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EV Remembers Patricia Dumas: A Tireless Volunteer, Communications Expert and Political Advisor

Apr 08, 2013

 

Dear Equal Voice members:

 
It is with great sadness that Equal Voice has learned of the untimely death of Patricia Dumas, on March 28, of a cerebral hemorrhage.
 
Ms. Dumas was a founding member of Equal Voice who led the research and writing of Canada’s first virtual bilingual campaign school - EV’s Getting to the Gate / Osez vous lancer.  Getting to the Gate/Osez vous lancer is a comprehensive online campaign school designed to provide women in Canada with key information on a making the decision to run for political office and building the team to do so.  
 
Patricia successfully secured federal support for Getting to the Gate / Osez vous lancer to make it a truly national, bilingual and dynamic resource. Recognizing the pivotal role of this program to women seeking office, a version entitled Deep Roots, Strong Wings, was subsequently customized for for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women.
 
Apart from Getting to the Gate/Osez vous lancer, Patricia gave enormous amounts of volunteer time, boundless energy, and creative ideas to the mission of conveying EV’s message to political parties, prospective women candidates and journalists. As a former journalist herself who had worked for Le Devoir and Radio Canada- in addition to serving as a senior advisor to provincial and federal politicians—among them Flora MacDonald – she had developed a personal commitment to the cause of electing more women in Canada.
 
Rosemary Speirs, EV’s founding chair, recalls: “I remember so many nights when Patricia, [EV colleague] Kiloran German and myself would be working late to put out an Equal Voice response to a breaking story about women in politics. Patricia was not just a translator, turning our prose into her elegant French, but had a sharp political sense of how to put our cause in a measured fashion so that it would get into the news.”
 
Patricia was a wise, strong and inspirational friend and mentor to many at Equal Voice. Patricia will be especially remembered by those who worked directly with her. Her spirit is part of Equal Voice and her contribution remains an indelible part of EV’s past and present.
 
EV's sincere and heartfelt thoughts are with her large family during this time.
 
For further information, EV is sharing the link to her death notice below where readers are invited to leave comments.
 
Sincerely, 
 
Raylene Lang-Dion
on behalf of Equal Voice's National Board
 
Notice:
 
http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/Deaths.20130406.93317363/BDAStory/BDA/deaths

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