UNA’s first in-person AGM since start of pandemic set for October 18

United Nurses of Alberta’s first in-person annual general meeting since the start of the pandemic will commence a 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, at the EXPO Centre in Edmonton.

The theme of the 2022 AGM is Strong Together!

President Heather Smith, who along with Second Vice-President Cam Westhead was acclaimed to another two-year term after the nomination deadline passed on August 19, will address the AGM after land acknowledgements, singing of the national anthem, and other routine opening business has taken place. 

Most elected positions were filled by acclamation this year, so the only elections will be for North Central District representatives. 

Business on Tuesday will include reports by Labour Relations Director David Harrigan and the Finance and Administration and Information Systems directors, as well as a budget overview by Secretary-Treasurer Karen Craik. 

After lunch, high-profile journalist Andrew Nikiforuk will address the approximately 1,000 delegates, elected officers, staff members and observers about the lessons of COVID-19 and what the future may hold. 

On Wednesday, October 19, in addition to routine business, delegates will hear from Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President Linda Silas and comedian Susan Stewart. 

On Thursday, October 20, the final day of the AGM, activities will include reports from union committees, and a speech on the future of Alberta politics as the 2023 election nears by political columnist Graham Thomson.

Registration commences prior to the start of the meeting. Members must have their current 2022 UNA membership card ready for registration.

Members attending the meeting should know if they are voting delegates or observers, and whether they are provincially or locally funded. Both delegates and observers must be elected by their Locals. 

UNA members are reminded to bring their membership cards and reusable cups for water, tea or coffee.