2017 Prairie Gathering

 September 29-30, 2017   Edmonton, Alberta

CFUW members from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta joined together for a successful bi-annual tri-provincial Prairie Gathering meeting in Edmonton September 29-30. Participant clubs definitely reflected the theme of “Prairie Strength” with lots of great ideas, good collaborations, and new connections made. The evening of September 29 was a fun evening of social interaction and great entertainment provided by singer-songwriter Terry Morrison singing prairie songs. September 30 was down to business with interactive sessions and great speakers (program schedule). Also included in program packets was the  2017-2018 CFUW Advocacy Priorities (doc), 5 Healthy Aging Tips for Women (doc), 2017-2018 CFUW Prairie Book Club Selections (doc), and thanks to CRDHA a dental hygiene gift for each attendee. A slideshow was played on a loop with highlights from various clubs, bios for speakers, and upcoming important dates (slideshow).

This page will be updated with session reports and summaries as they become available.

Attendees of the 2017 CFUW Prairie Gathering


September 30

9:00-9:30am Welcome from CFUW Edmonton president Amy Macleod and VP Prairies Bilkies McKen. Followed by Icebreaker led by Facilitator Ping Mason-Lai.

9:30-10:30am Business Session: Clubs give 2 minute reports on points of pride followed by Regional Director reports (Challenges, Opportunities, and Priorities) (below are some of the representatives giving reports)

10:45-12:15pm Business Session: Prairie Strength and Creating a Vibrant Prairie CFUW Community (Discussion led by Facilitator Ping Mason-Lai)

12:50-1:15pm: Presentation by Member of Legislative Assembly of Alberta Denise Woollard on the process of government and advocacy

1:15-2:15pm Business Session: CFUW Advocacy-From Advocacy to Action. 1) Mary Scott, Co-founder and Board member Institute for International Women’s Rights-Manitoba, 2) Stephanie Ortynsky, Scholar, Integrated training program in Infectious Diseases, Food Safety and Public Policy Fellow

2:15-2:45pm Business Session: Early learning advocate and Alliance Pipeline Community Hero Award awardee Jennifer (Jeffie) Anderson speaking on the topic Cultivating Successful Community Partnerships

3:00-3:30pm Business Session: Increase your Club Profile and Influence, discussion led by Madeline Kalbach

3:30-3:45pm Closing Session: Next Prairie Gathering, Centennial CFUW Meeting will be held in Winnipeg in August 2019. Summary Notes from CFUW President Grace Hollett. Closing remarks from VP Prairies Bilkies McKen. Final questions and comments. Meeting Adjourned.

4:15-4:45 Optional Workshop: Using Social Media (Amy Macleod) – Workshop Summary

6:00pm Optional Group Dinner at Stage & Main 1 block from the venue at Chateau Lacombe


Prairie Gathering Moments

left to right: Bilkies McKen (VP Prairies), Dale Wilkie (Alberta Regional Director), Margaret Hendry (Saskatchewan Regional Director), Grace Hollett (CFUW President), Patricia Elliott (Manitoba Regional Director)

left to right: Bilkies McKen (VP Prairies), Mary Scott, Madeline Kalbach, Grace Hollett (CFUW President), Jeffie Anderson, Stephanie Ortynsky, Margaret Hendry (Saskatchewan Regional Director), Patricia Elliott (Manitoba Regional Director), Dale Wilkie (Alberta Regional Director)

CFUW Edmonton executive Prairie Gathering Organizers (left to right) Amy Macleod, Joy Hurst, Darlene Fraser

Breaktime, (left to right) Nafeesa Mohamed, Mary Scott, Grace Hollett

Breaktime, (left to right) Sandy Millen, Heather Hill


Breaktime, (left to right) Joy Hurst, Margaret Hendry

Lunchtime, meeting attendees enjoying a lunch of food local to the prairies