Turning Passion Into Action at the Biennial Women’s Network Conference

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May 19, 2016

“Turning Passion Into Action” was the theme of this year’s Women’s Network conference

The 12th Biennial Convention and Education Conference of the UFCW Women’s Network took place in Vancouver, B.C. from May 12-15. Delegates included members, staff and officers of the UFCW who attended from across Canada and the United States.

Attendees were inspired to turn their passion into action by great speakers. Those speakers included:

  • International Secretary Treasurer Esther López,
  • NDP Premier for Alberta Rachel Notley,
  • Charlene Carruthers the National Director of the Black Youth Project 100,
  • and many other inspirational women.

In addition, many delegates spoke with passion and shared their stories to empower each other.

Delegates heard from Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Exec Director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society on the alarming inequities that First Nation’s children still face today, and Canadian Labour Congress Secretary-Treasurer Barb Byers spoke about affordable child care, domestic violence and closing the wage gap that still exists today.

“We leave here inspired and re-energized. We are ready to take on the challenges that women face every day,” said Sylvia Groom, Executive Assistant to the President. “The wage gap and affordable child care are just two of the many issues that affect our members and their families every day. Improvement in these areas will better the lives of all people.”