SAINT JOHN, NB, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint
John, today announced Government of Canada support to the Saint John Volunteer Centre Inc. for a project that will promote leadership and board participation among
young women from the local community.
"Our government is committed to the advancement of women in leadership
roles throughout our country," said Minister Ambrose. "Through this
project, the Saint John Volunteer Centre will help girls and young
women gain important leadership skills."
"The Government of Canada believes girls and young women have tremendous
abilities to create real and lasting change in their communities," said
Mr. Weston. "The Saint John Volunteer Centre Inc. has designed an
outstanding project that will develop young women's talents, interests
and capacity to make lasting contributions to society."
The Government of Canada has approved more than $5.4 million to date in
funding to organizations to carry out projects that promote leadership
and economic prosperity among girls and young women. Successful
projects were chosen following a Call for Proposals on the theme, Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed, issued in June 2012.
The Saint John Volunteer Centre Inc. is receiving $55,004 in funding from the Government of Canada for its 18-month leadership
project in Saint John. The project will identify barriers to young
women's participation in leadership roles, particularly membership on
boards of directors of community organizations. Project participants
will receive training on leadership, governance and committee
procedures as well as opportunities for mentorship and internship on a
"Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada, we are looking
forward to seeing this project produce real results for these promising
young women, as well as for their communities," said Ms. Eileen
McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Saint John Volunteer Centre Inc.
"Saint John will benefit greatly as more and more confident and capable
young women step up to the challenges and opportunities of
participation on community boards."
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls 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. Since 2007, through the Women's Program of Status
of Women Canada, more than $21 million in funding has been approved for
projects that promote women's leadership and democratic participation.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
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Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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