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
Term Start
Term End
Hsiao Yu Lui
Queens County
Jan 24, 2023
Jan 24, 2026
Serena Smith, Chair
Prince County
Nov 1, 2022 Nov 1, 2024
Felicia Carey
Queens County
Apr 16, 2024 Apr 16, 2027
Gaylene Carragher
Queens County
Nov 1, 2022
Nov 1, 2024
Barbara McDowall
Queens County
Nov 1, 2022
Nov 1, 2024
Garima Mishra, Vice Chair
Queens County
Apr 16, 2024
Apr 16, 2026
Alexandrea Cantwell
Queens County
Apr 16, 2024 Apr 16, 2027
Soleil Hutchinson
Queens County
Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2026
Emily Rutledge
Queens County
Nov 1, 2022
Nov 1, 2024

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. 


For further information about this committee, you may contact:

Michelle Harris-Genge
​Director of Interministerial Women's Secretariat

Published date: 
April 29, 2024
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

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