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Equal Voice National EVE Awards (Ottawa and Toronto):

Every spring and fall, Equal Voice works with its Toronto and Ottawa chapters to honour two outstanding women with the EVE Award for her outstanding contribution to advancing women in public life.   We were honoured in 2012 to celebrate Premier Alison Redford and Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath.

You can watch video footage from Equal Voice’s EVE Award Toronto recipients including former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, former Ontario Minister Isabel Bassett.  For an overview of all of EV’s Award recipients, click here.

International Insights Panel:

In collaboration with our Ottawa chapter, Equal Voice hosts its annual International Insights panel to hear more about women’s participation in politics around the globe.  These panels create a forum where ambassadors, diplomats, elected officials and EV members and supporters can learn about the success stories and challenges women are experiencing around the world. 

Equal Voice Toronto’s Ontario Legislature Welcome Back Event:

Equal Voice Toronto regularly welcome women MLAs back to the House after each provincial election.

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Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.

Who Is Being Her. Supporting Her. Celebrating Her.

Anita Vandenbeld

Member of Parliament for Ottawa West—Nepean

"When a woman runs for office, she learns certain lessons. Why should every woman learn them from scratch? Together we can build on each others' experiences and get much further ahead"

Jill Poulton

Executive and Life Coach

"We each have value and are valuable. As women, our participation is vital to the process of creating a culture that is conducive to the pursuit of our potential. Leaders at all levels influence the creation of this culture. Future generations are looking to us to step up and lead the way."

Daryna Kutsyna

J.D. Candidate at University of Toronto Faculty of Law

""A more representative government is a government that is more inclusive, more functional, and more accountable to its constituents. By getting more women elected to all levels of public office, we ensure a system that is better to all through being rooted in fundamental equality and complete franchise.""

Dr. Hedy Fry, MP

Vancouver Centre Liberal Party

"We need more women at all levels of government in order to make better and more balanced public policy decisions. Women still face multiple barriers to running for elected office, and it is important that elected men and women encourage, mentor, and support them."

Allison Brewer

Former Leader, New Brunswick NDP

"Canadian women don't speak with one voice which is why EV is so valuable in uniting us all in our efforts to get involved, get connected and get elected at every political level throughout this country."

Kimothy Walker

CTV Ottawa News Anchor

"How can we NOT want more women as leaders in politics and business? How can we not want more role models for Canadian girls? How can we not develop public policies that reflect the needs of all citizens to help Canada flourish? How can we not want to be a shining example to other countries where women are silenced?"

Councillor Jane Twinney

Ward 3, Newmarket, Ontario

"Back in 2010, I had submitted my name to run for municipal office and I won, beating out an incumbent. This was after losing to this particular man in 2006. I didn’t give up and I want to encourage other women not to give up. I encourage women in my community to think about running for office at every opportunity. It has been a wonderful experience and I hope I see more women taking the plunge."

Nancy Coldham

Immediate Past Equal Voice Toronto Co-Chair

"I applaud Equal Voice for its efforts to portray images of strong, dynamic women leaders, regardless of political party affiliation, embedding a national consciousness that women’s leadership makes a difference and matters to all. We don’t have to “Be Her”, but we will celebrate her, write a cheque for her and vote for her. Let’s break the glass ceiling in Ottawa."

Amy Kishek

Law student, University of Ottawa

"It's about damn time."

Sheilagh O'Leary

Immediate Past Chair, Equal Voice Newfoundland and Labrador, Deputy Mayor, St John's NL

""Gender equity in politics is essential to enhancing quality of life for all. Encouraging mentorship for young, aspiring women is my personal mission.""

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