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Okanagan Women’s Committee Meeting May 13th 2011

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In attendance: Annette Hale, Kelly Megyesi, Susan Yaciw, Joy Harrison, Roberta Gourlie, Kareen Stanich, Linda Woods, Martha Johnson, Regina Brennan, & guest Sheila Dunnachie.

The committee took advantage of being together at the PSAC Convention in Vancouver.  In support of women, everyone wore pink and participated in “See Yew Friday”.

Kelly Megyesi is running for the BC Women’s position and most of the committee were able to assist with her campaign. Voting to be held at breakfast meeting Sat morning.

Sheila is a retired union member/activist and it was interesting to hear about her role in supporting women within the union.

The meeting was mostly informal discussions, which ranged from the Federal election, participation in the Okanagan Committee, PSAC elections, ideas for upcoming activities, strategies, etc.

Joy Harrison was congratulated for her presentation on APSAR that day. She presented to the floor and set-up a booth outside of plenary with information and registration forms.

It was wonderful to have all of our active Okanagan members at convention. Everyone is fully participating, whether a delegate or an observer. It has been rewarding to see the growth & solidarity of our group.

Members were asked to keep the date of June 24th, 2011 open as the Human Rights Group (Annette, Martha, Kelly, & hopefully Maria Luiza will be back from Brazil) will be hosting their first event which is a Amnesty Dinner – Taste of Justice.

Unable to report out on financial information as meeting is in Vancouver but there has been no major change since last meeting. Financial will be updated at our next meeting.

Date for next meeting to be advised.

Victoria Regional Women’s Committee General Meeting February 15, 2011

In Attendance: Cindy Little, Brenda Esplen, Kay Ahmadi, Leanne Hughes, Virginia Vaillancourt,

Regrets: Giselle Henry, Dyan Day, Jeanette Lum, Rosemary MacKenzie (PSAC Staff)

Meeting called to order at 5:35pm

Reviewed and approved minutes of January 24, 2011. m- Kay/s-Cindy/c – unanimously

Discussed March 8th IWD 100th Anniversary Event plans

  • menu
  • movie(s)
  • room set up
  • seating/lighting

Update on MP Lobbying on Childcare and Pensions

  • Virginia has contacted Garry Fraser PSAC Rep and he is working on setting up lobbying meetings with Local MP’s for Brenda, Kay, Giselle and Virginia. More info will be sent to the 4 members interested in lobbying MP’s.
  • Discussed Petition in Support of CBSA members in the Vancouver Recourse Division. Members in attendance at the meeting tonight signed the petition and Virginia will forward to PSAC Vancouver RO
  • a copy of the petition is at the end of the minutes for members to be able to print off and obtain signatures.

Discussed Status of Women website & material available on line at:

Discussed Resolution to the BC Triennial Convention on the Long Gun Registry

  • Whereas the Conservative Government have already tried to scrap the Gun Registry under Bill C-391; and
  • Whereas PSAC, CLC and like-minded partners were successful in defeating Bill C-391; and
  • Whereas the Conservative Government have vowed to abolish the gun registry resulting in the loss of over 200 PSAC members jobs
  • Be it Resolved that the PSAC demand that the Conservative Government withdraw any and all actions related to the abolishment of the gun registry; and
  • Be it Further Resolved that the PSAC lobby all Federal Parties to keep the gun registry in place; and
  • Be it Further Resolved that the PSAC continue to work with the CLC and other like-minded partners on the gun registry campaign

Motion to send Resolution to BC PSAC Triennial Convention m – Kay/s – Cindy /c – unanimously/

Meeting adjourned at 6:16pm

Petition below:


TO: The Honourable Vic Toews

We, the undersigned members and friends of the Vancouver & District Branch of the Customs & Immigration Union strongly request that our members in the Vancouver Recourse Division of CBSA be allowed to remain working in that location. Due to a flawed Strategic Review initiative by the CBSA, the employer is intent on closing this Division to the detriment of the Canadian importing public. We ask that you revoke such decision and allow the employees in Recourse Division in Vancouver to continue providing professional service to Canadians.


