Six members of this interest group attended their first Zoom meeting today.
Forty members attended the online November general meeting last night. Our guest speakers were member, the Honourable Bonnie Wein, and her guest, the Honourable Madame Justice Meredith Jackson Donohue. Their topic was How to Get Out of Jury Duty and Why You Shouldn’t.
Once again, GRANquinte is answering the call of the United Nations to participate in 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls, an annual international effort to draw attention to sexual and gender-based violence, one of the most pervasive and egregious human rights violations there is and a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The global campaign begins November 25th and continues to December 10th. It has come to be known as the Orange Campaign, the bright and optimistic colour having been chosen to represent a future free of violence. This year, as the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID19 pandemic, reports from the front lines have shown an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.
Since we are unable to hold a vigil, GRANquinte, United Nations Association (Quinte) and Three Oaks Foundation collaborated on a very successful webinar “Standing Together Against Gender-Based Violence”, held on November 4th to launch the Campaign. If you were unable to join the webinar, you can still play a role.
How you can make a difference:
Wear something orange for the 16 days as a symbol of hope and resolve and explain why you are wearing it.
Decorate your home, office, business, church in orange – lights, ribbons, bows, candles……
Donate to local organizations supporting victims of violence.
Orange the world by speaking up against cyber violence.
Be proud that you are standing with communities in 90 countries around the world planning orange-related activities to shine a spotlight on the pandemic of violence against women and girls.
Four members braved the rain/snow mixture and near zero temperatures to attend the October meeting of this new interest group at Zwick’s Park. Ideas were shared and some questions posed and answered in what we found to be an enjoyable, productive get together.
Thirty-three people signed in to the October general meeting. Our guest speaker was Jim Pine who gave an interesting talk on Broadband Developments in the Eastern Ontario Regional Network.
A lovely outdoor setting…
Longtime member of CFUW Belleville and District, Kay Manderville, was honoured by the CIty of Belleville this week for her years of service to the the city and residents.
Longtime member of CFUW Belleville and District, Kay Manderville, was honoured by the CIty of Belleville this week for her years of service to the city and its residents.
Members of the CanLit Lunch interest group held the first meeting of the new season today at noon. The weather was relatively co-operative and we were dressed for the occasion. The discussion was lively and the company was interesting as always.
The new interest group, The Happy Hikers, met at Zwick’s Park earlier this week for their first outing. Any members are welcome to join the group for exercise and socializing in an outdoor setting.