As part of celebrating its 100 years, The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) identified 100 women across Canada to be named as Notable Women. At its recent national AGM in Winnipeg, Cynthia Gates from CFUW Abbotsford was named as one of those women.
“The Abbotsford CFUW Club is very proud of the work we do, and Cynthia exemplifies CFUW goals and values. We congratulate her and know that it is women like her that make a difference in our community,” the local club said in a press release.
The CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 90 member clubs across Canada and is affiliated with Graduate Women International, which has special consultative status at the United Nations. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace.
The Abbotsford chapter of CFUW was founded in 1953. In addition to advocacy work, it offers a forum for like-minded women of all ages to meet for fellowship, interesting programs and involvement in the local community. The local chapter also offers many social activities, including bridge, book clubs and events, as well as outdoor activities such as golf, cycling and walking.
In the spirit of supporting education, Abbotsford CFUW gives an annual scholarship and bursary to mature female students continuing their education at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).
On Sept. 25, the UFV Student Union Society and CFUW Abbotsford are jointly hosting an All-Candidates’ Meeting at the Auditorium in the Student Union Building on the Abbotsford UFV campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the event from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
CFUW Abbotsford meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at UFV. New members are welcome, and no university degree is required. Interested women are invited to attend as a guest.
For more information about CFUW Abbotsford, visit: sites.google.com/site/cfuwabbotsford