AGM March 8th, 2021

Camrose Pride Community
Annual General Meeting
Date: Monday, March 8, 2021    
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm    Place: Online Zoom Meeting

Attendance: 
Executive Leadership:
Lucas H (he/him) – Secretary
Candy M (she/her) – Treasurer
Robyn G (she/her) – Member-at-Large
Stephen M (he/him) – Member-at-Large

Regrets:

Gus B (he/him) – Co-chair 1
Zach S (he/him) – Co-chair 2

Members:
Nikki F (she/her)

Guests:
Tessa (they/them)
Sam (she/them)
Teri (she/her)
Janna (she/her)
Brae (she/her)
Charissa (she/her)
Sophie (they/them) – AltView Foundation
Ray (he/him)
Jessica (she/her)
Andrew (he/him)

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Nikki F
  1. The Annual General Meeting was called to order at 6:39pm on Monday, March 8, 2021 by Nikki F with opening remarks.
    1. Nikki F. relays that Gus B. and Zach S. send their regrets.
  2. Quorum is achieved.
  3. There were introductions.
  4. CHANGES TO/APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Stephen M
MOTION: Stephen M That CPC Executive approve the agenda with the following amendments: There are two co-chair positions and a member-at-large position up for nominations, as well. SECONDED: Charissa CARRIED
  1. FINANCIAL REPORT – Candy
    1. The balance sheet and RBC statements have been made available to CPC Executives.
    2. 2020 financial statements were audited by Robyn G. and Stephen M. Thank you for your time.
    3. We had applied for a grant to further our strategic goals, but unfortunately we were not successful.
MOTION: Charissa  That the audited financial report be approved as reported. SECONDED: Lucas
CARRIED
MOTION: Candy   That the two auditors of the financial statements for the AGM selected be two community members. SECONDED: Charissa CARRIED
  1. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ACTIONS
    1. Board Positions
      1. Gus B will not stand again for his position as Co-chair 1 and Lucas H will not stand again for his position as Secretary. Zach S will step down as Co-chair 2.
      2. There were no nominations for co-chair 2 and this position will remain open for nomination  during a general meeting in the future. If you know of interested community members, please direct them to the CPC.
MOTION: Robyn G   That Nikki F be elected as Co-chair 1.SECONDED: Lucas H
CARRIED
MOTION: Stephen M. That Robyn G. be elected as Secretary. SECONDED: Nikki F CARRIED
MOTION: Stephen M  That Stephen M be elected as Member-at-Large. SECONDED: Nikki F CARRIED
MOTION: Candy M  That Janna F be elected as Member-at-Large. SECONDED: Nikki F CARRIED
MOTION: Candy M That one Member-at-Large is a liaison for the proposed Youth Council as Representative. SECONDED: Nikki F
CARRIED
MOTION: Candy M   That Sam K be elected as Member-at-Large – Youth Council Representative. SECONDED: Nikki F CARRIED
  1. Youth Council
    1. CPC hopes to begin establishing a Youth Council to collaborate with and include younger members. This Youth Council would nominate an Executive Member-at-Large as Youth Council Representative with voting rights.
  2. Faith Community Relationships
    1. CPC hopes to continue with our strong relationship with the United Church.
  3. Safe Space Program
    1. CPC hopes to create a Safe Space program for business to evaluate and instill business practices that support the queer community in Camrose and area. 
  1. YOUTH COUNCIL 2021 – Candy M
    1. There has been increasing interest in a permanent Youth Council.
    2. We want to ensure that all members of our community have a voice, and we have found that young people through schools and smaller communities in our area would like be engaged more.
    3. Sam K. is co-president with another CCHS (Camrose Composite High School) student and would like to engage the CCHS with the CPC.
      1. The CCHS QSA (Queer-Straight Alliance) has been putting up posters to educate fellow students.
      2. The CCHS QSA has been planning a fundraising for the Open Door.
      3. Their mission is to create a positive and safe environment both within the school and outside of the school, regardless of the student’s home circumstances.
      4. It is important that LGBTQIA+ identified youth have spaces that they feel safe within, that are not taken over by other diversity initiatives.
    4. We would like to have more involvement between QSAs and CPC through this Youth Council. 
    5. CPC’s strategic plan from 2020 strived to have a member from the Youth Council as an executive member from the CPC, which we will move forward with in 2021.
    6. There are concerns that the pandemic has prevented students from important face-to-face interactions. 
    7. The QSA meets every Thursday at CCHS. 
    8. The responses from the community survey may have venues where the Youth Council can take charge. 
    9. There are not a lot of queer role models in the community for the QSA to witness.
      1. We would like to support intergenerational community relationships.
    10. There are many QSAs in Edmonton and area communities. Our Youth Council and QSAs could get support from these other organizations. 
    11. Our AltView guest Sophie P would love to be involved in supporting this Youth Council.
    12. There was also conversation about talking to Camp fYrefly and Camp Dragonfly.
MOTION: Candy M   That CPC support queer youth in the development of a Youth Council. SECONDED: Nikki F
CARRIED
  1. CONVERSION THERAPY BAN
    1. Candy M presented information for everyone on conversion therapy in Canada and Alberta with a slideshow. Thank you.
    2. Norm Mayer, current mayor, has expressed his support. We would like/need a champion on the city council. 
    3. While there is talk at the federal level about a conversion therapy, it is not in place yet, and having a municipal bylaw would strengthen the ban regardless of who controls the federal government.
    4. We want to ensure that our community is engaged in getting involved in the ban. 
      1. The more communities and community members we have voicing their support, the stronger it would be. 
    5. The fight is worthy of the time and effort, so we will continue to do research and see what our communities are doing. 
    6. Pam Rocker, queer faith community worker, and Dr. Glynnis Lieb, Executive Director of iSMSS and one of the members of the now-dissolved conversion therapy working group have both expressed support for the CPC’s initiative.
    7. We would like to send out a letter for the opinions of the Camrose County Council and surrounding municipalities’ councils. Charissa S. can also reach out to some interoffice agencies.
    8. CPC will draft a letter to send out to interested parties.
  2. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
    1. Review of 2020
      1. We did what we felt we were able within the emotional constraints of the pandemic. 
      2. Pride Outside – Nature Hikes
      3. ExpressOUTside! – Monthly Nature Walks
      4. Reading with Royalty – Virtual Edition
      5. Augustana 2020 Pride Week (pre-pandemic)
      6. Moments of Pride – June/Pride Month
      7. Camrose Women’s Shelter – 16 Days of Gender Based Violence Awareness Partnership
  3. DIRECTIONS FOR 2021
    1. We want to formalize the strategic plan to publish and share with the community.
      1. Jessica D., our guest from Drayton Valley, is happy to help with strategic planning as well as she is familiar with the process. 
    2. Andrew, our medical professional/student guest, has shared information on an Alberta Doctor’s grant that he is willing to help with. 
    3. Survey Results
      1. Respondents included 9 from our email group and 3 from our Facebook group.
        1. Survey Monkey produced more responses than previous attempts with Google Forms.
      2. What in-person events would you attend, once it is safe to do so?
        1. Family Queer Dance
        2. Pride in the Park
        3. Online Trivia/Name that Tune
        4. Fire Pits
        5. Pride Hikes
        6. Drag Shows
        7. Low Energy – High Reward Commitments
      3. Online Workshops Ideas
        1. Trans Makeup
        2. Drag Makeup
        3. Expanding Community
        4. Queer History
        5. Mythology
        6. Queer Identities
        7. Gatekeeping/Autonomy/Othering
      4. It would be nice to include people outside of our immediate known people.
      5. If you have further comments, please contact the camrosepridecommunity@gmail.com
  1. UPCOMING REGULAR MEETINGS
    1. Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection
      1. Monday, April 12th, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
      2. Location: Online Zoom 
    2. EspressOUTside
      1. TBA – weather dependent, resuming in Spring?
    1. Friends and Family Meeting
      1. Monday, April 5th, 2021
      2. Location: Online Zoom Meeting
      3. Please contact Andrea Dyck for details (adyck@brsd.ab.ca)
  1. SHARING CIRCLE
  2.  ADJOURNMENT
    1. The meeting was adjourned at 8:39pm

