April 27, 2010
In Attendance:Connie Gress, Chair Suzanne Huggins, Treasurer
Melissa Brandt, L40064 Janette Husak, L40064
Betty Sproule, L40005 (Casino) Karen Hardy, Environment Canada
Donna Maier, L40226 Marian Maier
The meeting was called to order at 5:40 p.m.with a round-table of introductions.
Sister Connie passed around some advertisements dating from the 1940’s/1950’s. The ads generated some discussion related to the portrayal of women in the media.
The minutes of the January 27, 2010meeting were reviewed. No errors/omissions noted.
Sister Huggins advised there is $1230.00 in the bank. The committee incurred expenses of $700.00 for the DVD project done for International Women’s Day; costs are to be reimbursed by Sister Benson (REVP – Prairies).
Receipt of the operating grant from PRC and Ottawafor 2010 is currently outstanding. Sister Huggins (Treasurer, RWC) and Sister Brandt (Treasurer, Human Rights Committee) agreed to meet on May 12 at the Regional Office to review the books for the other’s committee.
M/S Suzanne/Janette Pay for supper Carried
1. Early Learning Childcare Coalition – supported nationally by PSAC; there is an office in Regina
M/S Betty/Suzanne Donate $50.00 and take out a membership Carried
2. Prairie Lily Feminist Society – SK based organization, supported by SFL; membership fee is $5.00
M/S Janette/Karen Pay membership fee and join Carried
Prairie Region Women’s Conference will be held in Saskatoonin September. There are approximately 90 delegate seats. The Conference will offer 3 workshops: Pension and Women, Childcare, and Mobilizing for Change. A brief discussion on formulating resolutions and routes for submitting resolutions to the National Women’s Conference occurred.
National Women’s Conference will be held in Ottawain October 2010.
Prairie Region Convention will take place in Reginain 2011.
Sister Connie outlined past projects/initiatives undertaken by the Committee.
Suggested topics for future meetings:
Post-partum depression )
Advances in childbirth) (suggest Sally Elliot as speaker)
Women and finance
Affordable housing (suggest Bob Hughes as speaker); experience/information gained through hearing guest speaker could provide material for members to draw from when lobbying MP’s
Agreed Sister Suzanne will approach Sally Elliot and ask her to speak at our next meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m., next meeting June 7/10