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AWL Annual General Meeting – December 7, 2021

The annual general meeting of the members of the Association of Women Lawyers (Calgary) will be held virtually as follows:

December 7, 2021

12:00 pm

Calgary, Alberta

By Zoom

All AWL members are encouraged to attend and can access the Minutes from the 2020 AGM, as well as zoom information for the meeting in the “Members Only” section of the website after logging into their account.

Statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

In the spirit of our commitment to Reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous Peoples, the AWL wishes to acknowledge and commemorate The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which honours the First Nations, Inuit and Metis children lost in residential schools, as well as Survivors of residential schools and their families and communities. The AWL also wishes to acknowledge and support Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day signifies the time of year when Indigenous children were historically taken from their homes to Residential Schools, and is inspired by Phyllis Jack Webstad, who, at six years old, was stripped of her favorite orange shirt on her first day of residential schooling. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and foster meaningful discussion about the tragic effects of Residential Schools and to honour Survivors.

For more about Orange Shirt Day, please see: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/

AWL Golf Tournament – a great success!

Many thanks to everyone who attended this year’s golf tournament! It was a great success and we had a fantastic turnout in a safe environment.

Thanks to Lynx Ridge Golf Club for hosting and to our board member, Kara Davis, for organizing.

Lastly, congratulations to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams! See you next year!

  • First place: Deanna Steblyk, QC (ASC), Honourable Justice Johanna Price (ABQB), Jody Saunders (WCB), and Michelle Colley (Carbert Waite)
  • Second place: Ali Hyde (Blakes), Alexa Rudakoff (Blakes), and Sydney Kitchen (Blakes)
  • Third place: Karlen Majcher (TransAlta), Michelle Holmes (Torys), Chloe Sadler (PwC), and Mel Gabel (PureWeb)

Statement of Support

To the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, Cowessess First Nations and to all those who grieve and those who have survived but are forever marked by the residential school scheme, we join you in grief for the hundreds of children found and those not yet returned home. May we honour them with a renewed commitment to reconciliation, truth, empathy, compassion, action and change. In recognition of this commitment, the AWL has made a donation to the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society whose mission is to protect vulnerable women and children, guided by Native traditional teachings, and to support its vision of nurturing families to live in peace.

Pride Month

The AWL celebrates Pride Month in Canada! Join us in supporting the LGBTQ2S+ communities as an integral part of our own.

National Indigenous History Month / National Indigenous Peoples Day

The AWL honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples through its support of 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.

International Women’s Day

The AWL Chooses to Challenge for International Women’s Day 2021! We will be making a monetary and time donation to the Elizabeth Fry Society so that more women can access legal services.

AWL Recognizes and Celebrates Black History Month!

Did you know….

  • Virnetta Anderson was a community activist and politician and YYC’s first Black municipal councilor when elected in 1974
  • The Black Law Students Association Calgary Chapter (BLSA Calgary) was established in 2017, and among its active projects, runs a mentorship program to connect its members with Black lawyers in Calgary and has hosted “see yourself here” events for Black undergraduate students interested in going to law school
  • In 2020, BLSA Calgary led the calls to action resulting in the University of Calgary Faculty of Law implementing the Black Student Applicant Process (BSAP)
  • Coming soon (next month!), Calgary will have its own chapter of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

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