Jan 11, 2021

Camrose Pride Community

Meeting Minutes

Date: Monday, Jan 11th, 2021    

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm    Place: Online Zoom Meeting

Attendance: 

Executive Leadership:

Lucas H. – Secretary (he/him)

Candy M. – Treasurer (she/her)

Nikki F. – Member (she/her)

Stephen MC. – Member-at-Large

Robyn G – Member-at-Large (she/her)

Gus B. – Co-chair 1

Regrets:

Absent:

Zach S. – Co-chair 2

Guests:

A.  (he/him)

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Nikki F.
    1. The meeting was called to order at 6:35pm on Monday, December 11th, 2021 by Nikki F.
  2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Lucas H.
    1. The agenda is approved.
  3. FINANCIAL REPORT – Candy M.
    1. Candy M. will file everything for our annual return.
    2. Candy M. will check in to the particulars of who is able to do an audit of the annual return. It may be Nikki F., Stephen M., and/or Robyn G. 
    3. There was a revenue of $750 petty cash. 
  1. PANDEMIC CHECK-IN
    1. There have been a lot of changes during the COVID-19 response, but we are here to support each other.
    2. You can find free online support from the federal government at Wellness Together Canada: https://ca.portal.gs/
  2. CAMROSE POLICE SERVICE (CPS) RECRUITMENT – Nikki F.
    1. John from the Camrose Police has sent an email, letting us know that they are looking for a new officer for the CPS.
    2. They wanted to ensure continuing strong relations between CPS and community organizations. 
    3. If there is interest, please contact John Corbett of the CPS.
  1. 2021 – ENVISIONING THE YEAR AHEAD
    1. AGM – Monday, March 8th, 2021
      1. The financial report is displayed at the AGM, but the financial audit can be approved at any meeting by the executive.
      2. Location: Online
      3. There will be slides presented at this for our community members who wish to join. 
      4. Nikki F. will announce the AGM at the end of January and in February so that there is lots of time for people to know. 
      5. Agenda item for AGM: Conversion Therapy Ban
      6. The agenda will be created for the AGM at the February meeting. 
      7. There will be some board positions opening up:
        1. Gus B. will be stepping down as co-chair.
        2. Lucas H. will be stepping down as secretary.
        3. Nikki F. will do some social media alerts that those positions are open.
    2. Conversion Therapy Ban
      1. Candy M. suggests that we add this as a motion at the AGM.
      2. We can share some of the research that we have done about Conversion Therapy in Alberta.
    3. Augustana – Pride Committee/Pride Week
      1. Flag Raising – Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 9:00am/10:00am
      2. What is CPC willing to run?
        1. Nikki F. was willing to do an online workshop. We will have to schedule it sooner rather than later. Lucas H. will let them know to contact them. 
        2. If they have suggestions, we can take them. 
      3. What is CPL willing to run?
      4. So You Think You Can Drag?
        1. Virtual 
      5. Augustana’s Got Talent
        1. Virtual
    4. ExpressOUT/Monthly Gatherings
      1. Would you like to see any online gatherings?
        1. Nikki F. will create a Survey Monkey to inquire with our membership. 
        2. A. has reached out to The Landing, especially with non-binary/Genderqueer people in mind. 
        3. The Smith Clinic has a Rainbow Clinic, that serves a community of trans* folks and other queer members of our community. 
        4. There may be interest for community groups that serve specific communities within our communities. 
        5. As a support, the Art Hive is done online every Wednesday through the CMHA by Nikki F. and is 16+ from 10:00am – 12:00pm for interested parties. No cost, just need to register
  1. Art Therapy Group – Nikki F.
    1. CMHA got grant money for Nikki F. to create the Art Hive.
    2. That grant also has funding for specific LFBTQIA+ communities.
    3. Nikki F. is still looking for ideas about specific themes or directions of this specific queer art group. If you have any ideas of workshops, please contact Nikki F.
    4. There is no cost to join either the group or workshops. It is 16+.
  1. UPCOMING REGULAR MEETINGS
    1. Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection
      1. Monday, February 8th, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
      2. Location: Online Zoom Meeting
    2. EspressOUTside
      1. TBA
      2. cancelled due to Covid-19.
      3. If there is warmer weather, there may be impromptu gatherings of CPC.
    3. Friends and Family Meeting
      1. Please, contact Andrea Dyck for details (adyck@brsd.ab.ca).
      2. Location: Zoom
      3. Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
  1. ONE WORD CHECKOUT
  2.  ADJOURNMENT
    1. The meeting was adjourned at 7:39pm.

