Speakers Series & Standing Committees’ Workshops

2019 – 2020 Theme
“Women Helping Women”

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

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March 28, 2020
10:00 AM – 3:30 pm


Due to the COVID-19 situation, the March 28th Speakers Series has been cancelled. Anyone who has registered will be fully reimbursed.


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

Morning Plenary

The morning plenary speaker is Dr. Karen Farbridge, who will speak about climate change solutions to environmental and social issues as they affect our communities and what we, as women in our communities, can do. Dr. Farbridge has more than 25 years of experience connecting people and ideas to build more sustainable and resilient communities. She has spent 17 years in municipal politics, 11 of them as the Mayor of Guelph where she promoted policies in support of community sustainability. She has also led numerous community innovations in smart growth, resource and natural heritage protection, downtown revitalization, neighbourhood development, community well being and municipal governance. Karen is a partner in CEKAP [Community Energy Knowledge Action Partnership], Chair of the Ontario Caucus of QUEST [Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow] and member of the Sustainable Energy Initiative at York University where she is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Environmental Science.

Lunch Time Mini-Workshop

Letter-writing, the lost art, Part 2 – And on to the telephone call: Letter-writing has been a major focus for us this year, starting with the mini-workshop in November, and followed by a letter-writing campaign for clubs with 11 Backgrounders. Let’s talk about using (as well as developing) backgrounders, both in letters and as support for “the telephone call” – the other basic form of valuable, simple advocacy.

Afternoon Workshops

Our afternoon session will consist of a Panel of 4 CFUW clubs sharing their climate change initiatives. Stratford, Oakville, Perth and Southport will inspire you to “get on board” through sharing their experiences in a question and answer format.

CFUW Ontario Council Standing Committees

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 October, 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.


Reports from morning Plenaries have been archived in DropBox. Clicking HERE will open a new tab, where all reports can be viewed or downloaded.