Report of the Director for Women, Maritimes, Rhonda Doyle LeBLanc, January 2013 – September 2013

Listed below is a summary of the activities that I participated in since my last report:
January:
    •    International Women’s Day (IWD) Organizing Committee Meeting
    •    Regional Women’s Conference Planning Committee Call
    •    Idle No More – March and Rally
    •    Conference Call – Update for Presidents with TC Members

February
    •    Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL) Women’s Committee Meeting – Greenwood
    •    IWD Organizing Committee Meeting
    •    Atlantic Council Meeting Feb 7 to 9; Human Rights and Women’s Committee meetings

March
    •    NSFL Women’s Conference March 1 to 3 in Greenwood; I was on the organizing committee and co-facilitated a workshop on Women and the Media
    •    IWD Conference; chaired conference and brought greetings on behalf of the PSAC
    •    Area Council; conducted the elections and oath of office
    •    UEW Local 80820 AGM; I was re-elected as local President

April
    •    Leadership Meeting on the Rand Formula and Membership Campaign
    •    National Health & Safety Conference – April 12 to 14; co-facilitated the Bullying and Harassment workshop with Nancy MacLean
    •    Regional Women’s Conference Planning Committee

June
    •    OHS Interdepartmental Meeting

July
    •    Pride Parade in Halifax

September
    •    Labour Day March and BBQ in Halifax
    •    Town Hall for TC Group – Ratification Vote – was there to conduct vote for my members

On a regular basis, I attend the RWC, Area Council, RLMCC, Regional WFA committee meetings, National Women’s teleconferences, National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) teleconferences and the local OHSC where I have been pushing for mental health first aid training.  Later this month I will be attending the UEW Regional Conference and President’s Conference. These will be followed by the Unions Work for Women course and the Atlantic Council meetings in October where we will discuss ongoing issues and continue to organize next year’s Atlantic Regional Convention taking place in New Brunswick.

I look forward to continuing to work with you and would love to hear from you to discuss ways we can improve as well as to answer any questions you may have.  

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Doyle LeBlanc