Our History

CFUW Barrie attained official charter from CFUW National office in 1998. We will celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2018.

It began in 1996, as three Barrie women recognized a renewed need for a local branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. There had been a former club which had disbanded.

The small group did not take long to meet the membership requirements  to get official charter designation from the CFUW National office.

There are founding members who still belong to the club and they have some wonderful stories of how they managed to build what we have today.

Success followed success!

  • We have presented gifted and eloquent speakers, such as renowned entrepreneur Alex Tilley, Olympic skating coach Michelle Leigh, climatologist David Phillips and Barrie lawyer, Rose Adams.
  • Our Interest Groups have expanded to encompass members’ varied pursuits.
  • We have granted Scholarships and Awards to over 50 students from area high schools who have gone on to post-secondary studies.
  • In co-operation with other clubs, we have supported initiatives for education, health, and human rights, at every level of government.


Our Club Banner

Our Club Banner, proudly displayed at our meetings at home and away, was created by a team of our own members.

It captures Kempenfelt Bay, the Spirit Catcher sculpture, and the arch of old Barrie City Hall.

Founding members holding our banner
Our banner displayed by the designer and the quilter