2021 Ontario Council Recognition Awards
Ontario Council of CFUW recognizes significant projects or activities undertaken by Ontario clubs that support the advancement of women, human rights and the common good locally, nationally and internationally.
The Ontario Council Recognition Awards have again been awarded this year, with thanks to the clubs who have applied. This year clubs were asked to highlight one project only. The award winners are listed below, along with their projects. More information about these can be found here.
The Carolyn Day Award for Environmental Action, created in honour of Carolyn Day, our Environment policy adviser for many years, was not presented this year as there had been no applicants.
Lisa Long, Sandra Shaw, Teri Shaw, Wendy Taylor, Sandy Thomson – CFUW Advocacy Committee, 2020-2022
ONTARIO COUNCIL RECOGNITION AWARDS
|CFUW Aurora-Newmarket||Books and Bottles. Month-long book sale and bottle drive using social media to raise money for scholarships during COVID.|
|CFUW Guelph||Her Story: Women Trailblazers of Guelph-Wellington County. CFUW Guelph’s 75th anniversary project celebrating local women, involving the Guelph Museums and many others in the Guelph region and Club.|
|CFUW Kincardine||Improving the Mental Health of Children in Grey Bruce Counties. Research and consultations with officials and community that led to changes being made by the responsible body for better access to mental health services for local children.|
|CFUW Muskoka||Poverty Reduction Awareness. A 10-step continuing process with research and consultation to better understand the issue of poverty, affordable housing and basic income within the Muskoka District.|
|CFUW North Bay||80th Anniversary Celebration. Community outreach to focus on the contributions that CFUW North Bay has made to the community including a display at the Museum, and scholarship.|
|CFUW Orillia||International Women’s Day ‘Guess Who’ Game first hosted in 2020, shared to CFUW, expanded for 2021 (complete with party) and will now become an annual event.|
|CFUW Ottawa||Walk to Kabul. An awareness and advocacy project to support Afghan women at the peace table, virtually walking between Ottawa and Kabul, involving the media and social media, advocacy postcards and connections with the two embassies, 19 clubs across Canada (12 in Ontario) and over 600 participants.|
|CFUW Peterborough||Connecting with Others and the Christmas Charity. Support to members through weekly Coffee Club and other groups, phone tree, Christmas singalong; support to community through Community Care fundraiser.|
|CFUW Southport||Virtual December 6 Vigil “Bringing Abuse out of the Shadows” which grew the campaign through both media and social media, a video, contacts with authorities, and a fundraising campaign (750% increase).|
|CFUW Stratford||Long Term Care Ontario Survey. Addressed awareness of chronic issues in elder care. Over 1,270 responses collected throughout Ontario.|
|CFUW Sudbury||Virtual ‘Celebrate Women’. 25th anniversary of book launch scholarship fundraiser, with YWCA and LEAF Sudbury, with Canadian/British author Mary Lawson A Town Called Solace.|
|CFUW Welland & District||16 Days of Activism. Larger campaign including the lighting of the Welland Canal Bridge, display of red dresses, public meeting about human trafficking involving public invitations, announcements, daily social media posts.|
|CFUW Windsor||Ward 7 Election All Candidates Meeting. Moderated the virtual meeting, involving all 12 candidates, media attention.|
|CFUW Etobicoke||7th Annual Stop the Violence Breakfast. Thanks to the virtual program, this event involved more people from more locations, raising more money for the local women’s shelter, Women’s Habitat.|
|CFUW Perth||Staycation Raffle. A virtual alternative to their house tour involving gifts and gift certificates to stay in Perth.|
CAROLYN DAY AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION
Advocacy Award Booklets from 2003-2004 through 2019-2020 are archived in DropBox and can be viewed or downloaded HERE.