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January 2017 Potluck Dinners, Lunches & Teas

January 2017 Potluck Dinners, Lunches & Teas            

2016 Scholarship Recipients

2016 Scholarship Winners
Photo from left to right: Theresa Sliz, Rachel Ravazzano, recipient of the Margaret Manson scholarship, Amber Eyskoot, recipient of the Amy Williams scholarship Suekheleane Baja, recipient of the Alberta Shearer scholarship Jill Rollins

The MLUWC Wine Appreciation II Club spent Valentine’s Day together for a fun evening of tasting and evaluation good wines, enjoying delicious complimentary food and  having great conversation

MLUWC Wine Appreciation II Club

Dr. Annmarie Adams, Chair, Dept of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University. An expert on historical hospital architecture,
she was our guest on November 14th.

Dr. Annmarie Adams
2016-2017 Fundraising Committee
Photo from left to right:
Mary Vlahos, Judy Paquin, Victoria Pinnell, Sally Gurekian, Janet Ankcorn, Joyce Schaaf

Shona Watt, environmentalist, speaking on "What bee keeping has taught me about sustainable living".

Shona Watt

2015 Scholarship Recipients

2015 Scholarship Winners
Photo from left to right:
Scholarship Committee Co-chair Theresa Sliz, Scholarship Recipients: Ivy Lin, Kharoll-Ann Souffrant, Lana Saleh-Bacha, Scholarship Committee Co-chair Jill Rollins

Dr. Victoria Kaspi, McGill Astrophysicist, spoke at the MLUWC AGM 2016 on "Making Sense of it all: Why I Love Astrophysics

Dr. Victoria Kaspi

2016 MLUWC Convivium

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1) Walter Duszara, president of the Thomas Moore Instutute, discussing the role of the Institute over the years.
2) Mr. Duszara with Margaret Nicoll-Griffith (red hat) who organizes the draw for a winner to attend free courses at the Instutute.
3) Pat Jones at one of the tables where members signed up for Interest Groups for 2016-17.
4) Winner of the Thomas Moore scholarship, Ann Arial, guest of Gilda Martinello and a new member of MLUWC.

May 9, 2016 AGM at the Beaconsfield Golf Club

Incoming executive 2016-2017 Fundraising Committee 2016-2017

The Games Day Luncheon held on April 28, 2016 was a big success. Shown are fundraising committee members (from left to right): Mary Vlahos, Victoria Pinnell and Joyce Schaaf.

Mary Vlahos, Victoria Pinnell and Joyce Schaaf

Three MLUWC members, Françoise Vien, Judy Kelley and Denyse Boivin (from left to right) spoke to us on Members' Night in March 2016 and shared their their stories, accomplishments and challenges.

Cathy Wong

Cathy Wong, President of the Conseil des Montréalaises, spoke to members on April 11, 2016 about the role of the Conseil "as an advisory body to the municipal administration on all issues concerning gender equality and the status of women".

Dr. Mark Ware spoke to our members about medical cannabis and the research efforts underway into applications for its use not only as a pain medication
but also in other treatments.

MLUWC raised over $1,700 for their community outreach efforts at the December meeting. Linda Ricketts handed the cheque to Wendy Gariepy of the West Island Mission. After listening to the lilting sounds of the McGill Conservatory Youth Choir, the members enjoyed a warm seasonal punch and a selection of sweets and savouries.

Ricketts hands out the cheque to Wendy Gariepy of the West Island Mission.

On November 9, 2015, Teresa Dellar, executive director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence and Rose de Angelis, director of nursing spoke on the topic of Demystifying Palliative Care.

Teresa Dellar and Rose de Angelis

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2015 Scholarship Fundraiser

On October 28th 2015, the Lyric Theatre Singers performed "The Best of Broadway" to a full house for MLUWC’s annual fundraising event. The proceeds of this evening will enable MLUWC to award scholarships toward post secondary education to three deserving West Island women, as well as, several smaller bursaries to adult education students. Thank you to everyone who participated in making this possible.

2015 Scholarship Fundraiser

At the October 5, 2015 general meeting, two candidates, Francis Scarpaleggia (Liberal) and Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (NDP) spoke to the members about the political platforms of their parties and about their own beliefs with regard to women's and other issues. The Conservative candidate was unable to attend.


