Recent Special Events
Holiday Season Potluck Dinner
A Holiday Season Potluck Dinner is held every year in the month of December. Oh the food is so good! There are so many great cooks in this club. After dinner one of our members leads us in making a craft. It could result in a beaded snowflake, a bookmark or maybe a chocolate tree; It's always a surprise.
Sometimes we head off into the community for a hands on experience. We have visited the Art Gallery of Alberta, The U of A Extension's - Sam Steele Exhibit, NorQuest College Health Programs Simulation Lab, Model Railroad Display of ESMRE. Strathcona County Museum and Archives, Grant McEwan College Student Art Display,
Each year CFUW Strathcona County members participate in charitable activities.
Safe Place the Sherwood Park Women's Shelter: We donate books, pajamas and chocolates annually. Some members also help with Safe Place fundraising activities such as the Holiday Ornament Tree at the Sherwood Park Mall.
Flowers for the Care Centre: This is a fun meeting activity that results in bringing much joy to the CapitalCare Strathcona residents . We learn how to arrange flowers in a vase during the meeting and then the flowers are donated to the care centre residents in the building where we have our meeting.
Habitat for Humanity: CFUW members have provided lunch a couple of times per year for the work crews. These meals are always well received.
Days for Girls: CFUW members in addition to sewing up the items for the kits also donate fabric and financial resources to this project.
Festival of Trees: CFUW members had fun one year building a wreath for the Strathcona County Festival of Trees fundraiser.
2017 Pink Tea
On March 4, 2017 CFUW Strathcona County (in partnership with our local women’s shelter “A Safe Place”) hosted a Pink Tea luncheon in honor of the theme of 2017’s International Women’s Day: “equality for women is progress for all”.
Historically gatherings known as ‘pink teas’ were an essential forum for women to organize and strategize about the pursuit of women’s rights. A pink tea offered the disguise of a frivolous social affair in order to accommodate the discussion of women’s issues without disapproval or resistance from their peers and relatives who often forbade them attending political gatherings. (Source: virtualmuseum.ca).
While our planned luncheon was neither a frivolous social affair nor secretive political gathering, it was intended to be a fun and educational event to help foster a better understanding of issues of importance to our community. One such issue we felt strongly about is promoting a strong societal anti-hate/violence message and to this end, we secured Edmonton’s former mayor and the current Provincial Coordinator of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, Jan Reimer to present “Leading Change Together".
A total of $3,058.29 was raised. $1529.15 went to A Safe Place and $1529.14 to CFUW Strathcona County. CFUW Strathcona County donated $1500 of their portion to Graduate Women International Teachers for Rural Futures and added the remaining $25.14 to $324.03 previously raised during the year for the CFUW Charitable Trust Fund.
2018 Legislature Visit
On June 5, 2018 Annie McKitrick, MLA Sherwood Park, introduced members of CFUW Strathcona County to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.