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
"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
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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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
| Nanci-Jean Waugh |
Director General, Communications and
Status of Women Canada