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Sheila James Fund to be established at Equal Voice

Nov 19, 2009

 

Family, friends and former colleagues of Sheila James are pleased to announce the establishment of the Sheila James Fund at Equal Voice, a national, multi-partisan, non-profit organization devoted to the goal of electing more women at every level of government in Canada.

 
Sheila, a self-described “public affairs professional and occasional political hack”, was a former journalist who became a communications strategist and advisor at Queen’sPark for both former Premier David Peterson and Premier Dalton McGuinty.   She died at the age of 48 in August, 2009, after battling breast cancer. 
 
Liberal MPP Greg Sorbara will read a tribute in the Ontario legislature to Sheila on Tuesday November 24th with her husband, Wayde Preston, and her daughters, 13-year old Georgina and 11-year old Ellen, watching from the public gallery.
 
“Sheila believed that the election of more women to all levels of government would be a positive development, and I know she would be pleased with the establishment of this fund in her name”, says Preston.
 
Donna Dasko, the National Chair of Equal Voice, says the organization is honoured to host the Sheila James Fund and will “use it wisely and judiciously to advance some of Sheila’s great passions and interests”, including “working with all political parties to nominate more women as candidates and successfully facilitate the entry of more women into political life.”
 
To donate to the Sheila James fund, please make out your cheque to Equal Voice. Please indicate in the memo section of your cheque that it is intended for the Sheila James fund, and mail to: 
 
Equal Voice
#603 - 1500 Bank Street Ottawa, Ontario K1H-1B8

To donate now, please click here: 
http://www.equalvoice.ca/donate.htm
(please indicate in Billing Address Line 2 that you are donating to the Sheila James Fund)
           
Tax receipts are not available; however all donations will be gratefully acknowledged.                       
 
For further information on donations to the Sheila James Fund please contact:  Nancy Peckford, Executive Director, 613-292-7941 
 
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