Member of the National Council of Women of Canada since 1893
Membre du conseil national des femmes du Canada depuis 1893


March 8, 2018

International Women's Day

Doctor Dolly Dastor

The Montreal Council of Women wishes everybody a special International Women's Day and celebrates and encourages all those who have made, and continue to make, an impact on improving conditions for women and girls around the world.

Our own Dr. Dolly Dastoor has written a piece published in Parsi Khabar on the history of International Women's Day established in 1977 by the United Nations.

To read her article, please click here

August 23, 2017
Hannah Taylor

Hannah Taylor, who spoke to MCW at the September 2015 General Meeting, will receive the Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award in Louisville, Kentucky for her work with Canada's homeless people. She is one of six recipients under 30 years of age from around the world being honoured with this award.

Hannah Taylor has been working to improve the lot of the homeless since she was first inspired at the tender age of 5 years. She started the Ladybug Foundation by the age of 8 years and has raised well over 4.2 million dollars for the homeless. Currently, the very inspiring 21-year-old Hannah is pursuing a political science degree at McGill University.

To read the complete article in the McGill Reporter click here

January 30, 2017
Cheryl Braganza
February 25, 1945 - December 16, 2016

Cheryl Braganza, Montreal Council of Women "Woman of the Year" 2008 for Excellence in the Integration of Women Immigrants through the Arts and so much more... painter, writer, poet, pianist, and cancer survivor, passed away peacefully after a 12-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer.

Her painting of the Famous Five adorns the cover of the Montreal Council of Women 120 year Retrospective.

  • To read Cheryl's very inspiring story written by her son, click here.

  • For information about the creative memorial to be held on her birthday, February 25, to confirm your attendance or to make a donation to the Cheryl Braganza Memorial Fund, click here.

  • To visit Cheryl's website, see her paintings and read her inspiring words, click here.

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February 7, 2019
Holiday Party

The speaker for Black History Month will be The Honourable Marlene Jennings, former lawyer, Liberal MP, Parliamentary Secretary and community advocate. Ms. Jennings was the first black woman from Quebec to be elected to Parliament.

For further information please, please click here

December 6, 2018
Holiday Party

The MCW Holiday Party was well-attended at capacity with 50 members and guests. Some members shared stories about how this time of year is celebrated and described their traditions. There was a collection of non-perishable items which were donated to a local charity.


October 4, 2018

Barbara Arseneau spoke about her decades of nursing experience and the Montreal General Hospital Nursing Alumnae.

Woman of the Year
April 29, 2018

MCW is pleased to honour Margaret Trudeau, mental health advocate, for her efforts in mental health-issues education and bringing attention to the stigma associated with the disease by naming her the MCW Woman of the Year 2018.

Margaret Trudeau

The Woman of the Year luncheon will be held at the Mount Stephen Hotel, 1440 Drummond Street, Montreal. For ticket information please click here.

If you would like to support this event and to order tickets please click here.


The February 2019 Bulletin is now available.
The deadline for members to submit articles or announcements for publication in the Bulletin is the 10th day of each month.

MCW Annual Reports and NCWC Newsletters are also available on the Bulletin page.

The Montreal Council of Women, 120 years and counting ...
A retrospective
2015 MCW Book cover

The MCW launched their 120th anniversary book on December 4, 2015 on the occasion of the 2015 Women of the Year awards luncheon. The book is a a history of the various groups, organisations and individuals who are part of the Montreal Council of Women.

Copies can be obtained at a cost of $20.00 each by contacting B. Destounis (, S. Gyles ( or

Order your copy today and don't miss out on having a record of the history and contributions of the women of Montreal!