OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today announced Government of Canada support for a national project
that is increasing women's involvement as decision-makers in
"I am proud to announce our government's support for an important
project that will strengthen the leadership of women and girls across
Canada,"said Minister Ambrose. "Empowering women to take on leadership
roles in our communities is important to the economic stability and
success of our country."
The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada) is receiving $198,750 from the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada for its project to
increase women's involvement as decision-makers in community-based
For more than 35 years, the Canadian Association of Family Resource
Programs has worked to promote the well-being of families by empowering those who
care for children and support families. This project will have a
lasting impact in 20 communities across Canada, fostering women's
leadership and civic participation, particularly among low-income,
immigrant and Aboriginal women living in rural, remote or marginalized
"Our project involves member organizations of the Canadian Association
of Family Resource Programs from across the country. We select experienced women leaders from 10
organizations to be mentors, each bringing her proven track records in
community engagement and civic participation," said Ms. Trish Plant,
President of the Board, the Canadian Association of Family Resource
Programs. "We match these skilled leaders with women from 10 other
organizations, to build their capacity to take on the challenge and
reward of leadership."
The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs, also known as FRP
Canada, supports family resource centres in large and small communities
across Canada. These informal programs enhance child and family
well-being by providing information and resources that encourage
healthy child development and positive parenting, and by acting as
friendly access points to more traditional community services.
Today's announcement is part of the innovative Blueprint Projects initiative launched by Status of Women Canada in February 2011. Blueprint Projects are a series of projects that address one or more of Status of Women
Canada's priority areas: ending violence against women and girls;
improving women's and girls' economic security and prosperity; and
encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening
families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada,
the government's support for community-based projects has nearly
doubled since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million,
its highest level ever.
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
For further information:
| Michelle Bakos |
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
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Director General, Communications and
Status of Women Canada
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