CORNWALL, ON, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, Mr. Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament
(Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry), today announced Government of Canada
support to the Eastern Ontario Training Board for a project that will promote leadership among young women in
"The Government of Canada is taking concrete action to develop the
leadership skills of girls and young women across Canada," said
Minister Ambrose. "The Eastern Ontario Training Board has designed an outstanding project that will help young women become
the leaders of tomorrow."
"We know young women in Cornwall have what it takes to be leaders, and
we want them to have opportunities to learn, to be mentored, and to
gain skills and confidence for success," said Mr. Lauzon. "Through this
project, the organization will help participants gain important
leadership skills, and learn how to take on the challenges of
leadership at the civic and community levels."
The Government of Canada has approved more than $4.8 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 Eastern Ontario Training Board is receiving $170,400 in funding from the Government of Canada for a 24-month project that
will provide young women aged 15-17 in Cornwall with opportunities in
civic and community leadership development. City councillors will be
key resources in the project by mentoring the participants, who will
shadow them as the councillors go about their day-to-day civic
responsibilities. The young women will have the opportunity to serve on
boards across the community. They will also participate in a series of
discussions that will help them discover their areas of interest and
how they can contribute to their community, as leaders.
"Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada, we are looking
forward to seeing this project produce real results for the young
participants, as well as for our community," said Ms. Diane Soucie,
Project Manager, Eastern Ontario Training Board. "Cornwall will benefit
greatly as more and more confident and capable women are empowered to
step up to the challenges and opportunities of leadership at the
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 $20 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
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Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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