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


January 24, 2020

In celebration of INGRID BERZINS LEUZY
November 5, 1950 - December 23, 2019

Ingrid Berzins-Leuz

It is with a deep sadness that we share the news of the death of Ingrid Berzins Leuzy. A dedicated and talented member, Ingrid served on the MCW Board as Convener on Health.

Beyond and including her cherished family roles as wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and mother-in law, Ingrid also poured her wisdom and strengths into her friends and colleagues. She was a generous mentor whose encouragement could give wings to courageous endeavours and healing to the broken.

We are joined in our mourning by a myriad of friends and family from across the globe- but especially by those who knew and loved her her husband Vincent Leuzy, daughter Corinna Groenendaal (Robin Heijl- son of member Sandra Heijl) and Antoine Leuzy (Kerstin Heurling)...and her grandsons Leo and Oliver Heijl.

Author and documentary film producer, Ingrid's professional life was marked by a determination to raise awareness and work towards ending domestic violence and violence against women. This passion was further consolidated by her voluntary work with the MCW and Women Aware.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Oncology Department at the Jewish General Hospital or the Multiple Myeloma society. In the official obituary it quotes Ingrid as having lived by the motto: ''Every day is a gift'' to which we add, "she was a gift to all privileged to have known her."

A Celebration of Ingrid's Life will be held on Friday, April 10th at the Mont-Royal Funeral Complex at 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

January 20, 2020


New years and new decades often underscore feelings of hopeful determination. In the last century what both began and ended with desperation (WW1 and the Great Depression) somehow still managed to be called the "Roaring 20's". It is my hope as President of the MCW that this new 21st decade will be marked by steadfast progress in tackling the numerous issues that limit the equality and peace we seek for all in our city as well as influencing similar outcomes well beyond our civic borders. Roaring may be glitzy and glamorous but is not always the best path forward. MCW's strength in daring to work towards realizing such goals comes in working and knitting together our collective talents.

- Penny Rankin – President

August 5, 2019

Pulitzer award winning author Toni Morrison (1931 – 2019) became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She will be remembered for her incisive works and will remain a source of inspiration.

“I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”

- Toni Morrison -

March 11 - 22, 2019

UN Commission on the Status of Women - 63rd Session

United Nations entities, representatives from 45 member states and ECOSOC accredited NGOs attended the UN CSW 63 sessions and parallel events. NCWC and ICW were among the accredited NGOs who attended these meetings. Penny Rankin from the Board of MCW also participated in some of the meetings.

The priority theme for CSW 63 was “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls”.

The review theme for CSW 63 was “women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development” from CSW 60.

The following are links for more information and related documents:

March 8, 2019

International Women's Day

The Montreal Council of Women  is proud to share with you the announcement made by Mayor Valérie Plante, Ville de Montreal, on International Women's Day, March 8, 2019, that the City of Montreal has joined the UN Global Initiative "Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls".

Please see attached the Press Release in English and in French.

To consult past News items, please visit our NEWS ARCHIVE


Woman of the Year

After careful consideration, the committee elected to award Sheila Goldbloom for her distinguished service to women and elder rights. Her dedication to the community, that spans over 50 years, had prompted the committee to determine that the 2020 WOTY will be a Life Time Achievement Award.

Sheila Goldbloom

The Awards Ceremony and lunch will be held on April 26, 2020 at the Mount Stephen Hotel.

March 22, 2020


The Status of Women & Human Rights Committee of the Montreal Council of Women, in collaboration with Teesri Duniya Theatre, is delighted to co-sponsor a timely recreation of playwright and artistic director, RAHUL VARMA’s, play entitled Counter Offence.

Counter Offence
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This 90-minute murder mystery play will be followed, on this day, by an engaging discussion driven by the play’s themes and messages in relation to the living impacts of domestic violence versus the impact of racism in our communities.

December 5, 2019

Special Holiday Luncheon

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, the MCW held its annual Holiday Luncheon which commemorated the 30th Anniversary of the December 6th Massacre at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

The MCW is thankful for guest speaker Marie-Josée Potvin, a survivor of the shooting for sharing her experience with our community and honouring the lives of our lost sisters.

You can view the commemorative poem Potvin read at the event and the presentation our members put forth celebrating the many faiths and our similarities.


The March 2020 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!