Guest speaker for January: John Howard society – Tracie McGrath Levis

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.

May 4, 2017 – Laugh & learn with Graphologist Elaine Charal

Come prepared to laugh and learn during Elaine’s “Power of the Pen” while you discover how to communicate even more effectively with family and friends through knowing what the strokes of handwriting mean.  Everyone will learn about their strengths as reflected in the ‘paper mirror’ of their handwriting.

Elaine will be available to do individual brief Handwriting Analyses during the evening.

International Women’s Day: Wednesday March 8, 2017

We will gather at 9:50 a.m. on March 8, 2017 at Town Hall in the lobby near the Mayor’s office.

At 10:00 a.m., Mayor Krantz will proclaim 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.

After the proclamation, the marchers will then walk east along Main Street to Commercial Street, cross Main Street and walk west along Main Street and north on Martin Street to Livingston Park.

Therapy Dogs – March 2, 2017

As well as being a member of cfuw Milton and our current Publicity Chair, Elaine Reid is a volunteer with and coordinator for the St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program here in Milton.

Elaine joined the Therapy Dog team with her dog, Scout, in February 2015, after retiring from a 35-year career with BMO Bank of Montreal.  Since joining, she & Scout have logged 250 hours and visited over 25 venues here in town, including Milton District Hospital, Halton Women’s Shelter, all the high schools, and 15 middle and elementary schools.  While these visits keep Elaine and Scout quite busy, she also draws upon her work experience as a public speaker to talk to local groups and classes about the impact Therapy Dogs have on the lives of those whom they visit.

Elaine will be speaking to our members at our March 2nd meeting.

44th Annual Book Sale: Friday March 31st – Saturday April 1st, 2017

CFUW Milton and District is pleased to announce our 44th Annual Book Sale will be held at Milton Mall Friday March 31st – Saturday April 1st, 2017. Proceeds of the Sale support education and postsecondary scholarships for young women.

Books Video/DVDs, CDs and computer games may be donated at both the Main and Beaty branches of Milton Public Library starting Sunday February 12th or may be brought directly to the Mall starting Tuesday February 28th, on Tuesday, Thursday afternoons or Saturday mornings.

Donations will not be accepted after March 25th 2017. Textbooks, magazines, Reader Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias or National Geographic will not be accepted.

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February 2nd: Community Living – Making a difference in Milton

Linda Hunt is a Residential Manager and a Community Partnership Coordinator for Community Living North Halton. This growing nonprofit organization provides supports and services to children and adults with special needs in Halton Hills and Milton since 1955.

For the past 10 years with CLNH, Linda has been responsible for the operations and management of several residential locations. She is also actively involved in numerous internal committees supporting individual rights , spearheaded several successful fundraising projects , and cultivated relationships and promoted partnerships with media, community organizations and businesses.

Marg Perchaluk – Thursday, January 5, 2017

Marg Perchaluk retired in 2008 after 31 years teaching Phys Ed at Mt Forest DHS. Since then she has celebrated the beginning of every school year by volunteering at the Toronto International Film Festival and watching as many TIFF films as she can fit into the 11-day festival. This past September she managed to watch 42 films!

Her enthusiasm for volunteering, as well as filmwatching, certainly explains the wild facial expression in her accompanying photo! Marg also volunteers for TIFF Kids, as well as local amateur theatre, including Guelph Little Theatre. She has been Stage Manager for productions of Calendar Girls, Noises Off, and Godspell. From 1997-2010, Marg sang and volunteered with the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo/Wellington performing in Guelph, as well as Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Her love of travel and adventure have taken her to Kenya and India with Free the Children/Me to We volunteer trips. Marg will give us a volunteer perspective of TIFF.

Parent Involvement Committee Conference (PIC) 2016

Halton District School Board annually hosts a free Parent Involvement Committee Conference (PIC) which is open to all families (elementary and high school) in the Halton District School Board.  This is the 9th annual conference which will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at Craig Kielburger Secondary School (1151 Ferguson Drive, Milton).

The venue provides an exhibit area for promotion of community services, not-for-profit organizations as well as for-profit and commercial organizations.   There is no cost to the exhibitors for the spaces.

This year’s “Achieving Excellence by Nurturing Empathy and Resilience in Students” conference theme will provide a variety of new workshops and will also include some that have been well received by parents in years past. Workshops will address numeracy, literacy, teaching kids about money management, promoting positive mental health for teens, community resources availability, helping students craft an academic and career pathway for success, high school course selections, managing behaviour and discipline, violence prevention and cyberbullying, and mental health and wellness.

This year’s keynote speakers are Craig Kielburger: “The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise Kids Who Care and Contribute”, and Dr. Bruce Ferguson: “Working Together to Make our Children and Youth Successful”

Save the Date! September 8th, 2016 is our first meeting of the year

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Thursday, September 8th, 7:30 p.m. Milton Room, Town Hall, 150 Mary Street

Greet old friends
Meet new ones
Get a sneak peek at this yearʼs programme
Enjoy ice-breakers to thaw you out Refreshments by Chef Davide

May 5, 2016: Preserving Our Natural Roots

Edith George is an Advisor to the Ontario Urban Forest Council.  Edith will enlighten us on how a tree’s historical and cultural significance is identified and protected through it’s designation as “heritage tree”.