100 Years of Canadian Women’s Right to Vote: BPW Canada Centennial Gala Recognized 100 Organizations That Empower Women
The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) hosted a Centennial Gala during their 45th Biennial Convention to pay tribute to 100 women’s organizations from across the country to celebrate a Canadian milestone, the Centennial Year of Women’s Suffrage. Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, The Honourable Lois Mitchell was the keynote speaker and Minister of Status of Women Honourable Stephanie McLean delivered remarks to leaders from government, business, and civil society.
“One hundred years have passed since women gained the right to vote in Alberta… and it has only been 50 years for indigenous women,” said Incoming President Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla to CBC News Reporter. “We have made great strides to improve the lives of Canadian women and girls, their families and their communities. The Centennial Gala will recognize the 100 organizations who share our vision to empower women by improving their economic, political, social and employment conditions.”
In addition to a tribute to the women’s organizations, the gala evening featured a keynote address by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta as well as video greetings from Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Governor General of Canada The Right Honourable David Johnston and Dr. Frances Wright, Founder of the Famous 5 Foundation. The evening consisted of dinner, music performed by Alberta-based Brava Duo and emceed by Global Calgary News reporter Linda Olsen. Provincial Minister of Status of Women, Honourable Stephanie McLean addressed the audience which included The Honourable Kent Hehr, nine Members of the Legislative Assembly, and leaders from business and civil society.
A complete list of the 100 Organizations recognized has been released on the BPW Canada website in addition to special acknowledgement to the sponsors, CIBC Wood Gundy and WealthCo Financial.
The Centennial Gala was part of BPW Canada's 45th biennial convention which was being hosted in Calgary for the first time since 1935. BPW Canada is an 86 year old non-profit and non-partisan network of over 500 business and professional women nationwide who effect positive change through empowerment of women and girls. It is part of an International Federation with almost 35,000 members globally and holds Consultative One status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The Calgary chapter, whose founding member was Nellie McClung, one of the Famous Five, will be celebrating its 90th anniversary next year.
For more information:
Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, BA, JD, RCIC
President, BPW Canada
Telephone: (403) 226 1999