ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOUVELLES DU PAYS
NOVA SCOTIA REPORT
A main thrust, provincially, has been to locate qualified women willing to serve on the proposed Local Advisory Committees to Canada Employment Centre regional offices. To date, we have sent resumes of 16 women to ten M.P.s.
The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of women "End of the Decade" meeting in Halifax in November was attended by six C.C.L.O.W. representatives: Judy Manley, Sydney, Cape Breton; Margot Comeau-Metcalf, Sheet Harbour; Elizabeth Logan and Macha MacKay, Wolfville, and Nancy Roby Cassidy and Marjorie Johnson from Truro. Women in the above areas, Wolfville, Sydney and Truro have expressed interest in organizing C.C.L.O.W. branches. We hope to have meetings in each of these areas in early spring.
Late in November, I attended a workshop at the University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, for Entrepreneurial Women, where I had an opportunity to promote C.C.L.O.W. The Sydney group are planning a Women's Learning Needs Survey, similar to that conducted in 1984 by C.C.L.O.W. (N.S.) in co-operation with the Secretary of State, Women's Program.
The Halifax-Dartmouth Metro group, chaired by Mairi St. John MacDonald, meets monthly. Mairi is drafting a policy for C.C.L.O.W. N.S.'s sponsorship of Job Strategy Proposals. The fall theme for this group was "Preparing for Change". A special November 8 meeting featured Heather Menzies, author of "Women and the Chip". The regular November meeting featured Mary Morrissey. Mary explained the results of her survey on young women's perceptions and attitudes, which provided for interesting discussion. The December meeting was on "Alternate Strategies", with presenters Susan Coldwell, President, Lindrew Development Ltd. and Dale Godsoe, President, Halifax Y.W.C.A. The January speaker will be Roberta Way-Clark, on "Older Women: Returning to Learning".
A committee consisting of Linda MacDonald for C.C.L.O.W., Kit Holmwood of N.A.C. and Barbara Cottrell, C.R.I.A.W., are working on an Employment Equity brief. C.C.L.O.W. (N.S.) congratulates Linda MacDonald, former N.S. Director, on her recent appointment as Assistant Director, Continuing Education, St. Mary's University, Halifax.
National President Joan Brown-Hicks, Dartmouth, traveled to Buenos Aires to attend the world assembly of I.C.A.E. (The International Council for Adult Education). C.C.L.O.W. has been approved as a member of I.C.A.E
NEW BRUNSWICK REPORT
On December 1, Lisa Avedon visited Fredericton and gave a slideshow and talk on Forum '85 in Nairobi. Approximately 35 attended - CCLOW members, students, members of other women's organizations, the press and the general public. They seemed to enjoy the talk and participated actively in discussion afterwards.
We received a $4850 grant from CEIC on November 26 to carry out a feasibility study for a Canadian Jobs Strategy re-entry program for women. Our program would train women in non-traditional occupations. We advertised in the local newspaper for someone to do this study for us and received enquiries from 30-40 potential candidates. Eleven submitted formal applications and we interviewed five of these. We chose Ms. Melanie LeBrun-Salonen who began work on January 6. In January, our re-entry committee met with Melanie for some brainstorming on the project. We arranged for her to share an office with Women Working with Immigrant Women in New Brunswick.