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The Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE) Committee provides Council with advice on affairs relevant to municipal jurisdiction.

WAVE will:

  • Advocate for women’s gender-based issue resolutions and opportunities related to City policies, priorities and decisions
  • Promote leadership development to empower Edmonton women to fully participate in civic life
  • Research and provide information and resources about women’s gender-based issues to Edmontonians

WAVE Strategic Plan 2016 - 2018

Councillor Bev Esslinger and Mayor Don Iveson are City Council champions for Edmonton’s Women's Initiative, announced in December 2013 with the creation of a Women's Advisory Council.

In February 2014, the Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton Committee Bylaw 16658 was approved by Edmonton City Council. There was a public and open recruitment process for Edmontonians interested in applying and being considered for this Council. More than 150 applications were screened and Council selected 15 members.

Meetings, Agendas & Minutes

2018 Meeting Schedule

Location

Councilor's Boardroom, City Hall - 2nd Floor

Time

5:30-8pm

Dates

Tuesday, January 16

Tuesday, February 20

Tuesday, March 20

Tuesday, April 17

Tuesday, May 15

Tuesday, June 19

Tuesday, July 17

Tuesday, August 21

Tuesday, September 18

Tuesday, October 16

Tuesday, November 20

Tuesday, December 18

All meetings are open to the public.

Request to Speak

We invite community members and groups to present at WAVE Committee meetings. Please complete the Request to Speak Form and email to marian.bruin@edmonton.ca. For assistance with the form, please call Marian Bruin at 780-495-0272.

Citizen Members
Bailey Dawn Coty

First appointed: May 1, 2017
Term Expiry: April 30, 2019

Tanya Marie Edison

First appointed: May 1, 2017
Term Expiry: April 30, 2019

Beatrice Ghettuba

First appointed: May 1, 2017
Term Expiry: April 30, 2019

Angelica Hernandez

First appointed: May 14, 2014
Term Expiry: April 30, 2019

Debra Emily Jakubec

First appointed: May 1, 2016
Term Expiry: April 30, 2018

Jennifer Jennax

First appointed: May 14, 2014
Term Expiry: April 30, 2018

Joyce LaBriola

First appointed: May 1, 2016
Term Expiry: April 30, 2018

Dunia Nur

First appointed: May 1, 2017
Term Expiry: April 30, 2019

Hersharon Preet Kaur Sandhu

First appointed: May 1, 2015
Term Expiry: April 30, 2019

Elyssa Teslyk 

First appointed: May 1, 2016
Term Expiry: April 30, 2018

Meghana Valupadas  (Vice-Chair) 

First appointed: May 14, 2014
Term Expiry: April 30, 2018

Carrie Lynn Vos 

First appointed: May 1, 2017
Term Expiry: April 30, 2019

Sandra Woitas (Chair) 

First appointed: May 14, 2014
Term Expiry: April 30, 2019

Dilara Yegani 

First appointed: May 14, 2014
Term Expiry: April 30, 2018


Committee Member Bios
Reports

Reports

Edmonton Women's Quality of Life Scorecard
Note: There has been a revision to the bottom of page 7 to reflect accurate and more comprehensive gender based violence statistics. Corrected rates continue to demonstrate a higher than average rate of gender based violence in Edmonton.

WAVE: Annual Report - May 2016 - June 2017

WAVE: Annual Report - May 2015 - June 2016

WAVE: Annual Report - March 2014 - April 2015
Highlights our accomplishments and the building blocks of success of our first year.

Women's Spring Symposium: Final Report - April 7, 2013

Women's Fall Symposium: Final Report - September 15, 2012

Resources

Resource Links

Increasing Women’s Involvement in the 2017 Municipal Election 
A focus and priority for WAVE is increasing women’s participation and
visibility in the 2017 municipal election. This includes voting, supporting a
campaign, or running as a candidate for municipal office.

2016-17 Program Guide
Opening the Potential: Women Leading in Edmonton 2016/2017 Pilot Program for Women Interested in Municipal Politics

Equal Voice
A national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.

Women in Local Government
Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Standing Committee on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government.

Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Decision Making
Federation of Canadian Municipalities' report on increasing women's participation in municipal decision-making processes.

How to Design a City for Women
Article about a "gender mainstreaming" experiment in Vienna. A project taking gender into account in public policy.

Sustainable Gender Equality
Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions shows how citizens, municipalities and regions can benefit from gender equality.

Vancouver Women's Advisory Committee
Works with Vancouver City Council and staff to implement the Gender Equality Strategy and enhance access to full participation in Vancouver services for women and girls.

YWCA -  A Turning Point for Women
YWCA is Canada's oldest, largest women's multi-service organization. Turning Point Programs for Women™ address personal safety, economic security, and well-being.

World Economic Forum - Global Gender Gap Report
Benchmarks national gender gaps of 142 countries on economic, political, education, and health-based criteria.

Outstanding Women

Sue Trigg
A natural area in Riverbend is named in honour of Sue Trigg, who has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the community for decades. See Councillor Bryan Anderson's speaking notes.

The Women's Initiative fosters and promotes equality, opportunity, access to services, justice and inclusion for women in Edmonton.

For More Information

Marian Bruin

Telephone

780-495-0272

Fax 780-577-3525
Email marian.bruin@edmonton.ca

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