September, 2020

Camrose Pride Community
Meeting Minutes

Date: Monday, September 14th, 2020   
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm    Place: Online

Attendance:
Executive Leadership:
Lucas Hill – Secretary
Candy Morningway – Treasurer
Zach Stevens – Co-chair 2
Nikki Meyer-Featherstone – Member
Robyn Gray – Member-at-Large
Gus Belcourt – Co-chair 1

Regrets:
Stephen McKenzie-Comeau – Member-at-Large
Guests:
Thomas Iglesias Trombetta
2 Viking Community Members

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Nikki F.
    1. The meeting was called to order at 6:36pm on Monday, September 14th, 2020 by Zach Stevens.

  2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Lucas H.
    1. The agenda was approved as is by Lucas H.

  3. GUEST SPEAKER – Thomas Iglesias Trombetta (he/him/they/them)
    1. Freddie
      1. PrEP accessibility for-profit organization for queer communities
      1. PrEP:
        1. Pre-exposure Prophylaxis – prevents HIV by almost 100% from daily pill use
      1. Alberta Publicly Funded PrEP – Free
        1. generally directed towards urban areas
        1. can be difficult for rural communities to access
      1. gofreddie.com
        1. virtual services for initial consults to prescription
        1. delivered directly to door
        1. confidentiality by HIPAA standards and Health Canada standards
        1. Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario areas served
      1. Sponsorships and Partnerships
        1. Events
          1. Drag Shows
        1. Gear/Swag
        1. Education/Seminars
          1. Videos – Available to Share
          1. Promotional Materials can be sent out
      1. Instagram
        1. @go_freddie
      1. HIV Edmonton works directly with Indigenous populations, Freddie’s work is first with LGBTQIA2+ communities and those intersectionalities, but hoping to expand more with racially minoritized communities.

  4. FINANCIAL REPORT – Candy M.
    1. There are no changes to finances, except bank fees ($3.75/month)
    1. Candy M. has sent the RBC statement to the secretary to be included with minutes.
    1. Year End/Annual Return – February will be when paperwork will be required.
      1. AGM require a special resolution for drafting things, but may move our AGM. We will discuss these options in meetings before AGM.

  5. PANDEMIC CHECK-IN
    1. There have been a lot of changes during the COVID-19 response, but we are here to support each other.
    1. You can find free online support from the federal government at Wellness Together Canada: https://ca.portal.gs/
  • ExpressOUTside DEBRIEF
    • Monday, Aug. 31st
      • The walk went well!
      • 4 attendees – definitely want to do again
      • Next: Monday, September 28th, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
      • Location: Jubilee Park Playground
    • Pride Hike – Sept. 13th
      • Huge success! 11 attended, all had a wonderful 2.5 hour hike!
         
  • FALL ACTIVITIES
    • Next October Pride Hike
      • Date: Sunday, October 4th, 2020 at 1:00pm
      • Location: Miquelon Lake, meet at overflow parking
      • Fire at Miquelon Lake afterwards
      • Lucas will contact Strathcona Diversity Committee
      • Nikki will contact Wetaskiwin Pride Community
      • Gus will contact Red Deer Pride Community
      • Gus will bring firewood
    • Community Fire
      • Date: TBA
      • Location: Gus’ House

  • CONVERSION THERAPY BAN IN CAMROSE
    • Beaumont, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary, and more have announced bans on Conversion Therapy. There is nothing at a provincial level.
    • Candy did research on process in other communities, and shared that information with the executive. Candy put all the wordings that other communities were using in the Google Drive.
    • Nikki spoke to Michael from AltView and connected Nikki with University of Alberta contact information. They suggested we contact a city Councillor to champion the cause. They can provide a draft of what we can move forward with.
    • Lucas contacted the Sherwood Park Diversity Committee, who said they were not involved with the process in Strathcona.
    • We can write a formal letter to the city to be added to the agenda. It’s best if you can operate through an advocate on City Council (this is how we did the Pride Flag).
    • Nikki will contact her University of Alberta contact to potentially speak to us about how to go forward with this about this correctly.
      • We can draft a letter after this to individual council members.
    • Gus will ask Mayor Mayer about who could be a potential contact.

  • GOOGLE FORMS FEEDBACK
    • The Google Form that can be shared out with our General Membership for input into our Missions, Visions, Value Statements can be viewed and shared at:
    • There has been no responses as of yet.

  • READING WITH ROYALTY
    • Camrose Public Library hosted the event on their Facebook/YouTube page on Friday, August 21st. CPC was a co-host on Facebook.
    • Lucas H. (Luna Sea) and Sir Racha created videos.

