Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria BC

100 years CFUW National 1919 - 2019
111 years CFUW Victoria 1908 - 2019
30th anniversary of the first BC Council AGM

Welcome to CFUW BC Council's 2019 AGM

Welcome to the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the BC Council of the Canadian Federation of Women (CFUW)! We have an exciting array of speakers and activities that will stimulate your thinking, help you contemplate how we can all be change agents and provide you with opportunities to network and recognize our successes!

This conference is intended to reflect the past, consider the present and dream for the future. This is the 100th Anniversary of CFUW National, the 111th Anniversary of CFUW Victoria and the 30th anniversary of the first BC Council AGM. The speakers and activities are intended to help you consider how we can continue to support the well-being of women and their families through education, advocacy and networking. The conference is intended to celebrate - individually and as a collective! We have SO much to be proud of and we plan take the time to applaud the work we have done.

Finally, we intend to have fun! Sprinkled throughout the conference are walking tours, receptions, a fashion show, chair yoga and a few surprises along the way!

We are making some exciting changes to the conference this year! There will not be a silent auction, as we will be introducing a new method to support the Charitable Trust. We are using an interactive approach throughout the program with speakers, videos, music, and even a fashion show to show the achievements of women.

We would like this conference to be as environmentally friendly as possible and we are looking at ways to keep our printing to a minimum. Please print any material you may want to reference at home. We will be producing a conference program for all registrants. All voting delegates will receive copies of the resolutions and financial statements. If you have a laptop or iPad, please bring it to the conference to access materials.

We look forward to welcoming you to Victoria on May 3rd!

Conference Location & Accommodation

Hotel Grand Pacific
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC

Hotel information is available at this website:

The group rate is only available for bookings made by phone.
For room bookings phone: 1-800-663-7550
Guaranteed room type: Victoria Room
Group code: MAY19CFUW
Room rate until April 3, 2019 is $179

Room rate after April 3, 2019 will be the current market rate

Parking is $18 per day. Valet Parking is $25 per day.

The Hotel Grand Pacific is located in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia, on the city’s historic downtown Inner Harbour and just steps away from all the city has to offer — shopping, arts & culture, international cuisine and outdoor adventures.

Travel to Victoria is available by BC Ferries, airplane, seaplane, Helijet and V2V ferry. Information on travel options can be found at:

Registration Information & Costs

Registration is on line through ProReg Registration Solutions. There will be 3 payment options - eTransfer, cheque or credit card. All applicable taxes are included. Please use eTransfer or cheque so that BC Council will not incur the additional cost of credit card charges. Information required to use the different methods of payment is on registration form.

1. eTransfer

directly to ProReg electronically from your financial institution.

  1. Send eTransfer to CFUWBCC Registrar
  2. Create security question: "What is my Registration ID #?"
  3. Your Registration ID# will be provided to you in confirmation page after you register.
  4. You will receive a receipt after the eTransfer has been accepted.
  5. If you have any difficulties please call 1-866-760-2005 and ProReg will assist you
2. Cheque

payable to ProReg Registration Solutions mailed to:
ProReg Registration Solutions
2805 Extension Road
Nanaimo, BC V9X 1E8

3. Credit Card

Mastercard ~ Visa ~ AmEx


Early Bird Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 3 2019. The closing date for registration is April 25, 2019.

Last Date for refunds is April 3, 2019. Administration fee $30.00 retained. You may transfer your registration to another member up to April 30, 2019.

Early Bird
After April 3
  Full Registration
  One-day Saturday Registration
  Saturday Banquet Guest
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9:30-12:30 PM. CFUW members may attend the AGM portion of the program at no cost. If you wish to attend the Saturday AGM only, please visit our Registration Desk to get a name badge for the AGM.
Fundraising for CFUW Charitable Trust
The CFUW Charitable Trust assists women to further their post graduate education. This year we will be raising funds for the 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project to provide an additional $100,000 in scholarships in 2019.

There will not be a silent auction at the BC Council AGM this year. We will be supporting the Charitable Trust during the REACH for the Future event on Saturday evening. This program will feature fantastic entertainment, door prizes, and engaging speakers to highlight the impact of The Charitable Trust. CFUW Clubs and members will have an opportunity to contribute to The Charitable Trust by making a tax-deductible donation in the envelopes provided during the reception.

