Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CCLOW)

1971-1975 The early beginnings

1971 An advisory committee of women adult educators was formed

CAAE approached the advisory committee of women adult educators

1973 Workshops held in Toronto and Saskatoon
Canadian Committee on Continuing Education for Women (CCCEW) established as a project of CAAE
1975 Network links re-kindled during International Women's Year

1976 - 1979 Networking across the country
...from committees to founding congress

1976 Janet Willis hired by the LOW project to conduct a national research project on women's learning needs
1977 National meeting held in Winnipeg to present research results and establish a goal for the developing organization: to promote learning opportunities for women in Canada in order to increase their participation in the economic, social, and political life in Canada.
1978 Mary Corkery hired as first National Coordinator
First CCLOW newsletter published as Connections-CCLOW News
  CCLOW published study, Roadblocks to Women's Learning: Issues for Advocacy by Dorothy MacKeracher
1979 Founding Congress held in Banff, where Mairi St. John Macdonald was elected first President
CCLOW networks began to take shape in British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia
Skills Bank developed as tool for CCLOW members to connect with each other
CCLOW published its first study on women and literacy entitled Adult basic education for women: A model for policy development by Dorothy MacKeracher

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