On Thursday, November 15, the Parry Sound-Muskoka Women’s Liberal Club (MWLC) held its inaugural meeting at the Pine Lodge in Port Sydney.
“The timing is perfect for this club with the election year,” said Nancy Osborne, Director of Women for the Parry Sound-Muskoka riding association. “We want to support women and encourage them to get involved. We have so many amazing, dynamic women in our community.”
The club needed 10 women to join in order to form. More than 50 expressed interest in the club and approximately 25 were able to attend the meeting despite inclement weather.
“We never expected a turn out like this, we are so thrilled,” said Osborne. “It truly was an exciting evening and I am so pleased to see such passion for change.”
According to the MWLC Charter, the purpose of the club is the following:
To ensure that women have a voice throughout all levels of the Liberal Party of Canada and Canada through actively developing, promoting and advocating for:
(a) Policy that promotes gender equity, issues of concern to women and intersectionality of identity and privilege based on personal characteristics;
(b) The election of female candidates to the House of Commons and the appointment of female senators;
(c) Equal representation of women on all Liberal Party of Canada committees and boards;
(d) Equal representation of women on all national boards, government institutions and committees.
Any person who identifies as a woman can join the club but you must be a registered member of the Liberal Party.
At the meeting, positions were filled for Chair (Jennifer Ellard), Vice Chair (Dana Clark), and Recording Officer (Tamsen Tillson).
At the end of the meeting, Trisha Cowie announced her intention to run for the Liberal candidacy for next year’s federal election and she received support from many of the women who attended.
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