In 2002, Carolyn Bennett became the first recipient of the EVE Award. Carolyn first ran for public office in the 1995 Ontario provincial election and lost to Isabel Bassett, a future EVE Award recipient, by about 3,500 votes. Carolyn decided to run again, this time in the 1997 federal election. She was successful in winning the St. Paul’s riding by almost 15,000 votes and continues to hold that Parliamentary seat to this day. On December 12, 2003, she was appointed to Minister of State for Public Health.
She was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. Dr. Bennett has previously served as the Critic for Public Health, Seniors, Persons with Disabilities, the Social Economy, and Aboriginal Affairs. In 2003, she was named Minister of State for Public Health.She now serves as Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.