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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.

Sarah Onyango

Civic Engagement Advocate

"If we - as women - want to 'be the change' we want to see in our communities and country, we must drive that change by making sure we help get more women - from diverse backgrounds - to the decision-making table at all levels of government. Gender balance in our legislatures and on our city councils is key to the very legitimacy of our democracy. I want to be a part of the change by being an EV Champion. I invite you to join this powerful movement!"

Amanda Nielsen

President, Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association

"I am proud to call myself an Equal Voice Champion because, with the Canadian Parliament consisting of just 25% elected women and the Alberta Legislature consisting of just 26% elected women, our organization still needs to exist. Until we work ourselves out of a job by seeing more elected woman to all levels of Canadian government, Equal Voice matters."

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.""

Hon. Carolyn Bennett

MP (St. Paul's) & Chair of the federal Liberal Women's Caucus

"At Women’s College Hospital the motto is Non Quo Sed Quo Modo – “it’s not what you do but how.” It’s the same in politics and more women change not only what is discussed but how we work together to make change in the public good. "

Alanna Newman

Immediate Past Equal Voice Toronto Co-Chair

"We need to engage more women of all ages in the political process, and help them develop the skills and network they need to succeed. Girls interested in politics deserve strong role models. Quite simply, I want more little girls aspire to be Mayors, Premiers, and Prime Ministers. "

Denise Siele

Managing Partner, SEMgroup

"Equal Voice gets it and Canadians get it. Strengthened participation means a strengthened Canada."

Aimee Foreman

Past Equal Voice New Brunswick Co-chair

"“Deep change in our political system is needed. I believe it will only be achieved when our elected officials truly represent our citizenship; including ensuring a balanced gender perspective. More women running = more women winning.”"

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."

Anne McGrath

Deputy Chief of staff to Rachel Notley

"Women's participation and leadership is fundamental to our democracy. It's not always easy but more women in politics gives us the potential and possibility of the best possible contribution to progress in society."

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