Rebecca French represented the Newfoundland Avalon riding as a DOV delegate and now resides in St. John’s where she works for the Outreach and Youth Engagement Centre at Choices for Youth.
Choices for Youth works to empower at-risk youth in St. John’s to help them transition into a healthy adulthood. The four main pillars of focus are housing first, education, employment and family.
“I work primarily with youth aged 16-29 who are homeless, transient, vulnerable & at-risk to help them with four main pillars: housing first, education, employment & family,” said Rebecca. “It’s extremely challenging but definitely rewarding.”
Since DOV, Rebecca has graduated from Memorial University with a Degree in Social Work and she is thrilled and thankful to have extended her stay with a career in her field in her province.
“DOV opened my eyes to the meaning of honouring non partisanship, valuing the importance of each political party and how they can work together to make a better Canada,” said Rebecca of her experience last year. “It also showed me when I utilize systems theory in my work, I can incorporate a non partisan view to problem solve a specific systems challenge. DOV showed me that is doesn’t always have to be ‘all or nothing’, and women can work together to empower each other, no matter their political compass.”
The Daughter of the Vote for Elmwood-Transcona, Shania Pruden, was awarded a Canada150 Medal by Senator Marilou McPhedran. Shania was recognized for her work on mental health, Indigenous rights, and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. During the historic Daughters of the Vote event, Shania testified to the Status of Women Committee about violence against young Indigenous women.
Senator McPhedran described Shania “as a true advocate for human rights”. Shania will be honoured alongside eleven others on International Human Rights Day, December 10th.
Check Pruden’s blog at shaniapruden.wordpress.com
Antu Hossain, Daughter of the Vote for Beaches – East York has been recognized by the University of Toronto as she graduates with her Master’s of Public Health. During her under-graduate and graduate work, Antu spent time researching mental health issues and is currently working on grants to fund work on mental health and addictions. Check out the coverage of Antu here.
On March 8, 2017, while sitting in the House of Commons, delegates spoke to issues of mental health in Canada in front of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, members of all parties, and the Right Honourable Kim Campbell.