The scholarship fundraiser for 2015 will feature the “Best of Broadway” performed by The Lyric Theatre Singers.
This year’s objective is to raise $9,000 towards scholarships for deserving West Island women.

2015 Scholarship Fundraiser
Pictured are members of the Fundraising Committee from left to right:
Mary Vlahos(co-chair), Joyce Schaaf, Judy Paquin, Jane Cowell Poitras, Victoria Pinnell (Co-chair)
and missing from the picture: Janet Ankcorn

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Photo from left to right:
Scholarship recipients: Alison Sibthorpe; Victoria Wagner; Scholarship Committee Chair: Sandra Munro; Scholarship winner: Kayley Diamond

2014 Scholarship Winners

Autumn Convivium

The end of summer was made more pleasant at the Convivium. Friends, old and new, gathered to enjoy decadent desserts and coffee
while signing up for Interest Groups and January dinners.

Ina, Johanna and Suzanne Margaret Nicoll-Griffith Mary Vlahos and Joyce Schaaf

Bill Brownstein was the keynote speaker at the MLUWC AGM at the St Raphael Golf Club on May 11, 2015.

Bill Brownstein

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On June 3, 2015 the Place Cartier Adult Education Centre hosted a tea to honour eight recipients of the 2015 MLUWC bursaries.

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MLUWC AGM at St Raphael Golf Club on May 11, 2015

MLUWC Exec 2015-2016

The 2014-2015 MLUWC annual Games Day took place on April 30, 2015. More than 80 ladies participated
and enjoyed themselves raising profits to support the Scholarship Fund.

2015 Games Day Fundraising Committee 2015 Games Day 2015 Games Day

Members' Night 2015:
We heard the inspiring stories of five members.

Photo from left to right: Maria Korab-Laskowska, Marianna Newkirk, Jane Cowell-Poitras, Margaret Mitchell and Diane Gibb.

Members' Night 2015

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On March 9, 2015 Julie Cobb spoke to us about being a prison warden in Quebec.

Julie Cobb

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Lynne McVey, CEO of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, spoke to our Club on February 9, 2015 on
“The Future of Mental Health: Prevention and Early Intervention with Youth”.

Lynne McVey

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Chitra Chopra (MLUWC programme chair, right) presents the cheque to Tracy Wrench (left), recreation director of the West Island Association for the Intellectually handicapped. Heidi Schaaf (centre), daughter of MLUWC member, Joyce Schaaf, helped present the cheque.

Christmas 2014

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2015 Scholarship Fundraiser

The scholarship fundraiser for 2014 featured renditions from popular musicals by the Montreal West Operatic Society.
The evening raised more than $6000 toward scholarships for deserving West Island women.

Pictured are members of the fundraising committee from left to right:
Victoria Pinnell, Sally Gurekian, Mary Vlahos (Chair), Joyce Schaaf and Jane Cowell Poitras.

2014 Scholarship Fundraiser

On November 10th, guest speaker, Dr Shaheen Shariff spoke about Sexting and Cyberbullying which have been at the top of public policy debate for more than a decade.

Dr Shaheen Shariff

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Dr Lucy Gilbert, McGill University, spoke to us about ovarian cancer at our Community Night on October 6, 2014. Seven 7 other organisations participated
by sharing information on what they do for our community.

Dr. Lucy Gilbert

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Johanna Lloyd (right) and Thomas More Institute representative at the Autumn Convivium drawing the winner's name to receive a free course

Johanna Lloyd

2013 Scholarship Recipients

2013 Scholarship Winners
Photo from left to right:
Scholarship Committee members: Jane Edwards, Sandra Munro; Scholarship Recipients: Zhu Yin Xu,
Ashley Tritt, Meiying Li; Scholarship Committee members: Teresa Sliz, Kathleen Quail,
Anne Brossard, Frances Lortie

Alix Ohlin, daughter of longtime member Carol Ohlin, spoke to us at the MLUWC 2014 AGM at the St. Raphael Golf Club about her book Inside
and her journeyto becoming a published author.

MLUWC Members’ Night 2014

This year, Games Day held on May 1st, 2014 raised $1,600 for the MLUWC scholarship fund! It was a day of fun, games and camaraderie. Thank you to all the volunteers, participants and donors who helped make this such a success.

