Change Her World

Speaker Programme

Meetings are held monthly September to May, and include guest speaker presentations. Virtual Meetings using the Zoom platform are scheduled for our 2021-2022 season, due to Covid-19 precautions and restrictions.  We will meet in person as soon as safety precautions permit us to do so.

Topics are diverse, current, educational and thought-provoking.

2021-22 Speaker Programme

Building Resilience

Location & Time: Will be determined with guidance from provincial government directives. Please follow the CFUW Stratford website or Facebook page noted at the bottom of the page for more information.


A year of adversity, isolation and uncertainty has taught us the value of building resiliency. The 2021-22 Stratford CFUW program will offer discussions and hands-on experiences that will inspire us to better understand and contribute to changes in our physical environment, the arts and culture community, and the economy supporting a resilient self, a resilient Stratford, and a resilient world.


September 28, 2021         Welcome newcomers and welcome back old friends!

Introducing our theme: Building Resilience. Stratford Public Library staff will showcase the surprising variety of resources that our modern library offers.  CFUW’s many Interest Groups will be featured.


October 26, 2021            CEO Pamela Jeffery will speak about The Prosperity Project, a new and exciting not-for-profit organization working to mitigate the impacts of Covid 19 on women across Canada.


November 23, 2021           Resilience: the story of how a ground-breaking “Roadway Gallery” of artworks by fifty Indigenous women artists took place coast to coast and then was developed into inspiring educational materials.


December      Holiday Social – details TBA


January 25, 2022          Dinner at the Local with ED Debra Swan as our speaker. Learn how this Stratford initiative is striving to increase the resilience of our community by empowering people to access and prepare healthy food.


February 22, 2022           Kendra Fry, new GM at Stratford Summer Music will share her story of community resilience through creatively repurposing venerable faith buildings into multifaceted community hubs.


March 22, 2022       CFUW Resolution Workshop


April 26, 2022           Stratford Climate Summit – A panel of representatives from local initiatives who are each working to fight climate change and support resilience in nature on our planet.


May 24, 2022            AGM and How Women Get Things Done. A panel of local women in leadership positions share their vision for the future and their insights on women’s developing resilience in politics and business.


2020-21 Speaker Programme

Pathways to Enrichment

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Zoom Meet & Greet: “Cannabis: A Public Health Perspective”
Courtney Feeney, Public Health Promotor, Huron Perth Public Health

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September 2020 Programme

OCTOBER 27, 2020

Zoom “Expressive Arts Therapy
Lorrie Gallant, Professor for Mohawk College’s Expressive Arts Program, and Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University  

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October 2020 Programme

NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Zoom “Chronic Inflamation: Panel Presentation” 

Benefits of Yoga: Linda Mackay, Registered Social Worker and Certified Yoga Instructor

Anti-Inflamatory Foods: Diana Sutherland, Registered Dietician, Zehrs

Therapeutic Touch: Jennifer Brion, Registered Nurse and Registered Practitioner: Therapeutic Touch Ontario, Wellspring Volunteer

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November 2020 Programme


Special Seasonal Social Event: Zoom

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December 2020 Programme


JANUARY 26, 2021

Zoom “Business as a Force for Good
Sandi Hester, Senior Director Natural and Organic, Tree of Life, Canada 

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January 2021 Programme

FEBRUARY 23, 2021

Zoom Resolutions: Discussion of proposals for National Resolutions


MARCH 23, 2021

Zoom Resolutions: Vote on National and Provincial Resolutions

Stratford Festival’s Nora Polley, Stage Manager and Archivist

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March 2021 Programme

APRIL 27, 2021

Zoom “How Canada Underdeveloped Water Infrastructure on First Nations”

Dr Brittany Luby, Faculty of History, University of Guelph

April 2021 Programme

June 1, 2021


7:00 p.m. “Two Perspectives on the Pandemic
Skylar Franke, Executive Director, London Environmental Network and Dr. Hilary Bergseiker, Psychology Department, University of Waterloo
7:45 p.m. CFUW Stratford AGM

June 2021 AGM Speaker Programme