In the News...2019-2020

August 21, 2019


As part of celebrating its 100 years, Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) has identified 100 women across Canada to be named as Notable Women. At its recent AGM in Winnipeg from August 14th to 17th, Donnajean Jefferies was named as one of the Women.

CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 90 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. 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. 

Every year, CFUW and its Clubs award close to $1 million to women to help them pursue post-secondary studies. This year to celebrate its centenary it has raised an additional $220,000.

CFUW also provides funding for library and creative arts awards. CFUW Clubs provide life-long learning opportunities and fellowship to its members. There are over 100 lecture series, 200 book clubs and 75 issues groups offered by CFUW Clubs. CFUW Clubs are involved in community outreach on such initiatives as working to prevent violence against women, child poverty, early learning and childcare.

CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Education Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. CFUW regularly sends a delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. 

The Orillia CFUW Club is very proud of the work we do and Donnajean exemplifies CFUW goals and values. We congratulate her and know that it is women like her that make a difference in our community.

Oct. 22, 2019


Life in Pakistan


CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) Orillia launched its current Speaker Series with a presentation by Mehreen Shahid, on Oct. 22 at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, 30 Peter St. South.

Mehreen is well known to many in the Orillia area as a communications specialist. Over the past few years, she has contributed articles to several media outlets, including She was employed by the Packet & Times and now has her own communications business.


The Canadian Federation of Women – Orillia club was established in 1955 as a non-profit organization that is active in public affairs, working to raise the social, economic and legal status of women as well as to improve education, the environment, and human rights.


CFUW raises funds through its annual Homes Tour to provide post-secondary scholarships to female graduates of Orillia high schools, including the Learning Centre. Through its many interest groups, members develop new skills and friendships.


Membership is offered to all women who believe in our goals and value lifelong learning. For more information visit the CFUW Orillia website.

Nov. 26, 2019


Filmmaker Captivates Audience


On November 26, talented documentary filmmaker and storyteller, Brina Romanek showed her latest documentary, “Counting on a new Crop” to CFUW Orillia members at their monthly meeting. Brina is only twenty four years old and is working on her 4th documentary. She has directed and produced for Rogers TV, True Calling Media, and CBC. She also works as a Film Editor.


While researching a former documentary, Brina discovered that many small farms are being gobbled up by large companies because young people are not interested in staying on the farm. Less than 10% of farmers today are under thirty five. “Counting on a New Crop” is the story of Jim, a farmer who has spent his life working on his multi- generational family farm and is facing having to sell to a large company. The farm buildings would be torn down and his family lineage, history, and heritage would be lost. Jim has found Jon, a 23 year old Electrician, and is mentoring him to take over the farm. The story is fascinating as Jim hopes to keep his dream alive and Jon struggles to learn the art of farming and navigate the capital gains tax situation that will prevent him from paying off the farm for at least thirty years.


Brina told the audience that she is passionate about the environment and loves sharing personal stories with hope that those who watch will feel motivated to change something about themselves, their habits, or beliefs. Her next documentary will be shown on CBC in February.

Our November Guest Speaker - Brina Romanek's Documentary LINKS:

"Counting on a New Crop"

"Hungry for Leftovers"

Brina's New Documentary: "Portrait of Pockets" will be available

on CBC Gem in February 2020.

Brina Romanek


Instagram: @Brina Romanek

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