Susan Russell
Tuesday, 13 November, 2018  7:00 p.m. 
Stonehaven Apartments

Looking Back at Some of the History of CFUW as it enters its 100th year

We are delighted to welcome Susan Russell to our November meeting and hear her first hand account of many years of service to CFUW - at all levels - local, national and international. 

Susan Russell was born in Cashel, County Tipperary, in the Republic of Ireland. Her formal education was at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. After graduation, Susan spent six years in Guyana, South America, where she worked as a High School Teacher.

Susan has belonged to CFUW since 1980 and has held many positions on the CFUW Board of Directors, including Vice President Ontario, Chair of the CFUW Status of Women Committee (now Advocacy), Resolutions and Vice President International.

Current: Vice President CFUW Nepean, member of CFUW Nepean, Ottawa and Wolfville, (NS).

2010-2016: Board member of the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund; member of the Projects Grants Committee and Chair of the VGIF United Nations Committee

  • 2013-2016: Vice President International Federation of University Women (now Graduate women International) – oversaw the GWI Education Committee – liaised with the Committee Chair.
  • 2012-2014: Chair CFUW Resolutions Committee
  • 2011-2012: Vice President International CFUW
  • 1999-2010: Executive Director CFUW
  • In 2011, she was honoured with the Femmy Award to recognise her dedication and fierce passion for gender equality and human rights.

She also holds a City of Nepean Award for Community Service.

Susan has been a tireless advocate for the rights of women in Canada and abroad. She advocated for the implementation of UN Peace and Security Resolution 1325 that calls for the inclusion of women in the peace process. She was part of the small group that founded Women, Peace and Security, Canada – a group that meets to discuss women’s issues in conflict with Foreign Affairs, Canada. As part of the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights she contribute her expertise and time to ensuring that women’s voices were part of the democratic debate in Canada. This work enhanced the visibility of CFUW as a progressive women’s equality seeking organization.


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