Canada's New Government Supports British Columbia Coalition of People with Disabilities

    VANCOUVER, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable Beverley
J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable
Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament
(Chilliwack - Fraser Canyon), today announced funding of $26,855 to the
British Columbia Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD). The project,
"Succession Strategy for Younger Women in the Disability Community," will
promote volunteerism and mentorship for young women with disabilities in the
B.C. disability community.
    "Our government is pleased to provide this support to the British
Columbia Coalition of People with Disabilities," said Minister Oda. "By
encouraging volunteerism and mentorship, this project will help improve the
quality of life for many young women who face challenges, which in turn will
allow them to participate more fully in their community."
    "Canada's New Government is proud to support this initiative, which takes
concrete actions to directly help Canadians," Minister Strahl said. "Engaging
young women with disabilities to become volunteers within their respective
organizations is an example of the important contributions the government is
making to improve the situation of women. This project will ensure succession
planning and promote dialogue within British Columbia's disability community
and with the general public."
    The Executive Director of the BCCPD, Margaret Birrell, said: "This
funding will permit us to develop, produce and broadly disseminate a special
issue of our quarterly Transition publication, reaching out to educate and
inspire young women with disabilities to become an active part of the
disability community."

    The British Columbia Coalition of People with Disabilities, established
in 1978, is a non-profit umbrella membership organization that represents
175 community groups representative of persons with all types of disabilities
throughout the province of British Columbia. The Coalition's mandate is to
raise public awareness around issues of concern to disability communities and
to create change and improve access by people with disabilities to all aspects
of community life.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural life of
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For further information:

For further information: Véronique Bruneau, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women Canada, (819) 997-7788;
Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director of Communications, Status of Women Canada, (613)
995-7839; Ce texte est également disponible en français. This release is also
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