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Wednesday, 22 October, 2014 | 11:30 – 1:30
11:30 a.m. Social; 12 Noon Luncheon and Speaker
Speaker: Anne Giardini
Chancellor of Simon Fraser University
In 1929, five Canadian women, known as the Famous Five, advocated successfully to have women declared persons. We celebrate them each October on Persons Day. Thanks to them, women today can be appointed as judges or to the Senate, are made Presidents and
Chancellors of our universities and are welcomed to sit at board room tables of our corporations, organizations and non-profits.
One such present-day woman is Anne Giardini, appointed as Chancellor of SFU in June 2014.
Jocelyn Pritchard is our randomly selected featured member this month. Having just celebrated a significant birthday by performing a concert with friends in support of a favourite cause, The Townships Project, one could expect her to be sitting back. Not so much. Every day begins with one-half hour each of reading, embroidery, then piano practice. Before breakfast.
Rika was born and raised in Vancouver. In 1933 she graduated with a BA and in 1935 received a diploma in Social Work. She discovered that social work was not for her but the experience allowed her, a shy young woman, to become more confident and outgoing. She had a long and rewarding career, 37 years, with BC Mental Health. Early in her career, to her dismay, she found herself training a succession of male bosses to do the work for which she was eminently suited. Eventually she applied for the position pointing out that she was not prepared yet again to train another man to be senior to her. She was given the position at a salary substantially lower than her predecessor which adversely affected the amount of her pension when she retired at 65.
Pulling up to the gates of Hycroft, you can already feel the history of this amazing building—and quite a history it is. Built by General Alexander Duncan McRae to exacting standards and completed in 1911, it was once the centre of the social scene in Vancouver. It is now home to the University Women’s Club of Vancouver.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 10:30 am (doors open at 10:00 am, coffee and cookies served)
Cellist Lee Duckles is joined by violinist Jennie Press and pianist, Monica Pfau in performances of piano trios by two French masters, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
Pat Wakefield was an English as a Second Language teacher, who served as the first president of the association of Teachers of English as an Additional Language (TEAL)’s first president in 1967. She became a member of UWCV in 1961 and was one of the members involved when the club purchased Hycroft. She worked both at VCC King Edward Campus and at the Vancouver School Board, where she was their first ESL consultant starting in 1975. When she retired in 1985 at the age of 69, a TEAL scholarship was created in her name to enable a TEAL member to travel to a Commonwealth country. The party to celebrate the occasion was held at Hycroft with bagpipes and the same bagpiper played Happy Birthday at Pat’s 90th birthday party.
The UWCV Child Poverty Project Committee is pleased to announce that John Millar, MD, FRCP(C), MHSc, a consultant on Population & Public Health and Health Policy and, currently Clinical Professor Emeritus, School of Population & Public Health, UBC, will be our speaker for this special presentation.
Dr Stanely Coren the author of “Do Dogs Dream”? is quoted as saying in an article in the Sun "that dogs are smarter than cats”.The average dog is equivalent, roughly speaking, to a human two-year-old, and the superdogs--the ones in the top 20 per cent of canine intelligence—are equivalent to a two-and-a-half-year-old. And the average cat is equivalent to an 18 month old."
"Singing involves virtually every muscle group, vibrating the whole system like a tonic massage. It increases lung capacity, improves posture, clears the sinuses and boosts mental alertness by increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood. And for good measure it exercises the facial muscles – helping to maintain youthful good looks."