Executive Council
August 3, 2015

Encouraging Women’s Leadership and Political Participation

Government Launches Province-wide Leadership Sessions for Women

The Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, announced today that Young Women’s Leadership Sessions are underway throughout the province. The sessions are designed to encourage young women aged 16 to 30 to become active in politics and community leadership roles, and will take place from now to September.

The advancement of women in leadership roles of all types is a key priority of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. In Canada, women represent 52 per cent of the population yet they only make up an average of 24 per cent of the country’s municipal, provincial and federal elected representatives. We hope these sessions will spark a desire for many young women to consider taking an active role.”
-The Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minster of Education and Early Childhood Development and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

The workshops were developed through a partnership between the Women’s Policy Office and the Office of Public Engagement, and will be hosted by 19 Community Youth Networks. By participating in the facilitated workshops, young women will learn how to effectively engage in their communities and with the political system at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. A complete schedule of sessions can be found in the backgrounder below.

“Creating an environment where women are engaged in politics and leadership roles is essential to achieving true gender equality in Newfoundland and Labrador. This environment also supports the Provincial Government’s Population Growth Strategy, which promotes the economic and lifestyle opportunities available for individuals in this province.”
-The Honourable Steve Kent, Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement

The sessions are accompanied by resources from the Women’s Policy Office, the Women in Resource Development Corporation, and community organizations such as YWCA St. John’s, a non-profit organization currently working to help young women build leadership and facilitation skills in St. John’s.

Given the upcoming federal and provincial elections, these sessions are a timely way for young women to develop their leadership skills, interest in politics, and ability to make a difference collectively. They are also consistent with YWCA's vision of creating a community and world where women and girls are supported and inspired to lead decision-making.”
- Wendolyn Schlamp, Executive Director, YWCA St. John's

The Women’s Policy Office and Office of Public Engagement will capture all feedback gathered throughout the sessions and make it available to the public. To learn more, or to register for a session, please visit: http://www.nlyouth.ca/ProgramsServices/CYN.html


  • The Provincial Government has launched Young Women’s Leadership Sessions to encourage women aged 16 to 30 to take leadership roles in politics and their communities.
  • The Women’s Policy Office and the Office of Public Engagement are working with 19 Community Youth Networks to host and facilitate each session.
  • In Canada, women represent 52 per cent of the population, yet they only make up an average of 24 per cent of Canada's municipal, provincial and federal elected representatives.
  • The facilitated workshops will show young women how they can effectively engage with the political system at municipal, provincial, and federal levels.

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Media contacts:

Gina MacArthur
Communications Specialist
Women’s Policy Office
Kip Bonnell
Communications Manager
Office of Public Engagement
709-729-1221, 687-9081
Wendolyn Schlamp
Executive Director
YWCA St. John's
709-726-9922, 697-5244

Young Women in Leadership Sessions


The Young Women in Leadership Sessions give young women the opportunity to:

  • Explore the gender distribution of local municipal council positions;
  • Share insights on priority issues facing Newfoundland and Labrador communities;
  • Celebrate and explore what young women are already doing in communities to address key issues;
  • Consider why women are underrepresented as leaders in current political systems, examine barriers and options to overcome them;
  • Use the knowledge and discussion of the session to communicate with their local representatives (through Twitter, or by writing letters) and/or write letters to local papers;
  • Network with local peers and organizations.


Interested women aged 16 to 30 are encouraged to contact their local Community Youth Network for details regarding the session in their area.





August 3 Placentia Community Youth Network Placentia cynplacentia@yahoo.ca
August 10 Plum Point Plum Point Community Youth Network cynplumpoint@gmail.com
August 12 Harbour Grace Harbour Grace Community Youth Network (Splash Centre) splashcentre@live.ca
August 12 Stephenville Community Youth Network - Southwestern vanessaleecis@gmail.com
August 18 St. Lawrence St. Lawrence Community Youth Network cynstlawrence@nf.aibn.com
August 19 St. Anthony St. Anthony & Area Boys & Girls Community Youth Network communityyouthnetwork@gmail.com
August 20 Grand Falls-Windsor The Youth 2000 Centre y2c@live.ca
August 21 Baie Verte St. Anthony & Area Boys & Girls Community Youth Network ayscbaieverte@gmail.com
August 26 Harbour Breton Harbour Breton Community Youth Network hbcyn@nf.aibn.com
August 27 Bay d’Espoir Bay d’Espoir Community Youth Network bdecyn@nf.aibn.com
September 9 Corner Brook Community Youth Network Corner Brook/Bay of islands communityyouth.ymca@hotmail.com
September 9 L'Anse au Loup Southern Labrador/Strait of Belle Isle Community Network grcyn@nf.aibn.com
September 10 Springdale Springdale CYN icecap@nf.aibn.com
September 12 Happy Valley-Goose Bay Labrador Friendship Center cynhvgb@gmail.com
September 16 Cape Broyle CYN – Southern Avalon moran_nfld@hotmail.com
September TBD Gander The Open Door Community Youth Network kimberly.murphy@nfld.net
September TBD


Botwood CYN colleenhayter@nf.aibn.com
TBD St. John’s CYN St. John’s Inc (Thrive) acrockwell@thrivecyn.ca

Past Sessions

Date Location Venue Contact
July 28 Bonavista Bonavista Community Youth Network baynet@eastlink.ca

2015 08 03                                                                        5:10 p.m.