Return petitions to:
CIU 20040 c/o PSAC Vancouver RO
200-5238 Joyce Street
Vancouver BC V5R 6C9

Monday, June 20, 2011
5:30 p.m.
PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
200-5238 Joyce St.
Vancouver, B.C.

Agenda: Elections for the following positions: Co-Chair; Treasurer and Secretary.

Please RSVP to: Jennifer Ho at e-mail: and cc:

A light meal will be served.

Please RSVP and submit any further agenda items to Janelle Ho-Shing

Download a PDF of poster: Vancouver RWC Meeting Poster_June 2011

via email to PSAC BC Young Workers Caucus

The year has so-far been filled with several events and opportunities!

Coming up from July 13-17 at the University of Victoria, there will be a Summer Institute for Union Women. The theme is “Putting Women in their Places…in our Union, in Politics and in our Communities”.

We are pleased to be able to support PSAC-BC Young Women who are interested in taking part in this skills and leadership-building learning opportunity.

If you are interested in being considered, please send a 300-word paragraph on how you would use the what you’ve learned at this event in your Union, in Politics or in your Community to Monica Urrutia by June 10, 2011. This could be as simple as you are wanting to run for a Local Executive position, to you are considering getting involved in politics at the municipal, provincial or federal levels, or you want to advance issues at the community level, such as Childcare or Retirement Security for All.

If you are interested in applying for PSAC’s support to attend this event, please do not register directly with the organizers. Please send your expression of interest in to us first. If accepted, then we will submit your registration to the organizers on your behalf.

More information about the event can be found at the BC Federation of Labour website (pdf)


  • May 30, 2011(Mon), 5:30 P.M.
  • PSAC Boardroom, 210-1497 Admirals Rd, Victoria, BC


  • Review and approval of Feb meeting minutes
  • Debrief of PSAC BC Triennial Convention
  • Review and approval of Financial Year End Report
  • Long Gun Registry
  • MP Lobbying
  • Sisters in Spirit Walk
  • Upcoming Events

Please R.S.V.P by email to either Rosemary or Virginia no later than noon on May 30th as various snack food will be provided.

The next Vancouver RWC meeting is scheduled for April 12th, 5:30PM at the Vancouver RO – #200 5238 Joyce Street.


  • Convention resolutions discussion
  • Convention strategies, priorities and networking
  • Subsidy for convention delegates
  • Logo – submissions and discussions

Please RSVP and submit any further agenda items to Janelle Ho-Shing

The next Fraser Valley Area Council meeting is scheduled for April 20th, 5PM

  • April 20th, 5PM – 7 PM
  • Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way Abbotsford
  • Light refreshments will be served


  • PSAC BC Regional Convention – review of Committee reports
  • PSAC Education – We invite members who attended PSAC courses in 2010 to provide brief reports of their experiences
  • Political Action

Download a poster and the FV Area Council bylaws here!

Michael Ignatieff has just announced that if elected, a Liberal government will create a new Early Childhood Learning and Care fund. Provinces and territories could apply to this fund for cost-sharing of new, affordable childcare spaces.

PSAC members have often expressed their distress at the current lack of quality, regulated, non-profit childcare. For years, polls have shown that childcare is a priority for a great majority of Canadians.

Two thirds of all women with children under five years old work outside the home. Childcare affects all women, regardless of their socio-economic status, racial background, sexual orientation or ability.

Read more at the national website.

This is a call out for interest to attend the “Our Revolution is Now” – Pan-Canadian Gathering of Young Feminists in Winnipeg, May 20-23, 2011. The PSAC Alliance Executive Committee has approved funding for one young woman member per Region to attend and the PSAC B.C. Regional Council has also agreed to provide funding for one young woman member. We are therefore pleased to be able to send two young PSAC women (30 years of age or younger) to attend this Gathering of Young Feminists.

The deadline for expression of interest is midnight, April 10th. Please see the attached poster and conference call out for more information.

