Minutes of Regional Council Teleconference, January 2014

Attendance:

Jeannie Baldwin, REVP Atlantic

Katie Murphy-Langille, EA – REVP

Lesley Thompson, Communications Officer

Gaby Levesque, Regional Coordinator

Darlene Bembridge, NB Provincial Director

Dina Crawley, Director for Racially Visible Members

Sandy Cake, GLBT Director

Chris Di Liberatore, NS Provincial Director

Angela Decker, Women’s Director, NL

Shanny Doucet, Director for Francophone Members

Anne Fagan Wood, Director for Members with Disabilities

Robert Lewis, Director for Non-Treasury Board/Separate Employer, NL

Robert Saunders, Director for Aboriginal Members

Brian Oldford, Director for Non-Treasury Board/Separate Employer, Maritime’s

Lori Walton, NS Provincial Director

 

Regrets:

Jody LaPierre, PE Provincial Director

 

Absent:

Rhonda Doyle LeBlanc, Women’s Director, Maritime’s

Andre Beaulieu, Director for Young Workers

Dawn Hardy, PE Provincial Director

Jim Hondas, NB Provincial Director

 

1. REVP Update

The teleconference commenced at 7:35 with REVP Jeannie Baldwin welcoming Brother Robert Saunders as Aboriginal Director to the Regional Council and Gaby Levesque as the Atlantic Regional Coordinator.  Sister Baldwin also advised that Mike Stokes, St.John’s Regional Rep has returned from leave back to the St.John’s Regional Office.

 

Sister Baldwin advised that a PSAC Action Plan is being developed that will bring us through to the next Federal Election and into the PSAC Triennial Convention in 2015.

 

All PSAC members in the Atlantic Region will be contacted by phone on Wednesday, January 15, and asked to join a live and interactive telephone town hall meeting with regards to Bill C-4, particularly on Health & Safety and Collective Bargaining.

 

2.  Convention

Guest Speakers: Candy Palmater, a Canadian Aboriginal Comedian will be the key note guest speaker at the Atlantic Convention.  Also hoping to confirm Brigitte DePape’s availability to attend as well.

 

Resolutions: The By-Law Sub-Committee comprised of Chris Di Liberatore, Angela Decker and Brian Oldford will be meeting this month to review the Atlantic Regional By-laws for language as well as identifying any resolutions that should be submitted.  Sister Baldwin welcomes Council Directors to submit resolutions to either Brother Di Liberatore or Sister Decker; which will be discussed at the February 2014 Council Meeting.

 

On-Line Registration: After much discussion with IT it has been decided to forgoe online Convention Registration.

 

Council Committee Reports: Preparation for the Regional Council Committee Reports has been underway by some committees and will continue during the committee meetings at the February Council Meeting.  The committee reports will provide a review of the committees’ work and accomplishments during the 2011-2014 cycle.

 

Directors Reports: Reports for the Convention will provide a review of the work and activities each Director has carried out during the 2011-2014 cycle. Such reports will be due early April; deadline has not yet been determined.

 

Convention Hire: The REVPs office will be hiring a PSAC member for a 3 month term (March – May) for Convention support assistance.

 

Budget: The finance committee will meet at the end of the month to prepare the proposed budget for the 2015-2017 cycle. Any suggestions with regards to budgeting input can be submitted to Katie and will be taken into consideration by the finance committee. The budget prepared by the finance committee at their meeting will be brought and dicsussed at the February Council Meeting.

 

3. Council Update

Election for NL Provincial Director: The election is underway.  The first ballot will be tallied on Monday January 13th. An extension to receive the ballots has been provided as NL has been experiencing bad weather, thus mail delivery slowing down. The election of the first Provincial Director for NL should be determined shortly, however, the second election will likely not be completed until after the February Council Meeting has concluded.

 

Sister Baldwin thanked everyone for their particpation.

 

The teleconference adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

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