Winnipeg Regional Women’s Committee Meeting Minutes (May 9, 2022)

PSAC Winnipeg Regional Woman’s Committee WRWC
Meeting Minutes for May 09, 2022

Nicole Papineau, Mona Simcoe, Faye Kingyens

Call to Order: Meeting opened at 7:05 by Nicole

Land Acknowledgement
In this region we live and work on Treaty One land, in the traditional territory of the Annishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree and Dakota peoples and in the heart of the Metis Nation.

PSAC Statement on Harassment – Nicole Papineau designated recipient

4.   Introductions –
This month’s topic “What is something on your play list/reading list/watching list” 

Chair – Mona Simcoe – Chair (acting secretary)
Mona has been listening to the podcast from, journalist, author and activist, Nora Loreto. Based on her book, ‘Take Back the Fight: Organizing Feminism for the Digital Age’ with twelve episodes.
Take Back the Fight – Fernwood Publishing 

Vice-Chair – Nicole Papineau – Vice-chair
Dionne Warwick song “That’s What Friends Are For” gave Nicole a boost today when she needed it.

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Sec/Tres – Faye Kingyens – Treasurer
Sometimes we just need to recoup on the couch watching the Good Doctor.
The Good Doctor is based on a South Korean TV show of the same name.
The series follows Shaun Murphy, a young autistic surgeon with savant syndrome from the small city of Casper, Wyoming, where he had a troubled past. He relocates to San Jose, California, to work at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.

6.    Adoption of Agenda
                Motion Nicole/Faye

7.    Adoption of Minutes

July 12, 2021 Motion Mona/Nicole         

Nov 15, 2021 Motion Nicole/Mona        

Feb 07, 2022 Motion Nicole/Faye

8.    Treasurer’s report

  • Signed Letter will be re-sent to confirm email April 21, 2022 to Kimberly Mercer at Credit Union:

PSAC Winnipeg Regional Women’s Committee account to allow the following:
-Authorize access to account information to PSAC Regional Rep Martha Johnson
including all copies of bank statements; itemized transactions and online banking.
Martha will have full access to the account except will not hold any signing authority.
-Elected Mona Simcoe, Co-Chair – to be added to the account
Elected Nicole Papineau, Co-Chair – to be added to the account
Elected Faye Kingyens, Treasurer – needs to remain on the account
-All other signatory’s other than the three listed above to be removed effective immediately.

  • Faye sent thank you cards with donations to MAWS $100.00 and Survivor’s Hope $100.00. 
  • A tax receipt was received and will be put in file as we cannot use this through our PSAC account.
  • No activity on account since last report balance $730.23
  •                                 Motion Faye/Nicole

9.    WRWC business

  • Annual Report 2021 and Budget 2022

Mona will follow up with email if our status is active as we have not heard back yet with Budget so all our activities are in holding pattern till budget approved.

  • “Empowering Women Empower Women” Prairies Regional Women’s Workshop report Mar 8

March Internal Women’s Day speaker was cancelled due to the Prairie Region Workshop.
See report highlighting event on the WRWC web page.

Women have shouldered the pandemic and resulting fall out of life as we knew it. The pandemic exposed what many of us already knew – women are not equal. It also provided an opportunity for women to say enough is enough – it is time for action and uplifting each other in our quest of true equity and equality.
This engaging workshop focused on promoting women’s sense of self-worth, their ability to make their own choices and their rights to influence social change for themselves and help to learn how we can flip the table on the patriarchal system.

  • “Test your Knowledge” quiz Mar 8 – no responses were received
  • Bear Clan Patrol engaged walk & donation report Apr 09

The Bear Clan Patrol 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.  Unofficially Nicole and Faye attended the walk on Apr 09 with a youth group in attendance.  It was a wonderful experience see the youth group participate and help those in need. Once budget is approved a donation will be made to the bear clan patrol and report highlighting event will be on the WRWC web page.

  • Mama Clan donation and Earth Day clean up report Apr 22

Clean up was cancelled due to committee standing and will be rescheduled.  It was to take place at Giizhigooweyaabikwe Park.  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).  Report highlighting event will be on the WRWC web page.

  • MFL convention – Brandon May 5-7 – no one was able to attend due to conflicting schedules.

10. Reminders/Notes/Activities/Updates

  • WRWC Calendar of Events – last updated March 2022.  Updated calendar will need to be posted once status is approved “active”
  • May 14 – POSTPONED
    Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention – Anna Pazdzierski postponed due to committee standing
  • May 25 –
    Participate with PSAC Pride Parade Float – WRWC will participate once information is received from Area Council or the Human Rights Committee.
  • May 25-JUNE 3
    PSAC National Triennial Convention-both Faye and Mona will be attending.  The Women’s caucus is on May 25 at 3:00-4:30pm EST
  • June 13 – WRWC mtg

This BBQ is in holding pattern till status approval is granted.
BBQ meeting invite REVP, hold at Giizhigooweyaabikwe Park, Smokin Bobs BBQ ending with park cleanup and donation to Mama Clan from cancelled event on Apr 22.
Intent will be to hold meet and greet at 5pm with BBQ at 5:30pm.  Speakers and clean up to follow at 6:00pm.

  • July
    No Meeting
  • August
    No Meeting
  • Facebook Group – PSAC Winnipeg Regional Women’s Committee
    Continue to actively post to the group.

11.  Round Table

  • The Prairie School for Union Women offers trade union women an intensive four days of

learning and sharing in a supportive environment. The goals of the school are to develop women’s personal and leadership skills and to build solidarity among women workers. Whether you are a woman who is a long-time activist or just starting to get involved in your union, this school is open to you. Enrolment for the 2021 online Prairie School is limited and participants will be registered on a first-come first-served basis. Your registration fee MUST accompany your registration form in order to qualify.  Early bird registration received by May 28, 2021. (Cheque must accompany completed registration form to qualify. No exceptions.)  PSAC does offer a scholarship with application deadline May 16.  See Prairies web site for more information.

PSUW-2021-brochure-final.pdf (

  •  Faye’s component convention offered presentations by women that she will share as some
    guest speaker ideas for our Calendar of Events.
  •  Phoenix Pay Day pickets by Area Council
11-May213 St.Mary’s RoadDan VandalLiberal
08-Jun611 Corydon AvenueJim CarrLiberal
14-Sep228 Manitoba AvenueJames BezanPC
12-Oct892 Sargent AvenueLeah GazanNDP
09-Nov98 Mandalay DriveKevin LamoureuxLiberal
07-Dec1111 Munroe AvenueDaniel BlakeyNDP

12. Next Meeting Date – Tentative June 13

13. Adjournment – Motion Nicole