Monthly Meetings are held at the St. Catharines Central Library
54 Church Street, St. Catharines.

Business Meeting at 7:15 p.m. and Speakers Forum begins at 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER  11, 2019 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: Climate Change – We All Have a Role to Play
Speaker: Ed Smith
Mr. Smith was recently appointed as the City of St. Catharines representative on the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) Board of Directors. He is a clarion voice in the rapidly growing public awareness of threats to Niagara’s natural world from global warming and climate change.

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October 9, 2019 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: Homeless in Niagara – Community Solutions
Speakers:Karen Orlandi; Carrie Porter; Carolyn Ioanonni; Niagara Region’s Road to Zero Homelessness staff member
In response to this crisis, on-the-ground community service groups, Niagara Regional staff and cities like St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, are pulling together to help find solutions such as the bi-national Road to Zero Homelessness endeavour. They are also continuing to urge the federal and provincial governments to do their part by investing in affordable housing as promised.

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NOVEMBER  13, 2019 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Discrimination
Speakers: Laura Ip; Nona Bader; Julie Rorison

NOVEMBER  2019 – PCWO
Provincial Council of Women of Ontario Semi-Annual Meeting
Location: Queen’s Park, Toronto

DECEMBER  11, 2019 at 11:30 AM
Membership Luncheon, Mills Room
Topic: Child Poverty: Food4Kids Niagara
Speakers: Amber Hughs

JANUARY  8, 2020 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: Youth Mental Health
Speakers: TBA

FEBRUARY  12, 2020 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: TBA
Speakers: TBA

MARCH  11, 2020 
Resolutions Debate: PCWO and NCWC policy voting

APRIL 8, 2020 NDCW AGM at 6 PM 
Annual Dinner Meeting – AGM
Location: TBA
Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA

APRIL 2020 – PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF ONTARIO AGM
Location: Oakville

FEBRUARY  12, 2020 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: TBA
Speakers: TBA

JUNE 2020 NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA AGM
Location: Ottawa

Past Events

MAY 8, 2019 – NDCW SPRING AUCTION & DESSERT PARTY
Spring Auction & Dessert Party at 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: 152 Riverview Blvd, St. Catharines
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JUNE 14-16, 2019 – NCWC
National Council of Women of Canada AGM
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

APRIL 10, 2019 – NIAGARA DISTRICT COUNCIL OF WOMEN AGM
Annual Dinner Meeting & AGM at 6:00 pm
Location: Antipastos Di Roma, 87 Hannover Dr, St Catharines
Topic: Niagara Women in Leadership

Our guest speakers will be Jennifer Dockstader, Executive Director of the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre and Wendy Sturgeon, Executive Director of the Niagara Chapter – Native Women Inc.

Jennifer Dockstader

For over 30 years, Jennifer Dockstader has worked with her Indigenous community to help people become stronger and healthier. Jennifer has been President of Niagara Chapter Native Women Inc., President of Survivor’s House of Hope, and President of the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre over the years.A proud mother, Auntie, daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend Jennifer believes in the strength of women no matter which role they take in society.As the Executive Director for the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre in 2014 Jennifer believes in the Vision and Mission statement of the Organization “To Enhance All Aspects of Native Life While Extending Friendship to the Community” and “Together for a Stronger Tomorrow”.Read Jennifer’s bio.

 

Wendy Sturgeon

Wendy Sturgeon is life-partner, mother, grandmother, daughter and auntie. She lives and plays in the beautiful Niagara Region. Wendy is the Executive Director of the Niagara Chapter- Native Women Inc. She has spent over 20 years working in the urban Aboriginal community in Niagara. She brings that community knowledge as well as provincial and national awareness and knowledge of Indigenous issues as they pertain to urban society.

Wendy feels privileged and honored to be entrusted by the Indigenous community to represent at the provincial level and has also been requested to represent at Native Women of Canada as well as Official Observer at the United Nations Indigenous People’s Forum. Two such projects are now underway in Niagara at this time.Read Wendy’s bio.

 

Punch and registration begins at 6:00 pm with dinner being served at 6:30 pm. The cost is $35 per person. Tickets must be paid for ahead of time so that we may reserve your dinner. Organization Members have 4 tickets and Individual Members have 1 ticket, but there is no limit on the number of people who may attend. More tickets may be ordered from Irene Newton.

The deadline for payment for Dinner Tickets is Wednesday April 3, 2019. Please send payment for your Dinner Tickets to: Irene Newton, 18 Captain Tenbrock Terrace, St. Catharines, ON L2W 1B2  (905-684-8643). Please note that Membership Fees are due at the AGM. Organization Fees are $40 and Individual Fees are $20.  Membership Fees with your completed Membership Form may be mailed to Irene or submitted at the AGM.

We will be having a fund-raiser draw for Bountiful Baskets – your donations are much appreciated. Please bring your donation directly to the dinner.

Download the AGM Flyer

MARCH 13, 2019 @ 7 PM – NDCW RESOLUTIONS DEBATE
NCWC and PCWO Policy Voting

FEBRUARY 13, 2019 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: The Opioid Crisis in Niagara – What is Being Done?
Guest Speaker: Talia Storm, Manager of StreetWorks Services at Positive Living Niagara
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JANUARY 9, 2019 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: Precarious Work
Speakers: Dr. Jeff Boggs from Brock University; Karrie Porter from Start Me Up Niagara; and Lori Kleinsmith from United Way Niagara.

