CFUW COQUITLAM, is a local chapter in a
national organization, CFUW (Canadian Federation of University
Women) that is affiliated with an International body, Graduate Women International, in over 60 countries.
CFUW Coquitlam, is a voluntary, non-profit,
self funded organization. Our chapter was granted a charter in April
1969. CFUW Coquitlam services the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities. We promote and enable women's fellowship, continous learning and empowerment to achieve educational and economic equality and social justice. We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2019.
The club helped with the establishment of the
first Coquitlam Public Library and acted as a catalyst in developing
a public library board.
At present, the club provides bursaries to the secondary schools in School District #43 as well as two art scholarships.
We continue to support Douglas College, namely the Millennium Bursary, and Simon Fraser University through an endowment fund established by the club in 1996. In recognition of the award to the university, the club was welcomed to the Thelma Finlayson Society, an association of friends of the university, which provides philanthropic support. The club is very proud of the honour especially as Thelma Finlayson is one of the founding members of CFUW Coquitlam.