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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. 

This year 2018, the Trust will issue approximately $17,000 in Educational Awards to students entering post-secondary institutions (see “Our Awards”). This amount includes the annual portion of the new Mary Pegg Education Award which will total $10,000 for each studen receiving the award over a ten-year period.  

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. 

Cheryl Rines: Treasurer 
Cheryl started her career in technology as a Computer Operator, after taking computer and accounting courses at Sheridan College. Always goal-oriented, she continued to take courses suggested by her employer and the Canadian Securities Institute throughout her career.
Continuing her education allowed Cheryl to work her way up to IT Specialist, Financial Services at a major corporation, a challenging and rewarding position she enjoyed until her retirement.

Now that Cheryl is retired, she enjoys volunteering in her community. She has held the position of Assistant Treasurer for CFUW Aurora/Newmarket, served on several Aurora Seniors Association committees and volunteers at least one day a week at the Aurora Seniors Centre. Cheryl is a true example of a lifelong learner. 

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.

Janis Bell: Director
Janis began her working career as a Registered Nurse. She worked for Toronto General Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital for over forty years, most of it in intensive care. Her Christian faith led her to pursue further studies in theology and counselling. She continued her studies for more than twenty years, culminating in the completion of a Ph.D. in 2013. Presently she is retired, but is using her skills in ministry, volunteering and as a clinical counsellor in her private practice.  

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.