Board and Staff

Meghan Chorney

Meghan Chorney is a 28 year old Policy Analyst with the Manitoba Status of Women Secretariat. In her spare time, she volunteers with the PC Party of Manitoba as the Regional Director for the Interlake, has an extensive background in organizing and planning youth events...

Melissa Royle

Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter Chair

Yaelle Gang

Toronto Chapter Chair

Yaelle Gang is chair of the Toronto Chapter of Equal Voice and is passionate about encouraging women to get involved in politics at all levels of government. She is currently also the editor of an investment publication for Canadian pension plans. Prior to this, she was...

Sandee Lovas

Waterloo Chapter Chair

Lindsay Brumwell

Saskatchewan Chapter Chair

Karen Aitken

Victoria Chapter Co-chair

Kayleigh Erickson

Victoria Chapter Co-chair

Ashwak Sirri

Central Vancouver Island Chapter Chair

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, P.C.; C.C.; Q.C.

Former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister of Canada

The Right Honorable Kim Campbell P.C .; C.C .; QC She was the nineteenth and first female Prime Minister of Canada in 1993. Previously, she was Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General and Minister of National...

The Honourable Senator Pat Carney, P.C.

Senate of Canada, British Columbia Former Progressive Conservative Cabinet Minister

Date of Birth: May 26, 1935 Senator Pat Carney was summoned to the Senate of Canada on August 30, 1990. She was the first Conservative Senator to be appointed from British Columbia since 1931. Senator Carney is a member of the Standing Senate Committee on...

The Honourable Sheila Copps, P.C.

Former Liberal Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

Sheila Copps was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She entered politics in 1981 by becoming the first Liberal in over 50 years to represent the provincial riding of Hamilton Centre. In 1984, Ms. Copps ran for federal office and was elected to the House...

Janet Ecker

Former Conservative cabinet minister, Ontario

Janet Ecker began her political career in 1995 as the elected representative for the suburban riding of Durham West. Since then she has served as Ontario's Minister of Community and Social Services; Minister of Finance; and as Ontario's Minister of Education. Prior to her election,...

The Honourable Judith Erola, P.C.

Former Liberal Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

Judith Jacobson Erola, PC (born January 16, 1934 in Sudbury, Ontario) is a former Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Nickel Belt in the Canadian House of Commons from 1980 to 1984. She was a member of the Liberal Party. Prior to her career...

Barbara Hall

Former Mayor of Toronto and is currently the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Barbara Hall (born 1946) is a Canadian lawyer, public servant and former politician. She was the 61st mayor of Toronto, the last to run before amalgamation. She was elected mayor of the pre-amalgamation City of Toronto in 1994, and held office until December 31, 1997....

Alexa McDonough, M.P.

Member of Parliament for Halifax, former leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, and former leader of the Nova Scotia NDP

Member of Parliament for Halifax- June, 1997 to Present NDP Foreign Affairs and International Development CriticLeader of Canada's New Democrats -1995 - 2003Leader of the Nova Scotia New Democrats -1981-1994Member of Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly - 1981 - 1995 Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1944,...

The Honourable Audrey McLaughlin, P.C., Q.C.

New Democrat, first woman elected to lead a federal party in Canada

Audrey McLaughlin, P.C., O.C., from Whitehorse, Yukon, was the Federal Member of Parliament for Yukon, from 1987 to 1997. She served as Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada from 1989 to 1995, the first woman elected to lead a federal party in Canada....

Lyn McLeod

Former leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario, Thunder Bay

Lyn McLeod (born 1942) served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1987 to 2003. McLeod was a cabinet minister in the Liberal government of David Peterson from 1987 to 1990, and was herself the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party from 1992 to 1996....

Anita Neville, M.P.

Liberal Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, Chair, House of Commons Standing Commitee on the Status of Women

Anita Neville was elected as Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre in November 2000 and re-elected in June of 2004 and January 2006. Anita serves as Critic for Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Previously, Ms. Neville was Chair of The Standing Committee on the...

