January Advocacy Club News

January Advocacy Club News

CFUW Guelph Advocacy Committee

Advocacy efforts involve education and action led by members of our Club’s Advocacy Committee. We focus on issues that align with the policies of CFUW National and CFUW Ontario Council. October 18 saw us participating with the YMCA of Three Rivers at the Power of Being You event. Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis invited CFUW Guelph members to their Nov. 22 Open House. Read the entire article here.

Advocating for Affordable Housing: CFUW Leaside East York’s Ongoing Journey

In 2017 our Club prepared a resolution which was passed at the 2018 Ontario Council AGM. A housing crisis had been identified and little did we know that the situation would continue to deteriorate for multiple reasons. At the core was a lack of good policy and funding, lapsed for decades, from all three levels of government. Our advocacy has focused more on the vulnerable: the under housed and homeless who require multiple and immediate services typically provided by municipal governments. However, we have also tackled other housing matters under the jurisdiction of the provincial and federal governments. Read the entire article here.

CFUW Orillia Advocacy in the News

CFUW Orillia collected donations for the Green Haven Shelter for Women.

CFUW Orillia President Heather Lewis meets with MP Adam Chambers Simcoe North. 

And several of CFUW Orillia’s advocacy efforts made the news!

Advocacy at CFUW Perth & District

Over an approximately 18 month period, the Social Justice Committee (SJC) from CFUW Perth and District spoke with primary sources and scoured secondary sources to gather information related to the state of Lanark County (the predominant county from which CFUW Perth and District draws its membership) in terms of indicators of poverty and homelessness.  These results were shared with the community at large, the membership and community leaders at a presentation in November of 2023.  The SJC used comparative national and provincial data to expose similarities and differences and isolated areas of concern for the community.  

The flyer for the Report on Poverty and Homelessness can be viewed/downloaded here. The presentation given to the community can be viewed/downloaded here.

The findings from this research study will help guide the advocacy actions of the Club.  Additionally, community groups which provide support services in Lanark County are pleased to have this information in a central and cohesive source to aid in their funding requests and program development.

For Clubs which may wish to use this as a basis for research in their own community, please contact Elaine Brazeau.

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