CAEFS is an association of self-governing, community-based Elizabeth Fry Societies that work with and for women and girls in the justice system, particularly those who are, or may be, criminalized. Together, Elizabeth Fry Societies develop and advocate the beliefs, principles and positions that guide CAEFS. The association exists to ensure substantive equality in the delivery and development of services and programs through public education, research, legislative and administrative reform, regionally, nationally and internationally.
About THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETIES
CAEFS is a national, voluntary, not-for-profit organization. Today there are 26 member societies across Canada in 9 provinces and in the Yukon Territory, with interest for developing societies in the other two territories and the 10th province. CAEFS is incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the Canada Corporations Act. Local societies are incorporated under provincial statutes.
Particularly in these times of increasing restraint, voluntarism continues to be an essential part of Elizabeth Fry work. Both volunteer and paid staff are involved in governance as well as program and service delivery throughout the association. In the last year, 29 volunteers, including Board members, devoted a total of 7,017 hours of work to the CAEFS’ office. This supplemented the work of CAEFS' two full-time staff members. In our 26 member societies, 1,495 volunteers put in a total of 163,314 hours, supplementing the time of 272 full-time staff and 195 part-time staff.