  • UPCOMING REGULAR MEETINGS
    • Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection
      • i)     Monday, October 19th, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
      • ii)    Location: Online
    • EspressOUTside
      • Monday, September 28th, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
      • Location: Jubilee Park Playground – Weather Permitting (Physical Distancing, Mask Welcome but not Required)
    • Friends and Family Meeting
      • October Date TBA
      • Nikki will update once she receives confirmation.
  1. ONE WORD CHECKOUT

  2.  ADJOURNMENT
    1. The meeting was adjourned at 7:49pm.

August, 2020

Camrose Pride Community
Meeting Minutes
Date: Monday, August 10th, 2020   
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm    Place: Online
Attendance:
Executive Leadership:
Lucas Hill – Secretary
Candy Morningway – Treasurer
Robyn Gray – Member-at-Large
Stephen McKenzie-Comeau – Member-at-Large
Gus Belcourt – Co-chair 1
Nikki Meyer-Featherstone – Member

Regrets:
Zach Stevens – Co-chair 2

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Nikki F.
    1. The meeting was called to order at 6:34pm on Monday, August 10th, 2020 by Nikki Featherstone.

  2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Lucas H.
    1. The agenda was approved as is by Lucas H.

  3. FINANCIAL REPORT – Candy M.
    1. There are no changes to finances, except bank fees.
    1. Candy M. has sent RBC statement to secretary to be included with minutes.

  4. PANDEMIC CHECK-IN
    1. There have been a lot of changes during the COVID-19 response, but we are here to support each other.
    1. You can find free online support from the federal government at Wellness Together Canada: https://ca.portal.gs/
  • ExpressOUT
    • How can we create a stronger and more engaged ExpressOUT? What  can we do to change the typical Zoom meeting conversation.
    • Camrose has a lack of queer adult spaces, and even in Edmonton, many spaces are drinking focused.
    • Edmonton Pride Community has done an online film viewing.
    • Gus recommends Miquelon Lake hiking, which could happen in late September. We could get a hold of Wetaskiwin and Edmonton Pride Communities.
       
  • FALL
    • What activities, online or otherwise, are we planning?
      • Sticker Campaign?
      • iSMSS Assistance for Workshops?

  • CONVERSION THERAPY BAN IN CAMROSE
    • Beaumont, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary, and more have announced bans on Conversion Therapy.
    • Candy will do some research about the process in other communities.
    • Nikki will reach out to Mike with AltView to get an idea of how it started in other communities and how we can get started on it here.
    • We can write a formal letter to the city to be added to the agenda. It’s best if you can operate through an advocate on City Council (this is how we did the Pride Flag).
    • Lucas will contact Sherwood Park Diversity Committee.
    • Aurora Borin in Banff and Canmore is a speaker that we could contact as well.
    • We will move forward with this at the September meeting, which will start a fall campaign. 

  • GOOGLE FORMS FEEDBACK
    • The Google Form that can be shared out with our General Membership for input into our Missions, Visions, Value Statements can be viewed and shared at:
    • There has been no responses as of yet. We will try to promote the initiative more, including at  Reading with Royalty.

  • READING WITH ROYALTY
    • Camrose Public Library will be hosting the asynchronous event on their Facebook page on Friday, August 21st. CPC is a co-host on Facebook.
    • Zach S. and Lucas H. have been contacted.
    • We will use the event to promote the CPC as well. Please share as much as possible!

  • UPCOMING REGULAR MEETINGS
    • Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection
      • i)     Monday, September 14th, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
      • ii)    Location: Online
    • EspressOUTside
      • Monday, August 31st, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
      • Location: Jubilee Park Playground – Weather Permitting (Physical Distancing, Mask Welcome but Not Required)
    • Friends and Family Meeting
      • Summer Break – Readjourning in October
  1. ONE WORD CHECKOUT

  2.  ADJOURNMENT
    1. The meeting was adjourned at 7:40pm.

July, 2020

Camrose Pride Community
Meeting Minutes
Date: Monday, July 13th, 2020   
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm    Place: Online
Attendance:
Executive Leadership:
Lucas Hill – Secretary
Candy Morningway – Treasurer
Robyn Gray – Member-at-Large
Stephen McKenzie-Comeau – Member-at-Large

Staff:
Nikki Meyer-Featherstone – AltView Liaison

Guests/Presenters:
Alexandra Marshall

Regrets:
Gus Belcourt – Co-chair 1
Zach Stevens – Co-chair 2

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Nikki F.
    1. The meeting was called to order at 6:34pm on Monday, July 13, 2020 by Nikki Featherstone.

  2. CHANGES TO/APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Lucas H.
MOTION: Lucas Hill    That CPC Executive add an item to the agenda and approve. SECONDED: Nikki Featherstone CARRIED
  • FINANCIAL REPORT – Candy M.
    • There are no changes to finances, except bank fees.
    • Candy M. has sent RBC statement to secretary to be included with minutes.
    • Candy M. will inquire with RBC about individually signing the paperwork towards the end of August.
    • Candy M. will also double-check the regulations of a financial audit for the AGM.

  • PANDEMIC CHECK-IN
    • There have been a lot of changes during the COVID-19 response, but we are here to support each other.
    • You can find free online support from the federal government at Wellness Together Canada: https://ca.portal.gs/
  • GUEST PRESENTER – Alex – Rural Education Coordinator at ISMSS
    • How can I support you?
    • Faculty of Education
    • Camp fYrefly! – Online this Year
    • Camp fYrefly in Schools
      • K-12 Classroom visits, workshops, and presentations (on topics like allies, supportive workplaces, etc. In February this year a grant started to support rural initiatives. Alex is hoping to start visiting rural schools in September, but that may be suspended because of Covid-19. The focus is on youth. ISMSS is working getting from the College of Alberta Superintendants an Approved Vendor Status. A teacher can invite ISMSS into a class, or the GSA/QSA Lead. Classes could include Health/Social/CALM – whatever works best. All presentations have been adapted for online.
      • ISMSS can also provide Professional Development, especially for those that work with youth.
      • Alex says CPC can utilize these services as well. Typically there is a fee if the organization isn’t an education organization, but during Covid-19, online fees may be waived if prohibitive. The typical fee is $250/half day.
      • Candy M. is on the parent council with schools, which brings in potential speakers. Hay Lakes and CCHS both have QSAs that are not currently active. Candy M. also work with youth in drama and music organizations.
      • Lucas H. will connect Alex with BRSD contacts.
      • Candy M. can also connect Alex with the Chamber of Commerce through her business and by writing a personal letter. The PD that may be best suited for them is: Becoming Conscious Allies.
         
