Are you a Prairie Region Grandmother or GrandOther? Please join us at the 2014 Prairie Region Grandmothers Gathering. This year, it is being hosted by G4G Saskatoon. Click here for information, and to register.
What is a Grandmothers Gathering? Every two years, the Prairie Region hosts an event that brings together members from Manitoba and Saskatchewan for a day-and-a-half of learning, sharing, friendship, and fun! In 2010, fifty-three people gathered in Winnipeg for the first Gathering, and then in 2012, ninety-six Grandmothers and GrandOthers from both provinces convened in Regina. The 2014 Gathering will be held in Saskatoon on September 26 and 27.
The Grandmother Regional Liaison Role
Since 2006, the Grandmothers Campaign has grown in size, reach and sophistication. As a result, a number of regional groupings emerged as a way to coordinate groups’ activities and resources in cities and provinces across Canada. In order to support this continuing development, and in collaboration with grandmothers groups, the role of Regional Liaison was created.
The Grandmother Regional Liaison is a volunteer position whose main purpose is to enhance communication between the Foundation and grandmothers groups in order to strengthen the relationships between: Canadian grandmothers and African Grandmothers; regional networks of Canadian grandmother groups; Canadian grandmothers and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Grandmother Regional Liaisons are Ambassadors for the Foundation – sharing new ideas or project information coming from the Foundation and letting groups know what information, materials and support the Foundation can provide. As a Conduit to the Foundation, the Liaisons provide staff with feedback on regional issues and what is needed to improve the connections and services to the groups in a region; provide guidance to the Foundation during development of Campaign activities and strategies; and help the Foundation identify other grandmothers in the region who may want to work on special initiatives or projects within the Campaign such as: establishing new groups, Speaker’s Bureau, Foundation events, etc. A third aspect of the role is to act as a Liaison between grandmothers groups within their region, helping them to share information and knowledge, co-operate and collaborate.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba grandmothers groups belong to the Prairie Region. The Region has co-Liaisons, one representing Manitoba and the other representing Saskatchewan. The co-Liaisons have prepared regular Updates, the purpose of which is to provide members of the Prairie grandmothers groups with news from the Stephen Lewis Foundation, activities across the country, and local Saskatchewan and Manitoba events and initiatives. Click here to view the Updates.