Mental Health News

Daughters of the Vote delegates from coast to coast to coast have identified mental health as an area in which they would like to see change. Collectively, they share a wealth of knowledge in this area attained through education, community engagement as well as diverse professional and personal experiences.

Through the Daughters of the Vote Legacy Project, delegates will continue to build on the discussions that took place during the historic March 2017 events in Ottawa.

Meet the Mental Health Network Leaders selected by Equal Voice to capture the experience and expertise of Daughters of the Vote and facilitate networks and relationships that will help these young women make change.

Kayleigh Erickson, Fleetwood Port-Kells

Kayleigh has extensive experience working on mental health issues, especially for youth on university campuses. As Chairperson of the University of Victoria Students’ Society, she started the first society-led mental health campaign on campus, and has also served as the student representative for her university’s mental health task force.  Kayleigh has advocated for increased access to counselling services, mental health accommodation for students, and was instrumental in providing Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to the university community.  During the historic Daughter of the Vote sitting in the House of Commons, Kayleigh raised the issue of sexualized violence on university campuses and the need to support survivors.


Khadija Waseem, Don Valley North

Khadija has extensive experience working to establish mental health supports for at-risk immigrant, refugee, and indigenous youth. She is currently working to create a mental health social services program at the Abu Huraira Centre, in Toronto, which will provide cultural, emotional, social and mental support to uplift marginalized communities. She also works with the Canadian Roots Initiative to create local reconciliation programming for indigenous and non-indigenous communities.


DOV Highlights: Where are they now?


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.”

July 12, 2018 4:12 PM

Manitoba Daughter of the Vote Shania Pruden recognized with Canada 150 Medal

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

December 01, 2017 2:35 PM

Daughter of the Vote, Antu Hossain, recognized by University of Toronto

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.

December 01, 2017 1:38 PM

Daughters of the Vote speak on Mental Health in the House of Commons

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.

September 20, 2017 12:34 AM
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