New year for Canadian Federation of University Women

The CFUW provides leadership and support to women around the world through advocacy, awards and bursaries

CFUW Abbotsford co-presidents Cynthia Gates (left) and Carol Clarke with UFV president Mark Evered.

CFUW Abbotsford co-presidents Cynthia Gates (left) and Carol Clarke with UFV president Mark Evered.

The Abbotsford chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) was founded in 1953.

Sixty years later it continues to grow and offers a forum for educated women of all ages and race  to meet for fellowship, networking  and involvement in and service to the local community.

The local chapter also offers social interest groups that reflect the diverse pursuits of its members, including bridge, gourmet and lunch groups, theatre, book clubs and outdoor activities such as cycling, walking and golf.

The CFUW provides leadership and support to women around the world  through advocacy, awards and bursaries.

Locally, the Abbotsford chapter gives an annual bursary to a mature female student returning to university or to continue her education

The members continue to work together for equality of women and girls; to raise the social, economic, political and legal status of women; and to raise issues of the environment, peace, justice and human rights.

The National CFUW was founded in 1919 and has 10,000 members in 122 clubs across Canada.

It is a volunteer, non-profit organization affiliated with the International Federation of University Women, which has special consultative status at the United Nations.

Sixty years  has seen much progress and many reasons to celebrate  the achievements of the Abbotsford chapter. The group meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at University House at University of the Fraser Valley.  The first meeting of the year will be on Sept. 9.

Anyone wishing to attend as a guest should contact Lois Rhodes  at jackandlois@shaw.ca or Karen Croll at kecroll@shaw.ca. View the club’s website at cfuwabbotsford.org for more information.