Author: Melissa Burkett

Black History Month

During Black History Month, AWL acknowledges and pays tribute to the rich legacy and ongoing contributions of Black Canadians. The theme for this year, “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build,” encourages the celebration of past and present achievements while inspiring anticipation for future accomplishments. AWL urges its members to commit to continuous learning and acting, fostering engagement not only in February but throughout the year. We take this opportunity to recognize Violet King Henry,  the first black person to be called to the Alberta Bar in 1954 & first black woman lawyer in Canada.

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

AWL Calgary recognizes and observes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2023. We encourage our members to read, remember, and act on the Calls to the Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Wear the colour orange in solidarity and to reflect on the history and continuing impacts of the residential school system.

AWL Statement – Black History Month

This Black History Month, AWL celebrates and honours the extensive legacy and continuing contributions of Black Canadians. This year’s theme is “Ours to tell”, encouraging a dialogue and commitment to learning the stories of Black Canadians. The AWL encourages its members to engage in continuous learning and action both during and beyond the month of February. Some available events which celebrate the contributions of Black Canadians include the following:

Pride Month

The legal system has historically been antagonistic towards the LGBTQ2S+ community, and although much progress has been made, the legal system has continued to prop up and reinforce systemic barriers to equality. AWL is proud to be an ally and supporter of the important work being done by and with the LGBTQ2S+ community to tear down these barriers and recreate systems that affirm the worth and personhood of each individual, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. During Pride month (and beyond), AWL encourages all of its members to celebrate the progress that the LGBTQ2S+ community has made, and to continue to work towards a society in which all people are afforded equality and dignity, regardless of who they are or who they love.

Indigenous Peoples Day

On this National Indigenous Peoples Day, please join with us at the AWL as we honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples through support for National Indigenous History Month in Canada. We encourage our members and beyond to join in positive acts of Reconciliation, including listening to Indigenous people and studying both the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, and the Findings from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

2022 Events Calendar

MARCH

  • Book Club join other members in a quarterly book club to read and discuss an agreed-upon reading list, meet new people, and share new perspectives.
  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

APRIL

  • Networking Evening – the AWL is hosting a networking event for members at a locally owned business to support Calgary-owned small businesses and provide an opportunity for members to network with others in the legal community.
  • Educational Initiative (Women and Mental Health during the Pandemic) the mental health burden has been borne disproportionally by women during the pandemic. The AWL is pleased to host Loraine Champion, the Executive Director of the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society, to discuss mental health in the legal profession, the impact of the pandemic on women’s mental health, and resources available through ASSIST and CAMH. Event is a collaboration between the AWL and LEAD Alberta.
  • Mystery Lunch – join 5 other members for lunch at a mystery restaurant for an opportunity to meet and network with other women lawyers in a variety of practice areas and stages.
  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate – the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

MAY

  • Spring Celebration a night to celebrate new women lawyers joining the Calgary bar!
  • Networking Dog Walks join your fellow women lawyers for some good conversation, sunshine, exercise and puppies as we gather in a designated spot to walk our dogs and enjoy each other’s company. No dogs required!
  • Book Club join other members in a quarterly book club to read and discuss an agreed-upon reading list, meet new people, and share new perspectives.
  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate – the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

JUNE

  • Networking Dog Walks join your fellow women lawyers for some good conversation, sunshine, exercise and puppies as we gather in a designated spot to walk our dogs and enjoy each other’s company. No dogs required!
  • Mystery Lunch – join 5 other members for lunch at a mystery restaurant for an opportunity to meet and network with other women lawyers in a variety of practice areas and stages.
  • Inaugural AWL Racialized Women Lawyers Dinner Series – a collaboration between the AWL and other industry organizations to provide a space for racialized lawyers to socialize, network and mentor. All are welcome.
  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate – the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

JULY

  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

AUGUST

  • Golf Tournament – Join AWL for the Annual Golf Tournament! Every year this event provides a great opportunity to get outdoors, network with clients and colleagues, and enjoy a fun day of golf. The golf tournament is one of AWL’s longest standing and most successful annual events.  Members are invited to play, and to invite colleagues and clients to join them. 
  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

SEPTEMBER

  • Book Club join other members in a quarterly book club to read and discuss an agreed-upon reading list, meet new people, and share new perspectives.
  • AWL Racialized Women Lawyers Dinner Series a collaboration between the AWL and other industry organizations to provide a space for racialized lawyers to socialize, network and mentor. All are welcome.
  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate – the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

OCTOBER

  • Mystery Lunch join 5 other members for lunch at a mystery restaurant for an opportunity to meet and network with other women lawyers in a variety of practice areas and stages.
  • Networking Evening – the AWL is hosting a networking event for members at a locally owned business to support Calgary-owned small businesses and provide an opportunity for members to network with others in the legal community.
  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate – the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

NOVEMBER

  • Book Club join other members in a quarterly book club to read and discuss an agreed-upon reading list, meet new people, and share new perspectives.
  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate – the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

DECEMBER

  • Mothers in the Law Online Zoom Playdate – the last Tuesday of every month, Wilma Shim hosts a play date by Zoom from 1 to 2 pm. Members are welcome to bring their children or join on their own.

JANAURY (2023)

  • Canmore Retreat join the AWL Board and members for a weekend of professional discussion, relaxation and great company from January 27 to 29, 2023

AWL Oscar Night

Hello AWL members!

Hollywood’s biggest night is on Sunday, March 27, 2022 and in the spirit of friendly competition and the love of film, AWL is sponsoring a prize for best Oscar Ballot.

Please follow these easy steps to be entered to win a $200 donation in your name sponsored by AWL (to an organization approved by the AWL board) and $100 Gift Certificate to the newly reopened Plaza Theatre in Kensington.

To participate:

  1. Make sure you are a member of AWL. You can log in on our website or pick the join us button at https://awlcalgary.ca/
  2. If you have any issues please contact Crystle Hug at chug@sbllaw.ca
  3. Download your ballot at Vanity Fair
  4. Send your completed ballot to Crystle Hug at chug@sbllaw.ca prior to the starting of the program. (Late ballots will not be accepted).

May the best woman win!!!