Deb Kosteniuk PRC Report (Nov. 2015)

Report of the Southern Alberta Geographical Rep to the Prairie Region Council submitted for the November 2015 meeting. This report covers the period from the last PRC meeting.

Deb Kosteniuk
Southern AB Geographical Rep
Prairie Region Council November 2015

I became the new Southern AB Geographical Rep in July, 2015 after Sister Sherry Hunt stepped down to work with Maria Fizpatrick, one of the new NDP MLA’s here in Alberta.  Congratulations to Sister Sherry, I know that she will bring the same passion and conviction to her new role as she did as an activist and member of PSAC. 

I have been regularly attending the meetings of Calgary Area Council and the Regional Women’s Committee and attended one meeting of the Lethbridge Area Council in October 2015, as well as my own local.  I participated in one teleconference with the PRC regarding the Regional Triennial in 2017.   I participated in the UDP program with the final steps of that taking place in September in Edmonton.  I also participated in the CLC’s Edu-Action course and Better Choice Campaign

I was able to participate in the PSAC picnic boycotting National Public Service Week in June, 2015, manning PSAC booths at Fiestaval in July, GlobalFest in August, 2015 and the Labour Day BBQ organized by Calgary Labour Council. 

In addition to volunteering at the PSAC booth at GlobalFest, I was the closing speaker at the GlobalFest Human Rights Forum on the day the topic was Cultural Healing.  PSAC and Human Rights Committee member Victoria Norris was one of the speakers at the Human Rights Forum that day, talking about the Metis Nation and its move to heal and move forward.

Also in August, I participated in a rally at Stephen Harper’s office in Calgary to support CUPW’s save door to door delivery.  

At the time of writing this report I am also working on taking over the Southern Alberta Geographic Rep newsletter started by Sister Hunt.  This newsletter will   keep members in the Southern Alberta informed and connected to the PRC, the regional committees, councils and the REVP.

Respectfully Submitted,

Deb Kosteniuk
Southern Alberta Geographic Representative, PRC, PSAC