CFUW Leaside – East York brings women together from across East York, and beyond to socialize, learn and advocate to:
Improve the status of women & girls, &
Promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace.
We are one of over 100 CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) local clubs across Canada. Learn more about our club and CFUW.
We welcome all women who share our purpose. Our Program and Activities run from September to May. Check our Membership information. Visitors are welcome at our monthly meetings.
News & Recent Activities
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Equal Pay Day was Tuesday April 11 in Ontario. We Wore Red!
The Equal Pay Coalition’s noon hour rally at Queen’s Park, College & University.
March 31: members meet with Arthur Potts, MPP, Beaches – East York
On the Agenda: Early Learning & Child Care and the Gender Wage Gap
March General Meeting
Our guest was Kathy English, Public Editor, The Toronto Star. We learned about the history of The Toronto Star, journalism standards, maintaining quality, the challenges of publishing a daily in different media platforms, the demise of the community newspaper, and, of course, the issue of ‘fake news’.
Honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Photos of Métis artist Jaime Black’s installation along UofT’s Philosopher’s Walk.
February General Meeting
We welcomed Olivia Walsh, co-winner of the 2016 Agnes Macphail Public Speaking Contest who delivered her winning speech on homelessness, and local Toronto historian Joanne Doucette who enlightened us about Toronto’s Shacktown, 1907-1908.
Equal Pay Day is coming up April 11, 2017!
Members of our Club at the Jan. 21 CFUW Ontario Council Meeting: Closing the Gender Wage Gap.
January General Meeting
We were entertained by Bruce Bell with tales from the history of ‘Toronto the Good’.
Advocacy: On the Agenda
January meetings with two of our local MPs to promote:
Universal, Publicly Funded, Affordable Early Learning & Child Care (ELCC) &
Electoral Reform – a Proportional Representation model.
Fun & Fundraising at our annual Wassail Party, Dec. 8! Highlights included…
Draw in support of the YWCA Women’s Shelter. A special thank you to our co-sponsors Dolly Jewellers and Janice Mitchell, Royal LePage, who provided fantastic draw prizes. Over $1400 was raised to offer some seasonal cheer for the women and their families in the shelter.
Entertainment by a Capella quartet The Current.
Other recent activities…
Advocating for Proportional Representation
Members of our Issues and Actions Interest Group are currently involved in many activities advocating for Proportional Representation and provided input to the Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform which released its report and recommendations December 1, 2016.
Learning more about Indigenous Peoples
As a result of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, our club members decided to make a commitment to expanding our knowledge and understanding of indigenous cultures and peoples through our many activities.
We recently visited Dodem Kanonhsa’ in central Toronto for an informative session.