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  UWCV Club members at the CFUW BC Council AGM in Abbotsford, April 2016 UWCV Club members are celebrating this week after receiving news that our proposed Resolution, BC Youth Aging out of Foster Care, was passed at the 2016 CFUW BC Council AGM with an approval rate of 96%. The University Women’s Club of Vancouver will be working with the CFUW BC Council to urge the Government of British Columbia to support young people who have aged out of foster care by ensuring every young person has the opportunities and support needed to thrive as adults. The resolved Resolution calls...
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The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) recently released a response to the Government's 2016 Budget. They carefully analyzed the Budget to see how the Government's investments, or lack of, will impact the lives of Canadian women and the issues that both they and The University Women's Club of Vancouver care about.    CFUW's Summary The Federal Government is to be congratulated on tabling a budget that builds on the promise of a renewed partnership with the people of Canada, a renewed understanding of the great needs of Indigenous peoples and increased support for working Canadians and students entering the workforce. CHILDCARE...
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Hycroft  has been the scene of many stories over its lifetime – mostly of the interesting non-spooky kind.  Built from 1909 – 1911 by wealthy entrepreneur Alexander Duncan McRae and his wife Blaunche, to be one of Vancouver’s prestige locations, it was their family home from 1911 - 1941, donated to the Federal Government for use as a Veterans Hospital during WWII, then purchased by The University Women’s Club of Vancouver for use as our clubhouse since 1962.   Which stories are the best is hard to know.    Built to impress, our Edwardian mansion of delightful proportion is the central...
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The University Women's Club of Vancouver is raising funds for women’s education in recognition of the CFUW 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project in 2019. Do something today that will prepare you and your family for potential emergencies and help raise funds for women’s education at the same time. Through the sale of Emergency Preparedness Kits, $25 from the sale of each kit will go to the UWCV Trust Fund for Education and the CFUW Charitable Trust. To celebrate CFUW’s support of women’s studies since 1919, Clubs, Councils and members have been invited to award, at both the local and national level, an additional $100,000 in scholarships...
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 With Valentine’s Dinner at Hycroft just around the corner our Executive Chef Benedict Haines has decided to give us a sneak peek at the decadent Rich Chocolate Fondant dessert he has planned for one of the most romantic evenings of the year. Now while fondant may sound complicated and like something you’d only see on an episode of Cake Boss it’s really just the European (and much fancier) way of saying lava cake, making this recipe perfect for cooks of all skill levels and a must try for any true chocolate lover.  Ingredients (serves 4) 2 egg yolks 2 whole eggs...
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 photo credit Melissa Renwick, Toronto Star Last month the Toronto Star published a sobering and heart wrenching investigative report on the "dark underbelly of domestic sex trafficking in Ontario." The report tells a very real story of the johns, pimps, and thousands of victims (93% of whom are Canadian) involved in what is referred to on the streets as "The Game". Sex trafficking and prostitution, however, is no game. It is a serious problem that despite new laws remains a tragic reality all across Canada, including British Columbia. Having recently commemorated the 24th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against...
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The “Telling our Stories” Summary was prepared by the Canadian Federation of University Women BC Council’s Child Care Committee undertaken as a follow-up to their provincial Poverty Initiative. In 2014 member Clubs gathered stories from their communities regarding the child care experiences of families. These stories describe the current reality and significant challenges faced by families coping with the demands of organizing suitable care for their children, often drawing on help from extended family, especially grandparents. From these detailed accounts, the Child Care Committee identified important common themes which were consistent across regions. “The Telling our Stories” Summary highlights these...
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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.

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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.

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The Personal Information Protection Act ("PIPA") regulates how organizations handle personal information in a manner that recognizes both the right of an individual to have such information protected and the need of organizations to collect, use or disclose information for purposes that are reasonable. PIPA requires each organization to establish a policy for compliance and to make their policy available to the public. In conjunction with this requirement, the UWCV has a written Privacy Policy that applies to personal information of members, donors, rental clients, staff and others. Recently, a few changes were made to our Privacy Policy in order to...
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Living in Vancouver there is always lots of discussion about the weather. Hot enough for you? Cold enough for you? Wet enough for you? There are people who are depressed by our long dark winters with rain. Excuse me? You prefer highs of – 10? Move east. The elderly are able to go out most days in our winter. I remember one year, Italy had such wicked temperatures that they were unable to heat their places or get food and many elderly died. I've lived in the east and none of the weather appealed to me. Too cold in the winter,...
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"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."

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