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Equal Voice holds E-Vote for National Youth Chair (2010-2011): Thursday, August 12 – Sunday, August 15

Aug 12, 2010

 

INTERNAL ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


This morning at 8:00 a.m. (EST), e-ballots were sent to all eligible Equal Voice Youth (EVY) members to cast their votes for Equal Voice’s new National Youth Chair.

 

"This is the first time Equal Voice has officially staged an online election to vote in a new board member,” said Nancy Peckford, the Executive Director of Equal Voice.

“As an organization, we are delighted to harness the power of an online voting system to elect our new Youth Chair."

Using the secure voting system, Simplyvoting.com, Equal Voice anticipates a strong turnout from our membership.

“I think that this is a great method of reaching out to our youth members across the country and to engage them in selecting our new National Youth Chair," expressed Beki Scott, outgoing National Youth Chair. "I encourage everyone to get online and vote today!”

Voting officially closes at 24:00 (EST) on Sunday, August 15th.

A look at the Candidates:

NATASHA ENTWISTLE: My names is Natasha Entwistle and I am a 26 year old woman who is passionate about politics, but more specifically about seeing more Canadian women involved in politics at all levels of government. I find it to be a sad state of affairs when there is less than 25 per cent of the politicians (at the national level) that are women. I grew up in Israel, Russia and Cuba as the daughter of diplomat. I have been in Ottawa for over a decade. I am fluent in French, English and Spanish. Currently, I am Special Assistant to a female Senator and former MP and Minister. She has been a great inspiration for me. I would like to have the opportunity to inspire and get young women involved in politics from a young age, that way; once they grow up they won’t just work towards getting more women involved, they will demand it.

MICHAL HAREWOOD: Michal Harewood is president and founder of Women of Color Sisterhood, a non-profit organization and social network of diverse women that offers life programs and volunteering services to women’s organizations. She consults regularly with executives from a variety of backgrounds and professions to help build communication and knowledge amongst women and the community. Prior to her current position, she was president of the Vanier Christian fellowship at Vanier College. Raised in Montreal and Austin, Quebec, Michal now lives with two sisters in the diverse district of Cote des Neige in Montreal. Michal has recently graduated with honours from Vanier College with two DECs in Psychology and Women Studies. She has recently been asked to join the board of the Negro Community Center and to focus on the rebuilding of the center’s infrastructure. Next Year, she plans to continue her bachelors in Political Science and pursue higher levels of academia.

AMY KISHEK: I am presently completing my joint honours degree in political science and public administration at the uOttawa, where I was elected to represent undergraduate students on the Board of Governors. I have been extensively involved at uOttawa, including serving on the Student Federation, and competing at the World Debating Championships (2008, 2009). In 2009, I was named “Personality of the Year” by the campus newspaper. For the past year, I have worked full-time for M.P. Paul Dewar, and have been involved in partisan and non-partisan federal and provincial politics from an early age through elections and lobby efforts. My work experience includes time spent at CIDA and Elections Canada. In 2007 I helped found the National Capital Youth Chapter of EV, and in 2008 developed the Experiences Program, later assisting in attaining a grant for the program from Status of Women. I have a working knowledge of French, and fluently speak Arabic. My goals include attending law school.

ERIN ASHLEY SCHRYER: Erin Schryer is a graduate student, commencing her PhD in Education at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in September 2010 and an Early Childhood Consultant with the Department of Social Development in New Brunswick. Erin is interested in women in leadership roles, including women in politics, and strongly believes that young people and women in particular, are the key to propelling our great nation forward. Erin is an alumnus of the nationally acclaimed leadership programme, 21 Inc., and presently sits on the steering committee of Equal Voice New Brunswick. Pursuing doctoral studies is the avenue Erin has chosen in order to give back to her community and country. Erin’s research interests are twofold; firstly, to ensure Canada’s youngest minds have the best models of care and education available and understood and secondly, to conduct applied research that will affect and inform both policy creation and change.

JILLIAN TERRY: Jillian Terry is a graduate student in Political Science at Carleton University, where her MA thesis research focuses on feminist international relations and the need for feminist perspectives in the study of international security. Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Jillian has been an active member of the Equal Voice National Youth Committee since the spring of 2008, and was instrumental in establishing a Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of Equal Voice in the summer of 2009. She recently presented a paper at the Canadian Political Science Association annual conference on the topic of Canadian attitudes towards women in politics, and has completed extensive research on women in electoral politics both in Canada and Iceland. Jillian is passionate about electing more women to all levels of Canadian politics, and looks forward to working with Canadian youth to promote the goals of Equal Voice across the country.

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For more information, please contact:

Giovanna Mingarelli
Equal Voice | À voix égales
Electing More Women in Canada
gmingarelli@equalvoice.ca

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