Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton Committee

Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton committee members

The Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE) Committee provides Council with advice on affairs relevant to municipal jurisdiction.

WAVE will:

  • Advocate for women’s gender based issue resolutions and opportunities related to City policies, priorities and decisions
  • Promote leadership development to empower Edmonton women to fully participate in civic life
  • Research and provide information and resources about women’s gender based issues to Edmontonians

Councillor Bev Esslinger and Mayor Don Iveson are City Council champions for Edmonton’s Women's Initiative, announced in December 2013 with the creation of a Women's Advisory Council.

In February 2014, the Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton Committee Bylaw 16658 was approved by Edmonton City Council. There was a public and open recruitment process for Edmontonians interested in applying and being considered for this Council. More than 150 applications were screened and Council selected 15 members.

Meetings

All meetings are open to the public.

Request to Speak

We invite community members and groups to present at WAVE Committee meetings. Please complete the Request to Speak Form and email to marian.bruin@edmonton.ca. For assistance with the form, please call Marian Bruin at 780-495-0272.

Meeting Schedule

Location: Councilor's Boardroom, City Hall - 2nd Floor

Time: 5:30-8pm

2016

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
Jan 19 Agenda Minutes
Feb 16 Agenda Minutes
Mar 15 Agenda Minutes
Apr 19 Agenda Minutes
May 17 Agenda Minutes
Jun 21 Agenda Minutes
Jul 19 Agenda Minutes
Aug 16 Agenda Minutes
Sep 20 Agenda Minutes
Oct 18 Agenda Minutes
Nov 15 Agenda Minutes
Dec 20 Agenda Minutes

Members

Citizen Members

Committee Member Bios

Name of Appointees First Appointed Term Expiry Date
Angelica Hernandez May 14/14 Apr 30/17
Debra Emily Jakubec May 01/16 Apr 30/18
Jennifer Jennax May 14/14 Apr 30/18
Joyce LaBriola May 01/16 Apr 30/18
Dawn Newton May 14/14 Apr 30/17
Mia Norrie May 14/14 Apr 30/18
Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika May 14/14 Apr 30/17
Hersharon Preet Kaur Sandhu May 01/15 Apr 30/17
Cristina Stasia May 14/14 Apr 30/17
Elyssa Teslyk May 01/16 Apr 30/18
Meghana Valupadas  (Vice-Chair) May 14/14 Apr 30/18
Sandra Woitas  (Chair) May 14/14 Apr 30/17
Meheret Worku May 14/14 Apr 30/17
Dilara Yegani May 14/14 Apr 30/18

Resources

Reports

WAVE: Annual Report - May 2015 - June 2016

WAVE: Annual Report - March 2014 - April 2015
Highlights our accomplishments and the building blocks of success of our first year. It was presented by Jackie Foord to Edmonton's Community Services Committee on Monday, June 29, 2015, and was very well received.

Women's Spring Symposium: Final Report - April 7, 2013

Women's Fall Symposium: Final Report - September 15, 2012

Resource Links

Women In Municipal Government
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Committee that works to raise awareness of the importance of women in governance and to strengthen the participation of women in the democratic process.

Equal Voice
A national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.

Women in Local Government
Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Standing Committee on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government.

Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Decision Making
Federation of Canadian Municipalities' report on increasing women's participation in municipal decision-making processes.

How to Design a City for Women
Article about a "gender mainstreaming" experiment in Vienna. A project taking gender into account in public policy.

Sustainable Gender Equality
Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions shows how citizens, municipalities and regions can benefit from gender equality.

Vancouver Women's Advisory Committee
Works with Vancouver City Council and staff to implement the Gender Equality Strategy and enhance access to full participation in Vancouver services for women and girls.

YWCA -  A Turning Point for Women
YWCA is Canada's oldest, largest women's multi-service organization. Turning Point Programs for Women™ address personal safety, economic security, and well-being.

World Economic Forum - Global Gender Gap Report
Benchmarks national gender gaps of 142 countries on economic, political, education, and health-based criteria.

Media

Bad cities to be a woman
July 10, 2014: CTV Alberta Primetime interview with Rajvir Gill. 

Outstanding Women

Sue Trigg
A natural area in Riverbend is named in honour of Sue Trigg, who has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the community for decades. See Councillor Bryan Anderson's speaking notes.

For More Information

Marian Bruin

700, CN Tower
10004 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB   T5J 0K1

Telephone

780-495-0272

Fax 780-577-3525
Email marian.bruin@edmonton.ca