret’s School – March 8, 2020, 1 PM to 3 PM


Youth environmentalism is not a new phenomenon. For decades, our youth have assertively challenged rigid political views in order to make a difference. What is new, is the sense of urgency our young people are feeling around making significant change to address the challenges of climate change.

Elizabeth May

Following a keynote address by Elizabeth May, each of four panel speakers will offer their perspectives on what we can do as individuals to address the urgency of climate change.

Larisa Hutcheson, Capital Regional District (responsible for landfill and new sewage treatment plant)
Megan Humchitt, Member, Heiltsuk Nation, Bella Bella
Vicki Husband, Environmentalist
Ines Khouider, Grade 11 Student, St. Margaret's School

Following the formal presentations, guests will have the opportunity to have coffee, visit exhibitor displays and gather information about their products, services, and/or initiatives. By the end of the forum, participants will have been exposed to new ideas and will be inspired to make changes in their personal lives and in the communities in which they live.

Register online and pay by credit card here.

If you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, click here.

Scholarship and Bursary Reception at Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria – February 26, 2020, 4 PM to 6 PM

2019-20 Scholarship and Bursary Celebration!

The Scholarship and Bursary Society Board are delighted to invite you to a celebration of our 2019-20 Award recipients. This year, instead of a weekend lunch, we are hosting a late-afternoon reception during the week.  We will be inviting all student award recipients as well as representatives from each of the three post-secondary institutions.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Hotel Grand Pacific  - Pender Island Ballroom

Appetizers and No Host Bar | $25

Registration for the 2019-20 Scholarship and Bursary Reception is easy through CanadaHelps. Registration information can be found here.    

We also welcome donations for student tickets! And if you can’t attend but want to support the event and S&B, there’s an option for you to make a tax-deductible donation.

If you prefer, please use this form to register manually and send it along with a cheque in time for us to receive it by Feb. 14, 2020.

Margaret Morrison, Treasurer; Brenda Canitz, Chair;
Anny Schaefer, Secretary

CANCELLED General Meeting – Lisa Gordon: If Urban Trees Could Speak About Climate Change – January 15, 2020, 7 PM

Lisa will provide an overview of the relationship between trees and climate change, explain why urban trees matter so much and offer ways to support urban trees. She will draw on her own experience and lessons from the works of Peter Wohlleben, Robin Wall Kimmerer and other popular writers about trees.

Personal Bio

Lisa Gordon’s life is dedicated to protecting trees. Her Master's degree in Environmental Studies focused on the politics of saving South Moresby (now known as Gwaii Haanas). Her career was with environmental and governmental organizations, most recently with the Islands Trust. In her retirement, she joined Community Trees Matter to speak for the trees in our urban environment. She also offers “Courage Earth” workshops for people who sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the bad news. 

Speaker Series: Deborah Curran
April 17, 2019 – 7 pm

Deborah Curran

Executive Director and Associate Professor, Environmental Law Centre, UVIC 

Focusing on land use law, Deborah has extensive experience advocating for environmental protections and sustainability. While working with local governments and advocating for smart growth, ecosystem integrity is always ELC's primary goal. The ELC offers free legal research and representation to community organizations, conservation groups, and first nations. It also offers clinical training in public interest environmental law to students through the University of Victoria's Faculty of Law.
Deborah Curran will give us an overview of what types of projects they work on and has invited a student to accompany her. Should be an excellent opportunity to learn about the incredible award winning law research they do.

AGM – Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – For members only

Save the Date! AGM & Dinner

The Victoria CFUW AGM will be held on May 14, 2019 at the Victoria Golf Club.  Reservations can be made with the forms below or at the April general meeting.

Jane Vermeulen, Special Key Note speaker
Recipient of the Women of Worth Award for her work creating Vets for Pets, a not for profit organization providing free veterinary care to more than 60 pets a month for homeless and low-income pet owners.

Women of Worth is the signature philanthropic program of L'oreal Paris. It elevates and celebrates inspirational Canadian women who have volunteered their time to improve the lives of people in their community, province or country. Jane Vermeulen received a $10,000 charitable grant which was presented to her in Toronto by award winning actor and humanitarian Helen Mirren on International Women's Day.

There will be an opportunity to contribute to Jane's organization at the dinner (make cheques out to Our Place, with 'Vets for Pets' on the memo line).

Register Now – BC AGM – May 3-5, 2019 (Victoria)

Welcome to the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the BC Council of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), hosted by the Victoria Club!

We have an exciting array of speakers and activities that will stimulate your thinking, help you contemplate how we can all be change agents and provide you with opportunities to network and recognize our successes!

This conference is intended to reflect the past, consider the present and dream for the future. This is the 100th Anniversary of CFUW National, the 111th Anniversary of CFUW Victoria and the 30th anniversary of the first BC Council AGM. The speakers and activities are intended to help you consider how we can continue to support the well-being of women and their families through education, advocacy and networking. The conference is intended to celebrate - individually and as a collective! We have SO much to be proud of and we plan to take the time to applaud the work we have done.

Finally, we intend to have fun! Sprinkled throughout the conference are walking tours, receptions, a fashion show, chair yoga and a few surprises along the way!

We are making some exciting changes to the conference this year! There will not be a silent auction, as we will be introducing a new method to support the Charitable Trust. We are using an interactive approach throughout the program with speakers, videos, music, and even a fashion show to show the achievements of women. 

We would like this conference to be as environmentally friendly as possible and we are looking at ways to keep our printing to a minimum. Please print any material you may want to reference at home. We will be producing a conference program for all registrants. All voting delegates will receive copies of the resolutions and financial statements. If you have a laptop or iPad, please bring it to the conference to access materials.