  • ALTVIEW AND NIKKI’S POSITION
    • Nikki F.’s position with AltView ends on July 15th, and she will move from being a staff member to a regular volunteer.
    • Robyn has a Zoom account to facilitate meetings when Nikki is away.
    • Robyn will host ExpressOUT.
    • Thank you Nikki F. to all the amazing ways you had supported and will continue to support the CPC!

  • Moments of Pride
    • It was successful!
    • With more time, we could have identified official partnerships with organizations like Storytellers Alberta, the NDP Caucus, and more.
    • We could do it yearly, but in a smaller way, perhaps as a single release at the end of the month.
    • Our numbers did increase throughout the month in terms of shares and follows.
    • We could capture moments throughout our events. We will try stronger to grab videos of events and activities moving forward to support that.
    • We hope to keep Moments of Pride an evolving project moving forward.

  • LOCAL BUSINESS HOMOPHOBIA
    • We will wait to pursue this further once we have started our sticker campaign with local businesses so that we can pursue those conversations professionally and with education in mind.

  • GOOGLE FORMS FEEDBACK
    • The Google Form that can be shared out with our General Membership for input into our Missions, Visions, Value Statements can be viewed and shared at:
    • There has been no responses as of yet. We will try to promote the initiative more, including at  Reading with Royalty.

  • READING WITH ROYALTY
    • Camrose Public Library will be hosting the asynchronous event on their Facebook page on Friday, August 21st.
    • Zach S. and Lucas H. have been contacted.
    • We will use the event to promote the CPC as well.

  • UPCOMING REGULAR MEETINGS
    • Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection
      • i)     Monday, August 10th, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
      • ii)    Location: TBA
    • EspressOUT
      • Monday, May 25th, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
      • Location: Zoom
      • Robyn and Lucas will host
      • There has been a post on the Facebook page and Nikki will send out the general email.
    • Friends and Family Meeting
      • Summer Break – Readjourning in October
  1. SHARING CIRCLE

  2.  ADJOURNMENT
    1. The meeting was adjourned at 8:17pm.

June, 2020

Camrose Pride Community
Meeting Minutes
Date: Monday, June 8th, 2020    
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm    Place: Online

Attendance: 
Executive Leadership:
Lucas Hill – Secretary
Candy Morningway – Treasurer
Robyn Gray – Member-at-Large
Zach Stevens – Co-chair 2
Stephen McKenzie-Comeau – Member-at-Large
Staff:
Nikki Meyer-Featherstone – AltView Liaison
Regrets:
Gus Belcourt – Co-chair 1

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Zach Stevens
    1. The meeting was called to order at 6:34pm on Monday, June 8th, 2020 by Zach Stevens.
  2. CHANGES TO/APPROVAL OF AGENDA 
    1. No changes.
  1. FINANCIAL REPORT
    1. There are no changes to finances, except bank fees.
    2. Candy M. has sent RBC statement to the secretary to be included with minutes.
  2. PANDEMIC CHECK-IN
    1. There have been a lot of changes during the COVID-19 response, but we are here to support each other.
    2. You can find free online support from the federal government at Wellness Together Canada: https://ca.portal.gs/
  1. ADJUSTING EVENTS DUE TO COVID-19
    1. June Pride Month – Moments of Pride
    2. Videos
      1. Candy M. is going to use Wufoo to add the Audio/Video Release Form, which will make it easier for people to sign.  
      2. Sean from Peter Lougheed has a video coming out this week, along with Michael from AltView, which will be nice to have people that are outside of the leadership team. Candy M. has a few others that she’s going to add either this week or next. It is nice to have that support from allies in the community.
      3. If you know of anybody else that could potentially create videos, please encourage them!
      4. If you’re looking for video editing software, WeVideo is a free online tool!   
  2. REPORTS OF HOMOPHOBIA FROM LOCAL BUSINESS
    1. We will wait to pursue this further once we have started our sticker campaign with local businesses so that we can pursue those conversations professionally and with education in mind.
  3. CAPACITY GRANTS
    1. The grant has been sent in by Candy M., and now we wait to hear back. Thank you Candy M. for the exceptional job!
  4. GOOGLE FORMS FEEDBACK
    1. Mission, Vision, Value Statements will be shared with the public as a Google Form to get the input of our community members.
    2. Lucas H. will share Google Forms feedback with CPC executive on Monday, June 15th
    3. Tuesday, June 30th will be the release date of the Feedback post, to tie-up the end of June month.
    4. Lucas H. will draft a post for that feedback Google Form as well.
  5. Reading With Royalty
    1. Zach S. will talk to Sir Racha.
    2. CPL will do it asynchronously.
  6. UPCOMING REGULAR MEETINGS
    1. Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection
      1. Monday, July 13th, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
      2. Location: Online
    2. EspressOUT
      1. Monday, June 29th, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
      2. Location: Online
    3. Friends and Family Meeting
      1. Summer Break – Readjourning in October
  1. SHARING CIRCLE
  2.  ADJOURNMENT
    1. The meeting was adjourned at 7:52pm.

PRIDE MONTH!

Camrose Pride Community
invites you to share

Moments of Pride

Yearly Pride Events commemorate the pivotal 1969 Stonewall Inn Riots, often seen as the spark for LGBTQIA2+ rights movements in North America. The fight for our communities’ rights continues to this day, and the sacrifices of those that came before us allow us to live our lives with Moments of Pride.

