Date: Monday, October 18, 2021 Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Place: ONLINE ZOOM Attendees: Nikki F, Ray M, Charissa S, Jessica D, Christina R, Stephen CM, Candy M, Gus B Guest: Carol B
Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 1834 by Chair: Nikki F
Provided by Treasurer Candy M: $3.75 for bank fees Last month account increased by $50 through community donation One expense in for $50 for Nikki $2200 and change
Carol B – Presenting on Sahakarini opportunity for CPC
What is Sahakarini ? non government organization in Camrose An east Indian word that means cooperation or working across founded in 1979 – original members were missionaries Mission – to help the poorest of the poor in developing countries to do their best in life History: Once a year does fund raisers – historical – one way they auction off a pair of sandals from the founders, year for a year and add to the history of the shoes – i.e. you take the sandals with you as you travel Water filtration in Kenya Projects in central America Supports about 3-4 projects per year One main event – a dinner with the sandal auction Proposal: This year – opened up to groups to use for once a week to increase awareness and passion for their cause. Keep sandals in Camrose and per week a groups can have the sandals and show the travels through Camrose. (52 weeks). Link between CPC – and Sahakarini are to cross boundaries and supporting people Carol would like to connect the groups and support each other in the community, have some mutual dialogue. Maybe in the future the two groups can connect and support alignment and cooperation. Proposal for CPC to have sandals in June to support Pride month Carol has already made the donation on behalf of CPC
CONVERSATION: Idea – Fireside stories in our sandals with the sandals. Website: sahakarini.org
Conversion Therapy Ban By-law – Pledge & Election Update
Revisit ACTION PLAN COMPLETED: Step One – first draft of Letter to the City of Camrose – an invitation to join us/champion the process to pass the bylaw against Conversion “Therapy”/Torture. COMPLETED: Step Two – Create Pledge and sent to those running for Municipal Election in City of Camrose: 5 candidates returned signed pledges. 4-5 candidates contacted CPC wishing to meet and discuss the pledge but as request was very clear, meetings were deferred until after election. Some misunderstood that a federal ban was already through – corrected and educated on process or legislation. _______________________________________________________ Step Three: Begin canvasing other supports within Camrose: Create a new Pledge for agencies and businesses, psychologists and therapists, parents, family members, affirming churches/pastors, school boards, Augustana, organizations, Camrose Library, shelters, individuals citizens etc., to sign in support of the bylaw. This will provide more support, awareness and active support for change. Ask for permission to have names of signees visible so we can create more support and encouragement of others Give a snapshot of info to give to people about the Conversion Therapy Ban by-law
Ministries: Affirming ministry – first approach and have them take to ministerial meeting and have leaders of the faith take to their people. Some legwork with religious groups already done on national level. Some delay since COVID in 2019 – United Church still gives the impression of support but how are they navigating congregational services? Each faith group will have to approach individually since they are all so diverse and different – same faiths do not necessarily practice the same between congregations (i.e. Lutheran). CPC is not alone – use our resources, affirming churches, No Conversion Canada, Pam Rocker etc….
Survivors: Be aware of the constant attitude and subtle ways that people have been controlled, abused and oppressed as we move forwards. Create a call out to any survivors in our area who may want to come forward – providing supports is critical Please ensure CPC members are taking care of themselves
ACTION: All members start identifying humans and groups to approach and have some conversations Nikki and Candy will develop the next community pledge for Conversion Therapy Ban
Step Four: Contact Council members: Who got elected – then see who we have that was supportive Have to have in community support not just outside but can use the great work done by No Conversion Canada to assist in this process Develop a multi-level support to make this a fabric of Camrose society and a deeper understanding of what this means
New council is encouraging – new minds and new ideas, timing could be advantageous.
Step Five: Take by-law proposal to Council
Looking Forward – Fall & Winter Events
Paused, COVID 4th wave
Regular monthly Board Meeting Monday, Nov. 8th, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Location: online zoom
Solstice Fire at Gus’ to be discussed
EspressOUTSIDE TBD – Paused – Covid 4th wave
Friends and Family Support Group Running online, first Wednesday of every month – contact Andrea Dyck for info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camrose Pride Community Date: Monday, May 10, 2021 Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Place: ONLINE ZOOM
Attendance: Executive Leadership: Nikki F (she/her) – Chair Candy (she/her) – Treasurer Stephen (he/him) – Member-at-Large Regrets: Robyn Gray (she/her) – Secretary Sam – Youth Council Rep Jana (she/her) – Member-at-Large Members: Andrew Ray Teri Marsha Guests: Wyatt
Call to Order – Confirm quorum – Introductions
We have quorum
Financials – Candy
No change since last month. 1,765.53 in bank account (net change -$3.75 from last month, bank fee) plus $550 petty cash. Financial sheets are attached
Invitation for CPC member to speak on a Panel w/ MLA Janis Irwin
Camrose NDP is going to be running a panel for Pride month focused on rural LGBTQ+ issues and pride, and they would really love to have a representative from Camrose Pride Community on the panel to help bring those issues to light.
will be on Saturday, June 12, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
panel is going to be pretty broad, so the panellist would be welcome to talk about whichever aspects of rural LGBTQ+ issues they would like to spotlight (i.e., healthcare, education, housing, employment, etc.
