- Don Iveson

The Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton Committee, a group of 15 community leaders from diverse backgrounds, is approved by City Council, and brought together to help advance the work of Women’s Initiative Edmonton. As an advisory committee, their role is to ensure that the gender lens is representedand considered in municipal policy decisions, and to build capacity for greater participation of Edmonton women in civic life.

“The creation of WAVE is a milestone for Edmonton and all the people who live here. It shows that we aren’t just hoping women will engage in civic life; we’re actively seeking women’s input in shaping our city. WAVE is tangible proof of Edmonton’s commitment to real gender equality.”
- Jackie Foord
Past WAVE Committee Chair

We are proud to have the following phenomenal women on the WAVE Committee for 2019-2020
WAVE Members 2019-2020

Angelika Matson

Angelika Matson grew up in Red Deer and was raised by a family of strong women who taught her the importance of community service and compassion. In 2011 she moved to Edmonton to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at MacEwan University and fell in love with the city; she has been a proud Edmontonian ever since. Angelika is a Community Connector with Ashbourne, an Assisted and Independent living facility in the Garneau neighbourhood. Her work focuses on reducing social isolation by connecting seniors with their community. Angelika is passionate about inclusion and has worn many hats in her pursuit to build a more inclusive city. volunteering and consulting with community leagues, working with former MLA Laurie Blakeman to protect the right for LGBTQ2S+ kids to form Gay- Straight Alliances in schools, working for YWCA Edmonton’s counselling services, and acting as Oliver’s Neighbourhood Connector with Abundant Community Edmonton. Angelika is also passionate about mental health and currently serves on the board of Prosper Place, a peer-led organization dedicated to empowering people living with the effects of mental illness.

Bailey Dawn Coty

Bailey Dawn Coty is a young woman who was born and raised in Edmonton, having called Alberta’s capital her home for 27 years. She is no stranger to fighting difficult battles, spending much of her childhood and adolescence overcoming a brain tumour that has left one side of her body paralyzed. Not one to let this stop her, she takes her unique perspective as a wheelchair user to fight for the rights of disabled citizens in Edmonton and abroad. Bailey is currently a student at MacEwan University pursuing an honours degree in Anthropology with hopes to proceed to a PhD. She often uses the intersectionality of her studies to engage in social justice activism.

Beatrice Ghettuba

Beatrice Ghettuba is a proud citizen of Edmonton. Despite her busy schedule in her business as a chartered accountant, she finds time for community involvement and engagement. Her skills, experience, passion, and courage, make her a valuable asset to the community and a champion of empowering people. She is well known for her advocacy for women’s issues, mentoring new immigrants, and demonstrates great leadership skills. She is well respected among community organizations as a motivated leader who advocates for women and would ensure their issues are heard and considered.

Angelica Hernandez

Angelica Hernandez was born in Mexico, after finishing a Bachelor Degree and a Postgraduate degree in Marketing, Angelica immigrated to Canada 17 years ago. Since then, Angelica has been a business woman and a mother of three. As a marketing professional, she has worked in different places, her own business, a trading house, a textile company as a Procurement Coordinator and current works for the Edmonton Public School Board..

Debra Jakubec

Debra Jakubec has experience in the non-profit sector managing an HIV research project for the Boyle McCauley Health Centre, several non-profit organizations including HIV Edmonton, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre of Edmonton and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. Debra has served on the board of the Pride Centre of Edmonton for two years and is Vice Chair for The Artists for Life Foundation of Alberta.

Julianne Threlfall

Julianne Threlfall began her carreer in the railway industry while attending university in British
Columbia. During the completion of her Bachelor in Leadership degree, her career began to
advance, which led her to calling Edmonton home. Julianne currently works as the CN Manager
of Public Works for Western Canada. She is an advocate for women in non-traditional gender
roles and passionate about supporting the next generation of women to aim high
with unapologetic confidence in their careers and lives. When Julianne is not working on the
railway, she can be found mentoring sister railroaders as well as serving on the United Way
Stewardship Committee.

Kourtney Boucher

Kourtney Boucher is a member of Miskisew Cree First Nation and moved to Edmonton in 2014 from Fort McMurray to continue her education. She is a graduate from the University of Alberta where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Peter Lougheed Leadership College where she completed a certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies. She is working with the United Way on End Poverty Edmonton and enjoys spending time with her young son.

Hersharon Sandhu

Hersharon Sandhu is a feminist. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, she immigrated to Edmonton in 2006. She recently graduated from the Women’s and Genders Studies program at the University of Alberta. She is currently enrolled at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. Hersharon is an active community volunteer.She is an advocate for immigrant rights and making the world a more equal for young people. She has a passion for writing and strongly favours intersectional feminism over others. She dreams of a time in the future where the fight for gender equality will be less of a debate and more of a societal agreement.

Jennifer Jennax

Jennifer Jennax is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant and is the Sr. Director, Advancement Services, Office of Advancement, University of Alberta. Her keen interest in women’s issues has led her to be an active member of Terra Centre’s Board of Directors where she is the Chair of their Government Stakeholder Relations Committee.

Joyce LaBriola

Joyce LaBriola has over a decade of sports marketing experience, working in the NHL, NBA, ECHL and CFL. Joyce is currently works as a marketing director for the ESO and Winspear. After relocating to Edmonton from the States, Joyce founded Artists for Life in 2009. Joyce has devoted over 30 years to the performing arts, working steadily in the Edmonton theatre as a member of the Edmonton Opera Chorus. In 2016, Joyce was honoured to win the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose’s Jean Lawson Award for work in the community as an LGBTQ.

Kristina Midbo

Kristina Midbo is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies with Distinction. She is a membership of the Sawridge First Nation in Treaty 8. Kristina believes that indigenous peoples have knowledge and experiences that government and organizations can learn from. She has deep connections to her community and continues to work alongside Sawridge members to strengthen their community now and into the future. After practicing law for several years, Kristina entered the provincial public service where she has served in numerous capacities. As the current Director of Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, she is honoured to work with strong women leaders, both indigenous and non-indigenous, who inspire her daily as they work to improve the lives of indigenous women and girls.

Elyssa Teslyk

Elyssa Teslyk is a business student at NAIT with a background in finance, marketing and human resources, who aspires to pursue law or politics in the future, as well as sit on the Police Commission Board in the future. Elyssa currently sits on the Canada 150 Committee as the Celebrations and Events co chair, and works as a business development manager for an Ottawa based mobile technology company, as well as a marketing coordinator for an Edmonton based Microsoft ERP and custom software company. She has worked on marketing projects for the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, as well as a research assistant for the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.

Abby Adetoun Aiyeleye

Abby is a certified project management professional and business analyst with over twelve years of experience across Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Greenwich (UK) and works at Enbridge as a Performance Specialist. In addition to offering career mentoring and educational volunteer work to young professionals, she currently serves on the board of Alberta Network of Immigrant Women.

Dr. Sandra Woitas

Dr. Sandra Woitas has the distinct honor of being named one of the 100 Edmontonians of the Century. In addition to her current position as an independent education consultant and her volunteer commitments, she also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education.

Dilara Yegani

Dilara Yegani was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey who immigrated to Canada in 1979. After completing a 33 year career at TELUS she served as an Executive Director for Changing Together and is presently active in many Board

If you would like to attend one of WAVE’s monthly meetings, please contact us for the time and date.

To present at a WAVE meeting, please fill out this form and send it to marian.bruin@edmonton.ca.