While we are not able to gather to celebrate our identities and our histories in person, Camrose Pride Community would like to invite you to share Moments of Pride in your life. Moments of Pride is a month long community driven event that sees LGBTQIA2+ peoples and our allies share our pride through the power of art.

What is Pride? What is your story?

We would like to ask our community for video submissions showcasing Moments of Pride, be they stories, poems, paintings, drag tutorials, dances, sports showcases, gardening suggestions, musical numbers or absolutely anything that showcases one’s pride to be an LGBTQIA2+ person or ally.

These videos will be posted on the Camrose Pride Community Facebook page every Friday in June to share our experiences, our journeys, our triumphs, and our Moments of Pride with the world.

If you are interested in taking part, please create a 3-5 minute video exploring the theme of Moments of Pride and share it via Google Drive or published YouTube link with camrosepridecommunity@gmail.com. Please include a short description of the video to be included with the video. Please also attach a signed Photo-Video-Audio Release Form, allowing us permission to post the video. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Camrose Pride Community through Instagram, Facebook, or email.

Guidelines

Submissions must be received by CPC the Sunday before our weekly Facebook event held Friday, June 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. If the deadline has passed, your submission will be highlighted the week after.

No submissions will be accepted beyond Sunday, June 21st.

Submissions must be copyright compliant, avoiding the use of copyrighted music/IP or securing permission from the IP rights’ holder beforehand.

Submissions must adhere to Facebook’s Community Standards.

Photo-Audio-Video Release Form must be signed and included with submission.

Submissions should include a short description of the contents for accessibility purposes.

Please enable auto-generated closed captioning with your video if possible on YouTube (How to Enable Automatic Captioning on YouTube). If shared via Google Drive, CPC will enable CC on Facebook.

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May 11, 2020 Regular

Date: Monday, May 11th, 2020    
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm    Place: Online
Attendance: 
Executive Leadership:
Lucas Hill – Secretary
Candy Morningway – Treasurer
Robyn Gray – Member-at-Large
Staff:
Nikki Meyer-Featherstone – AltView Liaison
Membership:
Dawn M
Regrets:
Gus Belcourt – Co-chair 1
Zach Stevens – Co-chair 2
Stephen McKenzie-Comeau – Member-at-Large

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Lucas Hill
    1. The meeting was called to order at 6:34pm on Monday, May 11th, 2020 by Lucas Hill.
  2. CHANGES TO/APPROVAL OF AGENDA 
    1. We will move forward with the agenda as is, to be approved when we reach quorum.
  1. FINANCIAL REPORT
    1. There are no changes to finances, except bank fees.
    2. Candy M. has sent RBC statement to secretary to be included with minutes.
  2. PANDEMIC CHECK-IN
    1. There have been a lot of changes during the COVID-19 response, but we are here to support each other.
    2. You can find free online support from the federal government at Wellness Together Canada: https://ca.portal.gs/ 
  1. ADJUSTING EVENTS DUE TO COVID-19
    1. June Pride Month
      1. Instead of our traditional BBQ, for Pride Month we will have a recurring online event titled Moments of Pride via Facebook on Friday evenings featuring videos from community members celebrating pride. People can send their videos to us via published YouTube link, or shareable from Google Drive links. The latest submission deadlines will be Sunday at noon of the week before. If the deadline is missed, it will be added to the next week. 
      2. CPC executive needs to have full admin capacity for the page, which Nikki will arrange. We will do preparatory work ahead of time. 
      3. Our CPC members will produce enough content that something occurs each week, in addition to general community members. We will all act as moderators.
      4. There will be no limits beyond what is allowed on Facebook. If needed, we can put content warnings or disclaimers if needed.
      5. Candy will share the basic FOIP form after editing to be agreed on by the participants when they sign up. 
      6. Moments of Pride Guidelines
        1. What is your story? What is pride to you? What influenced you? What created passion for you? How does your queerness show up in your life? 
        2. All types of expression of welcome! 
        3. Allys welcome to show their allyship!
        4. In supporting inclusivity, including sensory disabilities, Nikki will look into the possibility of auto-generated closed captioning on Facebook, which we will encourage people to use. In addition, to support screen reader use, submitters should include a short summary to describe content and contextualize intention.
        5. Participants should be cognizant of copyright. 
      7. Partnership possibilities:
        1. AltView will support us in any ways that they can.
        2. Wetaskawin Pride Community will be invited as well. Nikki will contact.
        3. Strathmore Pride Community will be invited as well. Nikki will contact. 
        4. Alberta Storytellers will be invited after we have the promotional material is ready. Nikki will share our promotions with Freya.
        5. If you know of further communities that would be a good connection, please do let them know.
        6. Lucas will contact the MHCW about possible inclusion with the QSAs/GSAs in the community. 
      8. Promotional Work:.
        1. Lucas will do a write up for May 15th that will be shared with CPC executive to be start promotion as soon as possible.
        2. Nikki will create a graphic for the promotion.
        3. Candy will share the FOIP form that will be included in promotion.  
        4. Social Media:
          1. Facebook
          2. Instagram
  2. REPORTS OF HOMOPHOBIA FROM LOCAL BUSINESS
    1. Nikki will follow up with Zach about potential future moves.
  3. CAPACITY GRANTS
    1. Candy has been working on the capacity grant (not a project based grant). The grant can focus on all stages of becoming and expanding capacity of an organization, including with boards, staff, and more. Candy has consulted a lot with Nikki. This grant is specifically for queer communities as well. 
    2. Candy has been looking at our Strategic Planning documents to contextualize the grant application. 
    3. The grant is due this week, which we could receive funding as early as October, 2020 to March, 2022.
    4. Candy has identified our events as community engagement as core capacity building, by learning what our community needs and how we can best support it. 
    5. Nikki has been identified as the Community Liaison Coordinator, as her contract with AltView is done June 15th. 
    6. We could have funding for events, Nikki’s continued work with CPC, training for board members, educating and sticker campaigns, and more! 
  4. GOOGLE FORMS FEEDBACK
    1. Lucas has created a Google Form that can be shared out with our General Membership for input into our Missions, Visions, Value Statements. It can be viewed and shared at:
      1. https://forms.gle/3nJMyEygBNJXcGew6 
      2. Lucas will complete with edits by June to be included with Pride Month events.
  5. UPCOMING REGULAR MEETINGS
    1. Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection
      1. Monday, June 8th, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm Online
    2. EspressOUT
      1. Monday, May 25th, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm Online
    3. Friends and Family Meeting
      1. Summer Break – Restarting in October
  1. SHARING CIRCLE
  2.  ADJOURNMENT
    1. The meeting was adjourned at 8:07pm.

