Canada's New Government supports project to improve quality of life of women and girls in Gatineau

    GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Josée Verner,
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today
announced funding to the Centre Actu-Elle in Gatineau, Quebec, to improve the
quality of life of young single-parent women.
    Funding in the amount of $116,750 will enable the Centre Actu-Elle to
continue its work to break through the isolation faced by these young women,
and to create a gathering place and a compassionate environment in which to
develop their parenting skills.
    "A Springboard into Tomorrow is an exciting new project that will guide
young women toward economic autonomy and provide them with a supportive
environment to learn about parenting and how to avoid being victims of
violence," said Minister Verner.
    Ms. Debbie Biehler, Executive Director of Centre Actu-Elle, said, "We are
delighted that the federal government is supporting this groundbreaking
project. By working together we can help young single-parent women make better
lifestyle choices, gain economic independence and reach their full potential
in a safe and supportive environment."
    This project is one of 60 across the country being supported by an
$8 million investment by Canada's New Government through the Women's Program
of Status of Women Canada. These projects will positively impact 260,000 women
and girls by addressing barriers, educating them about violence prevention,
helping them make better lifestyle choices and encouraging co-operative peer
support networks.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to encouraging and supporting women
and girls across the country to take control of their futures and exercise
leadership in their communities," said Minister Verner.
    A Call for Proposals that address Status of Women Canada's funding
priorities - advancing women's economic security and countering violence
against women - was issued this past June. Further projects across Canada that
will receive funding will be announced in the coming weeks.
    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: Richard Walker, Press Attaché, Office of the
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, (819)
997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director, Communications, Status of Women Canada,
(613) 995-7839; Ce texte est également disponible en français. This release is
also available on the Status of Women Canada website:

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