Senator Lucie Pépin

Liberal Senate of Canada, Quebec

Born in Saint-Jean d'Iberville, Senator Pepin studied nursing with a specialization in obstetrics and gynecology. Her early career focused on women's health, leading to a lifelong dedication to social justice and human rights advocacy, with a special emphasis on women and children. She was appointed...

Senator Nancy Ruth

Conservative Senate of Canada, Ontario

Date of Birth: January 6, 1942 A native of Toronto, Ms. Nancy Ruth holds a Master of Arts degree in the Applied Behavioural Sciences from Whitworth College, was granted a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from York University in 1969 and has obtained...

Nicole Foster

National Chair

Equal Voice National Chair Nicole Foster has served on the Board of Directors since 2015 and has been an active volunteer during that time, including chairing the Communications committee as well as the historic Daughters of the Vote program. Nicole has been a long-time and...

Sharmila Setaram


My name is Sharmila Setaram and my personal contribution to social change is a commitment to the empowerment of marginalized communities. Specifically, creating opportunities for girls and women to develop their leadership skills, take on leadership roles, find mentors, and feel equipped to participate in...

Lynne Hamilton

Immediate Past Chair

Lynne Hamilton has been a proud member of Equal Voice for close to 10 years and has served as National Chair since 2014. She is currently running for the position of Past Chair. In her current role, she guides the organization and has secured significant...

Eleni Bakopanos


Eleni Bakopanos is presently the interim Vice-President of the Quebec chapter of Equal Voice/A Voix Égales, has worked with Equal Voice while serving as a Member of Parliament and is putting her name forward for one of 7 non-chapter national Directors. Ms Bakopanos was first...

Pam Hrick


Pam is deeply committed to advocating for women’s equality and the advancement of women in public life. She would be thrilled to draw on her extensive political and legal experience to contribute to the governance and vital work of Equal Voice as a member of...

Chenthoori Malankov

National Director-at-Large

Chenthoori Malankov is a daughter of the Thamil diaspora she is a care-giver, artivist and grassroots organizer from Toronto with a Bachelor’s degree from York University in Sociology & Womyn Studies. Utilizing alternative platforms such as arts, education models she designs and facilitates workshops with...

Maymuna Mohamed

National Director-at-Large

Maymuna Mohamed is a spoken word artist out of Toronto and has been noted as a storyteller like no other. Her Artivism portrays a special narrative that always leaves the crowd wanting more. She's opened for legendary hip-hop band, The Roots and performs around The...

Marilyn Verghis

National Director-at-Large

Marilyn Verghis is an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) professional and passionate feminist activist. She graduated from McGill University's Institute for Studies in International Development with First Class Honours in International Development, Women's Studies and Economics. Marilyn's academic, professional and personal passions converge on the...

Sarah Frey

Yukon Chapter Chair

Sarah Frey resides in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. On the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nations, and the Ta’an Kwäch’ä Council. Sarah is the Marketing & Development Director for the Yukon Arts Centre, and writes freelance on social policy and gender issues for Northern...

Thoren Hudyma

BC Chapter Co-Chair

As acting Interim Co-Chair for Equal Voice BC, Thoren is excited and honoured to run for the position of BC Chair. While Thoren has been a supporter since the inception of Equal Voice, it was this past year that she had the opportunity, through her...

Olivia Dixon

BC Chapter Co-Chair

My names is Olivia Dixon, I'm 23 years old and live in Burnaby BC. I am interested in running for the BC Chapter Co-Chair position. Recently I had the honour of participating in the Equal Voice initiative Daughters of the Vote, as a delegate for...

Lisa Skierka

Alberta South Chair

Lisa Skierka is Executive Vice President of SkierkaTech Inc. and Business Development Lead of Great Excavations Inc. An experienced public relations professional with significant international experience, Ms. Skierka is passionate about Canada’s energy, agriculture and environmental sectors. Ms. Skierka is known for her complementary expertise...

Delaney Coelho

Manitoba Chapter Co-Chair

Delaney Coelho is a Investigator with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. She is a of graduate of the University of Manitoba, with a Bachelor's degree in Political Studies. She previously worked for the Government of Manitoba in a political advisory role for the Minister of Jobs and...

