Speaker for May meeting – Gail Cuthbert Brandt
Learn about several women of different racial backgrounds, regions, and eras and the mark they made on their local communities, our nation, and, in some cases, the world. If you think Canadian history is boring, the “herstory” of these individual women – some upstanding and famous, others unscrupulous and notorious – will hopefully change your mind!
Gail Cuthbert Brandt was born and raised in Ingersoll, Ontario. She completed her BA in Honours History at the University of Toronto, her MA from Carleton University, and her PhD from York University. After teaching at the Glendon campus of York University for 20 years, she became Principal of Renison University College at the University of Waterloo. Following two terms in that position, she took on various administrative positions at UW, the last one being Associate Vice- President International.
A specialist in Quebec history and Canadian women’s history, Dr. Cuthbert Brandt is a co-author of Canadian Women: A History (3 editions) and of Feminist Politics on the Farm: Rural Catholic Women in Southern Quebec and Southwestern France. She has recently completed a history of women in the Quebec cotton textile industry, 1891-1951.
To recognize International Women’s Day, Mayor Krantz proclaimed March 8, 2017 as CFUW Milton & District Day in recognition of the many contributions that our Club has made for the past 55 years in our community.
Here are some photos from our March Down Main Street:
Ashwini Selvakumaran will be starting university in September. She has interned at the United Nations, founded an online magazine, and is active with the Plan International Speakers’ Bureau. Ashwini will be talking about the definition of success and its correlation to well-being with a focus on how it applies to the development of both women and girls around the world. She will be sharing her idea on bridging the gap between the millennial and wider generations in order to foster a true spark of curiosity and recognition.
In Celebration of International Women’s Day 2018
Join CFUW Milton & District on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:30pm
for a public screening of “50/50”, followed by a panel discussion
in the Banquet Room of the Milton Sports Centre
“March on Main Street”
Thursday, March 8
John Howard was an 18th century Englishman who was captured by the French while sailing from England to Spain. He subsequently spent five years in French dungeons before returning to England as part of a prisoner exchange. Eventually, he was made the Sheriff of Bedford, a post which included among its duties, the task of inspecting local prisons. Few sheriffs actually bothered to carry out these duties but John Howard was different. Shocked by the corruption, stench, filth, starvation and disease he saw in the jails, he dedicated his life to improving prison conditions throughout England, Wales and continental Europe. His famous report, On the State of Prisons in England and Wales led to legislation against the more obvious evils of the system, and slowly moved public opinion to favour more humane prison conditions.
There are many organizations around the world which use the name John Howard. Most of them are associated with correctional reform and/or services to help offenders make positive changes in their lives. Although the organizations outside of Canada are not formally aligned, they share a common purpose and philosophy which reflects the life and work of the man John Howard.
In Ontario, The John Howard Society traces its roots back to religious classes taught in Toronto’s Don Jail in the late 1800s. In a more formal way, the organization was founded in 1929 by Brigadier General Draper, then the Chief of Police in Toronto. Draper recognized the futility in much of the work being done by police, trying to solve crimes and apprehend offenders, when prisoners who were being released from jail were thrust into circumstances of unemployment, isolation and poverty – circumstances that escalate rather than decrease the chances of re-offending.
Tracie McGrath-Levis is a Community Services Client Support Worker with the John Howard Society in Halton. She assists individuals experiencing employment, mental health, addiction, relationship, parenting or self management problems. Clients are helped with either direct service or referrals to appropriate agencies.
Tracie McGrath-Levis will be speaking about the John Howard Society in Milton and Halton Region. In a healthy community everyone has the potential to become responsible and law abiding members of society. Individuals are responsible and accountable for their actions, however there are social conditions which increase the likelihood of crime occurring. For those at risk, an effective crime prevention/intervention strategy offers those at risk an opportunity for empowerment.