CFUW North Vancouver

CFUW North Vancouver

is a voluntary, non-profit, non-partisan organization for women

November 10, Program Opportunity

Dr. Lauryn Oates, Executive Director for Canadian Women in Afghanistan will speak to the the North Vancouver CFUW on Thursday, November 10

 Canary in the CoalMine: Why the Rights of Women and Girls in Afghanistan Should Matter To Us All

Registration available for this Seminar at

 The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban in August 2021 shocked the world. But it was not without warning: the change in government was preceded by two years of an attempted “peace negotiation” with the Taliban by the US Government, which succeeded in emboldening and legitimizing the Taliban. Ultimately, the Taliban seized power through violence rather than a negotiated settlement, and today, it is Afghan women paying the price, while the world largely turns the other cheek. But the consequences for the women and girls of Afghanistan will have reverberating effects that will have significant security and foreign policy implications for the world at large. We will explore these implications in this presentation, as well as get an update on the current situation for Afghan women and girls, and discuss how it came to this. 

CFUW North Vancouver

We educate and advocate locally, nationally and internationally to support girls’ and women’s education to the highest levels, women’s rights and equality, human rights, peace, justice, a healthy society and a sustainable environment.

Members Only: If you are a current CFUW North Vancouver member you can access the Members Only pages here.

We are part of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), CFUW BC Council and Graduate Women International (GWI), which is a worldwide organization that advocates for women. We work in partnership with our nearest sister club, CFUW West Vancouver.

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To do this we:

Provide local scholarships and awards to North Shore women for post secondary education.
Participate in worthwhile projects within our community and beyond.
Provide our members with many opportunities for personal growth, friendship and fun!

CFUW Vision: “Women and girls are educated and empowered to make transformative change in the world.”

CFUW Mission: “Promote and enable women’s fellowship, continuous learning and empowerment to achieve educational and economic equality and social justice

Fundraising for scholarships at our annual “Shred It” Event


We work with other clubs, our provincial council, CFUW National and GW International to advocate on women’s issues.

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Members enjoying a fall outing

Interest Groups

In addition to general meetings, small groups of members join each other for discussion, activities, friendship and fun in a variety of Interest Groups.

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Celebrating Canada Day 2019 – our national and international 100th Anniversary!

Events and Meetings

We hold monthly meetings with speaker presentations on a wide variety of topics, social time and a short business meeting. Guests welcome.

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Become a Member – Any woman 18 years of age or more who supports our purposes is welcome to join us. We are a fun and friendly group. A university education is not required. Find out how to become a member here.

Our priorities:

We advocate for the rights of women and human rights – locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Among our priorities:

  • Elder rights and care
  • Child Care
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Youth Aging out of Care

NOTE: COVID ADVISORY – We adhere to all public health measures during the pandemic. Meetings are mainly online or outdoors until further notice. Check our Events page for details of meetings and events and the Interest Group page for information about group meetings

Coming Events

General Meetings

General meetings are held online via Zoom or when in person at the Royal Canadian Legion, 123 15th Street, North Vancouver

Thursday, November 10th, 7:00pm: Canary in the Coal Mine: Why the Rights of Women and Girls in Afghanistan Should Matter To Us All. Speaker: Dr. Lauryn Oates, Executive Director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.  Dr. Oates has worked with women in Afghanistan for many years and has been Executive director of W4WA since 2018. This meeting will be held via Zoom.

Thursday, December 8th: Christmas Auction and Party. In person at the Royal Canadian Legion, North Vancouver . Members and guests.


Thursday, January 12th: Margie Taylor, CBC Radio Host/Producer and local author of four novels. Via Zoom.

Thursday, February 9th: Dr. Andrew Trites, ‘Southern Resident Orca Whales: Risks and Realities’. Dr. Trites is a UBC Professor. Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries/Department of Zoology. Via Zoom.

Thursday, March 9th: Resolutions, Making a Difference in the Community. In person. Members Only.

Thursday, April 13th: Nancy Hermiston, Chair of the School of Music’s Voice and Opera Division/Director of UBC Opera, will bring an Opera Ensemble to entertain us. In person.

Thursday, May 9th: AGM and Capilano University. Speakers TBA.

Thursday, June 8th June Dinner: Speaker: Amanda Burrows, Acting Executive Director First United Church Ministry, Downtown Eastside. Members and guests.

Other Events

November 11 – 13, 2022 Graduate Women International 34th Triennial General Assembly and Conference – From Growth to Sustainability. Early Bird registration is 60 Swiss francs – available until October 31. Check your GWI update of visit the GWI website for more information.

Previous Events

Thursday, October 13, 2022. : Looking at North Vancouver Community through the eyes of the Chamber of Commerce and Other Players. Royal Canadian Legion, North Vancouver.

September 15, 2022. 12:00pm. Lunch Meeting at Northlands Golf Course. For members and guests.

August 15th – This event was rescheduled from Monday, July 18, 11:00am to 2:00pm. Club picnic at Whytecliff Park. For members and guests.

June 9, 6:00 pm  – Annual June Dinner

May 27, 2022, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) (16:00-18:00 CEST) – Conversation about Environmental Discrimination. For registration check your club, CFUW National or GWI newsletter.

In commemoration of World Environment Day Environmental CFUW Edmonton and University Women’s Club of Vancouver invite GWI members to a GWI Peer to Peer Conversation entitled: Environmental Discrimination, a Global Problem. Environmental discrimination occurs when development, policies, or practices result in more pollution and health risks in specific communities. Whether it is a village, a people, a country, or a global region experiencing these increased hazards the causes of environmental discrimination are similar across the world. However, solutions are available to assess, decrease, and prevent this discrimination in historically and newly affected communities.

May 12, 7:00 pm via Zoom

Susan Soloman: Senior Housing program, Hollyburn Family Services – rescheduled from February. We will also hold our Annual General Meeting at this time.

May 11, 2022 GWI is holding two information sessions to prepare for voting on resolutions that will be coming to an Urgent General Assembly Electronic Vote.

They have to do with changes to the structure of GWI to improve effectiveness and sustainability. Information on the sessions and registration to attend is available in the CFUW Club Action Newsletter. These sessions are for club members only. The vote will take place June 1 – 3 but will be done on behalf of CFUW by selected delegates.