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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

#blackhistorymonth #allyship #advocateallyship

Membership Renewal/Fee Waiver

As the time for membership renewals approaches, we of the AWL Board wanted to share with our current members and potential new members some important changes to the 2021 membership structure.

In recognition of the constraints on our ability to provide programming during the pandemic and the additional hardships this pandemic has created for many of our members, we as a Board have decided to waive membership fees for all renewing and new members for 2021.

We will continue to offer events online in 2021, including a three-part Allyship, Diversity and Inclusion Series launching on January 27, 2021, as well as virtual networking nights, mystery lunches, mothers in the law playdates, and speaker events. And we remain committed to developing and offering events that allow our members to connect and develop professionally within the constraints we, as so many organizations, continue to face.

Maintaining and strengthening our community of women lawyers in Calgary and supporting the individuals who create this community remain driving objectives of the AWL. Our decision to waive membership fees for 2021 is one concrete step we have decided to take to advance these objectives and acknowledge the disproportionate impact that this pandemic has had on women.

However, many of our operating expenses remain ongoing, and our ability to offer quality programming to our members relies importantly on our funds. To that end, we would greatly appreciate any members who are able and willing to continue with their paid membership do so. We have also included an option on our renewal page for renewing and new members to sponsor memberships for those who may have difficulty paying.

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AWL Annual General Meeting – December 1, 2020

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

December 1, 2020

12:00 pm

Calgary, Alberta

By Zoom

All AWL members are encouraged to attend and can access the Minutes from the 2019 AGM, as well as zoom information for the meeting in the “Members Only” section of the website after logging into their account.

Call for Directors

The Association of Women Lawyers is accepting applications from women lawyers who are interested in joining the Board of Directors.  Applications may be submitted by email to The Association of Women Lawyers, c/o Rani Wong, at no later than noon on November 20, 2019.  All applications must include a copy of your resume and a short statement outlining the reason for your interest in joining the Board.
The AWL Nominating Committee will review all applications and include up to 8 applicants in the slate of Directors it recommends for election at the AWL Annual General Meeting at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the offices of Gowling WLG (Suite 1600, 421 – 7 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB).
The Board Member Expectations are below for your reference.
Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) Board Member Expectations
1. Each director shall prepare for, attend, and participate in at least 8 out of the 10 regular Board of Director’s meetings scheduled throughout the year.
2. Each director shall sit on at least one (1) Board Committee and be an active participant of that committee. The Chair of each committee is responsible for arranging regular committee meetings and leading them.
3. Each director shall prepare for, attend, and participate in the Annual General Meeting of AWL.
4. Each director shall attend at least two (2) AWL events per year.
5. Each director shall review and be familiar with the mission statement and bylaws of AWL.
6. Each director shall review and assess their individual contribution and satisfaction as a board member each year. Each director will be contacted by a member of the Board of Director’s Executive prior to the AGM each year to canvass whether the director intends to stand again for election and to discuss that director’s self-assessment.
7. Each Director shall promote AWL and its mission in their circles of influence.