Scholarship & Bursary Lunch – February 24, 2018

Saturday, February 24
11:30 Registration | 12:00 Lunch
Victoria Golf Club (1110 Beach Drive)
Come to the annual S&B Lunch!

The lunch will be held on February 24th, 2017 at the Victoria Golf Club.  This is a chance to meet and mingle with our award winners from the past year.  It is fun to talk with these young women just beginning their careers and lives.

We will not have a speaker this year.  Instead we hope to have an award winner of past years.  As well we will ask a few of the current award winners to speak of their studies and plans.

Besides enjoying a wonderful lunch, you can also help in two other ways.  You can sponsor a student by paying for her lunch.  Or you can host a student by offering to sit beside her or give her a ride to lunch.

So please join us for a fun event next year.  The reservation form for lunch is linked below.  On the form, you can also indicate if you wish to sponsor or host a student.

DEADLINE  for registration is FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018

Click here for reservation form

Speaker Series: January 17, 2018 – 7 pm

Barry Till received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and started a D. Phil at Oxford University. His studies were interrupted when he was awarded an exchange scholarship to China in 1977, where he spent three years studying and doing research work in Chinese archaeology at the University of Nanjing.  He was selected as a model student (san hao xuesheng) by the Nanjing University professors. In 1980 he worked at the Far Eastern Department of the Royal Ontario Museum and in 1981 he became Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria until three months ago.  Barry has lectured on numerous museum and university tours throughout China, Mongolia, Tibet, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Japan and other parts of Asia, and speaks fluent Chinese. He has well over a hundred publications, books, catalogues and articles.

Barry will talk about what inspired him to become an Asian Art Curator and what is involved in being a Curator of Asian Art for 36 years.

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Speaker Series: October 18, 2017 – 7pm

Kate Humble graduated from UVic with a BA in History and a BFA in Theatre. She pursued graduate work at the University of Toronto and taught in the History department before pursuing a career in museums.

Having been the Visitor Experience Manager for Britain’s National Collection of Arms and Armour, the Education Curater for MMBC and Operations Manager for Craigdarroch Castle, she is now the Curator for Fort Rodd Hill National Historical Site.

The topic of the lecture is:

A new grassroots religion emerged in the 19th century, centred around contacting the dead. Hugely popular, the Spiritualist movement spread a gospel of hope, despite its psychics and manifestations of spirits being scientifically debunked. Most of the spiritualist leaders were women in a male-dominated society, and this talk will explore their extraordinary contributions to religion, faith and even politics.

Opening Meeting – Wed, September 20, 2017 – 7 pm

Join us for our Opening Meeting at the Salvation Army Citadel, 4030 Douglas St. (map) 7 pm - 9 pm

Pictures of the evening available on our Facebook page here

The September meeting is a wonderful opportunity to start the CFUW year by meeting up with friends, sharing a cup of tea, hearing about the exciting programming for this year and connecting with new members.

Discover all of the exciting interest groups that you can join in CFUW Victoria!  From arts and culture, book clubs, outdoor activities, social groups, bridge groups, to travel tips, expanding your mind, investing, and networking -  there is something for everyone!

Candidates Lists & All Candidates Meetings

Get active this spring—vote!

Things are starting to heat up, but I’m not talking about the weather! May 9 is our provincial election and candidates are getting into high gear. The Advocacy Committee wants to make informed voting easier for CFUW members.

Not sure who your candidates are? No problem. We’ve compiled lists of candidates (below) by Electoral District with contact information and, as we learn the dates, information about all candidates meetings by Electoral District. Not sure what Electoral District you live in? Visit

Along with this information, we’ve posted questions (below) about six issues of special concern to CFUW members. You’ll find reference to the appropriate CFUW policy and background information on each issue. Elections are an excellent opportunity to let candidates and their parties know what matters to us and to seek their support should they be elected. If you attend an all candidates meeting or a Meet and Greet with a candidate, please ask one or more of these questions and use the power of numbers to give our concerns weight. With over 250 members, we can capture the attention of our politicians. Because these questions have been approved by our Executive, they begin with some variation of: “I am a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women, which in the Victoria area has more than 250 members.” Our questions concern: Medical Services Plan premiums, BC’s doctor shortage, child poverty, student debt, children in care aging out, and the lack of affordable legal assistance.

