Government of Canada Encourages Women of Haut-Richelieu to Become Leaders in Their Community

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, Nov. 7, 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 project designed to increase women's role in decision making within community organizations in the Haut-Richelieu region.

"Our Government is proud to contribute to a project that will strengthen women's representation on the board of directors of different community organizations," said Minister Ambrose. "Through mentorship of outstanding women leaders, a new generation of Canadian women will take part in making the decisions that shape our country."

The Centre des femmes du Haut-Richelieu is receiving $223,473 from the Women's Program for Status of Women Canada for a project designed to increase women's role in decision making within community organizations.

"This project will enable us to develop mentorship models and innovative support mechanisms, which will help to increase women's participation as directors and decision makers in community organizations," said Pierrette Marcotte, finance and development director at the Centre des femmes du Haut-Richelieu. "Experienced women directors of such organizations will be matched with women having little to no experience in civic involvement. We hope that this will make the newcomers interested in playing a role themselves in decision making in their community organizations."

Founded in 1983 under the name Centre de documentation et d'information des femmes du Haut-Richelieu, the Centre des femmes du Haut-Richelieu is a centre for public education. Its mission is to promote women's economic independence and civic participation.

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.

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For further information:

Michelle Bakos
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
     Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and
     Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada



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