Contributing to The Charitable Trust remains an effective way to support the mission of CFUW by promoting the education of women and girls. We thank you for your continued support.
CFUW BC Council AGM and Conference Program


Friday, May 3, 2019
12:00- 6:00 PM
Registration Desk

The Registration Desk will be located in the lobby to register all attendees and answer any questions you may have.

2:00 -3:30 PM
FREE Local Tours

These walking tours will be hosted by CFUW Victoria members and will provide conference attendees an opportunity to see the many unique aspects of Victoria.

    All tours are walking tours and one hour in length. The Art Tour offers the option of having tea together at the end of the tour. Meet at the Registration desk at 2:00 PM.

    1. Art Tour - Sonja Ruffell
      Visit three downtown galleries and discuss the local art scene over a refreshing cup of tea at the end of your tour!
    2. History Tour - Rachel McDonnell
      Learn about the rich history represented in Victoria within easy walking distance to your hotel.
    3. Sights and Sounds Tour - Noelle Clark
      Explore Victoria's inner Harbour and experience the history and hidden treasures of the province's capital.


    Explore Victoria on your own! Information will be available at the registration desk! Here are a few highlights:

    • Robert Bateman Centre, created by Legendary Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, opposite the Hotel Grand Pacific.
    • Experience the Inner Harbour with Victoria Harbour Ferry's 45-minute guided tour (.5 km from the hotel)
    • Royal Museum, explore British Columbia's rich history and present-day culture through exhibitions, tours, on-site learning (.4 km from the hotel)
    • Marine museum, A visit to the Maritime Museum of BC is a chance for the whole family to experience British Columbia's marine heritage (.8 km from the hotel)
    • Victoria Art Gallery Opened in 1951, the gallery possesses notable works by artists such as Emily Carr, and has one of Canada's most significant collections of Asian art (2.7 km from the hotel)
    • Emily Carr House, National and Provincial Historic Site dedicated to the art, writings and life of this great Canadian Artist (1.1 km from the hotel)
    • And many more!

1:00-4:00 PM
BC Council Meeting - for BC Council Executive only

Island Savings Board Room
Mayfair Mall, 3195 Douglas St

4:30 - 9:00 PM
Opening Reception
Vancouver Island Ballroom


Special Guests:

  • Her Honor Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor BC
  • Alice Sam, First Nations Elder
  • Carol James, Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier, Govt of BC
  • Grace Hollett, President CFUW National
Saturday, May 4, 2019
7:00 AM Registration Desk Opens
7:00- 8:00 AM
Buffet Breakfast
8:00 AM Welcome
8:15 - 9:00 AM
Opening Plenary - Val Napoleon
Vancouver Island Ballroom

Keynote speaker: Honoring the Flawed Warriors Too!

Prof. Val Napoleon has been an activist all of her life. As a teenager, she was part of a group of young people who organized housing programs and forestry training, established aboriginal friendship centres and child sexual-abuse-prevention programs. Her activism supported the Gitxsan and the Wet'suwet'en Nations as they took their aboriginal land claims to court, leading to the landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling known as Delgamuukw confirming Indigenous peoples have valid claims to ancestral lands they had never ceded by treaty.

Later as new grandmother, she acted on her dream of studying Law and eventually she would teach at UVic. She asserts that her proudest work to date was the creation of the Indigenous Law Research Unit which allows indigenous communities to articulate and restate their law and legal process - a model that has been taken up across Canada and beyond.

Prof. Napoleon will time travel with us over the past 100 years of history, depict the vital importance of the progress that is being made toward reconciliation today and share her vision for the work that lies ahead.

9:00-12:00 PM
BC Council AGM - Barb Dumoulin, Chair
Vancouver Island Ballroom

Parliamentarian - Sheila Sheldon Collyer

All CFUW members are welcome to join BC Council President and Executive for the 30th BC CFUW Annual General Meeting (AGM). As outlined in the Bylaws, the AGM provides an opportunity to conduct the annual business of BC Council, gives members a forum to explore current issues, debate proposed resolutions and review policies.

AGM materials will be sent to all Clubs in advance of the conference and AGM. Credentialed representatives should present their credentials the morning of May 4, 2019 to receive their voting cards and any late business that comes to BC Council.

Please contact BC Council Executive for further information or if you have any questions.
There are NO registration costs if you attend the AGM only.

