Enid Butler, one of the founders of Grands’n’More, attended the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Gathering in Toronto in 2006 that launched the Grandmothers Campaign, at least as far as the public was concerned. Having met African grandmothers and learning of their circumstances in light of the AIDS pandemic, she was determined to start a group in Winnipeg to help fulfil the promise to be a voice for the African grandmothers here in Canada and to keep working until they could rest.
Grands’n’More Winnipeg grew out of discussions between Enid Butler, Barb Fletcher and Linda Watson in the summer of 2007. The Grandmothers Campaign staff of the Stephen Lewis Foundation was informed of the intention to form a group in Winnipeg and then the launch meeting was advertised. Twenty-six people registered with the group at, or shortly after, the launch meeting on October 21, 2007. The first months were spent exploring various areas of involvement and clarifying an organizational structure. The May 2008 Structure Document was ratified at the first Annual All-Member Meeting, May 12, 2008 and the organization was set to pursue its goals.
From the earliest discussions, it was agreed that the organization would be open to adults of all ages, including, but not exclusive to, grandparents. We also affirmed that we had a concern not only for the grandmothers of sub-Saharan Africa but also for the children orphaned by AIDS and all those affected by the pandemic. The name “Grands’n’More” indicated that we were inclusive of all adults for our membership, not only grandparents.