Winnipeg Regional Women’s Committee Meeting Minutes (December 13, 2021)

PSAC WINNIPEG REGIONAL WOMEN’S COMMITTEE                         .

Dec 13/21

Attendees: Nicole Papineau, Mona Simcoe, Faye Kingyens, Michelle Enns, Meagan Duthie, Martha Johnson (PSAC rep)

  1. Meeting was called to order by Nicole at 7:05pm.
  2. PSAC statement of harassment was accepted as read. Martha designated as harassment coordinator.
  3. Introductions of attendees were made.
  4. The agenda for this meeting was presented – motion to accept: Faye, seconded: Michelle
  5. Minutes for the Sept 13/21 meeting were presented. Motion to accept: Nicole,   seconded by Faye. Although there was not a regular meeting in Oct, there was a presentation on the 18th by Angie Hutchinson from Survivor’s Hope. An overview of this meeting will be recorded.
  6. Faye presented the Treasurer’s report. Balance remains at $1213.99 as there was no spending. Motion to accept by Nicole, seconded by Megan.
  7. Budget 2022 discussion. Everything on the calendar for 2022 has been costed. Any other ideas that may be put forward will need to have monies budgeted. A discussion on the Halloween  treat give away organized by the Bear Clan was had. It was decided to make a contribution of candy. This was added to budget.
  8. Hamper drive for North Point Douglas Women’s Centre. Nicole is still collecting items up until Dec 15. List of items needed to be posted on our Facebook page. Everything collected will be dropped of the following weekend.
  9. Bear Clan Patrol walk. Took place Nov 21 on a very cold day. Nicole, Jen and Marianne Haldun participated. The 3 hour walk took place through a marginalized area of downtown. The patrol is always led by women, with the men as backup. Nicole reported that it is a way of bringing a bit of dignity to the homeless and was well worth the time. She noted that it was heartening to see red dresses hung in windows of some houses indicating that they were safe havens for women in need. The next walk is planned for April 2022.
  10. The calendar of events for the Women’s Committee was reviewed by Nicole and Mona. A letter writing campaign in support of women’s shelters to begin in the new year was discussed. Martha suggested that some training lobbying might help the committee to prepare for this type of political action. Michelle brought up the idea of joining a Mama Bear walk with the Human Rights Committee to be based out of the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre. The committee was to check out their Facebook page for more info.
  11. Women’s Committee Facebook update. It was pointed out that group approved members are free to post on website – *As group admins, Mona and Nicole reserve the right to amend or remove content. They will continue to post activities that the Committee are participating in. Members are encouraged to recruit new psac members who identify as women.
  12. Meeting was adjourned at 8:22pm.