As acting Interim Co-Chair for Equal Voice BC, Thoren is excited and honoured to run for the position of BC Chair. While Thoren has been a supporter since the inception of Equal Voice, it was this past year that she had the opportunity, through her role as Co-Chair in British Columbia, to advocate for greater involvement of women in elected office in B.C. The role of women in politics has always been one that Thoren has been committed to and she is a dedicated mentor to young women involved in politics and business and is involved politically at different levels.
During her time as Co-Chair in B.C. Thoren has had the privilege to be involved in the Daughters of the Vote celebration not only at the BC Legislature, but at the culmination in Ottawa on International Women’s Day. Throughout this process, Equal Voice has gained support from elected officials in all levels of government in British Columbia and has had multiple pledges for continued support moving forward. Another highlight in the past several months has been the event Equal Voice B.C. co-hosted with the Province of British Columbia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of women gaining the vote in Canada. The event was attended by Chief Justice of Canada, Beverly McLaughlin, federal Justice Minister, Jody Wilson Raybould and provincial Justice Minister and Attorney General, Suzanne Anton. The event was attended by over 400 guests and worked to gain even greater support of Equal Voice in B.C.
A senior public affairs professional with close to 20 years of experience, Thoren is the Vice President and General Manager of Global Public Affairs in British Columbia, a firm which has been an active and ongoing supporter of Equal Voice and the Daughers of the Vote initiative. Previous to her time at Global, she has held senior communications and stakeholder engagement roles in a wide range of sectors. She is a former media spokesperson for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and has been a political commentator for a major national news network. Thoren also holds a degree in in Communications from Simon Fraser University. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two young daughters.