This past Sunday, June 24th, 2018 BACE held its Annual General Meeting.
I'd like to give a huge thanks to Kirsten Goa for being our guest speaker. Kirsten was one of the original BACE members and was a fantastic spokesperson for several years from her position on the Board. She is well known for her community engagement work with the City of Edmonton. Kirsten always finds time to assist other interest groups that she is passionate about with their city council and city administration advocacy, public awareness, and community capacity building. We look forward to continuing to work with Kirsten in the near future.
I'd like to congratulate the 2018-2019 Board members who are continuing to serve and returning to roles they have had to leave in the past.
President: Krystina Langston
Vice President: Tracy Simpson Bradley
Treasurer: Pearl Dell
Past President: Jodine Chase
Membership and Volunteer Director: Holly Peng
Advocacy Director: Nadia Houle
Director-at-large: Dima Nair
There are some formal positions on the board that remain vacant, notably Secretary and Communications Director. No experience is necessary to take on one of our board positions. All we need from you is time to have monthly meetings (quarterly board meetings and committee/working meetings in between), passion for breastfeeding/chestfeeding normalization, and the ability to learn and keep an open mind. Please email me at BreastfeedingFriendlyEdmonton@gmail.com to chat, through Social Media (FB / Twitter), or connect here on the website. And we always are looking for volunteers who need not make the same monthly meeting commitment (although you are always more than welcome!), but rather assist for individual events for a few hours prior and/or the day of.
The Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative
After receiving an Alberta Human Rights and Multiculturalism grant, we're working on a Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative aiming to reduce breastfeeding discrimination, improve public attitudes about breastfeeding, and increase the confidence of people wishing to breastfeed in public.
Become a Breastfeeding Friendly Community Partner
You will receive an easy to use breastfeeding friendly toolkit and lots of support to become breastfeeding friendly. We also offer breastfeeding friendly training customized to your organization.
- Breastfeeding Friendly for Businesses & Organizations booklet
- Breastfeeding Friendly Policy
- Breastfeeding Friendly Checklist
Has your organization reviewed and implemented the recommendations and strategies outlined in our resources? Are you ready to take the pledge and get the advantages of being a breastfeeding friendly community partner? Do you have questions or obstacles to overcome? Let us know and we'll guide you through the rest of the process.
Let Us Know How Edmonton Is Doing
Look for the international breastfeeding symbol on display in local businesses to identify community partners who have taken the pledge.
The Alberta Human Rights Commission confirms that breastfeeding in public is a human right. Individuals breastfeeding should not be asked to move or cover-up.
Have you been to an outstanding breastfeeding friendly business or organization? Share your story with us so we can publicly acknowledge them! Have you had a problem with breastfeeding in public? Let us know and we'll reach out to the organization to support them to becoming breastfeeding friendly.
Meet Our Project Manager
Nicole joined BACE’s Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative team with experience in maternity advocacy and research. She had just completed her Master of Arts Degree in Integrated Studies, focusing on equity studies. She began work on her PhD in Sociology in the fall of 2015. Nicole has two children (then 3 and 1), whom she has breastfed all over Edmonton and area.
Nicole Hill at Edmonton’s Winter Shake-up January 2015.
Pictured with her youngest child Mina (1) and partner, Randy Hill.
Photo credit: Jodine Chase