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Women in Politics (Posted On: Tuesday, April 10, 2007)

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Listen to four authentic women who have dedicated their life to a career in politics. They will share their own personal stories why they chose politics as a career and the career opportunities that exist for women in politics today, and in the future.

Mayor Ellen Anderson has served the community of The Town of the Blue Mountains for nine years, three as councilor and six of them in the leadership role as Mayor. Ellen was the youngest Mayor in Canada in 1988. The mother of two daughters Mayor Anderson is passionate and appreciative of the luxuries surrounding her community’s natural environment and an avid outdoors enthusiast. She is a fitness specialist in her private life and an advocate for women as she councils those in need of comfort and understanding.

Mayor Susan Fennell is known for her enthusiasm, energy and unmatched ability to engage and encourage community participation. Susan is the founder and Commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League, an association of elite caliber of women’s hockey clubs from BC to Quebec. A mother of son sons, Susan has been honoured for with the highest Rotarian award for volunteerism, the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and is also a recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal.

MP Helena Guergis comes from a politically active family and got her start in politics on her Grandfather’s re-election campaign as a young teenager. Helena grew up working in her father’s furniture business before becoming an entrepreneur operating her own small business. Helena is a trained crisis intervention specialist and served as a volunteer with the Barrie Rape Crisis center for seven years before entering into the political arena on her own initiative.

Gloria Kovach has been a Councilor for the City of Guelph, Ontario since 1991, and is a former President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Gloria is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Health Science, a Bachelor of Education and a Masters degree in Nursing. Gloria was instrumental for developing an exchange program between the City of Guelph and the Czech Republic and has worked on an international program in El Salvador. Gloria is also a registered nurse and has practiced nursing since 1981 and holds a degree in Health Science, a degree in Education, a Masters of Nursing and is currently working on her doctorate in Public Health.

The stepping stones these women have taken to their political careers are amazing. Each one of them has a unique and entertaining story to tell.

Come listen and learn on Sunday April 15th at Georgian Manor Resort from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket price is $40 per person and included a buffet brunch.

To purchase tickets call Karen Cubitt at 705-445-9463 or drop by the “Station” in the downtown Collingwood to buy your tickets in person. Receipts issued at event.

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