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.

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