Any individual who desires to be a candidate for a vacancy on the Board must:
(a) Meet all of the qualifications set forth in section 4.02 hereof; and,
(b) Submit a nomination form to the Secretary of the Corporation which declares the intention to run and is signed by 2 Active Members in Good Standing at least 60 days prior to the date of the next annual Members meeting or such other time as may be specified by the Board.
In order for an individual to be a director, the individual must:
(a) Be an Active Member in Good Standing;
(b) Be 18 years of age or older; and,
(c) Not have the status of a bankrupt.
Please note: The term for each of the Board Positions below is 4 years.
The President shall be the chief executive and operating officer of the Corporation and, subject to the authority of the Board shall have general supervision of the business of the Corporation, and shall without limiting the generality of the foregoing:
(1) Preside at all meetings of the Board or committees of the Board.
(2) Appoint standing committees and special committees.
(3) Act as member ex-officio of all committees.
(4) Coordinate committees.
(5) Submit articles to the editor of the Corporation’s official publication, The Notebook.
(6) Submit articles to the webmaster of the Corporation’s official website, www.awle.org, and ensure accuracy of website content.
(7) Coordinate award nomination procedure including soliciting nominations from law enforcement agencies, in the Atlantic provinces, providing nomination packages to the Awards Coordinator, and contacting nominees and nominators after award recipients have been selected.
(8) Preside over awards ceremony during annual conference with the Awards Coordinator.
(9) The President, shall also be the Professional Association Liaison, and shall perform among other things, the following functions:
(a) Establish contacts and introduce the object of the Corporation to all professional law enforcement associations, unions, and affiliates within the Atlantic Provinces.
(b) Respond to enquiries from various sources, including members, law enforcement agencies, and International Association of Women Police.
(c) Submit annual spring and fall affiliate reports to the International Association of Women Police.
(d) Represent the Corporation at International Association of Women Police functions such as annual conferences and board meetings.
(10) attend all AWLE Executive Meetings and AWLE Conferences, wherever possible
The President may delegate responsibility for these duties as required.
The Vice-President, if any, shall have all of the power and authority, and shall perform all of the duties of the President in the absence of, disability or refusal to act of the President. In addition, the Vice-President shall assist the President and the Board, as necessary, in the performance of Board duties.
Attend all AWLE Executive Meetings and AWLE Conferences, wherever possible.
The Secretary, if any, shall perform, among other things, the following:
(1) Maintain such books, documents and papers as the Board shall determine.
(2) Attend and keep detailed minutes of all meetings of the Board and members and prepare board Meeting Agendas.
(3) (a) Transcribe minutes and send copies to all members of the board within 30 days after the meeting.
(3) (b) Create task lists that require actioning of the board members from meetings and forward to all members of the board within 30 days after the meeting.
(4) Receive correspondence and other materials for the Corporation and maintain them in orderly files. Respond to correspondence as requested by the President and/or Board.
(5) Assure that the records and files are available at meetings as may be needed or requested for reference. Advise the President and Board as requested during meetings.
(6) Present minutes for approval at Members and Board meetings either in writing or as read, unless otherwise waived by a majority of the Members or of the Board, as the case may be.
(7) Provide the Board with a complete and current listing of addresses and phone numbers of all Board and committee members and updates as necessary.
(8) Will fulfill and perform the function as the Historian:
(a) Maintain the archives of the Corporation
(b) Compile pertinent material of interest and/or concern to the Corporation.
(c) Upon providing a written request to the President, present material of interest, to members at meetings and conferences.
(9) Attend all AWLE Executive Meetings and AWLE Conferences, whenever possible.
The Treasurer, if any, shall perform, among other things, the following functions:
(1) Maintain custody of all funds, property and securities of the Corporation.
(2) Submit record to two (2) appointed trustees annually, to review and verify spending accountability of the Corporation
(3) Endorse for collections, cheques, notes and other obligations and deposit in the bank of the Corporation.
(4) Sign receipts, vouchers, cheques, bills of exchange and promissory notes issued by the Corporation.
(5) Make payments as necessary on behalf of the Corporation.
(6) Enter regularly on the books, the full and accurate account of all money received and obligations paid.
(7) Render written annual financial statements to the Board.
(8) Make available at all times to the Board or Members, the Corporation’s books.
(9) Submit all records immediately after leaving office.
(10) Attend all AWLE Executive Meetings and AWLE Conferences, whenever possible.
RCMP J Division | Fredericton
Kathy graduated from Acadia University in 1974 and completed the correctional worker program at Sheridan College before joining the RCMP in 1977. She served the citizens of New Brunswick until she retired in 2003 after 26 years of service. Kathy was a member of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) and a strong advocate for the protection of women and children. She was chairperson for the first RCMP female police officer conference in “J” Division in 1993, where she received great support and encouragement from Chief Superintendent Roy Berlinquette. Her goal was to learn more about the issues women faced create change so that all could benefit from the workplace. This event saw 30 female invitees come together for two days to explore women’s issues within the policing environment and to develop a better understanding of how to create a healthy work environment for all.
Kathy became the first President of Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement in 1998 serving in that position until 2001. As the outgoing President at the Moncton conference 2001, Kathy was recognized for her contributions to women in law enforcement and presented with a water painting by Marilyn Kellough of Mahone Bay, NS. Kathy retired from the RCMP in 2003.
In Kathy’s words, “You should all be proud of your continual efforts to enhance the role of women in the law enforcement profession. Hopefully, the younger women will recognize the significance of A.W.L.E. and are encouraged to become involved and continue the tradition. It is an organization founded on the desire to work together equally and inclusively to achieve excellence in your profession for all members.”