Scott Thurlow

NCR Chapter Co-Chair

W. Scott Thurlow, a lawyer, was called to the bar of Ontario in 2003. From 2012-2014, he served as the President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), where he represented the interests of the producers of Ethanol and Renewable Diesel in Canada. He currently...

Eleanor Fast

Executive Director

Eleanor joined Equal Voice as Executive Director in 2019, bringing an extensive background in not-for-profit management, and lived experience as a woman candidate. Her career highlights include having been Executive Director of Nature Canada; Program Director for the Council of Canadian Academies; a non-partisan researcher...

Zita Taylor

Chapter Liaison

Zita joined the Equal Voice team in 2014, as Chapter Liaison. She played a key role for Equal Voice during the development and the implementation of the initial Daughters of the Vote program in 2016. Zita’s role has grown from being outwardly focused to focusing...

Nasha Brownridge

Communications Manager

Nasha moved to Ottawa from Milton, Ontario in 2009 to pursue a career in politics, and has since worked for multiple government departments, NGOs, and most recently spent five years working on Parliament Hill. Having worked for MPs in Quebec and Alberta, Nasha decided to...

Etana Cain

Community Engagement Fund Manager

Born and raised in Toronto, Etana is a long-time Equal Voice member and volunteer. She served as an Equity Officer during the first Daughters of the Vote, and is a past Chapter Chair and National Board Member. A strong advocate for gender equity, Etana worked...

Maggie Patterson

Project Manager, Advocacy and Policy Development

Maggie Patterson joined Equal Voice in 2019. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Ethics from the University of Ottawa and a M.A. in Conflict Studies. Maggie brings years of experience working in the non-profit sector at the national level. Most recently, developing business at the...

Cherie Wong

Regional Coordinator - Ontario, British Columbia and Yukon

Cherie is a Hong Konger-Canadian, born in Toronto. When she was two, her family moved back to Hong Kong. Cherie moved back to Kitchener 2010, where she completed her high school degree. Cherie moved to Ottawa, Cherie has attended and graduated from the University of...

Paige Kezima

Regional Coordinator - Prairie Region

Paige Kezima spent her childhood on a farm on Treaty 4 territory in rural Saskatchewan. She moved to Regina in 2008 to pursue post-secondary education. While pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a certificate in Public Relations, Paige was elected as the Vice-President...

Joanne Pitkin

NCR Chapter Co-Chair

Joanne is a senior communications and public affairs professional. Since 2010, she has worked in strategic communications, media relations, issues management and public affairs for clients in Canada's finance, defence, technology and manufacturing sectors. In addition to her role as NCR Chapter Co-Chair with Equal Voice,...

Jacinthe Gagnon

Quebec Chapter Chair

The Path of a dedicated woman It is with enthusiasm and dynamism that Jacinthe Gagnon defends environment causes as well as women’ rights She sits as administrator of non-profit corporations dedicated to the environment and social cohesion. Among others, Le Quartier vert du Marigot' Laval,...

Gina Gill Hartmann

Regional Coordinator -The Atlantic

Gina recently moved to Ottawa from Newfoundland where she worked as a freelance journalist and Community Information Officer for Epilepsy Newfoundland and Labrador (ENL). She graduated from St. Francis Xavier in 2004 with a BA in Literature and from Algonquin College with a Journalism Diploma...

Marian Nur

Equity Coordinator

Marian Nur is a first generation Somali-Canadian born in Ottawa. Marian found her love of volunteering and development at a young age, having come from a family with deep ties to the Somali community and working within international development. She holds an undergraduate degree from...

Shanese Indoowaaboo Steele

Indigenous Coordinator

Shanese Indoowaaboo Steele is a Afro-Indigenous woman of Metis, Nipissing and Trinidadian descent and is a part of the Crane Clan. She grew up in Toronto and spent her academic studies at Trent University. Shanese is currently one of the North American Focal Points for...

Kc Laroque

Logistics Coordinator

Kc is passionate about getting more women elected and engaged in the political process. Kc has worked in a MP's office, done candidate recruitment, and has stood as a candidate herself. She is the mother of two little humans and her eldest daughter’s reaction to...

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