Advisory Council on the Status of Women

The Council shall:

  • develop public awareness of the issues affecting the status of women;
  • promote a change in attitudes within the community in order that women may enjoy an equality of opportunity;
  • encourage discussion and expression of opinion by Island residents on issues affecting the status of women;
  • advise the Minister with respect to such issues as the Minister may refer to the Council for consideration;
  • review policies and legislation affecting women and report its findings to the relevant governmental departments or agencies;
  • provide assistance to the Minister in promoting changes to ensure the attainment of equality objectives of women; and
  • provide assistance, as the Council deems appropriate, to organizations and groups whose objectives promote the equality of women.

What is the function of the council?

The Council may:

  • receive and hear submissions and suggestions from individuals and groups concerning the status of women;
  • research matters relating to the status of women and suggest research areas in relation thereto that may be studied by any interested person;
  • recommend and participate in programs concerning the status of women;
  • recommend legislation, policies and practices to promote equality of opportunity for women and to improve the status of women;
  • publish such reports, studies and recommendations as the Council feels advisable; and
  • present reports to the Minister for presentation to the Legislative Assembly.

Primary Role:  Adjudicative

Material Role: 

  • Advisory 
  • Managerial/Oversight 

How many people are on the council?

The Council shall consist of nine members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

What are the requirements of council members?

Work & Experience Requirements
An understanding and interest in women's rights is recommended.

Skills Required
Mediation skills

What are the nomination requirements?

Statutory Nomination Requirements
The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint all members.

Traditional Nomination Requirements
An effort is made to ensure all areas of PEI are represented.

Will I get paid?

Chair - $161/diem and Members - $109/diem.

What is the time commitment of the council?

At least four meetings each year. Extra time commitment may be required to carry out personal research.

The members of the Council shall be appointed for a term of not less than two and not more than three years. A member is eligible for reappointment for a second term of not less than one and not more than two years. Anyone who has served on the Council for a period of four years or more is ineligible for reappointment.

Advisory Council on the Status of Women - Members
Name
County
Term Start
Term End
Deborah Langston, Chair
Queens County
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 22, 2019
Cathy Rose, Vice Chair
Kings County
Jan 23, 2018
Jan 23, 2021
Caroline MacRae
Queens County
Feb 19, 2019
Feb. 19, 2022
Gaylene Carragher
Queens County
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2022
Barbara McDowall
Queens County
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2022
Serena Smith
Prince County
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2022
Regina Younker
Queens County
Feb. 19, 2019
Feb. 19, 2022
Chris MacPhail
Queens County
Jan 23, 2018
Jan 23, 2021
Emily Rutledge
Queens County
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2022

How can I apply? 

If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI. 

Contact

For further information about this committee, you may contact:

Michelle Harris-Genge
​Director of Interministerial Women's Secretariat
902-368-5557
mdharris-genge@gov.pe.ca

Published date: 
November 7, 2019
Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4502
Fax: 902-368-6118

DeptECO@gov.pe.ca

Learning Partners Advisory Council Inquiries:
LPAC@gov.pe.ca 

Engage PEI Inquiries: 
engagepei@gov.pe.ca 

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