DECEMBER 12, 2018 – NDCW MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON
11:30 PM – 1:30 PM in the Mills Room
Topic: Celebrating Individuality Through Boundless Opportunities
Speaker: France Vaillancourt, Executive Director, will present the programs and many opportunities being created for the people supported by Community Living of Grimsby Lincoln & West Lincoln.

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: Is Niagara Ready for  Legal Cannabis?
Speakers: Patrick Robson, Professor of Environmental Management and Assessment and professional planner (MCIP RPP); Professor Bill MacDonald, Coordinator of the Cannabis Production Program at Niagara College; Barbara Wiens, Director of Planning & Development for the Town of Pelham; and Diana Teng of Niagara Region Public Health.
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OCTOBER 10, 2018 – NDCW FORUM
Topic: Protecting the Great Lakes
Speaker: John Jackson, Great Lakes Expert and former President of Great Lakes United. John Jackson is a passionate leader who has been tirelessly advancing public engagement throughout the Great Lakes, combining an extraordinary depth of knowledge about the Great Lakes with passion and a strategic vision for binational collaboration. He has a remarkable ability to influence Great Lakes policies and issues.
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September 12, 2018 
Topic: Women in Niagara Politics – 2018 Candidates Public Forum
Moderator: Debbie Zimmerman, a former Niagara Regional Chair and CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario
Speakers: We have invited all 21 women who are running for either Mayor or Regional Councillor in Niagara municipalities to speak for 3-4 minutes, with questions to follow. Candidate confirmations to attend have been very high with only a few unable to attend due to other commitments. 
The focus of this unique candidates’ meeting is the fact that women are needed in Niagara politics and can make a difference in how our communities are best served in all aspects of life — economics, education, health, environment, housing, justice, status of women, social development and seniors’ issues. 
See poster for more information.

June 25, 2018
Spring Auction & Dessert Party
Location: Silver Spire United Church, St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
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June 7-10, 2018
National Council of Women of Canada AGM
Location: Residence & Conference Centre – Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara College, 137 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

April 27, 2018 
100th Anniversary Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony
At 11 a.m. on Friday April 27, we will be planting a commemorative tree in Malcolmson Eco-Park to honour our founding president Mary Malcolmson. The park is named after Mary Malcolmson, who also started the first Girl Guide unit in Canada in St. Catharines.   A dedication plaque will also be placed with the tree.  Malcolmson Eco Park is located at 345 Waterfront Trail, off Lakeshore Road near the Welland Canal.
See poster for more information

April 20-22, 2018
Provincial Council of Women of Ontario AGM
Location: Oakville

April 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm
100th Annual Dinner Meeting (AGM)
Location: Antipastos Di Roma, 87 Hannover Dr, St Catharines
Topic: Women in Leadership
Speaker: Maryanne Edwards

Punch and registration begins at 6:00 pm with dinner being served at 6:30 pm. The cost is $35 per person. Tickets must be paid for ahead of time so that we may reserve your dinner. Organization Members have 4 tickets and Individual Members have 1 ticket, but there is no limit on the number of people who may attend. More tickets may be ordered from Irene Newton.

Mary Ann Edwards

Our guest speaker will be Mary Ann Edwards, Rankin Cancer Run founder and Director, speaking on Women in Leadership. This being our Centennial year, we will also have presentations from the Mayor of St. Catharines, Walter Sendzik, and MPP Hon. Jim Bradley. Our Past Presidents will be honoured.

Please note that Membership Fees are due at the AGM. Organization Fees are $40 and Individual Fees are $20.  Please bring your completed 2018-2019 Membership Form.

We will again be having a draw for Bountiful Baskets. Those donating a basket may bring it directly to the dinner.

The deadline for payment for Dinner Tickets is Wednesday April 4, 2018. Please send payment for your Dinner Tickets and Membership Fees to: Irene Newton, 18 Captain Tenbrock Terrace, St. Catharines, ON L2W 1B2  (905-684-8643)

March 14, 2018 at 7:15 pm
Resolutions Debate – NCWC and PCWO policy voting
Read about the importance of Resolutions in
Listen Up! It’s Resolutions Time! by Gracia Janes, NDCW President.

February 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Read the Blog Post for this event)
Topic: Protection of Vulnerable Adults
Speakers: Cindy Forster, MPP for Welland and Neal Schoen, Justice Niagara

A Public Forum concerning the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.  Welland MPP Cindy Forster’s proposed Bill 135, the Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, would put in place licensing rules for privately operated SLAs, as well as increased protections to prevent mistreatment of vulnerable high-risk adults and seniors living in this type of housing.
Read Bill 135, Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2017.

January 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Topic: Homelessness (Read the Blog Post for this event)
Speaker Panel: Rob Cammaert, Bethlehem Place;  Elisabeth Zimmermann, YWCA; A.J. Heafy, Niagara Falls Community Health Centre;  Bob Barkman, Community Care RentSmart

December 13, 2017 at 11:30 am Membership Luncheon.
Topic: Migrant Workers in Niagara
Speakers: Rev. Javier Arias, St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Beamsville and Jackie Barrett-Greene, Niagara Migrant Workers Interest Group.

November 14, 2017
Provincial Council of Women of Ontario Semi-Annual Meeting Location: Queen’s Park, Toronto

November 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Topic: Criminalization of HIV
Joint program with Positive Living Speaker: Cecile Kazatchkine, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

October 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm 
Topic: The Indian Act
Speaker: Darren Thomas, Lecturer, Indigenous Studies, Laurier University

September 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Topic: Human Trafficking
Speakers: Suzanne Mason Public Education Coordinator, Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre, Staff Sergeant Shawn Clarkson and Detective Sergeant Chris Lemaich, Niagara Regional Police