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SK Women’s Forum – Jan 18-19, 2013 in Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Women’s Forum 2013: Connecting Voices for Change

Public Event • By Katelyn Joanna and Michelle Beveridge

January 18, 2013 at 6:00pm until January 19, 2013 at 5:30pm

Delta Bessborough, 601 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Web posting:

If you are interested in women’s rights, in connecting with individuals and organizations who have been working on women’s issues recently and through the decades, and in spending a weekend learning, having fun, and moving a women’s agenda forward in our province, then:

Please set aside FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 (evening) and SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013!

We are a coalition of women and organizations who have come together to plan a Saskatchewan Women’s Forum taking place at the Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon. For too long, we have been having conversations in isolation from each other about the current context that women and women’s organizations find themselves in. So we are creating this opportunity to collectively develop how we can move forward on the issues that we care about.

We are currently finalizing our program, which will be centered on women’s stories and respectful of intergenerational, intercultural and diverse experiences. If you are interested in attending, please respond back to us (at, 306.242.4097 )) and we will ensure you receive the program and registration package by mid-December.

In the meantime, please save the date! And get in touch with us if you would like to be part of the planning, to volunteer at the forum in any number of capacities, or have other ideas for us.

Registration is $50/person. (Please let us know if you are in a situation where you would only be able to attend with a reduced rate, or conversely, if you are able and willing to donate money to assist in covering a portion of registration for others.)


Michelle Beveridge and Katelyn Jones, Oxfam Canada, Saskatoon

Hannah Chukwu, Global Gathering Place, Saskatoon

Sue Delanoy, Elizabeth Fry Society, Saskatoon

Diane Fletcher, Vadis Group, Saskatoon

Lori Hanson, U of S, Community Health and Epidemiology, Saskatoon

Yvonne Hanson, U of S, Prairie Women’s Health Centre, Saskatoon

Laura Hopkins, Saskatoon Women’s Community Coalition

Nancy Johnson, Saskatoon

Audra Krueger, U of S, Centre for the Study of Co-ops, Saskatoon

Darla Leard, Canadian Labour Congress, Saskatoon

Debbie Lussier and Lori Johb, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Regina

Barb Macpherson, YWCA Saskatoon

Adriane Paavo, Prairie Lily Feminist Society, Regina

Tammy Richmond, Business and Professional Women’s Club, Saskatoon

Priscilla Settee, U of S, Native Studies, Saskatoon

Lenore Swystun and Samantha Mark, Prairie Wild Consulting, Saskatoon

Laura Westman, Saskatoon

Bernadette Wagner, Regina

International Women’s Day Grant Program 2013

The IWD grant program is open again this year. For further information contact


*International Women’s Day Grant Program 2013*

International Women’s Day (IWD), observed every March 8th, is an opportunity to celebrate progress towards equality for women and to profile the achievements and contributions of women leaders as mentors and change-makers throughout history.

The Status of Women Office in the Ministry of Social Services is pleased to offer grant funding to assist women’s groups and community-based organizations to collaborate and plan an International Women’s Day community event.

*Grant Criteria:*

– The maximum grant for an individually sponsored activity is $300. Grant amounts to partnering organizations will vary, based on available funds.

– Only non-profit organizations that provide services to women and/or work toward the equality of women qualify.

– A budget is to be submitted along with the application indicating how the grant will be used.

– All activities must be open to the public and promote the leadership roles of women and girls. The 2013 theme is *“Women as Mentors: Building Leadership Together”.*

– The activity must take place during the month of March, preferably on or around International Women’s Day – March 8th.

– Proposed event must fit with the theme *“**Women as Mentors: Building Leadership Together”.*

– Completed applications must be postmarked, faxed, emailed or hand delivered to the Ministry of Social Services, Status of Women Office, 1920 Broad Street, REGINA SK S4P 3V6 or no later than December 31, 2012.

– Successful applicants will be notified by letter no later than January 31, 2013.

For more information:

National Farmers Union Annual Convention, June 27-28, at Lumsden

The National Farmers Union Region 6 Annual Convention which will be held Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28, 2012, at St. Michael’s Retreat, Lumsden, Saskatchewan. 

The Convention commences with registration on Wednesday, June 27 at 4:00 P.M., followed by supper, guest speaker (TBA) and a social gathering.   Thursday, June 28 begins with breakfast at 8:00 AM.  The Call to Order will be at 9:00 A.M.  Adjournment will be at 4:00 P.M. 

The registration fee is: 

$128.00   Full convention rate (includes one overnight stay, all meals and all snacks)

$  22.00   Commuter Rate for Wednesday, June 27 (includes supper and snacks)

$  36.00   Commuter Rate for Thursday, June 28 (breakfast not included);  $48 (with breakfast)

 To book your accommodations, contact the NFU Office at (306) 652-9465 by June 20th or sooner.    

 If you do not require accommodations, you are asked to still call our office as St. Michael’s need to know the number of people that will be attending for their meal preparations.  Also, let us know if you have specific dietary requirements.



SWI in Fort Qu’appelle this weekend

A reminder of the Saskatchewan Women’s Institutes Annual General Meeting in Fort Qu’appelle this weekend.