Some all candidates meetings do not take questions from the floor. If you plan on attending such a meeting, contact the organizers as soon as possible: sometimes organizers want questions submitted in advance.

Finally, if you are new to British Columbia or Vancouver Island, or if you have changed residences since the last provincial election, remember to check the Voters List. Online voter registration for the May 9, 2017 Provincial General Election is now closed. You can still register or update your registration when you go to vote. Be sure to bring your identification.

Remember May 9, 2017 is the provincial election—between now and then let the candidates know what you think!
Bea Baker (Advocacy Committee Chair)

Candidates Questions

Candidates Lists & All Candidates Meetings


AGM – Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – For members only

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with CFUW

Join us for our annual General Meeting a delicious dinner

and to be inspired by keynote speaker, historian and author

Merna Forster

Dinner must be ordered by May 9

Order forms will be available at the March and April meetings to pay the $35 fee in person or mail the form to :
Judy Stewart at 1-1632 Rockland Ave, Victoria BC V8S 1W7

Merna Forster will give an illustrated presentation about notable women in Canadian history, highlighting some of the amazing people featured in her books; copies available for signing and purchase following the presentation.

Local historian Merna Forster led the successful national campaign calling for Canadian women to be featured on bank notes, and served on the Bank of Canada Advisory Council which reviewed nominations. A professional speaker who is frequently interviewed on radio and TV, she wrote the bestselling books 100 Canadian Heroines and 100 More Canadian Heroines. Merna also created the website, and helped raise funds for the Emily Carr statue in Victoria. 

Merna Forster was awarded the 2016 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media (Pierre Berton Award). A recipient of the Canada 125 Medal and the prestigious Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Medal, she received a University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award for her accomplishments as a Canadian historian, especially her advocacy in raising awareness of Canada's unsung heroines. Full biography on her website (

BC Seniors: A Study in Contrasts – April 19, 2017

Salvation Army Citadel, 4030 Douglas St. (map)
7 pm - 9 pm

Isobel Mackenzie is B.C.’s first Seniors advocate. She will present "A Study in Contrasts", her chief concerns and ideas for the self empowerment of seniors.

Isobel has over 20 years’ experience working with seniors in home care, licensed care, community services and volunteer services. She led B.C.’s largest not-for-profit agency, serving over 6,000 seniors annually. In this work, Isobel led the implementation of a new model of dementia care that has become a national best practice, and led the first safety accreditation for homecare workers, among many other accomplishments. Isobel has been widely recognized for her work and was named B.C. CEO of the Year for the not-for-profit sector and nominated as a Provincial Health Care Hero.

Prior to her appointment as the Seniors Advocate, Isobel served on a number of national and provincial boards and commissions, including the BC Medical Services Commission, the Canadian Homecare Association, BC Care Providers, BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, and the Capital Regional District Housing Corporation. Isobel currently serves on the University of Victoria’s Board of Governors.

GWI + CFUW National
Dues Increase LATEST NEWS


Graduate Women International (Formely International Federation of Women) is undergoing some major changes. 

CFUW Victoria called an open meeting for all members on January 19, 2016 to provide an opportunity to share information and discuss the relationships of CFUW locally, nationally and internationally. This meeting was prompted by our collective concerns about changes underway at GWI and the relationship between CFUW and GWI. Eleven CFUW Victoria members attended and collectively wrote this document (names included at the end of the document).

We appreciate the work done by our national and international volunteers and staff and in no way wish our comments to be taken as criticism. Rather we present this letter respectfully in the hopes that it will help foster some positive next steps.

At our meeting, members expressed their concern about the current tension between our national and international organizations.  We understand that both organizations are feeling under threat and worry about the continued viability of both organizations. However, we also feel that at times the communication we have received has neither provided the information that we need nor been presented professionally or constructively. We want to turn that around and support open, transparent, and mutually respectful communication.

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Dues Increase LATEST NEWS"