Lethbridge RWC Virtual meeting – February 2, 2021 (DRAFT) Meeting Minutes


Lethbridge Regional Women’s Committee Virtual meeting via Zoom – February 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm MDT
(DRAFT) Meeting Minutes
Stephanie Erb (30048), Sherry Hunt (30048), Karen Mah (30048), Krysty Thomas (30048), Danielle Poissant (30907)
Guests: Kirsten Strachey (UTE 30024), Jennifer Chiehho (UNE 50136 and Assistant RVP UNE Manitoba region), Dolly Ablitt (PSAC, Calgary office)
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm
1) Adoption of Agenda
• Agenda was adopted
2) Review previous meetings minutes (November 3, 2020)
• minutes were accepted as presented
• S Erb to review balance reported in minutes
3) Report from Dolly 
• Wanted to ensure that we have received package related to reporting and bank statements were in order
• Calgary Women’s Centre event - Gender, Care Work and the Unequal Impacts of the Pandemic - https://www.womenscentrecalgary.org/event/gender-care-work-and-the-unequ... Perhaps can join and have a discussion among ourselves
4) Financial report – S Erb
• Available balance February 2 $1661.48
• Some descriptions needed to be updated
• S Erb motioned to accept report, passed unanimously. 
• Looked at the 2020 expenses – tabled for next meeting
5) Old business:
a) Coutts Food Bank Drive Update – K Slattery was able to purchase the $300 supplies and was appreciative of the support.  Event will be included in the next budget.
b) November/December recap – 
• did the 16 days of action of violence against women, Teepee lighting - D Poissant wrote a letter that was published in the Medicine Hat paper. 
• Dec 6 – some LRWC volunteers worked at the Lethbridge soup kitchen
• K Strachey enquired about number of entries – a few dozen were received
• Community care campaign – took pictures of postcards with positive messages in front of businesses, then delivered them to non-profit organizations.  https://www.facebook.com/yqlcommunitycare 
6) New Business:
a) 2020-21 Budget Allotment and Committee Project Status – committee is in good standing
b) Prairies Regional Convention Updates – spot open, D Poissant nominated S Erb as delegate and K Thomas seconded 
c) Regional discussion
• will take on larger projects that Women committees in other regions can participate. Ideas - talk to high school teen boys to talk about violence, find resources available in your community and put together a list. S Hunt shared a spreadsheet and resource list for southern Alberta (south of Calgary). The services are there but the challenge is promoting it to the women. Advocating about a federal act regarding violence against women. How do you bring the issues to PSAC members?
• D Ablitt - Nationally, there is a domestic violence workshop being produced
d) 2021-22 Budget and Project Discussion 
• K Thomas – sending valentines to MLAs on Feb 13 political action. K Thomas motioned to provide $100 in craft supplies, D Poissant seconded. 
• Roses of Hope – female owned business fund-raiser for Safe Haven in Taber. Give $480 to buy roses ($6 each) to YWCA staff and residents. K Thomas motioned and S Erb seconded. Passed. S Hunt will draw up a proposal.
• Supporting women owned businesses.  S Hunt wrote a letter to the editor
• Putting a collection of products from women owned businesses 
• First responder to sexual abuse training – gained some interest
• Write a valentine to your MLA that you like about Alberta that you want to save
• Webinar of people who work in the field to give a view of what a day in the life looks like
• Discussed actions in 2020 that would like to repeat in 2021
7) Round Table 
• D Poissant will try to recruit some new female members to the committee
• Will be last meeting for K Mah as she will no longer be a union member in good standing (going on assignment on Feb 8 in a position with another union)
8) Next Meeting: AGM March 3, 2021 at 6pm.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:41 pm MST.
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