Purpose of the Club
The purpose of the club is to:
2.2 Arouse and sustain informed interest in public affairs;
2.3 Encourage women to participate actively in public affairs and provide opportunities for effective concerted action;
2.4 Nurture a sense of responsibility and encourage women to place their education and professional training at the service of the community.
2.5 Be concerned with human rights.
2.6 Safeguard and improve women’s health and their economic, legal and professional status.
2.7 Encourage friendship, respect, cooperation and understanding among members.
Certificates of Recognition
CFUW Notable Women
In 2019, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of CFUW Canada, one hundred awards will be given to members of the Canadian Federation of University Women who have made outstanding contributions within CFUW and/or to the wider community; locally, nationally, or internationally in the fields of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Political Engagement, Organizational Leadership, Cultural Endeavours, or Social Innovation. The award will be given to each recipient in the form of a limited edition 100th anniversary gold pin.
The two nominees from CFUW Sunshine Coast are:
Jancis was born in Northumbria in 1934, ran away from a violent home at age 14, and was, according to the lights of the time, ordered to a reform school. Eventually, Jancis joined the Women's Royal Navy Service, emigrating to Canada with her husband and two children in 1965. Jancis took correspondence courses, attended Capilano College and then UBC, from which she graduated at age 53 with a BA in Fine Arts, Creative Writing.
Jancis has several published titles to her credit: Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair (Ronsdale Press, 1992), Walking on Water and Other Stories (Cormorant Books, 2009), and The Ballad of Mrs. Smith (Hedgerow Press, 2013). Her latest volume is a narrative sequence of poems about the flight of an abused wife who finds refuge on the Downtown East-Side of Vancouver, where she befriends drug addicts and sex-trade workers, depicting them "with sensitivity and sympathy...She celebrates the moments of beauty, loyalty and grace to be found even in the darkest settings...the poems deepen our understanding of an often-neglected segment of society," so say Pierre Coupey and George McWhirter, former Chairs of Creative Writing at Cap College and UBC, respectively. This book was nominated for the City of Vancouver Book Award for 2013.
Jancis has a history of championing women and children who have been victimized by elements of patriarchal mores. She provided inspiration to our Club and to Daphne Bramham in the battle to prosecute the polygamists of Bountiful. Jancis has been relentless in her letter-writing campaign to bring Winston Blackmore to justice, and finally two members of the Bountiful cult have been convicted this year. As the review in Room, Vol. 36.1 says, "Jancis Andrews's commitment to activism, especially trying to end violence against women and children, comes through clearly in this collection [Mrs. Smith], as does her commitment to the power of language."
Dorothy is originally from Ontario where she had a career teaching practical arts (then called shop) to high school students. During one particularly busy decade in her life, she had children, finished her university degree and was divorced. Dorothy finished her teaching career with a three-year teaching assignment in Hong Kong.
Dorothy has family in the lower mainland but chose to move to the Sunshine Coast so she could participate in the Festival of the Written Arts. She and her sister enjoy travelling together, especially to attend music festivals in other countries.
Dorothy has been an active CFUW SC member for over twenty-five years. In that time, she has served as Vice President, President, and Past President of the Club; she has chaired the Bursary Board and participated in all manner of Fundraising projects. Dorothy was also a member of the CFUW BC Council for a two-year term. She is still the creator and Grand Mistress of the annual Great Canadian Quiz, enjoyed by our members.
Dorothy received a 2016 Celebration of Excellence Award bestowed by Sunshine Coast Community Services in recognition of her energetic volunteer work: as Chair of the Sunshine Coast Music Festival, Festival Director and creative fundraiser for The Arts Council, Board Member of the Seniors’ Centre, past board member and present volunteer at the Festival of the Written Arts, Board Member of the Retired Teachers’ Association and Travel Ambassador on BC Ferries. Dorothy says that her favourite volunteer activity is whichever one she is doing at the time.
Although Dorothy describes herself as non-partisan, she believes it is important to be an active citizen. She has worked in many elections filling any vacant position from poll clerk to returning officer.
Dorothy’s is a sterling history of a life dedicated to teaching and community service.