Christmas Luncheon – Dec 6, 2014

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Christmas Luncheon
Royal Victoria Golf Club

A reservation form can be found on page 9 of the October newsletter.

Let There Be Music!
There will be music provided by Four Seasons Musical Theatre.  With a mandate to encourage and nourish new young talent throughout the Greater Victoria area, the group celebrates the performing arts. In November they present 4 performances of the musical “The Secret Garden".  In December they present seasonal music for us.  Come, bring your singing voice, and enjoy!

Supporting Women in Need (WIN) at our Christmas Luncheon

Every year at our Christmas Luncheon CFUW-Victoria donates  to an organization supporting women in our community. This year we have chosen the Women in Need Community Cooperative (WIN). WIN is a non-profit organization which creates opportunities for women through support, programs and services for women and their families in times of change and transition.

We have chosen to make monetary contributions on Dec. 6 to the WIN Self Sufficiency Program. The Self Sufficiency Program complements CFUW's goals of helping women achieve career goals and financial independence. This bursary will:

  1. support women in pursuing further education or training
  2. provide funding to women to develop a small business or cooperative enterprise
  3. assist women to access childcare programs

A representative from WIN will join us at the luncheon to provide any additional information about the organization. Look for her at a display table in the lobby. In the dining hall each table will be provided with an envelope to collect donations (cash, or cheque made out to WIN). We hope you will give generously to this worthy cause. Tax receipts will not be issued, as WIN chooses to stay non-profit in order to have more freedom in how it supports women in our community. Thank you for your support of this excellent program.

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Notable November Speaker! Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
Nov 19, 2014

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC's Representative for Children and Youth

Wed., Nov. 19
7:00 pm
Salvation Army Citadel
4030 Douglas Street, near the corner of McKenzie Ave and the Pat Bay Highway
(Click for Google map)

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is B.C.’s first Representative for Children and Youth. She was appointed in 2006 and was re-appointed for a second five-year term in 2011.

The Representative is an independent Officer of the Legislature who supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child welfare system. She also provides oversight to the Ministry of Children and Family Development and advocates for improvements to the child welfare system.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond will share an overview of her office as Representative for Children and Youth. We look forward to this informative and inspiring evening!

Royal Roads Students Study
Impact Of Social Media On Seniors

Hatley_Castle CHEK TV: Royal Roads students spent the last four weeks providing computer tutorials to four elderly adults at a seniors’ residence in Langford to find out if those participating actively online feel less lonely and more connected to the world, friends and family. The pair also interviewed Dr. Fiona Manning, a physician who works at a unique practice in Victoria that offers home visits to elderly patients, and who provided commentary on the potential emotional, social and cognitive benefits of engaged computer use. Now they are hoping others want to help put together a program that would invite high school students to volunteer, to help seniors learn how social media can keep them connected and improve their daily lives. More info

Financial Literacy for Seniors


Toronto Star: Financial literacy leader focuses on seniors

By April 2016, the federal government will stop mailing cheques and switch to a direct deposit system. Old age pensions, tax refunds and children’s benefits will be transferred electronically to your bank account. With the transition deadline less than two years away, Ottawa is pushing everyone to sign up for direct deposit.

Direct deposit could pose a problem for low-income seniors who rely on government payments to live on, says advocate John Stapleton.
“Banks still have black lists and won’t allow some people to have accounts, especially if they have defaulted and not paid on a bank product,” he says.
“Some of our very poorest and disenfranchised seniors are going to be further victimized. So cruel.”
Jane Rooney is Canada’s first financial literacy leader, appointed April 2013.
Read more here.

Resources: Financial Literacy