Report of the GLBT Rep to the Prairie Region Council submitted for the October 2013 meeting. This report covers the period from the last PRC meeting.
Prairie Region Council October 2013
May 24th to June 01st
Fairy Tales Film Festival – The PSAC/CLC/AFL sponsored a night at the festival with two powerful films “Call Me Kuchu” a drama based on human rights in Africa and “Parade” an eastern European film based on the events leading up to the parade in Belgrade in 2011. The three members of our committee spoke on 1) creating harassment free workplaces 2) jobs within the municipal, provincial and federal levels for the GLBT youth 3) creating links between our jobs and community at large – ie. Volunteering or mentoring others. We were also honoured again with the silver level sponsorship as the three unions donated $3,000 for the festival, up $2,000 from the year before. This year’s theme was “Come Out to Be Out”.
Calgary Flood: June 21st
After the aftermath of the flood, the three councils and Marianne approached the Social Justice Fund for monies for the five designated charities: 1. Calgary DropIn Centre, 2. Calgary Women’s Centre, 3. Calgary Mustard Seed, 4. Stoney / Nakoda Food Bank and 5. Foothills Foundation (Seniors LodgeHigh River)
July 12th – Calgary DropIn Centre
With our Social Justice money we were able to sponsor $3,000 for a ham and scalloped potoatoes dinner for 900+ residents of the centre. We also had ‘25’ PSAC Volunteers. A tour of the facility was also given to show the volunteers what other services the centre had to offer. The centre was evacuated to their secondary location because of the flooding….
July 29 – Mustard Seed Dinner
With our Social Justice money we were able to sponsor a $1,000 roast beef dinner for over 400+ residents of the ministry. We also had ‘15’ PSAC volunteers preparing and serving the dinners. A tour of the facility was also given to show the volunteers what other services the ministry had to offer (ie. Storage lockers for all their worldly possesions)
GlobalFest 2013: August 16 to 25
I opened a panel on discussions about racial discrimination in the GLBT community at the Glenbow Museum. We also volunteered with our Calgary Human Rights Committee and Area Council along with our Brothers & Sisters from UFCW at the festival. Globalfest’s theme this year was al, this years them was aboriginal issues. There was 100 new Canadians sworn in during this ceremony.
Sunday September 01st
Participated in the 22nd annual Calgary Pride Parade. Three Mounties were sighted this year at the festivities, trying to get more law enforcement personnel to attend the parade.