CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN - NORTHUMBERLAND ANNUAL
FEATURING HELGA STEPHENSON
MAY 10 • 11:30am
Helga Stephenson, former celebrated CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, will be guest speaker at the Canadian Federation of University Women - Northumberland's scholarship luncheon next spring.
The award-winning film and media arts personality will be talking about the "dramatic" changes for women in the film and television industry at the May 10 fundraising luncheon in the Cobourg Lions Community Centre, 157 Elgin St. E.
Stephenson, who was executive director of the Toronto International Film Festival from 1986 to 1996, worked with TIFF for 17 years. She was instrumental in expanding TIFF venues beyond the GTA, including theatres in Northumberland County.
Credited with morphing the Genie Awards and Geminis into the Canadian Screen Awards, Stephenson was honoured last fall after announcing her departure from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television following the Canadian Screen Awards.
The McGill University graduate, born and raised in Montreal, has also served as chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival; co-chair of the Metro Toronto Round Table on Culture; advisor on the City of Toronto Mayor's Economic Partnership Council and the Women's Leadership Conference of the Americas.
Her other achievements include: co-founder of the Human Rights Watch in Canada; chair of the Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival and chair of Viacom Canada, Canada Council and the National Arts Centre.
Funds raised by the luncheons since 1991 have provided scholarships and bursaries for numerous Northumberland high school and college students. In 2016, seven high school students each received $750 scholarships, including a new award for a First Nations, Metis or Inuit student.
Previous CFUW-N guest speakers include Hazel McCallion, former mayor of Mississauga; Sheila Fraser, former auditor general of Canada, Carol Off, CBC radio and television personality and Alia Hogben, executive director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.
Advance tickets for the May 10 luncheon are $65 per person and will go on sale at Victoria Hall in Cobourg later this fall. Partial tax receipts will be issued. Businesses and corporations are encouraged to make donations to the fund or sponsor tables of eight for students to attend. Full tax receipts will be issued for donations.
For further information, call Noreen O'Rinn, CFUW-N vice-president, at 905-372-9077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Call 905 372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210 for tickets
Tickets are $65. Luncheon is at the Cobourg Lion's Centre