CALGARY, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status
of Women, the Honourable Diane Ablonczy,
Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament (Calgary—Nose
Hill), today announced Government of Canada support for a project that
will foster leadership skills among immigrant and new Canadian and
refugee women and girls.
"As Minister for Status of Women, I am committed to working
collaboratively with community organizations to address the challenges
faced by immigrant and new Canadian women," said Minister Ambrose.
"Together, we are working to ensure that women have the support networks
and resources they need to fulfill their dreams and participate fully in
Minister Ablonczy announced that Immigrant Services Calgary
is receiving $169,122 through the Women's Community Fund of Status of
Women Canada for its Integrated Women's Mentorship: Phase II project.
The Government of Canada allocated funding for this project through the
Women's Community Fund of Status of Women Canada. To qualify, projects
must work to promote equality, and the full participation of women in
the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. Through Status of
Women Canada, the Government of Canada's support for community projects
like this has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, growing from $10.8 million
to $19 million - its highest level ever.
"Our government believes women and girls across Canada must be able to
take on leadership and decision-making roles," said Minister Ablonczy.
"Through this project, Immigrant Services Calgary is creating
opportunities for 270 immigrant and refugee women and girls in the
Calgary area, meeting their unique needs as they build meaningful
"Our Integrated Women's Mentorship: Phase II project
builds on Phase I," said Ms. Din Ladak, CEO of Immigrant Services
Calgary. "During the 24 months of this project, we are building on
clearly identified needs by increasing the quality of mentorship
training for mentors, providing leadership training to both mentors and
mentees, and increasing mentees' job shadowing and internship
involvement in and exposure to the Canadian experience."
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting worthwhile projects
like these because they yield concrete results for women and girls in
Canada, while strengthening our families, our communities and our
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