The Canadian Women Voters Congress offers the Women’s Campaign School, the longest-running non-partisan campaign school for women in Canada. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the School has run every year since 1999.
The Women’s Campaign School was founded by Joanne Silver and Charlene Brisson in 1999.
|Joanne Silver The Canadian Women Voters Congress was into its second year of meetings when I joined them on the Board in the fall of 1997. We produced a series of events called Circles of Influence over the next year that spotlighted issues of importance and the women who were involved in making, reporting and governing them. more|
|Charlene Brisson From the moment I joined the Canadian Women Voters Congress in 1997, the Women’s Campaign School was a priority. As Canada’s first nonpartisan school of its kind, the purpose was, and still is, to boost the number of women in elected office. Through the encouragement and organizational support of then Congress president Audrey Paterson, I attended the 1998 Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. more|
The Women’s Campaign School is a unique 3-day training course offering women the tools they need to effectively engage in the political process, at all levels.
The purpose of the Congress is to help women achieve success in politics and leadership.
The Congress is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. We come from all segments of society. We have varying political beliefs, but one thing in common . . . the desire to see more women involved in the political process.
Women’s Campaign Graduates that Ran in 2008 Elections
•*Ackerman, Lori, (2005) Council Fort St. John
•*Anton, Suzanne, (2000) Council Vancouver
•*Barnes, Constance (2007) Park Commissioner Vancouver
•Bekkering, Betty (2008) MP Prince George-Peace River
•*Bepple, Nancy (2008) Council Kamloops
•Block, Lynne (2008) Council West Vancouver
•*Blyth, Sarah (2008) Park Commissioner Vancouver
•*Buttkus, Christine (2005) School Trustee Whistler
•*Copley, Pam (<2003) Council Oak Bay
•DeGenova, Melissa (2007) Park Commissioner Vancouver
•*Desjardins, Barb (2004) Mayor Esquimalt
•*Dilworth, Diana (1999) Council Port Moody
•Gerlach, Cynthia (2008) School Trustee Dist of North Vancouver
•*Gibson, Carol (2008) School Trustee Vancouver
•*Guenther, Noreen (2008) Council Lake Country
•Hallford, Valerie (2006) MP Okanagan-Coquihalla
•Henry, Rose (2004) Council Victoria
•*Kormendy, Helen (2005) Council Ashcroft
•Maurer, Wendy (2007) Mayor Qualicum Beach
•*McGinn, Jenn (2005) MLA Vancouver-Fairview
•*McIntosh, Betty (2004) Council New Westminster
•Miller, Dana (2004) MP Delta-Richmond East
•*Munoz, Debora (2005) Council Prince George
•*Murray, Joyce (2000) MP Vancouver-Quadra
•*Peterson, Anne (2007) Council Delta
•*Reimer, Linda (2008) Council Coquitlam
•Robertson, Patricia (2007) MLA Banff-Cochrane, AB
•Ryan, Stephanie (2008) Council Surrey
•Sterk, Jane (2005) MLA Vancouver-Fairview
•*Wong, Alice (2006) MP Richmond
•Woo, Sophia (2008) School Trustee Vancouver
•*Woodsworth, Ellen (2002) Council Vancouver
*Elected in 2008
Past-president of the Canadian Women Voters Congress and instructor at the Women’s Campaign School – Andrea Reimer elected to Council in Vancouver.
Long-time Women’s Campaign School instructor – Dr Hedy Fry re-elected Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Centre.
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