March 2020 Ontario Council Club News

March 2020 Ontario Council Club News

CFUW Etobicoke – Stop the Violence Breakfast

On February 12th, CFUW Etobicoke hosted a Valentine’s Stop the Violence Breakfast.  The guest speaker was Samra Zafur, international speaker, abuse survivor and renowned author of A Good Wife.  The Etobicoke Guardian attended the event and published an article which you can read here.

Pat Joyce, Canadian Federation of University Women Etobicoke breakfast committee chair, left, and Gail Rutherford, Canadian Federation of University Women Etobicoke past president, welcome Lina Almanzan, Women’s Habitat shelter resource systems manager, and Silvia Samsa, Women’s Habitat shelter executive director, to the Canadian Federation of University Women Etobicoke Valentine’s Stop the Violence breakfast on Feb. 12 at Famous People Players in support of Women’s Habitat shelter.

Three Toronto Clubs Raise Over $6,000 in Support of the Sistering Organization

North Toronto Team
CFUW Leaside-East York Team

Three Toronto Clubs raised $6,165 to support the Sistering Organization through their participation in the February 22 Coldest Night of the Year Walk.  Participants met and rallied at Dufferin Mall for 5:00 p.m. The CFUW Leaside/East York’s enthusiastic  team included 11 Club members plus two family members, and the CFUW North Toronto team consisted of four energetic members (one of whom was a joint member with Leaside/East York).  Leaside/East York’s team leader started preparing in November and through the Club’s efforts they raised $3,375.  North Toronto raised  $2,790, which included $200 from CFUW Etobicoke. All had a great evening and enjoyed the 2 km or 5 km walk around the Bloor-Gladstone area of Toronto.

The Sistering Organization supports women from across Toronto who experience first hand the impact of marginalization and poverty. They offer a wide range of services including, but not limited to, temporary accommodation, meals, primary healthcare, access to settlement services and employment support . Many of the CFUW members attending the walk had visited Sistering’s main drop in centre and/or heard the Executive Director speak to their club.