The University Women’s Club of Vancouver was founded on May 11, 1907 by a group of eight young women graduates from universities in Eastern Canada and the U.S.A. It was the second University Women’s Club to be founded in Canada. Over the years our membership grew until in 1962 we purchased Hycroft to be our Clubhouse.
Our current membership of 355 represents graduates from over 100 universities worldwide.
Our Club is a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women which was established in 1919 in order to join the newly founded International Federation of University Women following WWI in order for women to speak with a common voice in support of peace. Thus our members are members of CFUW and IFUW. IFUW acts as a forum, a facilitator and an advocate for the rights and well-being of women around the world. Here in BC our Club is linked to twenty-three sister clubs across the province through the CFUW BC Council. Working together, we support education, public awareness and positive social action in our communities. For more information about CFUW and IFUW see www.cfuw.org or www.ifuw.org
- To stimulate intellectual activity
- To promote an interest in public affairs and to afford an opportunity for the expression of a united opinion
- To promote an interest in educational issues and in the maintenance of high standards of public education, and to provide bursaries and scholarships
- To facilitate fellowship and co-operation among university women
- To preserve and be responsible stewards of Hycroft, a City of Vancouver designated heritage building
When the Club began, meetings were held in members' homes. Seeking our own Club house, we raised funds and purchased Hycroft in 1962, thus giving the UWCV a home of its own.
In 1985 we adopted a Coat of Arms to reflect the Club's origins in education, our growth and our ties to Hycroft and the City of Vancouver. It is now our official club emblem.
The symbolism of our Coat of Arms:
- Lamp of Learning: the official symbol of the CFUW, it signifies our connection to the national organization.
- The Open Book: represents the academic basis of our organization.
- The Oar and the Axe in Turret: the badge from the City of Vancouver's coat of arms. Permission to use this symbol was granted to the UWCV by then-Mayor, Mike Harcourt.
- The green and white stripes symbolize the entrance gates at Hycroft and are the official colours of the Club.
- Our Motto: Dux Femina Facti: Loosely translated it means "Woman Leads the Way."
We carry on Club business under Constitution & Bylaws duly enacted, and Club Rules. Our Board of Directors is elected at our Annual General Meeting.
Board 2013 - 2014
President - Dawn Longshaw
1st Vice President - Cleta Brown
2nd Vice President - Eleanore Lawrey
Secretary - Kathy Mair
Treasurer - Elspeth McVeigh
Education Chair - Paula Gallagher
House Chair - Cathy Barford
Membership Chair - Diane Richer
Member Relations - Joan Beaty
Member At Large - Charlotte Burns
Past President 2011 - 2013 - Louise Corrall
Past President 2009 - 2011 - Elizabeth Gautschi
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