CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. It holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Education Committee of the Canadian Sub-Commission to UNESCO. CFUW contributes approximately $1 million annually to scholarships for women.

CFUW Welland& District was established in 1941 and is affiliated with the Canadian Federation of University Women. We are a diverse group of women who share a common purpose: promotion of education, involvement in public affairs, improvement in human rights and the status of women in Canada and abroad as well as encouraging friendship and co-operation among our members.

Our year runs from September to June. Monthly meetings, with a few exceptions, are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Plymouth-Cordage Retirement Residence, 110 First St., Welland. We host a guest speaker at most meetings. This is followed by a social break and then a business meeting. We set aside our December and June meetings for a special dinner event.

In addition to our meetings, members participate in a variety of interest groups and work together at our annual book sale to fund annual scholarships and community projects.

CFUW volunteers looking over donations for our annual book sale


New members are always welcome and visitors are welcome to attend a meeting to hear and see what we are all about. Membership is open to any woman who supports the goals of CFUW: the pursuit of knowledge, promotion of education, improvement of the status of women and girls and active participation in public affairs in the spirit of cooperation and friendship.

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