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Executive Council
December 4, 2012

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women:

Ovations to Applaud Accomplishments of Women

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House today to share with you all an exciting and unique event coming up for women in our province. Today, our Honourable Premier announced Ovations: Applauding Accomplishments of Women in Our Communities to be held on January 17, 2013.

This event is an initiative of the Women’s Policy Office, the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs and representatives from business and community.

Ovations will bring together women of all backgrounds to celebrate achievements, recognize the triumphs of those who came before us, and focus on the future.

The event will begin with an afternoon forum, featuring keynote speaker Zoe Yujnovich, President and CEO of the Iron Ore Company of Canada, and a panel of Newfoundland and Labrador women who will share their insights and experiences. The panellists will be Anne Whelan of Brenkir Industrial, Nora Duke of Fortis, Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier of Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication, Maisie Clark, Mayor of Campbellton, Susan Knight, Chancellor of Memorial University, Jackie Thompson of Status of Women Central, and Jillian Peddle, the 2012 Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian for Newfoundland and Labrador.

The highlight of the event is sure to be the evening celebration hosted by actress Krystin Pellerin from the television series Republic of Doyle. It will include a keynote address from the Premier as well as a series of entertaining and inspiring performances.

Mr. Speaker, for generations, women in Newfoundland and Labrador have played an instrumental role in shaping the history, culture and economy of our province. Ovations is a great opportunity to applaud the remarkable accomplishments of women who make a difference each and every day at home, at work and in communities.

Finally, I would like to thank the Ovations organizing committee, many of whom are here today, for all of their work to date, including chair Linda Ross, President and CEO of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

I encourage you all to visit OvationsNL.ca   for more information. Thank you.

2012 12 04                              2:45 p.m.

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