This Gathering will unite young women and young feminists who wish to:

  • Learn about feminism and what it means to other young women
  • Share your reflections and analysis of different issues that affect young women from diverse backgrounds.
  • Learn about and discuss priorities for action as young feminists
  • Share struggles and discuss strategies to resist and combat patriarchy and other forms of oppression
  • Create solidarity and reinforce the RebELLEs young feminist movement in Canada
  • Celebrate our struggles and solidarity… Who said feminists don’t know how to party!?

For more information visit

This is an opportunity for young women from PSAC to engage in the overall young feminist movement.

The members selected will commit to:

  • writing a report
  • making a presentation to PSAC Women’s Committee(s) or other PSAC body
  • helping to organize a follow-up activity involving young women

To be eligible to apply you should support feminist and equality issues, be a member of the PSAC, and be 30 years of age or younger.

Please send your expression of interest in attending via email to Kay Sinclair, PSAC B.C. REVP, or by fax at (604) 430-0194 by midnight April 10th, with a paragraph of up to 300 words describing your feminist perspective or philosophy; any involvement in PSAC women’s activities; any community feminist involvement; any involvement in young workers’ activities; and why you are interested in attending. Please feel free to indicate whether you identify as a member of an equity group, i.e. lesbian or bisexual; aboriginal; racially visible; or a member with a disability. (This is optional.)

Please also provide your contact information and your PSAC ID number.

Come and join the Human Rights Committee of the PSAC for a film showing of:   “Looking for Dawn” 

When:  Tuesday, April 5, 2011,  anytime after 5:00 p.m. and film will start at 6:00 p.m.

Where: 3rd floor boardroom of the PSAC, 300- 5238 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC

(Two blocks south of the Joyce Street Skytrain station.  Buzz 300) 

This is a 73 minute long National Film Board of Canada film about the estimated 500 Aboriginal Women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years.

 No cost, no tickets required, and we provide popcorn, drinks, and comfy chairs. Just come and bring your friends.

For further information or any questions, please contact Regina Brennan
 by phone at: 604-430-5631 or e-mail:

2011 marks the global Centenary of International Women’s Day.

In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day. Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on the challenges and barriers that remain, and consider future steps to achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives.

Read the PSAC Union Update – Spotlight on IWD at the national website.

Here is a listing of events in BC, check back as more will be added. Know of an event in your community? Let us know.

  • March 3: The Vancouver and District Labour Council’s Women’s Committee is holding a dinner on Thursday March 3, click here for details.
  • March 5: a parade will take place on Commercial Drive, followed by an indoor Festival at the Wise Hall on Victoria Drive in Vancouver. These events have been organized by a broad-based Planning Committee comprised of labour and community women and our organizations. The event is open to everyone and are designed to encourage family participation. To download a poster on this event click here. If you would like more information on how to enter the Parade and/or reserve a booth space at the Festival, please click here.
  • March 5: for information on Surrey’s 16th Annual International Women’s Day celebration on March 5 click here.
  • March 8: The B.C. Federation of Labour Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast will be held on March 8, 2011 at the Firefighter’s Hall in Burnaby from 7:30 – 9:00 am. For more information and to reserve your tickets, please see the poster and order form.  Order your tickets early as this event sells out each year and are sold on a first come, first serve basis.
  • March 8: The PSAC Victoria Regional Women’s Committee invites all PSAC women to “Celebrate Being a Woman” 6PM at the Victoria RO – click for details.
  • March 8: “Why Gender Matters in the Global Economy”- a lecture by Dr. Laura Parisi, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Victoria. Presented by the Wayward School – click for details.

Prince George Election of Officers AGM for Regional Women’s Committee

  • Date: March 5th, 2011
  • Place:  Ramada, 444 George St., Prince George – Room will be posted in lobby or ask at the desk
  • Time:   10:30 to noon, Immediately following the IWD breakfast

Please attend if you wish to run for election of any of the positions.
We will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day in style!!

Victoria Regional Women’s Committee General Meeting January 24, 2011

In Attendance: Cindy Little, Jeanette Lum, Brenda Esplen, Astrid Stoker, Kay Ahmadi, Giselle Henry, Virginia Vaillancourt, Rosemary MacKenzie (PSAC Staff)

Meeting called to order at 5:35pm

Introductions – The Committee welcomes Astrid to the meeting.

