Equal Voice NL is the provincial chapter of a multi-partisan organization committed to supporting and electing more women at all levels of government.
Our goals include:
- Growing member and community partnerships by partnering with stakeholders to deliver meaningful and accessible programs supporting engagement, mentorship, and training, including a locally facilitated campaign school and provincial Daughters of the Vote.
- Advocating with and on behalf of women pursuing and elected to public office on barriers, representation, and lived experiences
Meet our Co-Chairs
Gillian Pearson (she/her): Gillian is a community advocate passionate about social and economic policy, public engagement, and truly representative democracy. She serves on a variety of boards and committees, including a local Family Resource Centre, and is also part of the Gender and Politics Research Lab at Memorial University. She is the founder of the group Parents for Affordable Childcare and believes children are one of our greatest resources.
Karla Hayward (she/her): Karla is an outspoken, intersectional feminist. She is an ardent promoter of civic engagement, especially in the election process at every level. A passionate volunteer, Karla has worked with numerous community organizations and is the creator of Might Girls Day and Project Grow NL as well as former Co-Chair of the St. John's Status of Women Council. Karla is a neurodivergent and is a vocal advocate for normalization and inclusion.