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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

WAVE Strategic Plan Summary 2019-2021

WAVE Strategic Plan 2016 - 2018

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, Agendas & Minutes

2020 Meeting Schedule

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 For assistance with the form, please call Marian Bruin at 780-495-0272.


Councillor's Boardroom, City Hall - 2nd Floor



2020 Meeting Dates

January 21 - Minutes

February 18 - Agenda

March 17

April 21

May 19

June 16

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 15

2019 Meeting Minutes

November 19 - Minutes

Tuesday, March 19 - Minutes

Tuesday, January 15 - Minutes

Citizen Members

Council Advisor

Name of Appointee First Appointed Term
Councillor Bev Esslinger Dec 5/17 2017-2021 Council Term

Committee Members

Name of Appointees First Appointed Term Expiry Date
Adetoun (Abby) Aiyeleye May 01/19 Apr 30/21
Kourtney Boucher May 01/18 Apr 30/22
Nadia Bouslama May 11/20 Apr 30/22
Bailey Dawn Coty May 01/17 Apr 30/21
Michele Jackson May 11/20 Apr 30/22
Angelika Matson May 01/19 Apr 30/21
Kristina Midbo May 01/18 Apr 30/22
Oluwafunmilayo Omole May 11/20 Apr 30/22
Muno Osman May 11/20 Apr 30/22
Hersharon Sandhu  (Vice-Chair) May 01/15 Apr 30/21
Elyssa Teslyk  May 01/16 Apr 30/22
Julianne Threlfall May 01/19 Apr 30/21
Joan Welch May 11/20 Apr 30/22
Charlotte Wray May 11/20 Apr 30/22
Amy Yu May 11/20 Apr 30/22
Committee Member Bios


Women and Poverty In Canada: Where Does Edmonton Fit?
An overview of the women in poverty in Canada.

Edmonton Women's Quality of Life Scorecard
Note: There has been a revision at the bottom of page 7 to reflect more accurate and comprehensive gender-based violence statistics. Corrected rates continue to demonstrate a higher than average rate of gender-based violence in Edmonton.

WAVE: Annual Report - May 2018 - April 2019

WAVE: Annual Report - May 2016 - June 2017

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 1st year.

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

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


Resource Links

Increasing Women’s Involvement in the 2017 Municipal Election 
A focus and priority for WAVE is increasing women’s participation and
visibility in the 2017 municipal election. This includes voting, supporting a
campaign, or running as a candidate for municipal office.

2016-17 Program Guide
Opening the Potential: Women Leading in Edmonton 2016/2017 Pilot Program for Women Interested in Municipal Politics

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.

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.

The Women's Initiative fosters and promotes equality, opportunity, access to services, justice and inclusion for women in Edmonton.

For More Information

Marian Bruin



Fax 780-577-3525

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