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  • MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS IMPROVE LEADERSHIP GENDER BALANCE ______________________________________________________________________________




Are you attending a non-traditional program at NBCC or a private college this fall? If so, get your applications in for the Gender Equality Scholarship!

The application deadline is June 30, 2015 for those programs starting in the fall. The scholarships are valued at up to $2000 per year.

The Scholarship Program is intended to encourage and support women and men pursuing a non-traditional career at a New Brunswick college.

Any occupation in which women or men make up less than 25% of the total workforce is considered "non-traditional".

For more information or to apply, please visit:




Free Webinar: Family Violence - Working Towards Solutions. Family violence occurs in every community and culture and has profound effects on every person it touches. Despite this ugly reality, there has been a lot of silence, shame and stigma around this issue creating many myths and misunderstandings. In order to work towards solutions, we must first be aware of the realities of family violence, its influences and impacts. This webinar focuses on creating a basic understanding of this complex issue. Topics reviewed include the types of family violence, their impacts, theories of understanding and contextual influences. Click here to access webinar:

Circle of Understanding: Honouring our Residential School Survivors. The Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre (MWC) would like to invite you to attend a special event, “Circle of Understanding: Honouring our Residential School Survivors” on Thursday, June 11, noon to 3:30 pm, at Marshall d’Avray Hall, Room 143 (UNB Fredericton Campus, 10 Mackay Drive). Please join us as we gather to honour our residential school survivors on the anniversary of Canada’s statement of apology to former students of residential schools. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how Indian residential schools have impacted survivors, families, communities, and more. This is a free public event and everyone is invited to attend. Contacts: David Perley,, (506) 458-7112; Imelda Perley,, (506) 447-3338; Trenton Augustine,, (506) 447-3337.

The Annual General Meeting of the UNB Associated Alumnae will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 11 at Alumni Memorial Building, President’s Room, UNB Fredericton campus, NB. A casual reception with refreshments and light snacks will follow the meeting. There will be a short business meeting followed by a presentation by guest speaker Andrea Feunekes (MScF'88), Founding Partner & CEO, Remsoft Inc. Andrea was a recipient of numerous awards including, the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award and she was named an Edelman Laureate by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Please RSVP to

St. Mary's Annual PowWow: June 12-13-14. EVERYONE WELCOME. Come celebrate community and spirituality with a weekend of drumming, dancing and traditional food and crafts. A powwow is a big social event, like a family reunion where everyone comes to renew acquaintances and dance together. Although a joyous occasion, powwows aren’t simply a time to have fun – they’re also a prayer to Creator, a celebration of spirituality and a connection with the past, present and future. Union Street, Old Reserve Grounds (next to north side Tim Hortons) Fredericton, NB. Noon until dusk. For more information contact Alan Polchies at (506) 458-9511.

A day of reflection: the Gendered Lens of Abuse of Older Adults – Thursday June 25, 10 am to 4 pm at Université de Moncton, Jacqueline-Bouchard Building (51 Antonine-Maillet Avenue), Moncton, NB. Keynote Speaker: Lori Weeks, PhD "Recent Research on the Abuse of Older Adults". Panel Discussion: "The Many Faces of Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults". Cost: $25 (includes lunch and parking). Register online: or contact Rina Arseneault by email at or phone: (506) 458-7137or: Danie Gagnon by email at or phone (506) 460-6266 for more information.

2nd Annual Simms Home Hardware and Liberty Lane Washer Toss Championship and Charity BBQ in support of Liberty Lane Second Stage Shelter.  Saturday, June 27 – registration at 11 am. Games start at noon. Loyalist, Rugby Field, Cityview Ave, Fredericton.  1st place winners get free admission to the World Washer Toss Championships. 32 teams of two, $50 per team. Register and pay at Simms Home Hardware, 155 King Street, Fredericton or call 506-451-2120. Register and pay in full before June 19th and your team will be entered into a draw to win your registration fee back. Family friendly event! Children's washer toss tournament, no fee.

