Daughters of the Vote engages youth

(From left to right) Payton Jadis, Taya Nabuurs, Deputy Speaker Kathleen Casey, Belfast-Murray River MLA Darlene Compton, Status of Women Minister Paula Biggar
Four young Island women will represent Prince Edward Island at a national event marking the 100th anniversary of some women attaining the right to vote in Canadian federal elections.

Jillian MacIntyre, Sarah Crosby, Payton Jadis, and Taya Nabuurs will represent the Island’s four federal ridings at Equal Voice’s “Daughters of the Vote” event next month in Ottawa. The event is designed to underscore the often challenging journey to secure women's full participation at all levels of government in Canada -- and to cultivate the female leaders of tomorrow.
“The campaign for women's votes was an important step towards full participation in the political process and public office; by marking this anniversary, we recognize the progress we have made as a country and encourage young women to take part in public life,” said Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar, who is minister responsible for the status of women. Minister Biggar hosted a provincial event that welcomed Daughters of the Vote applicants and young women leaders to the Legislative Assembly chamber in the Coles Building – with support from Speaker Francis (Buck) Watts and Deputy Speaker Kathleen Casey – to learn about the history of the assembly and its past women members.

"It was a privilege to host this Island event as part of the national Daughters of the Vote initiative,” the minister said. “I was pleased to engage with young women who are interested in the political process, some of whom might even run for office someday.”
The 338 young women who will participate at the national event in Ottawa – one delegate for each of Canada’s federal ridings – will "take their seat" in Parliament on International Women’s Day March 8 to have their voices heard and mark a century of women’s suffrage. Delegates were selected by Equal Voice, with input from Island community leaders, for their demonstrated leadership potential, interest in public policy issues, and level of community engagement.

“The quality of applications from Prince Edward Island was superb and demonstrates young women are eager to grow their leadership skills and play active roles in the political process,” said Denise Siele of Equal Voice Canada, which organized Daughters of the Vote.  “Through their passion, vision, and actions, these inspiring young women will contribute to their communities, their province, our nation and the world in creative and impactful ways.”
Equal Voice (www.equalvoice.ca) is a multipartisan organization with chapters across Canada. Information and photos of the Prince Edward Island Daughters of the Vote delegates are available at http://www.daughtersofthevote.ca/pei_participants.

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