Continue reading below, or download the RWC Victoria January 24 2011 minutes (pdf)

The Committee reviewed and approved the November 9, 2010 meeting minutes. (m) Kay (s) Cindy Carried

Debrief on December 6th Candle Light Vigil

Discussion was had regarding the Candle Light Vigil, what went well, suggestions for changes, reviewed donations received and reviewed event costs. There is one expense to be submitted which will be added to the event costs and shared with the committee at the following meeting.

  • point out Info Table
  • great pictures
  • men saying name and laying rose & candle had a great impact
  • hot paws were a great addition
  • need to ensure we have 3 tables for next year
  • work on getting the word out further, committee members to talk about the event at their locals’, in their community, with friends/family; each committee member to bring 2 people with them to event
  • everyone did a great job in working together to put on another successful event
  • speakers were great, opening by Aboriginal Elder was enjoyed by all, Aboriginal mourning song was very touching – look at having again at 2011 event
  • it was nice having the sound system to use, reduced event costs
  • logistics of parking
  • symbolism of shoes had an impact though took quite a while to set up and arrange – may be easier to do up posters to commemorate the aboriginal women who have gone missing/murdered but still collect shoes to donate to Women’s Organizations
  • have chairs at 2011 event for people to sit if needed
  • the gentleman from William Head Institute who made the Dec 6th poster frames for the committee was in prison for killing his wife
  • have family members/women who have suffered from violence/abuse come to speak/share their stories
  • thank you letters are being worked on and will be sent to the donators/speakers
  • Helping Spirit Lodge received 100 pairs of the donated shoes and the Victoria Transition House received 200 pairs of the donated shoes. A total of 488 pairs of shoes were donated

Media coverage for the event included: CFAX 1070 interview day of event; Times Colonist interview day prior to event; A Channel News attended event; 100.3 TheQ advertised event on their morning program. The event was posted on BC PSAC Website, UVAE Local Website, sent out to all Locals on Vancouver Island and was put on Facebook Events.

BC Triennial Convention Delegate Elections

Committee Members interested in going to the BC Regional Triennial Convention May 13 – 15, 2011, as the Victoria RWC Delegate are: Kay, Brenda, Giselle

  • Elections run by Rosemary and Rosemary and Jim Little counted the votes.
  • 1st election was held. Brenda and Giselle received the most votes, and as per the BC ByLaws Kay was removed from the election process.
  • Motion to destroy ballots made by Virginia. Seconded by Brenda. Carried unanimously.
  • 2nd election was held. Brenda is the Victoria RWC Delegate and Giselle is the Alternate.
  • Motion to destroy ballots made by Cindy. Seconded by Kay. Carried unanimously.

The committee will be covering the registration cost of the BC Triennial Convention for the Victoria RWC Delegate as well as loss of salary for the Friday, which is not covered.

Victoria RWC Budget 2011

  • Meetings $400.00
  • Donations $200.00
  • Events $500.00
  • SWAG $200.00
  • Conferences $300.00
  • Total $1600.00

2011 Meeting Dates

  • February 15th, 2011
  • March 8, 2011 – IWD Event 6pm – 8:30pm
  • May 30, 2011
  • September 13, 2011
  • October 26, 2011 Annual General Meeting – Elections
  • November 14, 2011
  • December 6, 2011 – Candle Light Vigil Event

Meeting with MP’s re Childcare and Pensions

  • Giselle, Kay, Virginia and Brenda are interested in meeting with Local MP’s to discuss Child Care and Pensions.
  • Virginia will coordinate with PSAC to arrange a meeting.

March 8th Event – 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

  • Ideas for March 8th
  • pampering night (massage, nails, etc) – Giselle knows a couple of estheticians, Virginia will also check with a couple
  • movie night (Kay has video which she has used at her Local’s Women Committee)
  • comedian
  • The March 8th event will run from 6-8:30 pm. The Committee will be putting on a Pamper Movie Night; which will include information on notable women in history. Virginia will send out event poster.

