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“Leaders in Action: A Celebration” An Event To Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of Nova Scotia Advisory Council On The Status Of Women

I am a member of a Focus Group called the Diverse Voices for Change. Diverse Voices for Change is headed by the office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). From time to time we engage in focus group meetings and attend events which seek to talk about issues relating to women (especially women with diverse background), give women a voice and generally empower and uplift women, whether in the workplace, politics, enterprise, business e.t.c.

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I published an article about one of our events in April, 2017, which was in conjunction with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), you can view it here.

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These events usually have women who have lived in Canada especially in Nova Scotia for many years. As at January, 2017, when I attended the first focus group meeting I was only 5 months old in Canada, so it was a great privilege to be in the midst of inspiring and highly motivating women with diverse background and experiences. I thank the office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) for such opportunity.

So on October 24th, 2017, Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women invited and sponsored The Diverse Voices for Change group members to a breakfast event, to celebrate their 40th anniversary as the Advisory Council on the Status of Women and forty years of leadership by Nova Scotia Women as they work together to advance equality and strengthen the province of Nova Scotia.

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According to their website: “The Advisory Council was established in 1977 under the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act and the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Regulations. It was created to educate the public and advise the provincial government on issues of interest and concern to women. The Advisory Council works to make sure that issues affecting the lives of Nova Scotia women become part of the government’s plan. Our concerns touch all areas of women’s lives.”

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The event was tagged The “Leaders in Action: A Celebration” and it took place at the Imperial Ballroom of Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia – Canada, from 8am to 10am. It was an eventful and enlightening 2-hours event.

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The event was in conjunction with the Centre for Women in Business (Mount Saint Vincent University) and had an amazing Keynote Speaker, Deborah Gillis.

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Deborah Gillis is the CEO of the New York City based international not-for-profit company, known as CATALYST, and she is a Canadian (a Nova Scotian). She was an exceptional speaker, she spoke extensively on issues relating to women in our day to day life, in politics, the corporate world, enterprise, business e.t.c and buttressing almost every area she talked about with personal stories and experiences. It was a thought provoking experience. I will be sharing some videos of the event on my social media pages.

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According to their website: “Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. We are dedicated to creating workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive. Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work.”

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It was a sold out event with over 300 people in attendance, mainly women with some great men joining to also lend their voice and support.

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The hashtag for the event was #ClaimYourPlace, so you can look up this hashtag on social media (Facebook, Twitter e.t.c) to see more about the event.

By 7:30 a.m, arrival and registration commenced.

Introduction was done by Michelle Kelly, who is the Chair, Advisory Council on Status of Women.

There was Remarks from the Senate by Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard.

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Welcoming Remarks by Tanya Priske, the Executive Director, Centre for Women in Business.

Then breakfast was served.

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Stephanie MacInnis-Langley, Advisory Council on Status of Women launched A video about the 40 Years of the Council.

Minister’s Remarks was done by Honourable Kelly Regan.

The Keynote Address was given by Deborah Gillis, CEO & President Catalyst.

There was a Reflections moment which was anchored by Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard and Deborah Gillis.

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Closing Remarks was given by Michelle Kelly; Chair, Advisory Council on Status of Women

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The power packed and inspiring event ended with many feeling rejuvenated and excited for the future. We networked and I met some great people I already know and met new wonderful people. Pictures were taken.

It was a morning to remember and I am very thankful and grateful for such rare opportunity to be in the midst of such inspiring and motivating high achievers.

I thank the Diverse Voices for Change headed by the office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) for finding me worthy of sponsoring for such event.

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