Winnipeg Regional Women’s Committee Living Calendar

January 2023 - December 2024

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Facilitator: Winnipeg Women's Committee

PSAC WINNIPEG REGIONAL WOMENS COMMITTEE (WRWC)

LIVING CALENDAR 2024/2023/2022/2021

Updated 23 JAN 2023

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2023

JANUARY 23WRWC Mtg – Hybrid mtg

Annual General Meeting Audited Financial Statements Approval of WRWC Budget 2023

2023 Budget – $90 for food & drinks for in person mtg

FEBRUARY 28 – Phoenix Day of Action

Support Area Council and Workplaces with 7th Anniversary of Phoenix

MAR 8 – International Women’s Day

Tentative – PSAC Prairies Regional Women’s committee workshop
Participate in an event Locally or Regionally with PSAC Prairies Women
PSAC Café Justicia Coffee donation to Willow Place Women’s Shelter to promote fair trade with grassroots and indigenous rights and the Social Justice Fund.

2023 Budget item $100 for Justicia Coffee

MAR 18 – Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention – Anna Pazdzierski

Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of Everyone
This is an 8hr course that teaches you how to handle yourself in a crisis at work.
The cost would be $30 for book and official certificate.  This is a required course for those in teaching or health care.

2022 BUDGET APPROVED $710 for course $30 Lunch $10 Instructor $110 (15 participants)

MAR 31- APR 2 – PSAC National Women‘s Conference

Attending – Nicole Papineau WRWC rep

APRIL 22 – WRWC Mtg  – Cleanup Earth Day – April 22 at 242 Lizzie St. Winnipeg

In 2018, the former Lizzie Park in Winnipeg’s Centennial neighbourhood was renamed in honour of prominent Indigenous activist Leslie Spillett.
Now called Giizhigooweyaabikwe Park, for Spillett’s traditional name — an Anishinaabemowin word that means “ribbons in the sky” or Painted Sky Woman
(and is pronounced GAY-zhee-GUHK-wab-EE-kway).
“I’m nobody special. I’m just an ordinary person, but I know that ordinary people do extraordinary things.”
Spillett is the founder and executive director of Ka Ni Kanichihk, which provides programs and services to Indigenous people in Winnipeg’s inner city.
She’s also been an advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and started the Keeping the Fires Burning fundraiser, which supports efforts to preserve Indigenous traditional knowledge.
“It was beautiful, for me, to know that we could have a space where our children could come here and look at an Anishinaabe name and see themselves reflected in that name,” Spillett said.
“And maybe encourage them along the way to learn their language if they don’t know their language, and also to get their name if they don’t have a name.”

2023 BUDGET $200 MAMA Clan donation for feminine products (tampons,pads)

2023 BUDGET $200 supplies, food, drinks for volunteers for event

APRIL 27-30 – PSAC Prairie Regional Women’s Retreat

MAY 15 – WRWC Mtg – “Beds For Kids” Campaign

Guest Speaker to talk about campaign – Faye to Organize
Donation Drive of Twin Bedding

JUN 04Participate with Human Rights Committee in the PSAC Pride Parade Float

JUN 09-12 – PSAC Prairies Regional Convention

JUN 28 – WRWC Mtg  – BBQ meeting invite REVP

Giizhigooweyaabikwe Park with Smokin Bobs BBQ w activites
Open invitation to all members

2023 BUDGET $400 – $10 food (30 people) $100 activity supplies

SEP 4 – Labour Day – Participate with the Area Council in support of Labour Day

SEP 11- WRWC Mtg  – Guest Speaker “kNOw Poverty“

Make it History, End Poverty in Manitoba knowpoverty.ca
Province of Manitoba released its renewed poverty reduction strategy, Pathways to a Better Future: Manitoba’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.  Over 108,000 Manitobans living in poverty.

In addition to the overall strategy, we believe that Manitoba’s plan needs action on 5 key themes.

