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