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.

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.

April 8 Meeting Agenda

Camrose Pride Community
April 8, 2019 Meeting Agenda
6-8 pm
Camrose Public Library in the Bunker

  1. Introductions
  2. Leadership Team Positions open:
    • Need Position descriptions so we can advertise to the community what/who we are looking for
      • Secretary – position description?
      • Treasurer – position description?
        • Bank Account – Margaret H. is willing to continue being the banker for CPC through CDSS for the current time and work with a new Treasurer – would be best for CPC to open its own bank account before end of 2019
    • Any other positions that are needed for when CPC gets its Society designation? Leadership Team will become the Volunteer Board of Directors
      • Nikki, as a paid employee of the altView Foundation is to support the Leadership Team/Board, but cannot be actually on said Team/Board
  3. Banker, Margaret H. away from May 27 to July 7th, which puts the funds for the BBQ and any preparing for the parade float during that time, out of reach. How will we navigate this?
    • Nikki, in her altView role, is willing to keep a CPC petty cash during this time, if that is something the Leadership Team feels is the right way forward
    • Any other ideas?
  4. Financial Report – Margaret H.
  5. Update on Society status – Gus
    • Have we heard anything? Should we contact them?
  6. Storage for CPC items
    • Where are CPC items located now?
      • Event items are where – parade float, BBQ, table-top display, etc.?
      • Nikki has possession of binders, flash drive with files from Carol, package of printing paper
      • Do we need to plan for a permanent storage solution for parade float items, BBQ items, etc.?
  7. Upcoming events and plans
    • BBQ in June
      • BBQ Date suggested by Nikki (heading Planning Committee) – June 15th (Saturday); This is the weekend after Edmonton Pride week, so flows well, and won’t be in competition with their events for our members who want to attend
      • Is there a favoured location to host the BBQ this year?
      • Need members to join the Planning Committee
      • Do we have a budget for this? Last year’s BBQ cost $556
    • Big Valley Jamboree Parade in August –  
      • Planning committee headed by Amielle – any news?
      • Do we have a budget for this? Do we know what we spent last year?
  8. Discussion of Symposium – Melissa W. – What went well, what lessons and feedback
  9. Discussion of All Ages and Stages Dance and Cabaret – what went well, lessons learned, feedback – what should we do differently for future fundraisers?
  10. Upcoming Regular Meetings:
    • espressOUT on April 29th, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Where should we hold espressOUT in April? The Forum? Off campus in a coffee shop? Where?
    • Friends and Family Meeting at the Camrose Public Library in the Bunker on the first Monday of the month (May 6) 6-8 p.m.
    • Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection at the Camrose Public Library in the Bunker on the second Monday of the month (May 13) 6-8 p.m
      • *Nikki will assist the Leadership Team with the creation of an agenda for this meeting, but cannot attend – Amielle can you take notes again?
  11. Sharing Circle

March 11, 2019

Camrose Pride Community,
March 11, 2019
6-8 pm Camrose Public Library, in the Bunker

The meeting was chaired by Gus. Wayne sent his regrets.

17 people were in attendance (at different times or on the phone) during the meeting.

1.Introductions

2.Discussion with Camrose Police Services to help them with their strategic planning

Camrose Police Service representatives and City of Camrose Strategic planners were in attendance to ask for our honest feedback on what they are doing well and how they can improve in the future.

They will be asked 2 questions:

  1. What aspects of public safety and policing are going well in Camrose?
  2. What areas of concern could be improved and/or use increased attention from police and the community?

There was good discussion in the group, but concern was expressed that there are voices in the LGBTQ2S+ Community that are not being heard.

Camrose Police Services urges anyone who has anything to share with them either positive or negative, to submit responses to police@camrose.ca at any time. If people wish to submit them anonymously, they may email camrosepridecommunity@gmail.com and Camrose Pride Community will not reveal the person’s identity when their comments are shared.

