April 1, 2020

Co-chair Jane Rigby, left, presents a donation to the Kincardine Food Bank on behalf of CFUW Kincardine.

April 18, 2020 Support for Students with Student Loans during COVID-19

To: The Honourable Lisa M. Thompson; Minister of Government and Consumer Services

From: Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Kincardine

Subject: Support for Students with Student Loans during COVID-19

Dear Minister Thompson:

I am writing on behalf of CFUW Kincardine. We work to improve the status of women and girls, to promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace in Ontario, Canada and abroad.

We commend the Government of Ontario for its recent action, as part of the responses to COVID-19, in placing a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for all individuals currently in the process of repaying these loans.

We know these are troubling times, but they are particularly troubling for students who may have been counting on summer jobs or their first job placement after graduation. We know that those opportunities may not be there We urge you to keep Canadian students in mind when you are planning your next wave of strategic planning.

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Charitable Trust has been working with Canadian students since 1976. The CFUW Clubs across Ontario and Canada work towards supporting girls and women in their education goals. Between the CFUW Charitable Trust and the Clubs we issue about one million dollars every year to support fellowships and scholarships. We know how great the need is and we know how important education is for the future of all of us. Education is one of the primary mandates of CFUW and we are proud that we have been such a significant contributor to the future of Canada.

Please continue to remember Canada’s students in your planning. Consider increasing scholarship money, consider increased deferrals of student loans, and consider additional supports to our educational institutions – all of which will be under serious pressure because of this unprecedented situation.

We have always seen ourselves as partners, important ones, in the support of the future of our country – the education of Ontario’s women and girls. We will continue to offer financial support and genuine encouragement. We ask that you continue to see how you can augment your assistance to students and educational institutions.

Thank you for your consideration to date and we will look forward to future developments.

Yours sincerely,
Sheila Gillson,

Secretary, CFUW Kincardine

Sept 16, 2019 Presentation of Sage Awards

Lori Ker, CFUW regional director, on the left, presents the Sage Awards to Sylvia Kirby, Mary Wightman, Kathleen Dunn and Jackie Clements at the annual September social. On the right is Sandy Thomson president of Ontario Council. Absent from the picture is Pauline Whelan. The recipients of this award are original members of CFUW Kincardine and are still active in the club today.

May 2018 Meeting

Deb Sturdevant, Curatorial Assistant at the Bruce County Museum, was our guest speaker. Deb provided us with a great deal of information about the services offered by the museum. To access information online about local history, genealogy, marine history and much more, visit the museum websites at  The Archives area is open to the public for research. In the left hand picture, Jane Rigby, Past President, introduces Deb Sturdevant, our  guest speaker. On the right, Corabelle Danahy, Publicity Chair, thanks Deb for her interesting and informative presentation.

April 2018 Meeting

Sandra Thomson, President of the Ontario Council of CFUW and a member of CFUW Kincardine, was the guest speaker at our April meeting. Sandy spoke on the relevancy of CFUW today and gave an overview of CFUW on a national and international level. Joan Thompson, president of CFUW Kincardine, is pictured on the right.

Sylvia Kirby, a member of our club since its inception, will present the book "Putting Trials on Trial" by Elaine Craig to the Kincardine branch of the library on our behalf.
(Photos courtesy of Linda Norminton)


Remarkable Women
Recently six of our members were honoured as Remarkable Women and received certificates, presented by MPP Lisa Thompson and Kincardine Mayor Ann Eadie, from the Ontario Government. These certificates were presented at A Remarkable Assembly of Bruce County Women in November, 2017.
Jackie Clements, Kathleen Dunn, Sylvia Kirby, Pauline Whelan and Mary Wightman were original members of CFUW Kincardine when it was founded 27 years ago and are still active members today. Jane Rigby, a Past President of our group, was honoured for her work with the therapy dog programme.


CFUW Kincardine celebrated its 25th anniversary
  (Click photo to ENLARGE)

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at the Best Western, Governor’s Inn in Kincardine. 22 members and former members attended. 5 of our members have been with the group since the first meeting was held in September 1990, Jackie Clements, Kathleen Dunn, Sylvia Kirby, Pauline Whelan (a member of the steering committee), and Mary Wightman. Another guest, June Emond, was an original founding member on the steering committee that formed our group. These 6 ladies were presented with wrist corsages. After the presentation a delicious buffet dinner was enjoyed by all.
Before dessert, Jane Rigby, our President, introduced our new Regional Director Ontario Huron, Judy Gay. Sandy Thomson, a member of our club, went from Regional Director to President of the Ontario Council.
The evening was an informal, relaxing event with plenty of time to visit. The memorabilia table prompted lots of conversation.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made the evening so much fun.
(Photos courtesy of Corabelle Danahy) 

Ripley Botanical Food Garden (Click photo to ENLARGE)

Our July meeting was a little different. We took a tour of the Ripley Botanical Food Garden.


What an interesting place! The garden occupies 1.5 acres with over 250 varieties of food plants. Included are heirloom, rare and endangered food plants. The fencing around the garden perimeter is made from mattress springs. Some of the springs also serve as stakes for climbing plants. A wagon wheel, the logo of Ripley, contains plants as well. A tin man made of old tin cans rests against some hay. Volunteers work in the gardens weeding and maintaining them. The gardens are open to the public for tours and for picking your own produce for a donation to the garden. The garden is also the developer of the Ripley apple tree. It was an interesting learning experience.

Luncheon  and Theatre Outing

In August nine members enjoyed a lunch and theatre outing. The first stop was in Bayfield for lunch at The Black Dog Pub and some shopping. Then we went on to Grand Bend to the theatre to see Les iserables. Everyone enjoyed the excellent production. As we had car pooled we went our separate way for the trip home. One group stopped in Goderich to have dinner at Thyme on 21. The day was enjoyed by all who went.

Resolution Committee -
The Resolution Committee, with unanimous support from the club, was formed last year to do research on Industrial Wind Turbines. As a result of the work done a resolution has been presented to national CFUW in Ottawa for consideration

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), strongly urges all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal, territorial) to institute a moratorium on the construction of industrial wind turbine developments until such time that evidence-based, impartial, scientific research studies have identified issues relating to site placement, economic efficiencies and potential effects on human health and the environment resulting in the development of national, uniform standards and regulations.

The Kincardine resolution has been distributed for discussion among CFUW club members across Canada in April. It is one of six resolutions to be presented nationally. If accepted, the resolution will be further discussed at the AGM in Victoria, B.C.
The Kincardine club continues to follow this advocacy issue.
We also welcome members to propose new Advocacy Resolutions for consideration.

The resolution can be downloaded as a PDF file below-
Resolution 2012
Summary of Background Information for Resolution 2012

Afternoon Garden Tea Party - On August 14th, 2012 an Afternoon Garden Tea Party was held to raise funds for our annual bursary which is presented at the local high school commencement in the fall to a graduating female student who is going on to university or college. On the Saturday before the tea, several members met to make fancy sandwiches. Many members contributed squares and cookies. On the morning of the tea some members set up the tables and chairs and got everything ready. At 1:00 guests started to arrive, were greeted by a member and seated at their table. Sandwiches, scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, cookies, squares and tea were served. There was also a white elephant table. The guests enjoyed their afternoon. The tea was a success.