These priorities were based on broad community consultations. These key policies will have the greatest impact on both addressing the depth of poverty, and in affecting the widest number of people experiencing poverty.
Minimum Wage: Raise the minimum wage to a poverty line wage of $15.53 per hour
Social Housing: Build at least 300 new social housing units annually for five years
Livable Basic Needs Benefit: Double the basic needs allowance for Employment and Income Assistance recipients
Child Care: Create at least 12,000 subsidized childcare spaces with priority in low-income neighbourhoods
Mental Health: Double the funding allotted to community-based mental health services for low income Manitobans.

Teulon Elementary School Breakfast Program – this is a donations based program for those children in need.  It is open to all children so not to highlight any specific child’s situation.  But the majority are those families in need of help feeding their families.  The school supplies a cold breakfast in morning before school and then have supplies on hand for lunch recess break of granola bars, crackers, bread for toast ect. for those children that may need a lunch top up.
The WRWC serves PSAC members that live outside the city limits.

2023 Budget $200 – Breakfast Donation to Teulon Elementary School for cereals

OCT 16 – WRWC Mtg – SOCKTOBER

Helping to Raise Others Up we will participate in the 4th annual SOCKTOBER organized by You Matter Canada.  All sock donations will be given to local community organizations in November to hand out to those in need. 

2023 BUDGET $100 to top up donations received

OCTOBER 31 – Bear Clan Halloween safe gathering event

BUDGET Donation of Treats $100

NOV 13 – WRWC Mtg – Hybrid mtg – Budget planning for WRWC 2024

2023 Budget – $90 for food & drinks for inperson mtg

November 25 – December 10 – 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

DEC 6National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

MFL Women’s Committee Memorial Lunch 11-2

2023 BUDGET $300 for 10 tickets to luncheon = one table

DECEMBER 11 – WRWC mtg

Winter Wear Drive – West Central Women’s Resource Centre

Collecting of new or gently used items or money to support this drive.

Christmas Hamper Drive Donations – North Point Douglas Women’s Centre

Collecting items such as toys, adult gifts, food hamper to support this drive.

2023 BUDGET $300 to top up donations received for Hamper

2022

JANUARY 17WRWC Mtg

Annual General Meeting Audited Financial Statements Approval of WRWC Budget 2022
Chair – Mona Simcoe Vice-Chair – Nicole Papineau Sec/Tres – Faye Kingyens

FEBRUARY 7WRWC mtg

Social Justice Fund Information session – Laura Avalos PSAC SJF Advisor

“The labour movement has an important role in fighting the social and economic inequities that impact the lives of workers and people in Canada and around the world. The Social Justice Fund is one of PSAC’s contributions to that struggle.  We will learn about the Emergence Resilience fund and what it is used for from BC flood relief, to anti-poverty initiatives, food insecurities in the North.  Education in Action project is another initiative of the SJF.  
The promotion of the right to decent work, quality public services, human rights and equality are cornerstones of the PSAC Social Justice Fund. Through education, mobilization and empowerment, PSAC’s Social Justice Fund works to advance the role of our members in building stronger communities, a better country and a more just and humane world.”
The WRWC will promote the PSAC Cafe Justica coffee as a means of promoting this fair trade++ with grassroots and indigenous rights and the SJF.

MARCH 5 – Wellness Day Event – Self-Care+ – POSTPONED due to Covid

MARCH 8 – International Women’s Day

PSAC Prairies Regional Women’s committee workshop -Empowered Women-Empower Women

BUDGET $100 purchase of PSAC Café Justica Coffee donated to women’s shelter

MARCH 8 – WRWC mtg — Speaker Mental Health – for union activists

CANCELLED due to the PSAC Prairie Regional workshop being scheduled same day.

