Archives: Bio of Past Presidents

Doris Mae Oulton 1945-

“To be a good problem solver one must be pragmatic, a keen observer of interactions and abilities.” A woman with a strong social conscience, Doris Mae has had a long-standing commitment to improving our society. During her presidency her mission statement was “the power of women working together,” a natural extension of her professional activities …

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Susan Dyer Murphy 1950-2019

“I’ve tried to share my CFUW experience in words and pictures wherever I go, believing that the more we get to know one another, share stories and successes, the more CFUW clubs and members in our federation will feel a kinship among us and all benefit from those experiences.”   Born in Winnipeg, Susan was …

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Brenda Margaret Wallace 1951-

“We are making progress as we adjust to the challenges and we are fortunate in knowing…that we are one of the organizations that has the Right to Speak and the Responsibility to Act.” Brenda Margaret Wallace was born in Regina, the daughter of parents who strongly believed in a quality education for both of their …

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Ardith Feick Toogood 1946-

“I’ve always liked strategic planning because it is my inclination to look at where you want to go and how you are going to get there.” From the time Ardith Feick was a young girl growing up in Waterloo County, Ontario, she demonstrated an ability to take a long-range view of whatever problem she was …

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Jacqueline Jacques 1948-

“Greater access to new information technologies for every woman on this planet is an essential step in our continuing quest for equality.” Jacqueline Jacques, the 30th President of CFUW, was born in Montreal and completed all her formal education there. She received a BA in 1969 from the University of Montreal, choosing the Humanities as …

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Mavis Birch Moore 1938-2013

“Networking and sharing with one another builds the strength of CFUW. Much energy that drives organizations is generated when people connect with one another. It’s when you make these connections that you commit to helping each other, and begin to plug in your ideas and resources. That’s when the creative sparks start to fly.” Born …

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Betty Laun Bayless 1938-2007

“I believe our challenge in the next biennium is the ability to move our Provincial Governments to action, to get them to listen the same way as we got the Federal Government to listen to us.” Betty Ann Laun was born in 1938 and grew up the only child of loving parents in St. Paul, …

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Margaret McIlwraith Matheson 1933-

“The Federation is you, not your club executive or your national board, but you the members. And it is as strong as the fibres of its network in both horizontal and vertical directions.” Margaret Knox (Peggy) Matheson was born in Toronto and raised in a family where academics were of prime importance. Her father, Thomas …

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Thomasine Elder Irwin

1938-2020  CFUW President 1988-1990 “Whether we are ‘small a’ activists or sign waivers, whether we have arrived at this state early or late, it is important that we be concerned, that we educate ourselves as thoroughly as possible regarding our concerns, and then take whatever action is appropriate to address these concerns.” Tammy was born …

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Linda Palmer Souter 1930-

“I dream of a world where the daughters of our children and their children’s children will be valued for who they are and who they can be; where they will be free to laugh, to play, to explore, to study and to learn so they can reach their potential; where they can grow to womanhood …

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