3. Potential Collaboration with Walkable Camrose-Janet Roy

  • a. Janet shared that the Walkable Camrose Committee has been discussing the possibility of engaging various groups, like Camrose Pride Community, in something called tactical urbanism. These would be peaceful, non-permanent changes to the environment that could draw attention to a situation that the group would like to change.
  • b. Janet shared a number of images of examples such as temporary art expressions on streets or in parks. The group was particularly interested in painting the rainbow crosswalks.
  • c. There was discussion about how, when and where this might be possible.

4. Potential Collaboration with Camrose Arts Society for various upcoming events-Jane Cherry-Lemire

  • a. Jane shared three opportunities to become involved with various events in Camrose in the upcoming months.
  • i. Arts and Recreation in the Park on June 22 11am to 5pm
  • ii. Celebrate Canada on July 1 from 12-6 pm (activity portion of the day)
  • iii. Alberta Culture Days on September 27-29
  • Potential partners are invited to a meeting on March 15 at 1:30 pm at the Arts Centre to present their ideas and a budget that could potentially be added to a grant application. Nikki will explore this possibility.
  • b. Jane also mentioned that there is also the potential of combining the tactical urbanism with some of the Arts Centre events. This will be explored and discussed further, but requires people to take leadership roles.

5. Margaret shared the Treasurer’s report.

  • a. There is approximately $1500 that is undesignated presently.
  • b. There was discussion about how the group needs to be conscious of financial and human resources moving forward since Jen and Carol will no longer be providing leadership support. This needs to be taken into consideration when considering upcoming events.
  • c. Good news was shared that Nikki Featherstone has been hired by altView to support the work of Camrose Pride Community (the vacancy created when Jen moved). Nikki will have approximately 10 hours per week to provide this support. There will be a need for others to step forward to offer leadership in various areas that the group needs. This will be discussed more fully at the next meeting.

6. Other Business

  • a. March 23: Fostering Allyship for a More Inclusive Future Symposium at Augustana-Preregister by emailing augustanaaqua@gmail.com; $10 registration includes lunch (registering prior to March 19 would really help the organizers in planning the food!)
  • b. March 23 All Ages and Stages Dance and Cabaret at Retro 7-10 p.m. (all ages) and 10 pm- closing (adults only) Advance tickets can be purchased at Retro and Quantum Comics and at the door (space is limited).
  • c.BBQ in June? Planning committee?
  • i. Nikki offered to head up a planning committee.
  • ii. More committee members are needed. Please let us know if you can help.
  • d. Big Valley Jamboree Parade in August? Planning committee?
  • i. Amielle offered to assist with the parade planning.
  •   ii. More committee members are needed. Please let us know if you can help.

7. Discussion of successes of Pride Week, lessons learned and feedback

  • a. There was limited time for discussion, but the general tone of feedback was positive about the variety of events and times they were offered during the week. So You Think You Can Drag continues to grow and be a very popular event in the community.

8. Upcoming Regular Meetings:

  • a. espressOUT on March 25 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Camrose Coffee on main street next to Bellissima Fashions (across the street from Camrose United Church). This is a new coffee shop in Camrose that is very happy to host the espressOUT conversation group.
  • b. Friends and Family Meeting at the Camrose Public Library in the Bunker on the first Monday of the month (April 1) 6-8 p.m.
  • c. The Traveling Tickle Trunk education event and sale has been rescheduled to April 1. It was postponed during Pride Week due to the illness of the presenter. Details will be announced shortly.
  • d. Regular Meeting for Planning and Connection at the Camrose Public Library in the Bunker on the second Monday of the month (April 8) 6-8 p.m.
  • *Nikki will assist the Leadership Team with the creation of an agenda for this meeting and Amielle will record meeting notes.

9. Sharing

A delicious and beautiful cake decorated with rainbow colours and the Pride Flag was shared to acknowledge Carol’s leaving. She was presented with a card and words of thanks.