National Council of Women of Canada AGM

Date: May 26th, 2015
What: National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) AGM attended by Council of Women of Winnipeg (CWW) and Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba (PCWM)
Where: Montreal, QC WHEN: May 21–24th, 2015
Who: CWW delegates – Kelly-Ann Stevenson, Randi Gage, and Gisele Saurette-Roch, PCWM delegates – Alberta Johnson, Alexandra Shkandrij, and Muriel Smith

For more information please contact: Kelly-Ann Stevenson, Media Contact President – Council of Women of Winnipeg Vice President – National Council of Women of Canada 204-825 Sherbrook Ave Wpg MB R3A 1M5 (204) 997-9632


Winnipeg, MB – Council of Women of Winnipeg (CWW) along with Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba (PCWM) recently returned from the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) AGM held in Montreal, Quebec May 21 – 24, 2015. This AGM provides a forum for members to bring resolutions forward to the national stage and participate in a national discussion about issues facing Canadian women.

The strength of the National Council of Women of Canada’s work comes from a broadly based network of organizations affiliated with its local and provincial councils, and affiliates of the NCWC. It is their representatives who research and debate proposals for change and develop the resolutions, which the NCWC presents to government. When these resolutions are approved at the national level, they represent the consensus of many thousands of women.

There was great Manitoba representation at the AGM from the Manitoba delegation – CWW delegates – Kelly-Ann Stevenson, Randi Gage, and Gisele Saurette- Roch, PCWM delegates – Alberta Johnson, Alexandra Shkandrij, and Muriel Smith.

A number of policies originating from the Council of Women of Winnipeg were adopted at NCWC AGM:

  • 1. MAXIMIZE REMOVAL OF CHEMICALS & PHARMACEUTICALS FROM WASTEWATER BEFORE RELEASING WASTEWATER INTO THE ENVIRONMENT
  • 2. THE REGULATION OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES
  • 3. UPDATE Policy – MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN

Other policies that were approved:

  • 1. MEAT AND CLIMATE CHANGE by St. Catharines & District Council of Women
  • 2. MEDICALLY ASSISTED DEATH by St. Catharines & District Council of Women
  • 3. REGULATION OF TOXINS AND BANNING OF ANTIBACTERIALS IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS by St. Catharines & District Council of Women
  • 4. REDUCTION IN SUGAR CONTENT IN PROCESSED FOOD, FRUIT DRINKS AND SODA POP Toronto and Area Council of Women
  • 5. UPDATE Policy ASBESTOS EXPOSURE A HEALTH HAZARD by Gracia Janes, VP Environment

BACKGROUND

The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) was founded on October 27, 1893, by Lady Aberdeen, Ishbel Maria Hamilton-Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, GBE, wife of the Governor-General of Canada. Throughout its history, the Council has been concerned with the welfare and improvement of the conditions of life for women, the family, and the community since its founding. The Council is a vibrant, pro-active, credible organization of women reflecting the diversity of society, encouraging informed political decision-making and public attitudes for the well-being of society, through research, education, consultation and cooperation. NCWC was designated by the Government of Canada as being of historical significance for its role in Canadian women’s history. Today, NCWC is comprised of Local Councils of Women and Study Groups in 12 Canadian cities, Provincial Councils of Women in 6 Canadian provinces, Study Groups in one Canadian province and 10 affiliated National Organizations. http://www.ncwcanada.com/

Council of Winnipeg Women

The Council is a nonpartisan, non-sectarian network of organizations and individuals of diverse interests networking to pursue work of common interest where the stability of the family and the welfare of the community are concerned. http://councilofwomen-winnipeg.webs.com

Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba

PCWM strives to empower women to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and society. It is a volunteer organization consisting of a federation of organizations and individual members whose purpose is to improve social conditions by influencing political decision-making and public attitudes. This common purpose draws support from people from all political parties, and members from a variety of social, economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds. http://pcwmanitoba.ca/