Halifax Regional Police
Lisa joined Halifax Police Department in 1990 serving almost 15 years as a sworn police officer with 13 years at Halifax Regional Police and then as Deputy Chief at Canadian Pacific Police Service (Calgary). She spent the remainder of her career with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice as a senior policing consultant and as a Civilian Member of the RCMP. Lisa completed a Master of Arts degree examining women’s experience in law enforcement within Atlantic Canada. The thesis research stemmed from surveying female police officers attending the annual “women in policing” conference at Saint John, NB. Women representing RCMP, Military Police, municipal and town police agencies participated, and the results of the study were reported at the 1997 CFB Shearwater, NS conference.
Throughout her career Lisa has advocated for women’s issues. Based on this work Lisa was recognized with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award, the Rotary Wheel Award (Halifax Rotary Club), the Women of Excellence Award (Canadian Progress Club Halifax Citadel) and Mentoring Award (AWLE). Lisa also represented Halifax Regional Police participating in a 5-week Group Study Exchange with Rotary International to study policing in India. In 2004, Lisa was recognized by her female peers at Halifax Regional Police for her support and guidance to women in law enforcement; in 30+ years of public service, this remains the highlight of her career.
Lisa served as the first Vice-President of Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement in 1998, and as the second President of AWLE from 2001 to 2004.
RCMP H Division | Halifax
Dianne served with the RCMP and joined AWLE as its first Secretary from 1998-2001.
Saint John Police Force
Liz was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and attended the Atlantic Police Academy. She joined the Saint John Police Force in January 1974, and in 2000 became the first female promoted to Sergeant in the organization’s 150-year history. Liz was introduced to the early conferences through her colleague and friend, Carmel Phillips, who also served with Saint John Police Force. Liz held the position of Treasurer with the Saint John Police Protective Association and was a member of the Board for the Bayview Credit Union. She brought this experience to the AWLE Executive, holding the first position as Treasurer. Remaining in this position for 10 years, Liz brought her energy and enthusiasm to every meeting and contributed to building the foundational elements of AWLE throughout her tenure. As mentioned in our highlights section, Liz was the first recipient of the “Top Cop Award” and considers this to be a highlight of her policing career.
Halifax Regional Police
Sandy joined Halifax Regional Police in 1991 after graduating from the Atlantic Police Academy and served for three years with AWLE as the first Notebook editor.
Halifax Regional Police
Carol joined HRP in April 1989, after graduating from the Halifax City Police In-house training program, and retired with 33 years of service in April 2022, working patrol, Criminal Investigations Division (Financial Crime/Fraud) and four different secondments – NS Department of Justice, CISNS (RCMP), CSIS, and Provincial Proceeds of Crime (RCMP). She served as Secretary for AWLE for two terms, from October 2001 to November 2007 and has been a major investor in AWLE from its very beginnings. Carol contributed significantly at AWLE’s inception, attending meetings and helping to organize the association. Carol also organized, developed and directed the AWLE Awards Program from its inception until the end of the 2020. That was not an easy feat as it involved a lot of planning and succinct execution for it to be successful every year.
Carol received the AWLE Officer of the Year Award in 2010 and the AWLE Mentoring Award in 2011.
Canadian Forces Military Police
Charlotte joined the Canadian Forces in 1975 and was among the group of women recruited into the Military Police (MP) trade after it opened to women in 1974.
After training, she was the second woman ever posted to the MP Section CFB Petawawa. She joined her husband in CFB Toronto in 1976. She took her release from the military in December 1979. After taking time away, Charlotte worked a full time Reserve contract in November 1987 at the CFB Borden Military Police Detachment. In June 1988, she re-enrolled in the Regular Force, and was posted to CFB Trenton. Postings included CFB Shearwater in 1993, and CFB Halifax in 1997. During this time, she was at the forefront of the association, representing the Military Police on our board as we grew into AWLE. In 1996 she attended the “Atlantic Conference on Women in Policing” held in Saint John. As a result, in 1997 the Women in Policing Conference was hosted by the Military Police at CFB Shearwater. Charlotte was part of the group of women that met once the conference ended. Charlotte went on to attend the 1998 conference in Fredericton, and at the conference held in Halifax in 2000 she spoke about her experience while in East Timor on an International Peacekeeping mission in 1999/2000.
Her military career continued with postings to the CAF National Counter Intelligence Unit Ottawa, 2001, CAF Air Marshal Unit Ottawa 2005, CAF Military Security Guard Unit Nigeria 2006, and to CFB Trenton MP Detachment as Police Operations Warrant Officer 2008. She deployed internationally based in the Arabian Peninsula in support of Op Medusa Afghanistan 2002/03, and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan 2004/05.
She retired from the CAF in August 2010, having served for 27 years.
RCMP H Division | NS
Angela joined the RCMP in November 1989 and was posted to H Division in February 1991. She began attending the women in policing conferences (pre-AWLE) in 1994. She has always been a strong advocate for women and helped to establish the Commanding Officer’s (CO) Women’s Advisory Committee in H Division by establishing the mandate/charter terms of reference, nominating the initial committee, and volunteering with the committee for several years after.
Angela and Charlotte Russell co-chaired the Atlantic Women’s conference at CFB Shearwater in 1997, and along with a crew of like-minded volunteers made it the launch pad for the beginnings of AWLE. For five years after that conference, Angela organized an annual one-day professional development workshop for women in policing. It remained popular, but kept getting bigger each year and was too hard to maintain alone. Subsequently, Angela turned the initiative over to the CO’s Women’s Advisory committee to organize which ran successfully for many years.
Angela received the AWLE Mentoring Award in 2003.