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) - Family Law Workshops in June 2015:
·  Saint John - June 17 - Preparing for a Family Court Hearing
Woodstock - June 17 - Changing a Child Support Order
Miramichi - June 24 - Doing Your Own Divorce
Moncton - June 24 - Modifier une ordonnance de pension alimentaire pour enfants
·  Sussex - June 25 - Preparing for Family Court Hearing
Click here
to register.

The second-annual New Brunswick Womyn’s Summit is an opportunity for womyn to come together to share our knowledge from the past and present, and to bring together a new vision for the future;  a future that embraces a sharing of our collective capacity for joy, healing, birthing, mothering, aging, and living holistically, in community with one another. The program will feature over 15 workshops taught by wise womyn teachers, community leaders, healers, birth-workers, and fellow-seekers.   Join us in paradise—Caissie Cape, New Brunswick—in a gorgeous yurt, as we live, love, play and learn together, for three magical days, July 17-19. For more information and to register:

Megan Smith: The Untold Story of Women Who Code. Watch the clip at Megan Smith, the former Google executive recently appointed by President Obama as the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, talks to Charlie Rose about how so many of the important contributions to computer science made by women like Joanna Hoffman, Susan Kare, Margaret Hamilton and Katherine Johnson have been left out of the history books. The full interview aired April 29, 2015 on PBS.

Till Death Do Us Part - More than 300 women have been shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death by men in South Carolina over the past decade, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse. Read the 7 instalments of ‘Til Death Do Us Part and watch the Faces of Domestic Violence videos here:

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (Shediac) is looking for volunteers to serve on the organizing committee and to accomplish certain tasks, such as serving food, distributing T-Shirts, welcoming participants, collecting donations etc. during the WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES, October 2, at the Shediac Multifunctional Center from 11:30 to 2:30. This is a day of awareness and fundraising to end violence against women in our community. If you are interested please contact Phillis before June 12 at 506-533-9100 or e-mail at Bénévoles/Volunteers.

Pan-Canadian Projects: New Horizons for Seniors Funding Program is now open until July 10. Pan-Canadian projects that help to reduce social isolation among seniors may be funded between $150,000 and $750,000, for up to a maximum of three years. Funding is now open until July 10 and can provide support for projects that clearly identify their contribution to a collective approach to measurably reduce the rate of social isolation among seniors in a target population. For more information about the 2015 pan-Canadian Call for Proposals and how to apply, please visit:

Current Opportunities to Serve on New Brunswick Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs):   Qualified women and men having the highest personal and professional integrity are invited to serve on New Brunswick agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs).  For more information, click the following link: ABC current opportunities

Voices of New Brunswick Women Consensus-Building Forum – Contact Us: Sartain MacDonald Building, 551 King Street, Suite 103, Fredericton NB E3B 1E7, T. 506.462.5179, F. 506.462.5069, E.,


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N.B. female population, 2011
Females living with disabilities
age 15 and over: 17.2%.

Visit the Equality Profile 
and send us your feedback HERE

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The federal government plans to remove the tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products, effective July 1.

A notice of a motion to amend the Excise Tax Act says the move will apply to sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual cups and other similar products.

The NDP and others have been calling on the government to get rid of the so-called “tampon tax,” saying it unfairly targeted women.

Under the Excise Tax Act, the GST is typically applied to “luxury” items not considered essential to daily life. But in trying to get the tax eliminated, NDP MPs argued that tampons and pads are essential for most women of reproductive age.

Since January, more than 74,000 people have signed an online petition calling for an end to the levy on menstrual products.

Earlier this month, the NDP introduced a motion in the House calling on the government to exempt the products from the GST – a motion that the Conservative government said it would support.

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen, who spearheaded the fight to eliminate the tax, said Thursday that the removal will help “all women” across Canada.

“The women who made this an issue, their voices have finally been heard, and I’m so very grateful to them,” she told reporters.

Mathyssen also gave credit to female Tory MPs.

“I think it was the fact that Conservative MPs, the female MPs, in the government caucus were very clear that they didn’t like the unfairness that they as women had heard and understood,” Mathyssen said. “So this is a victory for all the women in the House of Commons.”

There have been several attempts since 2004 to pass a private member’s bill on the subject.




