Isabel Bassett

Isabel Bassett

On Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 Equal Voice was pleased to announce Isabel Bassett, Former Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, Government of Ontario, as Equal Voice (Toronto) EVE Award recipient.

In the 1993 federal election, Isabel ran in the Toronto riding of St. Paul’s and lost. However, she ran again in the 1995 provincial election and she won. She served as the Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for St. Andrew-St. Patrick for the next four years. On October 10th, 1997, she was appointed Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation in the government of Mike Harris. Isabel was known as a Red Tory and was one of the most socially progressive members of the Harris cabinet.

Prior to entering politics, Isabel served as television host, reporter, and producer of award-winning documentaries on CFTO TV, part of the CTV network. After her political career, she was appointed Chair and CEO of TVO. She currently writes freelance articles, speaks, lobbies and campaigns on behalf of women’s issues. Isabel is devoting her time mostly to the following organizations: Dalhousie Advisory Council, Honourary Co-Chair ­– Huntsville Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign, Member – International Women’s Federation, Member York University Library Advisory Council YWCA Toronto, Campaign Cabinet for the new downtown Toronto Elm Street Centre for Affordable Housing for Women Board Member – Moving Beyond Prejudice, (Paul Saltzman’s anti-discrimination education initiative). Isabel is also a past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto.

To watch Isabel Bassett’s speech click here.

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