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Hello Summer! 

The summer edition of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women newsletter is here and we have many exciting updates to tell you about. 

From our June council meetings, committee work with amazing community agencies and writing to Government on pressing issues women are facing in our province, we have been busy!!

Our Favourite Quotes

“It takes some courage to stand up and speak;

it takes even more courage to open your mind and listen"

~ Author Unknown

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St. John's, NL, A1B 4C4
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Presenting the Council Members

Lorraine Hearn is our Council member from Grand Falls-Windsor. Recently retired, she started her advocacy work in women's equality as one of the founding members, and former Executive Director, of Violence Prevention South and Central (VPSC), a Violence Prevention Initiative with Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has dedicated over 30 years to advocating for women and victims of violence and her passion has been the driving force behind education, violence prevention training, and awareness in the Central West region of the province 

Her educational background is in Nursing and Addictions and Intervention with Addictions Studies. She is accredited as an Associate Counselor Status in Addictions through the Canadian Certification Board for Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Since 1992, Lorraine has volunteered in her community with the Grand Falls-Windsor Committee Against Violence Inc. and held various positions, including Secretary, Co-Chair, and Co- facilitator of a support group for victims of violence.

People who know Lorraine describe her as a remarkable woman filled with strong will and passion to her profession. Her outstanding contributions to advancing equality for women and girls have been instrumental in her community and in our province. As one Grand Falls-Windsor town Councillor put it "I feel confident in saying that thousands of professionals and young people have been touched by and have benefited from Ms. Hearn’s advocacy as a violence prevention coordinator and educator."
As staff here at the Advisory Council we couldn't have said it better ourselves and are so happy to have Lorraine on board for her second term on Council! 


Update on recent activities

During our June 12-13 Council meeting council members participated in a lively discussion shaped by two priority areas - social and economic security. Everything from this year's budget to all things education were discussed at length as to how they impact women in our province. 

Council members had the opportunity to meet with Status of Women Minister Cathy Bennett and had open discussions regarding Budget 2016's impact on women. The council will continue to be a voice to Government for women throughout the province with the goal of proposing viable solutions to our current financial crisis. Members also spoke with the Director of Mental Health and Addictions who presented to council on mental health supports available in their regions. Council, at this time, had the chance to voice their concerns on mental health issues they are seeing in their communities.
A huge project the Advisory Council has been working on, with Government and other interested parties, involves forward thinking opportunities for our provincial education system. The Advisory Council identified a correlation between education and systemic societal issues. More specifically, issues affecting the women of Newfoundland and Labrador are closely connected to their levels of education and the supports that are available in the public school. Furthermore, advancing the economic security of women in our province begins with a strong educational background, which ensures that both girls and boys have the same information and opportunities available to them for selecting a career. This research piece was submitted to Government and also submitted to the NLTA as part of their call for submissions to their Panel on the Status of Public Education in Newfoundland and Labrador during the fall of 2015.

To our delight, our submission was referenced in the panel's final report titled: BETTER TOGETHER: Report of the Panel on the Status of Public Education in NL 2015-16.  As we continue to work on education and the status of women in Newfoundland and Labrador we will continue to update you on issues that are continually being brought to our attention. 
Did you know...
FemFest NL is a feminist conference taking place at The Space in St. John’s 
August 26th – 30th, 2016
Get updates on Twitter: @FemFestNL
Committee planning started for SVA Week 2016
The Advisory Council is partnering again this year with the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC), and many other local organizations, to take part in planning Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2016 happening September 12-16.
The SVA Week committee’s main role is to aid in the planning and implementation of public events that are open to anyone who would like to learn more about sexual violence and prevention. Similar to previous years, the annual Take Back the Night March will end the week's awareness campaign at Bannernan Park Friday evening, September 16. Visit the NLSACPC Facebook page for a full list of scheduled SVA Week events. 

