The Provincial Council of Women of Ontario invites you to our  95th Annual General Meeting on April 21 –April 22, 2018, at the Monte Carlo Inn, Oakville.

2018 PCWO AGM Agenda


AGM Dinner Speaker: Joyce Wayne

Author and blogger, Joyce Wayne, will speak about the new “un-retirement” trend and financial concerns for women.

Joyce is an award-winning literary journalist, a former editor at Quill & Quire and the author of the historical novel The Cook’s Temptation (Mosaic Press, 2013). This month, Joyce’s second novel, Last Night of the World, was published. It’s about Soviet spies operating in Ottawa during World War II. For many years, she was the head of the journalism program at Sheridan College where she launched the Sheridan Centre for Internationally Trained Individuals. Joyce was a winner of the Diaspora Dialogues contest for short fiction and has been awarded the Fiona Mee Award for literary journalism. She lives in Oakville with her husband where she runs writing workshops for the Public Library and writes the bi-weekly blog


AGM Panel Discussion Saturday April 21, 10:30 am-12 noon

Theme: “Finding Opportunity in Changing Times: How Established Advocacy Organizations Can Stay Relevant and Influential During Periods of Significant Social and Political Change”
Facilitator: Catherine Butler, PCWO VP Status of Women BA, RN, BScN, MHA, VP Home & Community Care Champlain LHIN

Catherine Butler joined the Ottawa Council of Women as Vice President in early 2017 with a desire to work with other women locally to advance social change and women’s rights in support of those in her community. In late 2017 she became involved with the PCWO as the Vice President – Status of Women. Within this role she recently attended the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women in New York and as she admits, had her passion for women’s equality even more ignited as her eyes were truly opened to the human rights plights of women and girls around the globe. Catherine is also the lead organizer for the Women’s March Ottawa group, which has transitioned from being a one time only event to being a local activist organization for women’s rights and gender equality in the city of Ottawa. In 2018 the second annual Women’s March was one of the largest in the world outside of the U.S. with over 8000 participants. Additionally, Catherine is a member of Equal Voice Canada, and the City for all Women Initiative (CAWI) in Ottawa. Originally from Nova Scotia, and most recently British Columbia she moved to Ontario in 2015. Her day job is that of Vice President – Home & Community Care with the Champlain LHIN where she draws on her background as a nurse and health executive extensively. She is a mother to a lively and amazing 6-year-old son and is focused on raising him as a feminist.