National Council of Women of Canada :: Le Conseil national des femmes du Canada

Local Councils

National Council evolved from the organization across Canada of Local Councils of Women. Today there are some 18 Local Councils, from Victoria, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia, plus two Study Groups in different Canadian communities.

Local Councils are made of local organizations and individual members. They are involved in local projects and national issues through their work with Conveners of National Council Committees and the Resolution process. Most hold monthly meetings and offer a wide variety of interesting and educational programs.

Each Local Council is a member of the National Council voting Body, receiving a weighted vote of 10, through either the Council President or her designate.

Local Councils receive regular Council mailings, the Resolutions Package, the Nomination and Election Package, Notice of the Annual Conference and AGM, the Yearbook and the Newsletter. They carry out the work of NCWC in their area and are autonomous in dealing with local issues in the framework of the NCWC Constitution. They can make direct approaches to MLAs or MPs in their area on matters of local concern. Local Councils may establish committees that usually parallel the national committees. Conveners of local Committees are encouraged to contact and work with the national Conveners on areas of mutual concern and to involve themselves in the national Committees' work.

To form a Local Council, at least five organizations signify their intent and they contact the Membership Convener who shall review with them the outline in the Procedures Manual for joining or federating with NCWC. Upon completion of this process, the President, at the next Annual Meeting, shall acknowledge and welcome the new Federate member. In provinces where there are Provincial Councils, the NCWC Membership Convener shall keep them informed.

Current listing of Cities where there are Local Councils of Women:
Edmonton, Alberta
Halifax, Nova Scotia
London, Ontario
Montreal, Quebec
New Westminster, British Columbia
Ottawa, Ontario
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
St. Catharines, Ontario
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Toronto, Ontario
Vancouver, British Columbia
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Study Groups

Where there are not sufficient numbers of Organizations to form a Council, Study Groups may be formed. A Study Group is a group of individual women, who may or may not be affiliated with other community organizations. To be recognized by NCWC the group must consist of a minimum of five women, must have filed an official application to NCWC and been approved by the full voting membership at the Annual General Meeting.

Each Study Group is a member of the NCWC voting body, receiving a weighted vote of 3, through either the Group President or her designate. Each Study Group will receive regular Council mailings,the Resolutions Package, the Nomination and Election Package, Notice of the Annual Conference and the AGM, the Yearbook and the Newsletter. Study Groups will be asked to submit a report of their activities to NCWC for the Annual Report and are encouraged to submit items to the newsletter, as well as to the NCWC office for inclusion in regular mailings.

If you would like information on how to reach the group closest to you, or if you are interested in starting a group in your area, please contact NCWC National Office.

Study Groups can be formed in areas without Local Councils, the current Study Groups include:

BORN, Prince Edward Island
Oakville, Ontario

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