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The Business & Professional Women Toronto (BPW Toronto) awarded bursaries over the year with the last program inaugurated in 1976.

The award was to be presented to a woman who: lives in the City of Toronto, is re-entering into higher educational facilities to update her skills to allow advancement in her choice of endeavour, requires financial assistance, and is a single parent.

Over the years BPW Toronto had members who contributed, not only to the club, but also to the community at large. The bursaries are awarded to a woman who meets the above criteria and who are students in the following: law, engineering, education, nursing, and business. The bursary is offered directly to one of the areas mentioned above for a student who meets the specified criteria.

BPW Toronto has donated $30,000 to the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive grounding in leadership skills, financial and human resources management and research and quality improvement in social service organizations.

An additional bonus is that a matching amount of funds ($30,000) from money was provided by the Ontario government to double donations to the University so the Veira Simmonds (BPW Toronto) Bursary Fund would have $60,000 to assist women in business knowledge.

Applicants had to have a Master’s of Social Work or master’s degree in a related social service field and at least five years experience in the social services. It is a one year program or two years on a part time basis. The diploma can also be completed as a specialization in the Faculty’s MSW program. Course content will emphasize management and administration skills to provide graduates with both the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to move into any supervisory, management or leadership role.


BPW clubs lobby for change in law and practice that will achieve economic equity and economic security for women, and to work for change in attitudes that will bring about equality of opportunity for women in education, employment, and participation in public and political roles.

Resolutions Committees at the club level:

  • Educates members on the process of resolution development that align within the BPW mandate
  • Trains on parliamentary and debate procedures
  • Submits resolutions to the governing bodies within the BPW organization
  • Participates with representation and protocol of resolutions at provincial, national and international forums
  • Presents briefs to applicable municipal, provincial, federal governments and to the United Nations once resolutions are debated and passed.


BPW Toronto held an annual High Tea for the Sistering Organization on November of every year.

Sistering is a women’s agency serving homeless, marginalized and low-income women in Toronto. Their programs and services help women gain greater control over their life circumstances. Their advocacy focuses on changing the social conditions that put women at risk. And our service philosophy is to ensure that women’s dignity is not eroded by poverty and homelessness.

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