CFUW-Ontario Council Calendar

ontario-council-logoOntario Council Standing Committees in Legislation, Education, and Status of Women and Human Rights were developed to keep members aware of current issues in Ontario. The Committees meet three times a year –

September 23, 2017 – January 20, 2018 – March 24, 2018

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, Toronto ON (Two blocks north of St. Clair Subway Station, East Side)
Registration: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Meetings begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

ALL CFUW members are welcome and encouraged to bring friends, daughters, and granddaughters to attend these meetings.
Afternoon Workshop
PLEASE Catering requires registration and dietary requirements by the Monday prior to the meeting.

Status or Women & Human Rights Afternoon Workshop Ontario Council Speaker Series September 2017
Women in Political Leadership: Municipal Politics

Morning Plenary with:

  • Hon. Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton, Minister of the Status of Women
  • Laurie Scott, MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) PC Critic for Women’s Issues
  •  Olivia Chow, Ryerson University, former MP, former Toronto City Councillor

Luncheon speaker

  •  Hon. Karina Gould, MP Burlington, Minister of Democratic Institutions

Afternoon sessions with  

  • Education: Mary Hall, Trustee, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, former Ontario Council President
  •  Legislation: Marit Stiles, President, National NDP Party and a Toronto District School Board Trustee
  •  Status of Women: Kathy Vassilakos, Stratford City Council

Our speaker for this afternoon’s Status of Women session will be Kathy Vassilakos, a first term city councillor with the City of Stratford and a member of the Stratford CFUW Club. Kathy will cover a range of topics related to running for municipal office starting with the decision to run and ending with the decision whether to run again. She will explore questions like what are the barriers to running, challenges while in office, and impacts on career and private life? Social media has dramatically changed the political landscape and she will take some time to discuss the pros and cons of communicating in the digital age.

Kathy has an interesting and inspiring biography: City Councillor, City of Stratford Vice-Chair or Social Services Sub-committee Graduated from McMaster University and University of Toronto BSc, MSc, PhD Biochemistry Her career spans institutional research, preclinical drug development and technical writing and most recently a consultant. She has been actively involved in politics for most of her adult life: sat on the executive of the local NDP riding association and involved in provincial and federal election campaigns as a campaign manager and official agent. In addition, Kathy has been involved in a number of community organizations – currently chairing the Stratford Welcomes Refugees Steering Committee. When running for council she was asked what made her unique? “I am the daughter of Greek immigrants, grew up on a farm and went on to university obtain a PhD in Biochemistry. I have lived in rural and urban Ontario. Taken together it is safe to say that I have a unique perspective.”