Upcoming Events

6th Annual Victoria Day Tea
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 2:00 to 4:30 PM

Presidio Golf & Concordia Club

Canadian Women's Club 2.0 invites you to join us to mix and mingle with old friends and new and celebrate Victoria Day with fellow Canadians.
Family and friends are all welcome. Hats and fascinators are encouraged! Prize for best headwear.


Tea Sandwiches

Cream Cheese/Smoked Salmon Smear on Thin Rye (open face)

Cucumber, Watercress & Butter on Soft Whole Wheat

Egg Salad on Soft White Bread

Dessert Treats

Mini Homemade Scones with Lemon Curd, Three Jams/Butter

Assorted Cookies & Tea Cakes


Petit Fours

Beverages – English Breakfast Tea Brewed

Coffee & Tea Service and Iced Tea ~ Herbal Teas on side

No Host – Cash Bar

Hosting: 1⁄2 glass champagne per person to be served upon arrival

$40 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity, and parking

Please register and pay here by May 14.

Recent Events

Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 11 AM

WHERE:  Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco.

Once again, Suzan Devetlian of L’Vian boutique in Burlingame, graciously supplied the models’ clothes and actively helped to make this another successful event!  Some of our lovely Canadian Women's Club members modeled for us.

Speakers & Luncheon Series
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11 AM

WHEN: Social hour 11 a.m.  Lunch 12 noon.

WHERE: Basque Cultural Center Auditorium at 599 Railroad Avenue in South San Francisco. 

Jody Sanford, Associate Director Communications and Marketing at the Presidio Trust spoke to us regarding happenings in the Presidio and updates from the Presidio Trust.

Jody graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a BA in International Relations and English.  She was on the Board of Directors and also President of the Board of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.  After acting as a Senior Staff Associate for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Jody joined the team at the Presidio Trust in 1999.

Speakers & Luncheon Series
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 11 AM

WHEN: Social Hour, 11 a.m., Lunch 12 noon.

WHERE: Basque Cultural Center, South San Francisco

SPEAKER: Dr. Rita Ross is an anthropologist and folklorist who has studied the Acadians and their heroine Evangeline since the 1980s. She taught for many years in the California State University system, and is recently retired after more than 25 years from the position of Associate Director of the Canadian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, wherre she helped to raise Canada's profile in the Bay Area.

This lecture and slide presentation took the audience on a literary trip across Canada, visiting the sites associated with favorite authors. Canada boasts a number of important literary tourist sites having cultural, literary, and economic dimensions.

In this talk, Dr. Ross led us on an east-to-west visit to some of these tourist centers, discussing how they are interwoven with ideas about Canadian authors, Canadian landscapes, and Canada itself. Among the authors and works that were discussed are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Emily Carr, and Robert W. Service.

5th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 4:30 to 8:30 PM

CWC 2.0 invited you to join us for the glamor of the Oscars at Presidio Golf & Concordia Club in San Francisco.

We enjoyed a FREE glass of champagne on arrival – then a wonderful array of foods, including:
• Smoked Salmon w/ Condiments 
• Tempura Artichoke Hearts 
• Baby New Potatoes stuffed with Asiago Souffle 
• Tuna Poke on Crisp Won Ton with Avocado 
• Lamb Skewers with Yogurt Curry Sauce 
• Popcorn

Speakers & Luncheon Series
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11 AM

WHEN: Social Hour, 11 a.m., Lunch 12 noon.

WHERE: Presidio Golf & Concordia Club, San Francisco

SPEAKER: For our 52nd anniversary, we were delighted to hear again from our Consul General, Brandon LeeAs many of you know, Brandon is an engaging speaker; he brought us up to date on Canadian issues and, as usual, was open to answering questions from our members and guests.

Speakers & Luncheon Series
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 11 AM

WHEN: Social Hour, 11 a.m., Lunch 12 noon.

WHERE: Basque Cultural Center, South San Francisco

SPEAKER: The speaker was Jaida Im, the founder and executive director of Freedom House. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Freedom House is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. Freedom House works closely with law enforcement and community partners to identify survivors of human trafficking, and to provide them with the care and services they need to rebuild their lives. Through their innovative aftercare model, Freedom House is breaking the cycle of exploitation and creating new futures for survivors.

Annual Holiday Luncheon, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 11 AM

WHEN: Social Hour, Bake Sale & Silent Auction, 11 a.m., Lunch 12 noon.  The Silent Auction will close at 12:30 pm.

WHERE: Presidio Golf & Concordia Club, West Pacific Avenue, The Presidio, San Francisco 

Speakers and Luncheon Series
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 11 AM

WHEN: 11:00 am. Social hour; Lunch 12:00.