This week will also include the NLSACPC annual fundraiser - an important fund development initiative to help keep their current services, for the public, in operation. For those who are not aware, the Centre has a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline staffed by both male and female volunteers who are trained in crisis intervention and peer support services. Anyone can call the line, any day, any time. Toll-free: 1-800-726-2743.
Food Security in Newfoundland and Labrador
As June Council meetings wrapped up, an emerging theme arose regarding the need to raise awareness about food security issues in regions of our province. Food security is a huge concern for our northern members and is a topic which the Advisory Council staff have been working on since the December meeting. Economic and social instability are systemic barriers for many women throughout our province and efforts to address these issues are key components in advancing the status of women. As health outcomes are intrinsically tied to food security The Advisory Council members felt more work needs to be accomplished regarding the correlation between women’s socioeconomic status, health outcomes and food insecurity. 

As a result, a recent meeting with Food First NL  identified work being done with on this very issue in Nain, Nunatsiavut as part of their "Our Food in Nunatsiavut Project" and have released an impact report on this five-year project funded from the Public Health Agencey of Canada. Click here to view the full report. 
Working with community groups, such as Food First NL, will allow us to collectively build on knowledge of food insecurity as it relates to women's health and highlight this as one of the systemic social barriers women face in our province.

Forum receives legislative status under the New Brunswick Women’s Council Act
As The Advisory Council is Chair of the Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils  (CPTACW) we are excited to congratulate The Voices of New Brunswick Women Consensus Building forum on the passing of the New Brunswick Women’s Council Act in their provincial legislature. The Act will see the Forum become the New Brunswick Women’s Council (Council) and will address the administrative gaps, provide stability and strengthen the organization. This bill, passed on May 17, 2016, evolves the Forum from an entity of uncertain status to a Council that has a clear, legislated mandate, structure, and relationship to government. Now with this strong legislative framework staff at the soon-to-be Council will be able to shift their focus to addressing the issues affecting women and girls in New Brunswick.

The Coalition issued a news release applauding the Forum on this success and commending the Government of New Brunswick for recoginzing the importance of moving this Bill into New Brunswick law. To read the full release click here or follow them on Twitter for the latest news and updates @CPTACW
#GetOnBoardNL Social Media Campaign promotes more women on ABC's
The Provincial Government has launched the website for better access to apply with Agencies, Boards and Commissions in our province. The portal, a new initiative created in May of this year, gives individuals the ability to view current vacancies and apply directly online through the Public Service Commission. As a result, the Advisory Council has created a social media campaign called #GetOnBoardNL calling on all women from across the province to apply because, to put it simply:
We need more women in these leadership positions and we know there are many women in this province that have the skills, talents, passion, and ability to do so!!!!
If you can't take it from us then look to the abundance of evidence that shows board gender diversity contributes to better governance and decision-making (Canada's Institute of Corporate Directors, 2011). A 2009 study of over 800 European firms by management consultants McKinsey and Co. showed that women board directors demonstrate good governance and prudent risk management behaviours that contributed to their firms' successes in weathering the most recent economic crisis. 
PACSW has a summer intern! 
The Advisory Council welcomes Catherine Dunne as our summer intern this year. From Newfoundland, Catherine is studying at Western University in Ontario (UWO) where she was selected as one of 50 Scholar's Electives students, a unique program that gives students the ability to design their own themed degree. This means Catherine will be able to explore her interests in human rights and feminist international relations through course work in Political Science, International Relations and Women's Studies. 

During the summer Catherine is researching current policies and procedures municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador may have in place regarding workplace and gender-based harassment for town councillors, as well as reviewing selected municipalities across Canada for any similar policies that may or may not be present. 

We felt this topic area was important to research further as the importance of an harassment-free workplace is equally as vital for elected officials in our province as well as for federal MP's.

Catherine's passion for this topic, her research abilities and advocacy, poverty alleviation and gender equality interests have been an important contribution to The Advisory Council. You can see now why we hired her!!!
Stay tuned for more news from us! 
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