This amazing organization has been providing education and an opportunity for women to meet and have some fun for over 100 years! (See

If you can’t attend the whole conference, consider driving out to the banquet on Friday. (Please RSVP by Wed or Thurs am at the latest to (306) 332-6751. )


Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan
JUNE 1 and 2, 2012

(Agenda updated May 29, 2012)

Friday, June 1st:
1:30 to 3:30            REGISTRATION
4:00        JAN MISSENS – Co-ordinator, Leading Thunder Bird Lodge
4:15         TOURS:
Leading Thunder Bird Lodge
Fort Qu’Appelle Historical Museum
Henderson Art Studio
5:45         COMEDY HOUR
6:30         BANQUET
7:30         CHARLOTTE SCHRADER – Storytelling
8:15          SING-A-LONG

Saturday, June 2nd:
Flag Ceremony
O Canada, Creed and Ode
Welcome to Fort Qu’Appelle – Mayor Ron Osika
Greetings  – Don McMorris, Saskatchewan Minister of Health
9:30           BUSINESS MEETING
Minutes from 2011 Annual Meeting
Financial Report
New Business
10:30        COFFEE BREAK
11:15         LARRY EASTON – Pictorial Tour of Saskatchewan
12:15         LUNCH
1:00           “55 ALIVE” drivers refresher course by Sask. Safety Council
2:15               COFFEE
COMPETITIONS:    Craft from recycled material and Baked Fruit Loaves


Follow-up to AGM

Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM in person or through Skype. It was fun to connect with the participants over the Internet and gain new ideas and perspectives!

May 12 AGM, speaker, food, film, discussions

Individual women and representatives of women’s organizations are invited to our AGM on May 12 in Regina, with a presentation about women’s rights and the UN, a roundtable about current women’s groups’ activities in the province and a film.

WIN-S has just completed a successful year where we established a website, sent out our first newsletter and conducted a province-wide on-line webinar for International Women’s Day.

We invite you to attend all or part of our AGM meeting in person in Regina. For those who are unable to attend in person, we are hoping to be able to connect via Skype though the computer. We would love to meet with other groups and individuals interested in women’s issues.


Tentative agenda

 Women’s Information Network of Saskatchewan

Annual General Meeting, Saturday May 12, 2012

Room CB106, U of R College Building, College & Scarth (South Side), Regina

 9:30    Coffee and refreshments

10:00  Welcome and Introductions

10:15  AGM Business

–          Minutes of last AGM

–          Financial report

–          Election of Officers

10:30  Sum-up of WIN-S activities this year

10:35  Highlights of Amber Fletcher’s trip to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York

10:45  Roundtable Discussion (all attendees have 2 minutes to discuss any activities they might be involved with on their various organizations) (pamphlets or displays welcome)

11:30 Planning – Actions sharing information and linking women’s groups

LUNCH (potluck, but we will have some extra if its not a cooking day for you!)

1:00    Discussion of Future Activities for WIN-S

2:15    Break

2:30    Film and discussion

–          Food access /security /sovereignty/ rural and urban connections




DirectWest webinars on social media

Check out these past webinars from DirectWest at

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 9:00am CST

 Boost Your Company’s Social Media Potential

Kathryn Slater founded and headed up the interactive division at DSA Media. Kathryn enjoys presenting, and her gregarious nature has led her to several teaching engagements. She has experience planning for both large and small accounts. Since entering the field, Kathryn has been dedicated to transparency and honesty in advertising. She believes that the best campaigns are the ones where clients, publishers and agencies work together for the best customer experience rather than the best “campaign” experience.

 “Top 10 Best Practices for Social Media”

“Do’s & Dont’s: Risk Assessment”

 Putting the Power of Social Media to Work for Your Business

Brendan King is the co-founder and CEO of VendAsta Technologies Inc in Saskatoon. VendAsta builds software platforms for media and advertising companies to help local businesses prosper in a rapidly changing digital world. Brendan is an active speaker on the topics of Social, Local and Mobile Media, Online Reputation Management, and how they impact small and medium businesses.

 Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 9:00am CST.

 Working with, Marketing for and Selling to Generation Y

Generation Y is taking the workplace and the marketplace by storm. Successfully working with, marketing for and selling to Generation Y requires an understanding of their unique values, perspectives, motivators, goals and expectations. Cam Marston, founder and president of Generational Insights, has completed a decade’s worth of extensive research on the subject and will share a multitude of generational insights, concrete examples and specific approaches to help businesses develop strong relationships with Gen Y employees and customers in order to increase productivity, sales and profit.

Farm Leadership Council webinars

The Farm Leadership council has a number of interesting and useful webinars. See the list at

Thanks for participating!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the March 26 webinar! The webinar was recorded and will be available to watch in the near future.

Mar 26 Webinar Link

WIN-S Webinar – Monday March 26 at 7 to 9 PM – News Ways of Communicating for Saskatchewan Women.

1. View the webinar on your home computer .

Click on this link

 Then click “Enter as a Guest” then type your full name and click “Enter Room”

2. Set up your own group to watch the webinar.

3. Go to one of our group viewing sites.

  • Swift Current Library, 411 Herbert St. East
  • Lifelong Learning Centre, Room GA 106, 2155 College Ave. (College Ave. & Cornwall St.), Regina

 Coffee and refreshments provided. No computer needed – webinar will be shown on a screen.

 For information or RSVP contact: (306) 535-9570 or fill in Comment below.