Games Day 2014 Games Day 2014
Games Day 2014 Games Day 2014

Thank you to all who supported our November 14, 2013 fundraiser "An Evening with Bowser and Blue" which raised over $6,000 for the MLUWC Scholarship Fund!

The evening provided much enjoyment and laughter featuring the musical talents and comedy of Bowser and Blue.

2013 Scholarship Fundraiser
Photo from left to right:
Suzanne Taylor, Shirley Wick, Sally Gurekian, Rick Blue, Mary Vlahos, Nicole Awad, Victoria Pinnell, Gilda Martinello, George Bowser, Nancy Doray

We had a wonderful evening learning about the members' art interests and volunteer jobs. Five of our newest members spoke about their careers.

MLUWC Members’ Night 2014

Left to right:
Suzanne Chaussé, Megan Evans, Carolina Soulie, Paulette Cargill and Rochelle Arcelin

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Mair Verthuy, professor emerita, Concordia U., former principal of Simone Beauvoir Institute, Order of Canada, and Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient spoke on Reflections on Feminism on March 10, 2014

Mair Verthuy
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Catherine MacKenzie PhD, Professor, Art History, spoke to the MLUWC on February 10th 2014, about Restituting War-Stolen Art

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The MLUWC Christmas concert was held on December 9, 2013 and we were entertained by the West Island Chorus. The Club raised $1600 for the West Island Women's Shelter! Our Interest Groups Chair, Linda Sestock, presented the cheque to Gloria Sweeney who accepted on behalf of the Shelter. In addition, members of the Club also donated toiletries and Christmas gifts to the Shelter.

2013 Christmas Concert

On November 11th 2013 Dr Hildegard Brack spoke about Person-Centred Care - A Balm for Alzheimer's Patients

Dr Hildegard Brack
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On Monday, October 7, 2013, Josée Maurice, Clinical Coordinator/Advisor, Transplant Quebec, spoke about recent developments in organ donation.

Josée Maurice

2012 Scholarship Recipients

2012 Scholarship Winners
Photo from left to right:
Scholarship Committee members: Corinne Thompson, Eibhlin McHale,
Scholarship Recipients: Clemence Briand-Racine, Mahya Dehborzogi, Melissa Canales-Pannese, Michaela Dickey, President, Gilda Martinello, Scholarship Committee members: Franca Ferra, Diane Nevins, Barbara Armbruster

Aldo Parise

On June 6, 2013 Aldo Parise, editor of "Tidings" magazine presented three wines from the Opimian Society to our group. This was our membership-drive evening and we hope to see the ladies who came to learn about us at the Convivium in September.

Great wines, excellent food and good company!

Sevinc Agbaba

Sevinc Agbaba, displaying her art and embroidered cards on Members' Night, was one of many who displayed their talents and interests.

Denise Otis

On Monday March 11th, 2013, Denise Otis, Legal Counsel, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees addressed the Montreal Lakeshore University Women's Club. Denise told us of her experiences when she was a Protection Officer in the refugee camps of Sri Lanka in 2009 and ruled on applications for refugee status in Sallum, on the border between Egypt and Libya.

Francis Scarpaleggia
On February 11, 2013, Francis Scarpaleggia, MP Lac St. Louis, spoke to us about the 'Protection of Canadian Waters'.

Stewart Hall Singers
The Stewart Hall Singers entertained us at our Christmas Concert on December 10th 2012. We raised money from our raffle to support two local charities, "Light a Dream" and "West Island Mission".

Rebecca Aldworth
Rebecca Aldworth (centre), Executive Director, Humane Society International spoke about helping animals and confronting cruelty, with team members Ashley Caya (left) and Ewa Dewmianowicz (right).

Nancy Doray and Speaker, Lynne Perrault
Programme Committee Chair, Nancy Doray and Speaker, Lynne Perrault, Director, Electronic Commerce Enforcement

2011 Scholarship Recipients

2011 Scholarship Winners
Photo from left to right:
Laura Garner, Dale Williams, Diane Nevins, Frances Lortie, Jessica Marrone, Anna Phan, Pamela Deans, Maria Montecillo, Eibhlin McHale, Barbara Armbruster.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Guest speaker, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society at the MLUWC Annual General Meeting held on May 14, 2012 at the St. Raphael Golf Club in Ile Bizard

Laura Calder
Guest Speaker Laura Calder, Chef, TV Host & Author during November 14th 2011 meeting.

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