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Shoebox Project

Table with wrapped gift boxes

This is our fourth year preparing shoeboxes filled with small gifts, and we have completed  83 boxes! These are distributed to local shelters and other agencies and are very much appreciated.

Want more information? Please go to the Shoebox Project  website or see our September newsletter in the Members Only section.


RECAP November Speaker


Toronto children’s author, Rona Arato, told us about her award-winning book “The Last Train” which harrowingly recounts how her late husband, Paul, survived a concentration camp and Nazi death train when a young Jewish boy.

Paul and his family lived a segregated but peaceful life in Hungary. In 1944 the Nazis sent Paul’s father into forced labour; Paul and the rest of his family eventually ended up in Bergen Belsen concentration camp. In 1945 Paul, his mother and brother, and other Jews of this camp were locked into train boxcars headed for execution. After four and a half hellish days of travel, they were liberated by American soldiers.

Rona’s message to readers and listeners: “You can’t stop war on the other side of the world but you can prevent hate and bullying from getting a foothold in your school and community.”

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Welcome Party

New members

Please join us at our “Getting to Know Us” party. The party will be on Monday November  26  at 6:30 p.m. just before our November General Meeting at 7:30 p.m.


Recap – October Speaker


Marisa Sterling is the first Assistant Dean, Inclusivity and Diversity, at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. Currently only 25 percent of undergrad engineering students are female. Marisa’s mission is to make Lassonde School the first engineering school in Canada to reach gender parity.

“Gender diversity drives innovation because there is access to more talent,” Marisa said. “There is a financial payoff. When women are on boards, it has been found that there is a 26 percent increase in return on investment.”

How can we encourage more females to choose engineering? Marisa said scholarships for female STEM students help, including UWCNY’s. And further support is provided at the Lassonde School; Marisa instigated a project where first year female students are mentored by upper year ones.

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Festive Luncheon

Come join us to celebrate the holiday season on Wednesday December 12th, 2018 11:30 am. The Donalda Club, 17 Bushberry Dr, Toronto.

Our singer will be Doug Goodeve, who will entertain us after the buffet luncheon.

Tickets will be sold at our October and November general meetings. You can also contact the Interest Group Convenor or the Social Co-Convenor for more information.

Cost: $57.00 (non-refundable) Cheques to be made out to UWCNY Festive Luncheon

Hope to see you there