Government of Canada supports Girl Guides of Canada project to benefit girls and women



    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Girls and women across Canada will
develop leadership skills and gain increased awareness about their safety,
thanks to help from the Government of Canada.
    The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), today
announced support for a project that will focus on leadership development,
community involvement and safety for women and girls across Canada.
    "In communities across Canada, the Girl Guides of Canada/Guides du Canada
is having a profound and positive impact on girls and young women," said
Minister Guergis. "That is why I am so pleased to announce the support of
Status of Women Canada for this important national organization dedicated to
inspiring, encouraging and challenging girls and young women."
    "Girl Guides of Canada strives to make a difference for girls and women
who experience Guiding," said Ms. Myrtle Corkum, Chief Commissioner, Girl
Guides of Canada/Guides du Canada. "Thanks to the help of the Government of
Canada, we can build the conditions for their success, developing their
leadership skills and teaching them how to work for lasting social change."
    Girl Guides of Canada/Guides du Canada (GGC) will receive $481,300 over
three years, for Girl Guides of Canada/Guides du Canada (GGC) - Girls for
Safer Communities. This project will increase awareness about the safety
concerns of girls and women, and develop leadership skills by providing
training on community safety audits and their planning, implementation and
evaluation.
    Funding for the Girl Guides of Canada/Guides du Canada (GGC) - Girls for
Safer Communities initiative comes from the Women's Community Fund of the
Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. The Fund supports eligible
organizations in carrying out projects at the local, regional and national
levels. To qualify, the initiatives must work toward the equality and full
participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of
Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Elyse Newbert, Special Assisant,
Communications, Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819)
956-4000; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic
Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839; Ce texte est également
disponible en français. For news releases and information on Status of Women
Canada, go to http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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