ABOUT US 

Who We Are

CFUW Stratford currently has more than 100 members. We get together to learn, socialize, and advocate.

CFUW Stratford was founded in 1954 with an initial group of 30 women. A few of the original charter members are still active today. They embody more than half a century of remarkable dedication to both the club and the community.

CFUW Stratford is a non-profit organization of area women working to promote lifelong education, to improve the status of women and girls, and to enable women to effect positive change for a peaceful, sustainable future.

GWI and CFUW Stratford

In 1919, University women from Canada, Great Britain and the United States laid the foundation for the International Federation of University Women (IFWU) as a worldwide non-govermental organization uniting university women to foster peace and the advancement of careers for women with academic qualifications.

The Lamp logo was designed by the Norwegian Federation in 1924 and has become the symbol of the bonds of friendship linking members worldwide.

In 2015, IFUW became Graduate Women International (GWI) whose purpose is to:
  • Promote lifelong education for women and girls;
  • Promote international cooperation, friendship, peace and respect for human rights for all, irrespective of their age, race, nationality, religion, political opinion, gender and sexual orientation or other status;
  • Advocate for the advancement of the status of women and girls; and
  • Encourage and enable women and girls to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in all forms of public and private life.

GWI is one of the few women’s NGOs with consultative status at UNESCO. GWI provides a global voice for women graduates, working for the adoption and implementation of international agreements that will protect and benefit all girls and women. Resolutions adopted since 1995 support the Beijing Platform for Action and the 12 critical areas of concern for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GWI has member organizations in more than 50 countries and individual members in 10 additional countries. It supports projects mainly in developing countries promoting education and the advancement of women based on the Beijing Platform for Action.

GWI’s well documented website covers its work and achievements spanning the past century.

The organization publishes an Update Newsletter bi-weekly, highlighting its work around the world, available on their website, or by free e-subscription.

What We Do

Monthly Meetings

Meetings are held monthly September to May, and include guest speaker presentations. Topics are diverse, current, educational and thought-provoking.

Interest Groups

Groups get together, usually monthly, for socializing and learning – from book clubs and cultural outings to lunch and dinner groups and games.

Scholarships

We fundraise every year to provide annual scholarships to both secondary students and mature students, going on to post-secondary education.

Advocacy

All members have the opportunity to join the Advocacy Committee. We use our experience, enthusiasm and expertise to bring about positive change.

2020 – 2021 Executive Committee

Kristin Duskin-Gadd

PRESIDENT

Pat Reavy

PAST PRESIDENT

Hélène Crabb

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Lorraine Kuepfer

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

Ruth Symons

TREASURER

Marianne Van den Heuvel

SECRETARY

Hélène Crabb

COMMUNICATIONS

Lorraine Kuepfer

INTEREST GROUPS

Dariel Bateman

ADVOCACY CHAIR

Lorraine Kuepfer

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Nora Walden

PROGRAM CO-CHAIR

Pat Reavy

PROGRAM CO-CHAIR