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The Trust
The Charitable Trust of the Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora/Newmarket (The Trust) is a Charitable Trust registered with Canada Revenue Agency. It is the Charitable Trust of the Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora/Newmarket which exists at arm’s length from The Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora/Newmarket (The Club). The sole purpose of The Trust is The Advancement of Education. 

The Trust was established in 2014 to allow for an expansion of the award system established by The Club and to allow for charitable receipts to be given to donors. 

In the spring of 2019, on behalf of CFUW Aurora/Newmarket, the Charitable Trust of CFUW Aurora/Newmarket awarded $19,750 in educational awards to thirteen students from various High Schools and Seneca College in northern York Region. This included seven High school Awards, three Mary Pegg Educational Awards, one Seneca College Award, and one award each to an Indigenous student from Sutton High School and one student transitioning from the care of the Children’s Aid Society. 

If our donations and fundraising continue to be the same or exceed the amounts raised last year, we anticipate that our awards will be in the $25,000 range.  

These amounts include the annual portion of $2500 of the Mary Pegg award to four students, totaling $10,000. 


The Board of Directors

The Trustees who have worked to establish the Trust are the present administrators. The Trustees demonstrate a diversity of educational and life experiences. Their careers include extensive experience in the educational, medical and business fields. Their belief in the importance of education has fueled their passion for helping a new generation of women to gain an education which will help them achieve their potential in today’s world.

Jean Fraser: President and Chair
Jean is a graduate of Queen’s University the Ontario Teacher Education College and York University. She has always felt that her years at Queen’s formed a strong foundation for her whole life. She remembers with pride her thirty years as an elementary teacher in York Region, many of them in Special Education. She is a Past Co-President of CFUW Aurora/Newmarket and has been an active participant in many community organizations. Jean is a strong advocate of education for women, and a believer that “a woman’s work is never done” at home and in the community.  

Charlotte Owen: Secretary 
Charlotte trained as a Registered Nurse and has pursued a variety of careers before her retirement. Throughout the years, Charlotte has volunteered in many organizations including those for children with educational difficulties. She is a Past Co-President of CFUW Aurora Newmarket. She is a believer in the importance of physical as well as mental fitness, and is an active walker, hiker and skier. Charlotte believes that volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and her actions certainly attest to that belief. 

Marie Wallace: Treasurer
Marie graduated from University of Western Ontario and after a number of years in finance with Imperial Oil, returned to school to study Human Resources, where she worked in a number of different sectors for over 20 years until retirement. She has been a member of the L’Arche Daybreak Board and the York Curling Club Board for many years. An active curler and golfer, Marie moved to Newmarket in 2008 and joined CFUW in 2017. 

Valerie Hume: Director
Valerie Hume has her B.A. from York University and B.Ed. and M. Ed from the University of Toronto. She worked as an education administrator for the Peel Board of Education and the Ministry of Education and has also written several Business Education textbooks. She is a Past President of CFUW Aurora/Newmarket and is currently on the National CFUW's International Relations Committee. She volunteers with the Commons Café and Catering, a non-profit organization that provides training for young adults with autism and developmental differences.

Pam Jones: Director and Awards Chair
Pam Jones received an undergraduate degree in English from McMaster University and later a post graduate degree in education from York University. She went to Hamilton Teachers’ College and taught grades one
through six in Essex and Peel County Boards of Education for 18 years before going to Ohio State University to train as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. The rest of her teaching career was spent training teachers in Reading Recovery, an intervention for Grade One students having difficulty learning
to read and write. She has been a member of Aurora/Newmarket CFUW since 2002 and has been chair of the social committee and interest groups. She is currently communications person for the club.

Glenna Stelzer: Director and Assistant Awards Chair
Glenna Stelzer is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She enjoyed a career in commercial banking before returning to school and moving into Human Resources. She worked in the human resources field for over 25 years. Since retiring, she has been involved in a family business where she uses her skills in banking, human resources and property management. She is currently a member of HRPA (Human Resources Professional Association) and FRPO (Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario). She has been an active participant in many community organizations in York Region and served on several not for profit boards, including Yellow Brick House and a seniors housing complex in York Region. 

Susan Lennard, Director
Susan graduated from Queen’s University and received her teaching certificate from the Ontario College of Education. She taught English in secondary school and community college for many years. She also worked at Wilfrid Laurier University, writing course material in the Continuing Education Department. After moving to Aurora in 2010, Susan joined CFUW Aurora/Newmarket. She served on the steering committee for the Club’s Writing Contest which was established to encourage creative writing by young people in York Region. She co-chaired the committee for two years. Working with the trust provides an excellent opportunity to continue her commitment to education.

Eileen Watson, Director
Eileen Watson graduated from the University of Toronto and received degrees in both Physical and Occupational therapy and Bachelor of Science. She was a therapist at St. Michael's Hospital for three years before raising her children and did part time work while they were young. After moving to Aurora in 1970 she worked at Southlake Hospital as Supervisor of Physical Therapy. Eileen was involved with her late husband for many years in many organizations for disabled children and adults, and raised money for Southlake Hospital for the CAT scan and the Therapeutic Pool. Presently she is on the boards of Third Age Learning, CFUW and Gran Aurora. Eileen is a strong believer in education.