Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CCLOW)

1990-1995 Challenge and change: Promoting women's learning in a time of economic restructuring

1990 First Mairi St. John Macdonald Scholarship awarded
CCLOW experienced a further decrease in federal funding and worked through a strategic planning process to develop new fund-raising approaches
1991 Telling our stories our way: A guide to Canadian materials for women learning to read was published by CCLOW
1992 Feminist Literacy Workers Network founded with support and co-ordination from CCLOW
1993 New fundraising efforts launched by CCLOW including a 10,000 piece direct-mail campaign that helped gain new members and donors, and raised CCLOW's profile.
B.C. Network published The Back-to-School Survival Guide for Women. The 2nd edition of this book was published in 1995.
1994 Summer project on the educational needs of young women
1995 CCLOW continued work on the implications of Labour Market Adjustment
CCLOW networks active in mobilizing women's groups to feed into Local Boards
CCLOW was an active member of Sharing Resources: Development models of collective fundraising for national women's groups.
Aisla Thomson resigned after nine years as CCLOW Executive Director. Bernnitta Hawkins was hired as Executive Director.

Navigating the changing landscape of women's learning

1997 Due to CCLOW's financial situation, the Board decided to cease publication of the magazine, Women's Education des femmes
Joanne Lindsay was hired on contract to work part-time as Executive Director
1999 1999 was the 20th anniversary of CCLOW's founding Congress and CCLOW decided to undertake a number of projects to honour the organization's past:
  • thirteen Mairi St. John Macdonald scholarships were awarded
  • a commemorative issue of Women's Education des femmes, with co-operation of Canadian Women's Studies at York University.
  • the balance of CCLOW's resource centre collection was transferred to The Nellie, The Nellie Langford Rowell Library at York University and to ACTEW (Advocates for Community Based Training and Education for Women)
  • the Centre for Literacy in Montreal agreed to act as a distributor to promote and sell CCLOW publications
  • CCLOW arranged with the National Archives that CCLOW's past files will be housed with the Women's Collection at the National Archives
  • writing a "herstory" of CCLOW
  CCLOW closed the national office at 47 Main Street, Toronto.
CCLOW participated as partner in the launch of Women's Future Fund

2000 Entering the new millennium: A time for renewal

2000 National Congress organized to explore next steps for CCLOW
CCLOW and NWRG considered joining to form one organization but decided to remain separate
Steps taken to renew and re-vitalize CCLOW

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