Coffee, tea and water in the room


12:00- 1:30 PM
Lunch at the Grand Pacific
Vancouver Island Ballroom

Aurea Fashion Spring Parade Fashion Show
Carolyn Harvey-Smith of Aurea Boutique will feature exemplary BC designers whose garments are assembled at the home-based workshops of many women in the lower mainland. This is an interesting exploration of how women have built innovative and empowering business solutions for the betterment of other women.

1:30 - 4:30 PM
Afternoon Speaker Sessions
Vancouver Island Ballroom

Speaker #1 ~ 1:30 PM
Our Right to Vote…and how it Came to Be - Kate Humble

Kate Humble, MA, PhD, now the Curator for Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Park, will entertain you with her historically accurate depiction of the coveted Right to Vote. This storytelling methodology brings history to life, laughter and pride.

Speaker #2 ~ 2:30 PM
For the Wellth of It - Lara Lauzon

Multiple award-winning educator, writer, researcher Dr. Lara Lauzon actively educates and consults on living in the present. She explores how life is a balancing act between forces for and against change. This will be an excellent opportunity to reflect on the present, and the vital importance of taking care of ourselves as we advocate for the causes important to CFUW.

Speaker #3 ~ 3:30 PM
Trailblazing New Frontiers - Toni Desrosiers

Victoria entrepreneur Toni Desrosiers, winner of the 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award, TELUS Women of Influence and TELUS Trailblazer Award, is a young woman who is building an international business from humble beginnings in her home kitchen in 2008. One of the most significant social changes that women have faced in the last 100 years has been their access to education and their entry to the workplace. CFUW has been a thought-leader behind this trend, and our history of supporting the advancement of women through scholarship and bursary has been iconic in leading this sustained and growing movement of women's financial independence.

6:00- 11:00 PM

Dinner & Evening Gala Performance by REACH!
Charitable Trust Fundraiser
Vancouver Island Ballroom

6:00 No Host Bar
6:20 Welcome
6:30 Performance by REACH!
7:15 Dinner Buffet
7:15 Dessert and Charitable Trust Fundraiser
8:00 Charitable Trust Fundraiser
8:15 Celebration Cake and Dessert
9-11:00 - A time to network and mingle with your colleagues

Entertainment at our Gala Dinner on Saturday night will be truly unforgettable, with a live, 30-minute show by Reach! (Victoria's Reach Performing Company). Reach! celebrates inclusion and diversity of ages, cultures and abilities through truly uplifting and inspiring musical performances. Many members contend with significant challenges and disability to perform, and several members are professional musicians. They believe that every person has something unique to contribute, and that we all have something special to learn from each other.

Sunday, May 5, 2019
8:00 - 8:30 AM
Light Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 AM
Welcoming the Day with Gratitude - Michelle Mitschrich
Vancouver Island Ballroom

Starting off the day with gratitude can change your entire perspective on decisions your make, reactions you have and your overall happiness. Gratitude involves giving thanks for the good things in your life and happiness comes more easily as you are reminded of all the blessings in your life. When we express our gratitude and share it with others, we suddenly feel less alone.
Come and join Michelle as she leads us in practice of relaxation, contemplation and celebration.

9:00 AM To the Future - A Day to Celebrate the Power of Women
Nicole Longpre
9:30 - 10:30 AM
Closing Plenary speaker sponsored by BC Council
Vancouver Island Ballroom

Our Sisters at the Border Crossing - Alia Youssef

The migrations of populations around the globe has been a story of tragedy and political upheaval in the past decade, with immigration notably one of the most important social stories affecting the lives of women for the decade to come. Alia Youssef is a Toronto-based artist whose work focuses on portraiture and storytelling through photography, video and text. Her personal work advocates for the positive representation of Muslim women/and women of color in mass media. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the birth of social media through the likes of mass media giant Facebook, Alia's poignant photographic presentation will bring us to glimpse the future of advocacy, the role of social media, and an example of how we will need to embrace social media in our advocacy practice.

10:30-11:00 AM A time to celebrate - Sweet Urchin Cakes - Brielle Tran
Coffee, Tea and Anniversary Cup Cakes
11:00-11:30 AM

Time Capsule - Aspirations for the future - Nicole Longpre

Where will CFUW be in 100 years? What will women in the future see as their most recent and most powerful accomplishments? Each conference registrant will have an opportunity to share their hopes and predictions for the next 50 years.

Closure - Barb DuMoulin

Announcement of 2020 BC Council AGM Venue


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