Winnipeg RWC Minutes (Sep 2011)

Attended: Gloria Kelly; Deanna Cook; Karon Sackney; Vimbai Dune; Cathy Moar. Guests: Robyn Benson; Pat Davis


Regrets: Carol Selby; Dawn MacAulay; Darlene McClure


Call to Order: 5:20pm


School Supply Drive at Winnipeg Blue Bomber Game, Friday, September 30, 2011. Volunteers to meet at Chapters Parking Lot at 5:30pm. Volunteers will be needed to collect the school supplies at the gates from 5:30pm to approx 7:00pm. We will also need volunteers with bigger vehicles to transport the school supplies to the PSAC office at 175 Hargrave Street. We will also require volunteers on Wednesday, October 5 at 5:15pm at the PSAC office at 460-175 Hargrave Street to help roll coins and separate school supplies. Light supper will be served to those volunteers on October 5. If you wish to volunteer for any of the above please contact Karon Sackney at Karon.Sackney@csc-scc.gc.ca


Sisters in Spirit Vigil to be held Saturday, October 8  7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Broadway Ave and Memorial Blvd. The vigil will be in honour of the Missing and Murdered Women all across Canada. We will stand united in ending violence of any kind against women.  Across Canada we must continue to honour the memory of the more than 600 Aboriginal women and girls who have disappeared or who have been murdered in recent decades. Come out and show your support.


Winnipeg Chapter of UN Women (United Nations) update:


Meeting was held on September 14, 2011 to hear from the Manitoba Women who attended World’s Women’s Congress in July. Elaine Stevenson helped organize the speakers and who spoke of A Mother’s Journey into Advocacy; Bre Woligroski, who spoke on Feministing Christianity; Zulfiya Tursonova, who spoke on Pathways to Gender Equality; Women’s Livelihoods and Empowerment in Central Asia; Jaime Black, who spoke on The ReDress Project; Vanessa Tait, who spoke on Aboriginal Women Reclaiming Our Power, and Antoinette Zloty, who spoke on Breaking Down Cultural and Leadership Barriers (with help from Beatrice Watson and Lisa Hackett). Anita Neville also spoke on what had impressed her about the Congress, and the challenges facing women here in Canada. Thanks to Ariana Yaftali who moderated with an even hand, and kept things moving with the different power point presentations. The Annual Report is now on the web site http://winnipegchapter.unwomencanada.org/and it includes the financial statements. The web site also has future meetings listed. Next meeting – Tuesday, October 25 at  7:00pm.


Financial: Cheque made to Alison Davis for Karon’s attendance to Prairie Region Convention = $448.20.


Seasonal Get Together:


Each year the Human Rights Committee, the Winnipeg Area Council and the Regional Women’s Committee put on a Seasonal Dinner for the members. This year, however, we thought we would do something different. We talked of having a Come ‘n Go/Meet ‘n Greet theme with H’ors Doeuvres/ snack like food with information displays from components, the various committees and various campaigns instead of having a speaker. This get together would be from 3pm to approx 7pm to accommodate all members who have different work schedules. If anyone has other ideas, please feel free to send your ideas to Cathy.Moar@cic.gc.caor Deanna Cook (formerly Kimball) at 947-1605.


Motion and seconded by Vimbai and Cathy to accept previous minutes.


Next meeting: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 5:15pm


Meeting adjourned: 6:05pm.