CFUW is writing to introduce clubs to a National Initiative of a Status of Women Subcommittee. The initiative is a research project titled, “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Womenand Girls: Sexual Assault Policies in Post-Secondary Institutions in Canada”. The purpose of the project is to determine whether post-secondary institutions have sexual assault policies and, if so, how do the policies work in practice. We are inviting individual members to participate in the project as volunteers by completing a questionnaire. This requires doing internet research towards finding sexual assault policies at post-secondary institutions, examining the policies, and completing a questionnaire about the policies.
KATHERINE GOVIER has won the Toronto Book Award and the Marian Engel Award. Her novel, CREATION, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Katherine has been President of PEN Canada and serves as vice-president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She has founded and directs “The Shoe Project” which empowers immigrant women by holding writing workshops and performances in which immigrant women tell their stories of arrival in, and adaptation to, a Canadian community through the lens of a pair of shoes.
The Belleville International Women’s Day Committee, led by Lee Casselman, hopes that many CFUW members will support the Committee and attend this FREE event
The silent auction at the Christmas Dinner on Dec 1 was a great success. We had over 50 items including artwork, items for the home, decorations and lots of home baking. We had to ask for extra tables twice due to the number of items that were available. This is a great problem to have for a fund raiser. Based on what I saw, I think CFUW should open a baking booth at the farmer’s market – great opportunity to raise even more money!
We also held a raffle for a large basket of various goodies. The basket was won by Sue Frizzell and brought in $269.00.
Including the raffle and silent auction the evening brought in a total of $1,502.00.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make this a great event – Katrina Cross, Cathy Warren, Margaret O’Donnell, June Town, Susan Thomas, Sylvia Doyle, Julie Brown and Kim Leeman. The success of this really goes to you who helped the new-be.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
CFUW Belleville and District Present Books to Firefighters’ Toy Drive
Members of CFUW Belleville and District are pictured as they present 97 children’s books to Belleville firefighters for their annual toy drive. Left to right: Captain Rick Matthews, Jane Taylor, Elizabeth Ewashkiw, Irene Hiebert, Matt Helm and Joel Baker.