OPSEU'S 2017 Women's Conference Call for Application


Please encourage members to apply on-line. Attached are documents that will help them with the on-line process. Event Registration Tutorial Member Portal Quick Intro

Good afternoon,

The OPSEU Provincial Women’s Committee invites applications for the 2017 Women’s Conference – Women Rising 2017 to be held November 3-5, 2017 at the Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard Street West)! In addition to welcoming previous conference participants, we would like to extend a special invitation to those who have not attended in the past.

This year’s conference promises to be particularly exciting. We are pleased to present a thought-provoking roster of speakers, panel discussions, artists and performers. Our goal is for members to go home with ideas for immediate action in their communities. We are looking for a rich mix of conference participants with diverse backgrounds and points of view.

The goal of the conference is to educate and raise awareness so that women feel inspired, motivated and encouraged to “rise up” and take action. The conference will also provide skills-based workshops focusing on building solidarity, unity and cohesion in the following areas:

· Violence against Women: Educating and Campaigning for Change

· Women and Environmental Awareness

· Poverty, Economics and Work

Members won’t want miss this opportunity to network, learn, share experiences and have some fun. Please have members join us as we enjoy the camaraderie of our peers from across the province. With members’ participation, passion and insight we can make this one of the best women’s conferences yet!

Please have members submit a completed application form via the member portal at https://members.opseu.org, no later than midnight on Friday, August 25, 2017. Paper applications can be submitted via e-mail to provincialwomensconference@opseu.org or via fax to: 416-448-7419. To download the conference call or application, please visit https://opseu.org/event/opseu-womens-conference-women-rising-2017.

Please also note that we will be using an anonymous selection process and will apply the criteria for selection as set out in the conference application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We look forward to meeting members at the conference!

The OPSEU Provincial Women’s Committee

Tentative Conference Outline

Friday, November 3, 2017

5:00 - 7:00 pm - Registration 5:30 - 6:00 pm - Smudging 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Dinner (not provided) 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Special Presentations: Women Rising: “Winds of Change”

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Sunrise - Smudging 8:00 - 9:30 am - Breakfast (not provided) 9:30 - 10:00 am - Introduction and welcome 10:00 - 11:00 am - Key Note Speaker and Plenary: Inspiring Activism: tools and strategies to fight for change 11:00 - 11:15am - Break 11:15 - 12:00 pm - Question Cafe and close of plenary 12:00 - 1:30 pm - Lunch (not provided) 1:30 - 5:00 pm - Skills-building and action workshops 5:00 - 7:30 pm - Break (dinner not provided) 7:30 - 9:00 pm - Special presentation

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunrise - Smudging 8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast (not provided) 9:00 - 9:15 am - Intro and welcome 9:15 - 10:30 am - Plenary: Building the Future of Women’s Activism 10:30 - 11:00 am - Action group discussions 11:00 - 11:15 am - Break 11:15 - 12:30 pm - Conference closing: special presentations 12:15 - 12:30 pm - Smudging

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