January 29, 2009
In Attendance: Shaun Brennand, Chair Mark Gilchrist, Vice-chair
Ed Janis Satinder Bains
Steve Van Opstal Brian Thompson
Regrets: Tanya Galenzoski, Treasurer Connie Gress
The meeting was called to order at 5:35 p.m.
Previous Meeting Minutes:
Motion to adopt the minutes of the September 2, 2008meeting.
M/S Brother Mark/Brother Satinder Carried
A meeting of the Council was held October 22, 2008however no meeting minutes are available.
There is a bank balance of $3,415.87 according to the financial statements recently e-mailed by Sister Tanya. Attendees were unclear what expenses, if any, are still outstanding and Sister Tanya was not available to provide clarification. After some discussion, attendees identified the following items which may still be outstanding:
Walk 4 Justice $100
SFL Convention amount unknown
Vittera luncheon amount unknown
Prairie Convention amount unknown
Brother Shaun indicated he would obtain clarification from Sister Tanya and report at the next meeting.
Brother Mark attended the Prairie Activists Conference held November 21 – 23, 2008in Edmonton. During the conference participants worked on formulating action plans. Brother Mark expressed interest in having the Council become involved in a Habitat for Humanity project. There was also interest expressed by representatives from the RWC and the HR Committee in launching a Tools for Schools project. Conference participants also joined our CUPE Brothers and Sisters on the picket line – fun was had by all!
Attendees also discussed adopting a joint meeting format for the Council, HR Committee and RWC as our Sisters and Brothers in Edmontonhave recently been piloting. Several Brothers in attendance expressed concern about how their union Sisters would feel about having them at one of their meetings. Sister Melissa clarified the three committees would meet jointly only on issues/items which are of common concern. Each constituency group would still have the ability to schedule separate meetings although our Edmonton Sisters and Brothers indicated they address this by breaking into caucuses by committee as required during the joint meeting; and/or meeting briefly either before or after the joint meeting to discuss items which are unique to them. Sister Melissa further clarified our Edmonton Sisters and Brothers indicated they were finding the joint meeting format much more convenient as it necessitated them usually attending only 1 meeting per month as opposed to two or three.
Attendees were supportive of adopting a joint meeting format and suggested February 17/09 for a first meeting. Brother Shaun to contact RWC and HR Committee executive members with suggested date and finalize selection of date/time for first joint meeting.
Brother Shaun announced the AGMfor the Council will be April 22/09; he will request Sister Allen post the notice to the website.
Motion to reimburse Brother Satinder for dinner expenses.
M/S Brother Mark/Brother Steve Carried
Motion to adjourn at 6:35 p.m.
M/S Brother Steve/Brother Brian Carried
TO BE COMPLETED BY:
Provide clarification on outstanding expenses and bank balance
Contact RWC and HR Committee Executives to select and finalize date for joint meeting
Provide April 22/09 date for Council AGMto Sister Allen for posting to the website