Executive Council
Office for the Status of Women

November 18, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Carol-Anne Haley, Minister for the Status of Women:

Minister Haley Recognizes the Mokami Status of Women Council as They Celebrate Their 40-Year Anniversary

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this honourable house today to recognize the Mokami Status of Women Council as they celebrate their 40th anniversary this week.

The Mokami Status of Women Council started in 1979 when a group of women began the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Status of Women Council. Soon afterward, it adopted its current name.

The initial focus of the council was to start a transition house in the area, but their work soon expanded to other women's issues.

Today, the Mokami Status of Women Council is an equality seeking feminist organization that links women by sharing ideas, resources, skills, experience and knowledge. They are dedicated to serving the needs of the women in their community.

Mr. Speaker, I was pleased to get the opportunity to travel to Happy Valley-Goose Bay in October, where I was able to meet with the council’s Executive Director, Raelene Vickers.

On our visit we were able to discuss some of the great things the Mokami Status of Women Council have accomplished over the past year, such as: The Women Helping Women Program, the creation of a resource manual, a drop-in service, a weekly craft group, resident retreats which are held each year, and a guardian and tots group.

After 40 years, the Mokami Status of Women Council continues to do great things for women and girls in their region.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all my Honourable colleagues to join me in congratulating the Mokami Status of Women Council on an amazing 40 years.

Thank you.

2019 11 18                              1:45 p.m.