Speaker Series & Standing Committees’ Workshops

 CFUW Ontario Council

Speaker Series & Standing Committees’ Workshops

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Z9

September 29, 2018
:00 AM – 3:30 pm


Registration Desk is open from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Meeting begins promptly at 10:00 AM

2018 – 2019 Theme – “Women Helping Women”

Morning Plenary:

Guest Speaker: Andrea O’Reilly, PhD, Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University, founder and director of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement

Topic: ‘When my kids were young …’; The Changing Role of Motherhood in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Andrea O’ReillyAndrea O’Reilly will explore how and why the image and role of ‘good’ motherhood has changed over the last eighty years in North America. Beginning with a discussion of the celebration of the working mother during WW II, to the glorification of the full time stay home mother in the 1950s and 60s and finally to the idealization of intensive mothering and helicopter parenting … read more>>

Afternoon Workshops

Education and Status of Women and Human Rights

The afternoon workshop Empowering Mothers and Empowered Mothering, a combined session for Education and Status of Women and Human Rights, will continue to explore these issues in smaller groups.


TOPIC: Housing For All in Ontario

At the 2018 CFUW Ontario Council AGM last May, the Housing for All in Ontario resolution was passed. With the upcoming municipal elections and the promise of federal funding for housing flowing directly to municipal governments to meet specific needs, (National Housing Strategy) it is time to mobilize our advocacy efforts.

Housing is a women’s issue. The gender wage gap leaves many women at risk for living in substandard housing or struggling to make ends meet in market rental housing. We also must consider the needs of economically disadvantaged older women and women fleeing from domestic abuse or human trafficking, in need of transitional housing or subsidized rental housing, both of which are in demand. Read more>>

NEW THIS YEAR: Lunchtime Mini-Workshop

During the lunch break at the Ontario Council Speaker Series, we will be holding half-hour mini-workshops from 12:45 to 1:15.

TOPIC: Starting Your Advocacy Year

Learn about resources available to start your year, plus some new club tactics – Southport’s Postcard for Politicians, Stratford’s Twitter campaign and Leaside-East York’s ‘annual report’.

Ontario Council Standing Committees in Legislation, Education, and Status of Women and Human Rights were developed to keep members aware of current issues in Ontario. The Committees meet three times a year – in September, November, and March in downtown Toronto – for a day of speakers, workshops, discussion, and networking with other CFUW members and guests. All Club members are invited and are encouraged to bring friends, whether or not they are members, to enjoy these days of discussion and learning.