Interest Groups

Standing Committees

Advocacy/Co-Vice Presidents: Val Gunn  and  Betty Price

To see information about this committee please see the Advocacy page


The Education Committee is interested in promoting education in the community.Shirley, sheila, GO at IWD 2015

This past year we participated in several projects connected with the Building Literacy Together program. We sponsored a letter in the Alphabet Garden at the Qualicum Beach Elementary School, started a Read Team at Errington Elementary and provided additional reading material for their early literacy program.

Since 2011, we participated in the Community Reader program at Arrowview Elementary School on Thursday mornings. We also helped pilot a literacy program with the RCMP through the Building Literacy Together program at Parksville Elementary School. This programl help promote reading in an intermediate grade classroom.

The committee is always looking for more members to get involved, we would love to have you join us!


Mandate: Saving the planet  requires thinking globally and acting locally and this committee offers a place to do both in the supportive company of our peers.   We aim to educate ourselves and others about the environmental changes of our times take on do-able educational and advocacy projects of our choosing and liaise effectively with other like-minded groups.

Regular meetings of the environment committee will be at 2 PM on the third Wednesday of the month.

Status of Women:

After a brief hiatus the Status Of Women Standing Committee of CFUW Parksville-Qualicum is emerging as a Membership Team with the intention of adding Girls and Young Women to the program agenda. Overtly girls throughout the world experience higher rates of violence, poverty and discrimination. In Canada alone girls experience higher rates of depression, sexual harassment, cyber bullying and date violence. It stands to reason that improving the lives of girls throughout the world will encourage and support them to develop the leadership, self-determination and courage necessary to generate the positive changes for the sustainability of healthy families and stronger communities everywhere.

For this to happen we need to invest in our girls, first and foremost, our own in our own communities. Girls need to feel safe, and secure. They need to be nourished, appreciated and celebrated in every sense of the word and be educated in ways that will enable them to be the best they can be.

Adopting an advocate stance we understand that girls need voices to be heard and places and spaces to be understood. To this end ideas from the Team are beginning to emerge for the ways and means to make this happen. The first being the possibility of an event planned for the United Nations International Day of the Girl on October 11. The day was designed by the UN to acknowledge the ways each of us may recognize and advocate for Social Justice and the Human Rights of all girls everywhere. It is meant to happen annually.

We look to ideas and thoughts from the general membership for how to shape such an event that reflects our diverse community. If you are interested in exploring this initiative further please contact one of the Team .

She is a friend of my mind. She gather me. The pieces I am . She gather me and  give them back to me in the right order.  It’s good you know when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.  I think I want to put my story next to hers.  Tony Morrison

                  Beyond Appearances: Brief on the main issues facing girls in Canada prepared with the support  of the Status of Women Canada, 2013 .The Team acknowledges with respect that the gatherings and sharing of information takes place on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people.


Interest Groups


Tuesday Afternoon Club
Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month/Joan George

In our group the choice of books is happily varied, from a walk through Afganistan with Rory Stewart (The Places in Between) to a walk through England with Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry); from a natural history of cooking (Cooked) by Michael Pollen to When God Was a Rabbit by Sara Winman.  Being a very mixed group from one of the oldest members to one of the newest we all have a love of literature,thinking and talking, each person has time to speak in an atmosphere of critical acceptance and good fellowship.

Wed Night Book Club
Last Wed of the month at 7:30 pm / Edie Ross

At our June meeting, while sharing a potluck dinner, our book club members carefully select exciting and assorted genre of books.  From September to June , meeting in member’s homes, we enjoy in-depth discussions over a glass of wine. Our discussions are lively and unpredictable. What fun!

The Book Bags 
4th Thursdays 9:30 to 11:30 am except for July, August & December/ Bev Walls

At the June meeting books are proposed, voted on and slotted into the upcoming months.

The person who suggested a chosen book facilitates and someone else hosts.
Discussions are lively and wide ranging.  Everyone has an opinion, is willing to share and
also willing to listen.  At present this group is unable to take more members.

Thursday Evening Book Club
First Thursday of each month at 7:15/Rosemary Patterson

We meet year round.  The members pick a genre rather than all read the same books.  The result is quite an interesting discussion, sometimes followed up by a road or boat trip to view places mentioned in the books.

Every Friday from Sept – May from 1:00 – 4:00/Ann Kullman

We take turns hosting 2 tables of 5 hands of bridge with a break for tea/coffee and a goodie.
The bridge is friendly and conversation lively.  We are looking for members interested in playing on a regular basis or as a spare.

Meets for two hours every other Wednesday at members’ homes/Barbara Baker

We work on personal projects and various charity projects, helping and encouraging each other.  Our charity projects have included knitting washcloths, hats, scarves, mittens, socks, blanket squares, children’s cardigans and even members of the Royal Family posed on a balcony – this delight was auctioned at the National AGM in Victoria.  We accomplish all this while enjoying good conversation on a wide range of topics.

Meets at least monthly/ Camille Lawson

Out and About was started to provide opportunities for members to socialize and to explore our island home. Chatter and laughter follow us to a local venue or take us further out. Members learn of the month’s plan in the newsletter and sign up at the general meeting for an event later in the month. The organizers make reservations if necessary and arrange carpooling. The objective is to have lunch and fun. To get involved, simply sign up to attend, offer to drive if you can do that, and perhaps suggest an outing you think will be of interest.

Meets as announced/Rosemary Paterson

There are a number of our members writing books or articles.  We meet several times a year to review member’s writing and give positive feedback about how to proceed to publish or self-publish.  Members contemplating writing memoirs, articles or books of any genre are most welcome to join us.

New Groups

Meet as announced /Lorna Miller

There will be 3 events planned for this year, one  in the fall and two in the new year.  The sign up will be at the general club meeting immediately before the selected dates.You can offer to host or to be a guest. As a guest you’ll be asked to bring one of the following to the lunch: appetizer, side dish/salad, dessert, rolls and bottle of wine. As the host you’ll be expected to provide the ‘main dish’ and tea/coffee. Any allergies will be shared as necessary. Guests will know who the host is, hosts will have surprise guests.  Watch for notices in the Newsletter. Lorna Miller

Talking Circle

Are you interested in group discussion on topics such as “Indigenous Women in   Canada today and  what about  tomorrow?” or “Are these groups (Indigenous Peoples, Colonists and Immigrants) the three pillars of Canada’s  society in the 21st Century? How do we create balance?   Other topics are welcome.

If so , you are invited to Robin Robinson’s on a mid week date in October (to be finalized soon) at 1:30 pm.

Contact Robin at 240-752-1538 or



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