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For Immediate Release
March 6, 2017

NLTA MARKS A CENTURY OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE

St. John’s NL… The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association and other member organizations of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) have joined in an exciting partnership with Equal Voice to mark 100 years of some women’s formal political engagement in Canada – as well as Canada’s 150th birthday.

Equal Voice’s Daughters of the Vote is a historic event which will bring 338 emerging women leaders – one from every federal riding in Canada – between the ages 18 to 23 to participate in an innovative event bringing 338 young women to Ottawa March 6-8, 2017, International Women’s Day, to literally take their seats in the House of Commons in Canada’s Parliament. This initiative is also designed to underscore the still incomplete and often challenging journey of women’s full political participation at all levels of government in Canada – and to cultivate the women leaders of tomorrow.

“This event also happens to coincide with the CTF Women’s Symposium. The very first Canadian woman elected as a Member of Parliament was a teacher and union member (Agnes McPhail),” says James Dinn, President of the NLTA.

In addition to the 338 young women in Parliament, CTF will bring together 40 women from across Canada to play a pivotal role as group facilitators, mentors and pedagogues with the 338 young women.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we hope it will help to pave the way for all women to find their rightful place in the House of Commons.”

The NLTA is represented at the event by Beverley Park, NLTA Senior Administrative Officer, and Jeanne Williams, a member of the NLTA Provincial Executive and a teacher at St. Bernard’s Elementary in Witless Bay.

Seven federal ridings are represented by: Alycia Leonard, St. John’s East (Nick Whalen); Sabrina Andrews, Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame (Scott Simms); Noubahar Hasnain, St. John’s South-Mount Pearl (Seamus O’Regan); Rebecca French, Avalon (Ken McDonald); Lianna Rice, Labrador (Yvonne Jones); Bethany Bernier, Long Range Mountains (Gudie Hutchings); and Tiffany Howell, Bonavista Burin-Trinity (Judy Foote).

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For further information contact:
Lesley-Ann Browne, NLTA Communications, Tel: 709-726-3223, ext. 228; 682-3751 (cellular); labrowne@nlta.nl.ca