WHERE: Basque Cultural Center, South San Francisco.

Speaker: David Stewart

Canada and Canadian Civic Community in the Bay Area

Many tens of thousands of Canadians live in Silicon Valley, often serving as a helpful entry-point for Canadian stakeholders advancing interests in the region.  Although the Canadian Consulate is still the main gateway for Canadian stakeholders, in recent years Non-Government Organizations and provincial governments have grown more active: BC, Quebec, and Ontario have opened offices; the C100 and the Digital Moose Lounge, two nonprofit networks of expat Canadians, have expanded their activities; and Canadian universities have moved beyond alumni events to more active programming.  This presentation considers the evolving relationship between Canada, the provinces, and the Canadian diaspora in Silicon Valley.  It also compares the Canadian example with other country diaspora networks in the region.  What are the evolving opportunities and risks for Canada?

Speakers and Luncheon Series
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 11 AM

WHEN – Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Social hour 11 a.m. Lunch 12 noon.

WHERE – Presidio Golf & Concordia Club, West Pacific Avenue, The Presidio, San Francisco.

PROGRAM: – Our speaker was Therese Poletti who delighted us with her presentation, "Grand Emporiums of Old San Francisco.” Ms. Poletti’s presentation will take us back in time to the old and wonderful department stores we can all reminisce about – The White House and I Magnin, for example. We saw great photos of San Francisco and the older department stores many years ago.

Therese Poletti has been a journalist for over twenty years, mostly writing about business, finance and technology. In her off hours, Poletti can also be found giving architectural walking tours as a volunteer for San Francisco City Guides, which is how she became inspired by the work of Timothy Pflueger, one of the city's forgotten architectural geniuses, and subject of her first book, “Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger” 1st Edition, which will be available for sale at the meeting.

6th Annual Canadian Thanksgiving Celebration
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 12 PM to 3 PM

When: Dinner served at 1 PM

Where: Presidio Golf & Concordia Club, San Francisco

Canadian Women's Club 2.0 invited you to join us to mix and mingle with old friends 
and new and celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with fellow Canadians. 
Family and friends were all welcome.



~ ~ Menu ~ ~ 

Mixed Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing

French Sour Dough Baguette & Butter

Roast Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Served with Cranberry Sauce & Green Beans 

Vegetable and Polenta Tower for Vegetarians

Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream

Coffee & Tea


Speakers and Luncheon Series
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 11 AM

When: Social hour 11 AM, Lunch 12 noon

Where: Basque Cultural Center, South San Francisco



Our speaker was our Honorary Co-President, Giovanna Mingarelli, an Ottawa native.

Presentation Title: The Story of a Nomadic Canadian Entrepreneur 

“From my earliest days, I have always had a passion for people, learning and collective engagement. My presentation will explore my beginnings in the small rural town of Rockland, Ontario, and my early entry into politics at the age of 15. Soon thereafter, I would work in the press office of a Prime Minister before moving to the tech scene in New York City and later Birmingham, England. Eager to continue my work in civic engagement, & empowering youth and women, I would later start two companies, M&C Consulting, Inc. and Mcrowdsourcing Canada (MC2) Inc. that would fuse all of my life’s goals into one.

This work would take me around the world from the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos,Switzerland, to the Mongolian Steppe, to the White House in Washington, D.C. This presentation [touched] on the key people and events that have contributed to where I am today.”


Speakers and Luncheon Series
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 11 AM

When: Social hour 11 AM, Lunch 12 noon

Where: Presidio Golf & Concordia Club, San Francisco

Program: "Why I Love Opera" featured renowned pianist Bruce Olstad and Roberta Wain-Becker, founder of Golden Gate Opera. 

Roberta Wain-Becker led Golden Gate Opera in its development, first through performances in San Francisco in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor's Florence Gould Theater from 1998-2004, and then in productions in Marin County at the Marin Civic Center's theaters. Ms. Wain-Becker's professional opera career includes thirty years of international and U.S regional opera company engagements.

Bruce Olstad holds the position of Chorusmaster for Sacramento Opera & Philharmonic, Livermore Valley Opera, and West Bay Opera (Palo Alto). He also regularly serves as Assistant Conductor with Livermore Valley Opera. He recently served as chorus director for Andrea Bocelli's concert appearance in Sacramento and conducted the world premiere of composer Lisa Scola Prosek's new chamber opera, The Lariat, in San Francisco. Mr. Olstad is a Teaching Artist for San Francisco Opera Guild.

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