Charmaine Bonifacio

I joined CFUW Lethbridge along with my mother, Dr. Glenda Bonifacio. It was a way for us to volunteer together, despite our hectic schedules. I believe she saw the group had the potential to mentor and empower young women within their capacity.

As for me, I simply offered to help the group from my own personal background. First, I have had to assist many clubs and organization in website design and development that assisting in the administration of their website along with Liz Groves was very much welcomed. I also visioned the group to be more relevant in the social media, so setting up Facebook and Twitter was crucial; there we can share news and events related to CFUW to our friends and family. Next, I also helped out with the Archives, as I was fascinated by the historical significance of CFUW Lethbridge & District and its impact on the local community. These are many things that younger generations tend to forget, and one that I helped me to remember that the accomplishments of the previous generation are a gift to us now and one that we need to hold dear for the future.

As I became more involved with the various activities and events, I volunteered to be the Vice President and developed connections with the current membership. Although very much inexperienced, I am humbled that they chose me to become the 2017 CFUW Lethbridge & District President. I hope that the quality of engagement for the members will continue as we strive to increase memberships within the local community. I very much look forward to the kindness and mentorship of seasoned volunteers, as we learn to adapt for the future.

Heather Oxman

Why I belong to CFUW…

The Canadian Federation of University Women in Lethbridge first came to my attention because of Maria Fitzpatrick, who I knew through my work as Vice President of my local union at Parks Canada with the Public Service Alliance of Canada in Ottawa-Gatineau. She was a prominent figure with the national component and I wondered about what attracted her to CFUW. Also, the Person’s Day event in October seemed a fabulous way to network with women interested in celebrating women’s achievements locally and nationally. When I first tried to attend in 2013, my first year in town, I couldn’t get in because the tickets were sold out! So I knew the group was a going concern. I determined to find out more. So I wrote to the national office with my membership fee and learned that local clubs handled all the membership administration. Then, upon talking with President, Patti Johnsen, she told me about the various interest groups, including the Book Group and how they operated, which met my desire to meet and interact with interested and interesting women. Since then, I have attending engaging talks and participated in the Alberta Council AGM. Now I’m Vice President of the local Club, mentored by a great group of Executive Board members. I look forward to many more years of learning and laughter with this wonderful group of women, dedicated to education, health and growth of women and girls here and around the world.