Edmonton Regional Women’s Committee Meeting Minutes (February 11, 2019)

The Regional Women’s Committee is a focal point for mobilizing women members. The RWC informs, educates and empowers women within their union and their community. Check out these minutes for current activities and actions.

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) – Edmonton Regional Women’s Committee (RWC)

2019 Planning MeetingBuilding our Voices Together

February 11, 2019 PSAC Edmonton RO

In attendance: Kim Cardinal: Chair; Charmaine Nelson: Co-Chair; Denise Gugel: Treasurer; Patty Jessome: Secretary; Nina Babcook: PSAC Regional Representative

Planning Meeting:

Theme: Building our Voices Together

Recruitment strategies: Kokum’s Corner.

  1. Regional Womens Committee Handouts: For example, go to Canada Place on event days such as Indigenous Day (June 21st) and provide handouts pitching the RWC to recruit members.
  2. Kokums Corner: Having an Elder do a teaching around the empowerment of Indigenous Women and to do some activities such as star blankets, bead work, moccasin making, etc.
  3. Video compilation: Take pictures this year at all events and put them together as a recruitment tool for next year in a fun and exciting video.
  4. Creating positive messages regarding the Womens committee: Putting out messages of positivity regarding the committee. Speaking to the good things we do as a group.

Other Ideas:

Domestic Violence: Domestic Violence workshop for our members. Either through PSAC or through another organization that offers a more in-depth course. All committees could attend with an invite out to the membership.

Terra House & YWCA: Partner with community organizations to volunteer for events they are having in 2019.

Visual Active Journal: Women to create a VAJ (Visual Active Journal) on Woman’s empowerment with Tracey Bear, an indigenous teacher and leader. Come back quarterly for sessions throughout the year to discuss, perhaps café style where we share our stories with each other.

Child-care event: Prairies region to build on the postcard campaign with all regional committees involved. More information will follow from Deb Kosteniuk, Prairie’s Women’s Rep, who is reaching out to all Chairs of the RWCs prairie wide.

Monthly Womens Events:

International Womens Day: Rally on March 10th with Women 4 Strength and Empowerment.

National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21st, Recruitment at Canada Place.

Sisters in Vigil March: October 4th. Hold a craft-building day for members where we make indigenous items like a lanyard, etc.

Remembrance Day, November 11th: Lay wreath at the Butterdome ceremony.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women: Attend the AFL brunch.





International Women’s Day


Badge (visual activity book)


Sisters in Vigil


Wreath (Remembrance Day)


AFL tickets (6) for The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


Child Care Campaign


Terra House (partner)


YWCA (partner)


Domestic Violence Course


* We did not include a budget for a Domestic Violence Course so I think research is required to determine a cost.

Next Meeting on: February 25th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm at the PSAC Regional Office