Edmonton RWC Minutes – May 31, 2016

In Attendance: Charmaine Nelson, Chair; Darlene Lewis, Vice Chair; Kim Haynes, Treasurer; Dragana Ristivojevic, Secretary; Nina Babcook, A/Regional PSAC Regional Rep; Debbie Basaraba, CEIU Local 30851

In Attendance:
Charmaine Nelson Chair
Darlene Lewis Vice Chair
Kim Haynes Treasurer
Dragana Ristivojevic Secretary
Nina Babcook A/Regional PSAC Regional Rep
Debbie Basaraba CEIU Local 30851

Meeting was called to order by Charmaine at 6:40 pm.

Introductions: All sisters introduced themselves and which component they represented.

A resolution was created on Saturday during a Resolution Writing Workshop held at the Edmonton PSAC office. Kim made a motion to adopt the resolution. Darlene seconded the motion. The resolution was debated and a new motion was carried with the new wording. Resolution was forwarded to the Steering Committee for the Prairies’ Regional Women’s Conference. Resolution passed is attached to the minutes.

Community Garden:
An E-Mail was received from Mother Theresa School. Due to the lack of volunteers and the weather, it will be too late for seed planting except for carrots and seed potatoes. It was agreed that we could either plant or provide the school already grown plants such as tomatoes (cherry); peppers and strawberries. We need to contact the school and inquire if the garden needs to be rototilled and whether they still need our help before we get all of these plants and supplies. Kim will be contacting United Way to see whether we could help another school. Kim suggested that we obtain big watering jugs and questioned whether we could get bigger stickers for the watering jugs in order to promote PSAC. Charmaine will be requesting shirts from Marianne. A group photo will be taken when we wear our new shirts and the photo(s) will be sent to our Bargaining Team to know that we are supporting them.

Tools for School:
We need to send letters to the Locals asking for donations ASAP as it will give the Locals time to approve and send us the donations before summer. The PSAC office may still have an electronic copy of the request letter. Contact should also be made to the school to determine how many students and what supplies they are in need of. Before we buy these school supplies, purchases should be made from union supporting companies. Supplies should be made in Canada. Nina will investigate with Grand ‘n Toy whether they can provide us with a better price through bulk buying.

Kim inquired the finances sent to Marianne Hladun. Darlene questioned that a report should be provided at the General Meeting.
Kim reminded us to keep our food receipts under $10.00 which will be refunded to us at the end of the year.

Next Meeting: June 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm.
Our next meeting notice and agenda should be out 2 weeks prior to our next scheduled meeting and the sisters need to RSVP.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:15 pm.