March 9, 2020 AGM

Camrose Pride Community
Annual General Meeting
Date: Monday, March 9, 2020   
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm    Place: Augustana Library, Room B

Attendance:
Executive Leadership:
Agustus Belcourt – Co-chair 1
Zach Stevens – Co-chair 2
Lucas Hill – Secretary
Candy Morningway – Treasurer
Robyn Gray – Member-at-Large
Regrets:
Amielle Christopherson – Member-at-Large
Members:
Stephen McKenzie-Comeau
Staff:
Nikki Meyer-Featherstone – The altView Foundation Liaison

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Gus Belcourt
  2. The Annual General Meeting was called to order at 6:32pm on Monday, March 9, 2019 by Gus Belcourt.
  3. CHANGES TO/APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Lucas Hill
MOTION: Gus Belcourt    That CPC Executive approves the agenda, as presented. SECONDED: Robyn Gray CARRIED
  • 4. FINANCIAL REPORT – Candy Morningway
    • a) The balance sheet and RBC statements have been made available to CPC Executives, and RBC Wave has been utilized to categorize all expenses and create reports.
    • b) A petty cash amount of $368.00 has been made available.
    • c) The General Ledger has been received with a total of $1,952.53 less $133 outstanding fees to be paid.
    • d) Please see attached Financial Reports.
MOTION: Candy Morningway    That financial report be approved as reported. SECONDED: Zach Stevens
CARRIED
MOTION: Candy Morningway    That the two auditors of the financial statements for the AGM selected be the two members-at-large. SECONDED: Nikki Meyer-Featherstone CARRIED
MOTION: Candy Morningway    That approval be made that those elected into executive positions be added to the RBC account with signing authority. SECONDED: Lucas Hill CARRIED
  • 5. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ACTIONS
    • a) Board Positions
      • Gus Belcourt will continue in his position as Co-chair 1 and Lucas Hill will continue in his position as Secretary.
MOTION: Nikki Featherstone    That Zach Stevens be elected as Co-chair 2. SECONDED: Gus Belcourt
CARRIED
MOTION: Lucas Hill    That Candy Morningway be elected as Treasurer. SECONDED: Zach Stevens CARRIED
MOTION: Lucas Hill    That Robyn Gray be elected as Member-at-Large. SECONDED: Nikki Meyer-Featherstone CARRIED
  MOTION: Lucas Hill    That Stephen McKenzie-Comeau be elected as Member-at-Large SECONDED: Nikki Meyer-Featherstone
CARRIED
  • 6. Bylaws – Amendments
MOTION: Zach Stevens    That the following amendments to the Camrose Pride Society Bylaws be enacted:   II.b:
Original: Any LGBTQ2S+ person and/or ally residing in Camrose, Alberta and the surrounding area who is at least 18 years of age shall be deemed a member of the Society by permitting their name to be included on the member-ship list, and by paying the membership fee, if any, as may be determined by the Society at a general meeting.
Amended: Any LGBTQ2S+ person and/or ally residing in Camrose, Alberta and the surrounding area shall be deemed a member of the Society by permitting their name to be included on the member-ship list as may be determined by the Society at a general meeting.

V.b:
Original: The board shall be comprised of no more than seven and no fewer than five members. Quorum shall be three members (if a five-member board) or four members (if a seven-member board). Term of office shall be two years. Board members may serve a maximum of two, two-year terms unless the majority of Society members approve an additional term.
Amended: The board shall be comprised of no more than seven and no fewer than five members. Quorum shall be three members (if a five-member board) or four members (if a seven-member board). Term of office shall be two years. Board members may serve a maximum of two, two-year terms unless the majority of Society members approve an additional term. Elections will be held on alternating years with even-numbered years pertaining to Co-chair 2 and Treasurer and odd-numbered years pertaining to Co-chair 1 and Secretary. Members-at-Large will be annually elected, with a stated minimum of two Members-at-Large. V.c: Original: A person appointed or elected a director becomes a director if they were present at the annual meeting when being appointed or elected and did not refuse the appointment or election. They may also become a director if they were not present at the meeting but consented in writing to act as a director before the appointment or election.
Amended: A person appointed or elected a director becomes a director if they were present at the annual meeting when being appointed or elected and did not refuse the appointment or election. They may also become a director if they were not present at the meeting but consented in writing to act as a director before the appointment or election. Directors must be of majority of age to be elected.   IX.a:
Original: The Society annual meeting shall be held on the first Monday of February in each year, of which notice by email to the last known address of each member shall be delivered no less than seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting. At this meeting there shall be elected two Co-Chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer and up to three directors. Those so elected shall form the Board of Directors and shall serve until their successors are elected at a subsequent Annual Meeting. Any vacancy occurring during the year shall be filled as soon as possible by the remaining Board members for ratification at the next Society meeting.
Amended: The Society annual meeting shall be held during the first quarter of each calendar year, of which notice by email to the last known address of each member shall be delivered no less than seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting. At this meeting there shall be elected two Co-Chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer and up to three directors. Those so elected shall form the Board of Directors and shall serve until their successors are elected at a subsequent Annual Meeting. Any vacancy occurring during the year shall be filled as soon as possible by the remaining Board members for ratification at the next Society meeting.

