The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) founded in 1919, is a non-partisan, self-funded organization with 97 clubs across Canada and affiliation with Graduate Women International that strives to improve the status of women and promote human rights throughout the world.
CFUW believes in the power of women working together to ensure that all girls and women have equal opportunities and access to quality education within a peaceful and secure environment. The South Delta club, founded in 1966, supports this mandate and works with other local groups on projects that enhance life in our community.
Every year local women are helped through its Bursary Program to achieve their dreams.
2020 was no different with $7,000 awarded to five young women: Rachel Garrett, Senja Lieumen, Sara Glennon, Maggie Munro and Sena Kholmatov.
Garrett grew up in Tsawwassen and graduated from South Delta Secondary. After graduating with honours from UBC she entered the Peter A. Allard school of Law to study human rights while advocating to establish an anti-homophobic policy in our local schools and universities that would improve access to justice for marginalized groups. She was awarded the CFUW South Delta Laura Fowler Scholarship.
Lieuwen is presently working on a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her goal is to study brain injuries and become a clinical neuropsychologist.
Glennon is presently working towards a Bachelor's degree in Child and Youth Care specializing in early learning for children with difficulties. She believes that by empowering children they can reach their full potential.
Munro is working towards an honours Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Her dream is to study family law and advocate for victims of domestic violence.
CFUW South Delta awards local high school students with a $1,000 Bursary each year. The 2020 recipient from Delta Secondary was Kholmatov who was accepted into UBC for the September semester.