March 8th





Alice Major

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M.J. Summers

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Margo Goodhand is the former editor of the Edmonton Journal and the Winnipeg Free Press, and currently the vice-chair of the National Newspaper Board of Governors. She is in awe of anyone strong and talented and dedicated enough to publish a book. Hers is still in a box, in a closet.


Skirts-a-Fire-LogoFounded by a volunteer board of artists and arts enthusiasts in 2013, SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival is one of the newest multidisciplinary festivals in Edmonton, Alberta. Unique in its mission to support the development and feature the work of women, SkirtsAfire provides quality paid opportunities to female artists dedicated to pursuing a professional career in the arts. Running in conjunction with International Women’s Day in early March each year, and embracing Edmonton’s winter city spirit, the festival began as a four-day celebration featuring the work of 70 local artists.

Andrea Vogel, representing Fair Vote Alberta, will be giving a short speech about the principles of the organization. Fair Vote Alberta is a provincial campaign of Fair Vote Canada.  Fair Vote Alberta is a non-partisan citizens’ organization working to change the voting system. We believe the current voting system should be abolished and replaced with one that provides fairer representation and more accountability.

bevEdmonton City Councillor Bev Esslinger has lived in Ward 2 for 18 years and brings a wealth of experience. She has been active in her community in many capacities. She is the current President of the Cumberland Oxford Community League. She is married and the mother of two grown children. She was elected and served 2 terms (6 years) as an Edmonton Public School Board Trustee and 4 years as Chair of the Board. While a Trustee she also served 3 years as a Director for the Alberta School Boards Association as well as on a number of committees within Edmonton Public including the Multi-Cultural Task Force, Community Engagement and District Priorities.   Bev was instrumental in the development of a Board Strategic Plan and the inception of the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation.  She continues to serve on the Board of Governors of the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation.

joan sangsterDr. Joan Sangster has written articles and monographs on working women and labour movement, the history of the Left, feminist theory and historiography, the criminalization of women and girls, and Aboriginal women and the law.  A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she has held a Killam fellowship, as well as visiting professorships at Duke, Princeton, and McGill Universities. Her most recent book was Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada (University of Toronto Press). A retrospective collection of her historical and theoretical essays, Through Feminist Eyes: Essays on Canadian Women’s History, was published by Athabasca University Press in 2011, and she is currently finishing a monograph, tentatively titled Contact Zones: Images of the Aboriginal North, 1940-1970. Ae recipient of both Trent’s Symons Teaching award and the University Research Award, she is also a member of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, where she teaches in the MA and doctoral Canadian Studies program.