The 30 by 30 goal is Engineers Canada’s commitment to raising the percentage of newly licensed engineers that are women to 30% by the year 2030.

Women make up more than half of the Canadian population but are significantly under-represented in the engineering profession; less than 12 % of practicing licensed engineers are women.

Reaching 30% is a significant milestone to instill meaningful change for the engineering profession. It is widely considered to be the minimum amount needed for self-sustaining viability, and also believed to be the tipping point for mass adoption of ideas. 

One of Engineers Canada’s core objectives is to achieve sustainable membership of the 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies that is reflective of Canadian demographics.  The 30 by 30 goal is a key component to meet this objective.

What is Engineers Canada’s role in 30 by 30?
Engineers Canada collaborates with the regulatory bodies and other stakeholders to facilitate a national vision on this issue.  Engineers Canada seeks to recognize organizations that make significant progress in increasing women in engineering – whether it is in their academic programs, places of employment or other areas.

What is the status of the 30 by 30 Goal?
The 30 by 30 Goal has received national support across all provinces and territories…




GREVIO is the independent expert body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) by the Parties. It will become operational in 2015.

GREVIO will draw up and publish reports evaluating legislative and other measures taken by the Parties to give effects to the provisions of the Convention. In cases where action is required to prevent a serious, massive or persistent pattern of any acts of violence covered by the Convention, GREVIO may initiate a special inquiry procedure. GREVIO may also adopt, where appropriate, general recommendations on themes and concepts of the Convention.

Article 66 of the Istanbul Convention governs GREVIO membership. It provides that GREVIO shall have between 10 and 15 members, depending on the number of Parties to the Convention, and shall take into account a gender and geographical balance, as well as multidisciplinary expertise in the area of human rights, gender equality, violence against women and domestic violence or in the assistance to and protection of victims. GREVIO members must be nationals of the States Parties to the Convention. Integrity, competence, independence, availability and language skills (English and/or French) are the guiding principles for the nomination and election of GREVIO members. The Convention entrusted the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to define the election procedure of the members of GREVIO.

On 19 November 2014, the Committee of Ministers adopted Resolution CM/Res(2014)43 on rules of the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO).

The first ten members of GREVIO were elected by the Committee of the Parties at its first meeting of 4 May 2015. (…)




Fredericton – The regions manufacturing sector is leading by example by naming several women to the 2015/16 New Brunswick/PEI Division Advisory Board of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

“In his first State of the Province address this January, New Brunswick Premier Gallant issued a call to private sector and non-government organizations to improve their gender balance on agencies, boards and commissions,” explained CME Vice President, Joel Richardson, “And we are very pleased to respond by welcoming four executive business women to our new board when last year there were none.”

“It is also important to celebrate the recent achievements of two of the new board members, Laura Araneda from Vic Progressive Diamond Drilling Inc. and Lilia Fraser of Pump House Brewery who were chosen by Canadian Business Magazine for their list of Canada’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs for 2015,” said Richardson.

“We will continue improving our industries’ gender balance to have more women in positions of influence”, said Richardson. “All residents, business leaders and elected officials must work together to strengthen our economy and create a business environment where anyone can flourish.”

The 2015/16 New Brunswick/PEI Division Advisory Board of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) includes:

  • Terry Malley, Chief Executive Officer, Malley Industries Inc. (Chair)
  • Brian Muir, Chief Financial Officer, Atlantic Industries Limited (Past Chair)
  • Laura Araneda, President, Vic Progressive Diamond Drilling Inc.
  • Shannon Blanchard, Manager, Cargo Development, Port Saint John
  •  John Bourque, President, Bourque Industrial Ltd.
  • Richard Crompton, Director of Human Resources, McCain Foods Limited
  • Lilia Fraser, General Manager and Co-owner, Pump House Brewery
  • Paul Fudge, Vice President, Deloitte
  • David Giddens, General Manager, Connors Bros. Limited
  • Sylvia MacVey, President, G E Barbour Inc.
  • David Moffatt, Plant Manager, Flakeboard Company Limited




“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

- Malala Yousafzai

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