Meeting adjourned at 7:10pm


It’s time to come out and Celebrate being a Woman!  The Victoria Regional Women’s Committee would like to invite all PSAC Women to join us in Celebrating being a Woman. Come share stories of the Women who have inspired you, relax and enjoy some snacks from around the nation.

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 6:00 – 8:30pm
  • PSAC Victoria Regional Office #210 – 1497 Admirals Road, Victoria
  • RSVP to: or by March 4th, 2010

Event brought to you by the Victoria Regional Women’s Committee of the BC Public Service Alliance of Canada. Download the poster (.pdf).

Prince George Regional Womens Committee meeting

  • Date: Sat, Feb 26th, 2011
  • Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Place: Grandma’s Inn, 901 Central Street West, Prince George, BC

Tentative Agenda:

  • IWD Plans & Labour Council Breakfast March 5, 2011
  • Financial Report 2010/11
  • Election of RWC Delegate to BC PSAC Triennial Convention
  • CLC Convention May 2011 in Vancouver
  • Round Table & new PSAC rep for Womens’ Portfolio

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 5:30 p.m, PSAC Vancouver Regional Office 200-5238 Joyce St. Vancouver, B.C.


 -      2011 Action Plan and Budget

-       Election of Co-Chairs

-       Election of delegate and alternate to BC Region Convention

-      International Women’s Day

Please RSVP to: Jennifer Ho at e-mail: or Marie Lygo at e-mail:

and cc:  A light meal will be served.

The Okanagan Area Council and Okanagan Women’s Committee will be meeting January 21st at 4:30pm in Kelowna. Please email or if you are interested in attending or for more information.

Victoria Regional Women’s Committee AGM – January 24th

  • Date: January 24, 2011, 5:30 PM
  • Location: PSAC Boardroom 210-1497 Admirals Rd Victoria, BC
  • Agenda
    • Review & approval of Nov 9th minutes
    • Review & Debrief from Dec 6th
    • Election of RWC Delegate to BC Regional Triennial Convention May 13-15, 2011
    • Budget for 2011
    • Set up 2011 Meeting Dates
    • Set up group to talk to MP re: Childcare/Pensions
    • Planning for March 8th event

Please R.S.V.P by email to either Rosemary or Virginia January 21st as various snack food will be provided. Note: the building door is locked by 5:30. Please use the intercom on the very far right of the door. Thanks.

Campbell River & District Area Council Annual General Meeting – Jan 27

  • Date: Thursday , Jan 27, 2011 – meet & greet @ 6:30, meeting @ 7PM
  • Location: Banners Restaurant, Shoppers Row, Campbell River
  • Agenda
    • Executive Elections
    • Finances (Budget)
    • Labour Council Report
    • Womens Committee
    • Members Concerns

For further information contact Tom Hopkins – President: ph: 250-283-7171 email:

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear PSAC’s pay equity case against Canada Post.

The union asked the Supreme Court for the right to appeal a February 2010 Federal Appeal Court decision that upheld an earlier decision to overturn a human rights tribunal decision in PSAC’s favour.

The current legal battle began in October 2005 when the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal upheld PSAC’s pay equity complaint against Canada Post.

But the corporation fought back – as it has been doing since 1983 when first PSAC filed a complaint over unequal pay.

“We’re very pleased the Supreme Court has agreed to hear our appeals, said John Gordon. “The lower court’s interpretation of the equal pay for work of equal value provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act raise questions the Supreme Court realizes it must answer.”

The union hopes the Supreme Court will endorse the 2005 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision.

Meanwhile we will continue to do everything in our power to obtain justice for current and former employees of Canada Post affected by this compliant, Gordon said.

Gordon cautioned that the Supreme Court will take more than a year before hearing the union’s appeals.

On December 6th  – the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada – the PSAC Regional Women’s Committees in Vancouver and Victoria organized candlelight vigils in their communities. They commemorated the 14 women who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989, reflected on violence against women, and gathered donations for local women’s organizations. Here are some photos …

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