January General Meeting : Canada 150+, The Indigenous Experience

Lori Campbell , Director of the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre

The Guest Speaker for our CFUW-Stratford January General Meeting will be  Lori Campbell  the Director of the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre (WAEC) at St. Paul’s University College.

Ms. Campbell is of Cree/Métis ancestry from Saskatchewan. She holds two undergraduate degrees (Native Studies and Psychology) and a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Regina.

She joined St. Paul’s from Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Regina, where she was Coordinator of the Indigenous Students’ Centre and counsellor to Indigenous students. Previous to that, she taught Indigenous Studies courses at the University of Regina and the First Nations University of Canada.

The Principal of St. Paul’s, Richard Myers, was delighted with the appointment. “Lori has the experience and the personal qualities to provide strong leadership for the WAEC in this critical period. Universities Canada has committed all member institutions to adopt strategies for indigenizing our campuses. The role of the WAEC will be increasingly important, and Lori is just the person to lead it.”

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford. Closest entrance to our meeting space is off Avondale Avenue. The main parking lot entrance is off Huntingdon Avenue. Regular meetings commence at 7:30p.m. with a short break at 8:30 p.m. followed by our business meeting.



Photo and information from https://uwaterloo.ca/stpauls/news/lori-campbell-appointed-director-waterloo-aboriginal

November General Meeting at the Local Archives and Museum

The November General Meeting of CFUW Stratford will be a visit to the Stratford Perth Archives and the Stratford Perth Museum.

November 28, 2017

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Visit to Stratford Perth  Archives

7:45 – 8:45 p.m. Guided Tour of the Stratford Perth Museum $6 (free for Museum members)

Carpooling is desirable. Members without Email will be contacted by phone.

Location Information : 4275 Huron Road, RR#5 Stratford, ON  (Highway #8, just west of Stratford)

Stratford Perth Archives

Stratford Perth Museum

Stratford Perth Archives

Stratford Perth Museum

CFUW-Stratford Donations to Optimism Place

Each month, CFUW-Stratford Club donates items to Optimism Place, Women’s Shelter and Support Services.  Optimism Place provides secure, protective housing for 8 weeks or more for women with or without children. We also offer a wide range of free and confidential support services. Please bring your donation to our Seasonal Celebration lunch on December 9th or to our General Meetings in January, February, March, April and May.

A Word From Optimism Place about their WISH LIST

 Women come to us in utter desperation. They come alone, at night, in the cold. They come without cash or clothes or toothpaste. They bring babies with no diapers, kids with no shoes and hearts with no hope.

With your help we can give these women the small things that restore their dignity while they stay with us and learn to heal.

Donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 noon, but please call ahead to arrange your delivery.

519-271-5310 ext. 31. Also, we are most grateful for your donations, but please no drop-offs on weekends.

Thank you for your generosity!

WISH LIST: updated July 5, 2016

To support Optimism Place at Christmas we have a few suggestions, different themes for different days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Eve.

For more information on donations of items please call Julie or Susan at: 519-271-5310 x 31 or
email: earlyintervention@optimismplace.com.

HIGH PRIORITY items highlighted in PINK.

We accept very good condition or new items please.



  • Non- perishable food items
  • Children’s lunch treats, drinking boxes, snackables etc.
  • Cereal hot & cold


  • Small fans
  • Alarm clocks/clock radios
  • Batteries; 9-volt, AA, AAA
  • Bus passes/tickets
  • Telephone cards
  • YMCA passes


  • Food and clothing, restaurants, manicures and pedicures, massages, movies


  • WOMEN: Boots, jogging and yoga pants
  • CHILDREN: Boots size 12, 13 & up, snow suits size 3, 4 & 5


  • Toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex
  • Detergent and cleaning products


  • Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers
  • Baking pans, cake, loaf, cookie & muffin


  • Toasters, coffee makers, tea kettles, mixers
  • Pot and pans


  • Twin sheets and pillow cases
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • Mouthwash, Q-tips
  • Women’s shaving cream
  • Hair brushes


  • Lipstick, mascara, foundation, eye shadow, eye liners, blush, makeup brushes
  • Facial cleansers, facial lotion, body lotions
  • Make up bag


  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper-rash cream
  • NEW Diaper Genies and refills


  • Tylenol, etc.

Thank you, but no used clothing is needed at this time.

Go to the Optimism Place Wish List on line by clicking the link below:

Optimism Place Wish List


Draw to be held October 24th at Avondale United Church: CFUW-Stratford Club Quilting Group Create Hobo Quilt for Scholarship Fundraiser

The Quilters of The Canadian Federation of University Women-Stratford Club have created a beautiful quilt with a wonderful heritage theme:  Hobo Symbols.  The quilt was started last spring, inspired by member Judith Roy and a book Hobo Quilts: 55+ Original Blocks Based on the Secret Language of Riding the Rail. It is a book about the signs used by hobos as they travelled across the land in the first part of the 20th century. These symbols would typically be carved on a tree or fence post and help guide travelers to things like free phones, kind hearted people, food, shelter or transportation or warn them of dangers like dogs or a man with a gun.  Quilter Pat Nelles had vintage fabric from her mother’s dry goods store.  Six members of the quilting group each made 10 blocks and then proceeded to join them together using a technique called “quilt as you go.” They have added a border with an old-style train by Pat Nelles and they also quilted some of the hobo signs into the plain border.  The Hobo Quilt will be displayed at the CFUW-Ontario Council AGM and Conference at the Festival Inn on May 12-May 13, 2017.  Raffle Tickets will be sold throughout the summer and all proceeds will go to the CFUW-Stratford Scholarship Fund.  This scholarship fund provides over $3000 in scholarship prizes annually to our three Stratford Secondary Schools.  Members of the CFUW-Stratford Club Quilting Group are Pat Nelles, Sylvia Wright, Judith Roy, Marguerite Brant, Pat Shewen, Nora Jean Perkins and  Lois Battle.

Judith Roy, Marguerite Brant, Pat Shewan and Lois Battle with their hand-pieced Hobo Quilt