APRIL 9Bear Clan Patrol schedule engaged walk

 “The Patrol came about as a result of the ongoing need to assume our traditional responsibility to provide security to our Aboriginal community. Given that the Aboriginal population in Winnipeg is anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000, and is heavily concentrated in certain inner city neighbourhoods, it was felt that the community must organize to keep the peace and to assist community members. The concept behind the patrol, then, is community people working with the community to provide personal security in the inner city in a non-threatening, non-violent and supportive way. The Patrol operates out of the Ndinawe Youth Drop In located in the city’s north end.”
The agency description
-is a volunteer driven community based safety patrol
-protects and empowers women, children, elderly and the vulnerable members of the community.
-also offers a daily food program to community members where coffee, water and food donations are offered to community members.

BUDGET $200 in supplies – water, snacks

APRIL 22 – CANCELLED Due to Weather

-Cleanup Earth Day – April 22 at 242 Lizzie St. Winnipeg

In 2018, the former Lizzie Park in Winnipeg’s Centennial neighbourhood was renamed in honour of prominent Indigenous activist Leslie Spillett.
Now called Giizhigooweyaabikwe Park, for Spillett’s traditional name — an Anishinaabemowin word that means “ribbons in the sky” or Painted Sky Woman
(and is pronounced GAY-zhee-GUHK-wab-EE-kway).
“I’m nobody special. I’m just an ordinary person, But I know that ordinary people do extraordinary things.”
Spillett is the founder and executive director of Ka Ni Kanichihk, which provides programs and services to Indigenous people in Winnipeg’s inner city.
She’s also been an advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and started the Keeping the Fires Burning fundraiser, which supports efforts to preserve Indigenous traditional knowledge.
“It was beautiful, for me, to know that we could have a space where our children could come here and look at an Anishinaabe name and see themselves reflected in that name,” Spillett said.
“And maybe encourage them along the way to learn their language if they don’t know their language, and also to get their name if they don’t have a name.”

BUDGET Mama Clan $200 donation of feminine products

MAY 5-7 – MFL Convention – Brandon

MAY 9 – WRWC mtg

MAY 14POSTPONED due to COVID restrictions

Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention – Anna Pazdzierski
Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of Everyone
This is an 8hr course that teaches you how to handle yourself in a crisis at work.
The cost would be $30 for book and official certificate.  This is a required course for those in teaching or health care.

BUDGET for course $30 Lunch $10 Instructor $110 (15 participants)

MAY 25-JUNE 3PSAC National Convention

JUNE 5Participate with PSAC Pride Parade Float

JUNE 13 – CANCELLED Budget Approval not processed

BBQ meeting invite REVP
Giizhigooweyaabikwe Park with Smokin Bobs BBQ w activites

BUDGET $10 food (30 people) $100 activity supplies

SEPTEMBER 12 – CANCELLED No Quorum  

SEPTEMBER 26WRWC Mtg – Resolutions for PSAC Prairies Regional Women’s Conference DEADLINE – Sept 30

OCTOBER 18WRWC MtgSpeaker – UNDE President June Winger – first woman in her trade.  INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD – Oct 11

“On October 11 the International Day of the Girl seeks to bring awareness and solutions to the unique challenges that girls around the world face every day.  From the moment a child is born, she can grow up to be a scientist, author, business leader, mother, teacher or anything she may choose to be. Providing her with healthy options, education, and resources to make her own choices means removing some of the obstacles she faces. Depending on where she lives, a young girl’s challenges will vary and how we approach addressing those issues will change. During International Day of the Girl, join the global call to action. Create real solutions; listen to the aspiration of young women; mentor someone who will someday overcome the challenges she faces.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfTheGirl
Join events around the world designed to improve the lives of girls in the most impoverished nations. Become a mentor. Make a donation of supplies to schools. Be inspired by or inspire girls in your life by speaking about women leaders from the past and present.
Whether she was a teacher or an author, a political leader or an activist, share the stories of those who have made changes for the better in the world.
Be a part of the difference that makes lives better for aspiring young girls around the globe and
use #DayOfTheGirl to share on social media

OCTOBER 28 – 2022 PSAC Prairie Regional Women’s Conference

October 28 to October 31, 2022 in Calgary under the theme “Bridging the Gap”.

