2019 Chairs Circle

Left to right: Dianne Porter, Anne Nicholson, Sharon O’Brien, Colleen MacQuarrie, Isabelle Christian, Kirstin Lund, Mari Basiletti, and Yvonne Deagle

On May 24, 2019, eight chairpersons of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women gathered in Charlottetown for the eighth annual roundtable of past and present Chairs. Chairperson Yvonne Deagle hosted the Chairs Circle, and seven amazing past Chairpersons took part.

With a new government in Prince Edward Island this spring, the theme of the chairs’ conversation this year was collaboration and the key actions they took as Chairs to build good relationships and seek good solutions for gender equality with the governments they worked with.

Says Yvonne Deagle, “The past chairs who met on Friday have worked with governments of all kinds and with almost a dozen Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women. With all of them, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women worked to advocate for gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. The past Chairs have so many experiences to learn from and to help the current Advisory Council on the Status of Women to continue our good work. I am very proud to be part of this continuing legacy.”

The Chairs Circle is an opportunity to share collective knowledge and experience among long-time gender equality advocates.

This year, Michelle Harris-Genge, Director of the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, participated in the consultation on behalf of the newly appointed Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Hon. Darlene Compton.

Yvonne says, “I am happy that strong lines of communication are already opening between the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat. I’m looking forward to sharing more of the Chairs Circle’s reflections and positive messages with Minister Compton in the coming days. We want to support the new Minister and all of the new government to do a great job for increasing equality on PEI.”

 

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