Contact person – Wyatt T. (email@example.com) – practice panel Sunday before. If anyone is interested, please contact Wyatt this week so that it can be put on their events page. Looking at a $10.00 ticket for the event (two hours). Looking for one individual to represent CPC. Online, open to any individual to come. Will have questions focusing on PoC, trans issues, etc.
Would like a focus on supports for youth and GSA’s within topics of the conversation.
We will send an email to our membership to find who is interested in the event.
Motion (Candy): Camrose Pride Community to support this event and agree to canvas for an appropriate participant. Seconded by Nikki. Motion Passes Unanimously
Andrew V. – 3 part talk for Camrose Healthcare providers on 2SLGBTQ+ issues – looking for feedback from CPC on any experiences we wish to ensure are covered.
Can use Camrose Pride Community as a community resource.
Please reach out if you have nay topics that would like to be covered
Wyatt: Body dysmorphia and COVID, inability to be active like before and COVID recovery
QSA: will give some thought too and respond
Conversion ‘Therapy’ Ban By-law
– ACTION PLAN – create our Action Plan to carry this out
first draft of letter to be written as step one, to be presented to City of Camrose Council during Pride Month. (mid June)
We have a few weeks to come together to make a draft letter for a councillor to present (or a community member to present).
What should the action plan look like?
Step 1: Communications plans:
Internally, Why we want to do this? What do we need to do?
Who brought forth bylaws to the other previous communities?
Reach out to Pam Rocker.
Reach out to the counsellor members individually to see who may be returning or leaving come October.
Wyatt: Agnus Hellen, Max Lindstrand and ? will be running again. Election candidates: Lucas Bannock, Wyatt Tranton, Stacey Wall. There’s an info session June 13th for candidates. Thinks most candidates would support this – you can also be involved and run!
Step 2 How: the letter itself on what we think the bylaws could and should look like
Step 3: Discussion on putting out an announcement in June: Wyatt thinks Camrose NDP would support and could be a topic of conversation in Panel. Needs to be submitted a month before – would hopefully be discussed in July.
Motion (Candy): Camrose Pride Community to send a Public Service Announcement in June 1 about intention to submit a draft bylaw banning conversion therapy to City Council. Seconded by Stephen. Motion Passes Unanimously
Action: Candy to put together a background document to supplement the application. Nikki to reach out to Pam and other counsellors and candidates.
June – Pride Month – Check in on ACTION plan
Queer Scavenger Hunt idea-
Nikki will create lists of items to find – in progress
Are we able to source prizes for this, or do we think with COVID, that may not be wise? How else can we create a prize for this?
Don’t feel good asking businesses for prizes.
many small prizes vs one big prize
Motion (Nikki): Camrose Pride Community to use $150.00 for prizes from small, locally-owned businesses to be selected by participant draw. Seconded by Candy. Motion Passes Unanimously
Colouring Pages – Candy
Candy will gather colouring pages for the community to colour and enter into a draw for prizes.
Online Queer Trivia – Stephen
Questions posted online; answers given out later
Stephen to create list of trivia questions, with help from other members and Board – Update?
Working on this currently.
Moments of Pride – reshare last year’s videos, invite new ones from community to create archive of local queer & allied voices. – will be completed in June
Letter to City of Camrose to request the flag be raised June 1st – Will this be included in the letter sent out to rural communities?
Candy – drafting letters to all villages and towns within the counties of Camrose, Beaver, and Flagstaff, requesting they raise a pride flag for June
Draft Letter has been shared with the Board – all in favour of sending it out?
Stephen found emails for Flagstaff county municipalities; we need volunteers to gather the other 2 counties’ emails, as these need to go out ASAP.
Action (Nikki): to talk to Gus about the process of requesting the Pride Flag to be raised. Nikki to contact Camrose County. Candy to contact Beaver and Flagstaff.
Youth Council – Update on ACTION plan
Candy to connect with Sam and ask to begin talking with our community youth around anything they would like to present during June for youth – Update?
She had mentioned activities to QSA, but currently challenging right now with COVID. We are open to support them in their ideas. Doesn’t have to be a month long thing, can also be in July or later as COVID allows. Are zoomed-out.
Nikki – connected with Andrea Dyck around any resources she may direct us to for supporting the Youth Council – Update: Andrea has stated that her team would love to support the Youth Council of CPC, which would mean the Mental Health Capacity Building Team through BRSD. She said to just let her know when we have particulars and she is happy to schedule a meeting to talk through what would be helpful and what they might be able to do.
Letter to UCP on Curriculum – Update?
Hasn’t been sent yet. Went to some of the parent sessions to gather more information. Started drafting it, feel we need to send something. In progress, waiting other input from experts.
Rotary Meeting – Update?
Have set a date, we get about 10 minutes of the meeting
Upcoming regular meetings
Regular meeting for planning and connection
1. Monday, June 14, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm (Every second Monday)
2. Location: online zoom (likely)
May 31st – Physically distanced walk around Mirror Lake – meet at Jubilee Park 7pm
TENTATIVE – weather and Covid restrictions dependant. Announcement will be put on the FB page
Friends and family meeting
Final meeting before summer break (until Oct) – June 2nd, 6:30pm