OCTOBER 31 – Bear Clan Halloween gathering treat event

BUDGET Donation of Treats $100

NOVEMBER 21 – WRWC MtgBudget planning for WRWC 2023

NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 10 – 16 DAYS OF ACTION ACTIVITY CALENDAR

DECEMBER 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
MFL Women’s Committee Memorial Lunch from 11-2
Evening rally in honour of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in conjuncture with 16 Days of Activism campaign. The rally will be hosted by Women’s March Winnipeg and the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB)

BUDGET 10 tickets to luncheon

DECEMBER 12WRWC Mtg

Winter Wear Drive – West Central Women’s Resource Centre

Collecting of new or gently used items or money to support this drive.

Christmas Hamper Drive Donations – North Point Douglas Women’s Centre

Collecting items such as toys, adult gifts, food hamper to support this drive.

BUDGET $300 to top up donations received for Christmas Hamper

2021

MAY 18Annual General Meeting Elections

Chair – Mona Simcoe Vice-Chair – Nicole Papineau Sec/Tres – Faye Kingyens
PSAC Regional Rep – Martha Johnson

JUNE 14Calendar for WRWC events 2021/2022

JUNE 24-26 – PSAC Prairie Regional Triennial Convention

JULY 12Resolutions to PSAC National Equity Conference – Deadline July 16

SEPTEMBER 13Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters (MAWS) – Colleen Sym

MAWS is a provincial association for the family violence shelters in Manitoba.
They support shelters in their work providing safe havens and programming for women and their children escaping violent relationships. Currently Colleen Sym is project manager of the Transforming Together project. This is about building the governance skills of the local boards of directors for the shelters, building capacity of MAWS and strengthening services for those accessing shelter services.
Colleen Sym will attend meeting to share more about MAWS and explore how PSAC WRWC could become allies in stopping gender based violence and its impact on gender inequality.

MAWS -Political Action Letter campaign

OCTOBER 2POSTPONED due to COVID

Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention – Anna Pazdzierski
Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of Everyone
This is an 8hr course that teaches you how to handle yourself in a crisis at work.
The cost would be $30 if you want an official certificate otherwise free. Anna would waive her
fee to teach. This is a required course for those in teaching or health care.

OCTOBER 18Trafficking of Women in Manitoba – Angie Hutchinson – Survivor’s Hope

Survivor’s Hope is to help the battle of the trafficking of women. They serve the eastern half of interlake regional health authority and are now expanding to the western half. They are a sexual assault resource centre that works to empower and support survivors. There are very few resources for women outside of large urban centres so they are there to provide counselling and support through SARAH (Sex assault recovery and healing). They also take the SADI (sexual assault discussion initiative) into schools – grades 6 through 12, to discuss healthy relationships, building self-esteem and sexual exploitation. They provide a girl’s mentorship program aimed at building leadership skills, promoting inclusivity and creating a safe space for mentors and mentees. Survivor’s Hope also works with communities to improve support for survivors and victims of sex violence and relationship abuse with the Reaching Out program. The trafficking of women is a growing problem as younger girls (age 13 – 14) are now being targeted, and abuse is moving online where it is easier to hide and harder to stop.

Survivor’s Hope -Political Action Letter campaign

NOVEMBER 8Budget work and proposals for WRWC 2022

DECEMBER 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
MFL Women’s Committee Virtual Memorial Service 12:00-13:00. Register on the MFL website.
Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB) rally in honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in conjuncture with our 16 Days of Activism campaign. The rally will occur on December 6, 2021, at 5:30 PM on the legislature’s steps and will be hosted by Women’s March Winnipeg and the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB)

DECEMBER 13Budget work and proposals for WRWC 2022

West Central Women’s Resource Centre – Winter Wear Drive donations
North Point Douglas Women’s Centre – Christmas Hamper Drive donations