IX.c:
Original: Quorum: Twelve members in good standing, of which five may be a member of an associate member group or agency, shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Society.
Amended: Quorum shall be three members (if a five-member board) or four members (if a seven-member board).

IX.d:
Original: Any member, or member of an associate member group or agency, shall have the right to vote at any meeting of the Society. Such votes must be made in person.
Amended: Any member, or member of an associate member group or agency, shall have the right to vote at any meeting of the Society. Votes may take place electronically. Votes may cast between meetings, including electronically, to be ratified at the next meeting.

SECONDED: Candy Morningway CARRIED
  • 7. Calendar Year
    • a) Pride in the Park – Saturday, June 20th
      • CPC hopes to connect with the Art Festival held by the Camrose Art Society and About Time Productions.
      • CPC would like to expand the festivities this year to include vendors, music, performers, and more. Nikki will speak to altView about potential vendors, etc.
      • Insurance for the event was supported financially by Camrose and District Support Services. Nikki Meyer-Featherstone will contact Margaret Holliston at CDSS about potentially offering that support again this year. Candy Morningway says that insurance through foster park for Director and Officer Insurance can be up to $900.
    • b) Reading with Royalty
      • Nicole at the Camrose Public Library said she would love to have additional Queens/Kings for the Court, and Lucas Hill expressed interest in being included.
    • c) BVJ Parade Float – Thursday, July 30th
      • CPC will make a stronger point to walk with partner organizations (Camrose Public Library, About Time Productions, etc.) by meeting up at a specific point and entering together. We may also signal intent to walk together on application, if possible. We will invite the United Church to walk with us as well.
      • CPC would like to create another strong float this year!
      • BVJ Insurance deadline will be in June.
      • CPC will speak to United Church about creating a strong supportive atmosphere for queer celebration at the location of last year’s protest.
    • d) Family Masquerade Ball – Saturday, October 17th
      • Bailey
        • was already booked for the Saturday, October 24th
        • comes with DJ, but a playlist can be included on a USB.
      • We could invite a Drag performer as part of the entertainment, with Halloween theme
      • Prizes will be included for costume categories.
      • Bracelets will be included to make the event available to all ages.

    • e) Strategic Planning Goals for year one
      • CPC hopes to begin establishing a Youth Council to collaborate with and include younger members. This Youth Council would nominate an Executive Voting member as Youth Representative.
      • CPC hopes to continue with our strong relationship with the United Church.
      • CPC hopes to create a Safe Space program for business to evaluate and instill business practices that support the queer community in Camrose and area.
  • 8. Reports of Homophobia
    • a) A business in town has allegedly been involved with a recent homophobic letter/email sent to protest what looked like their support for a recent Pride Week event in the Chamber of Commerce Friday Flyer. Staff from this business are known to have sent past letters protesting CPC and AQUA events, including events Reading with Royalty at the Camrose Public Library. To our knowledge, the Chamber of Commerce has not responded to this recent alleged incident. The Camrose Public Library responds to all protest letters, and has expressed support of the Camrose Pride Community and the wider queer community.

MOTION: Zach Stevens    Zach Stevens will draft a letter to be sent to this business to address allegations of homophobic statements in this last email. The draft letter will be approved by Camrose Pride Community Executive Members before being sent. SECONDED: Lucas Hill CARRIED
  • b) These incidents further support the need for a system of approving business for inclusion in a potential Safe Space program. Nikki Meyer-Featherstone will contact altView about potential training and ideas.
  • 9. GOOGLE FORMS FEEDBACK
    • a) Mission, Vision, Value statements
      • We will continue to develop our Strategic Goals throughout the year, with collaboration on Mission, Vision, and Value Statements made online. Nikki Meyer-Featherstone has shared those documents with CPC Executive Members. Lucas Hill will create Google Forms to illicit community input.
  • 10. PRIDE WEEK UPDATE
    • a) Achievements
      • The week was a smashing success enjoyed by all! Best turn out for SYTYCD ever!
    • b) Suggestions
      • Pride Movie should occur earlier than 9:30pm.
      • Locations need to be made more explicit on advertisements
      • More events could take place in the community and outside of Augustana Campus.
      • Flag Raising at Chamber of Commerce should take place later on Monday, or possibly on Sunday to officially begin week.
      • There needs to be more collaboration between Camrose Pride Community, Agustana’s AQUA, and the Pride Committee.
      • Cheques and financial obligations should be written out and dealt with before actual events.
      • Engagement with Battle River School Division’s Queer Straight Alliance was floated as an idea, but did not occur. They should be involved and communicated with more intention in the future.
      • There is a lot of possibility for collaboration with Camrose Public Library.
    • c) CPC’s Role
      • CPC is interested in planning and facilitating So You Think You Can Drag, so to streamline the process and to take some stress away from the Pride Committee/Students. Zach Stevens performing as Robyn Bank$ was considered the contact person by many community members, but was in fact not, and this created miscommunication and confusion, which reflects poorly on CPC and the broader Camrose queer community. The monetary benefits would still be used to support the costs of Pride Week.
  • 11. UPCOMING REGULAR MEETINGS
    • a)Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection
      • i)     Monday, April 13th, 2020 at Augustana Library, 6:30pm
    • b) EspressOUT
      • Monday, March 30th, 2020 at Camrose Coffee, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
        • Alternate Location: BP’s Lounge
    • c) Friends and Family Meeting
      • Monday, April 6th, 2020 at the Camrose Public Library – Irving Room, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • 12. SHARING CIRCLE
  •  13. ADJOURNMENT
    • The meeting was adjourned at 8:32pm