Alberta's Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, delivered a keynote address at the Canadian Federation for Business and Professional Women's Centennial Gala during the 45th Biennial Convention in Calgary Alberta. Read the CBC article by clicking Here. BPW Canada recognized the work of 100 Organizations that Empower Women across Canada to mark Women's Suffrage, 100 Years of Canadian Women's Right to Vote.
Ontario is moving forward with Recommendations in the Steering Committee's Report
BPW Clubs Gear Up For 2015 Federal Election
BPW Provincial President of Saskatchewan, Jeanne Martinson was interviewed by Global News to discuss a breakfast event hosted by BPW Regina to focus on women's role in politics and to increase women's political participation and interest.
Labour Day is an Opportunity for the Canadian Workforce to Campaign for Equal Pay!
85th Anniversary of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women
"Queen of the Hurricanes" wins Best Book in Women's History
Authored by BPW Historian Crystal Sissons, "Queen of the Hurricanes" has been taking the world by storm, having just won the Ontario Historical Society's Alison Prentice Award for Best Book in Women's History. Way to go Crystal! We're so thrilled for you. CLICK HERE to learn more and/or purchase a copy of the book.
BPW Canada's VP appointed to Committee by Ontario's Minister of Labour
Linda Davis, Vice President for Resolutions has been appointed one of the four advisors to the government's new Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee by Ontario's Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn. We couldn't be more proud and excited to share the news. To read more about it, CLICK HERE.
BPW Canada in UN Empower Women Newsletter
We are pleased and excited to announce a mention of BPW Canada in the latest UN Empower Women Newsletter. Thanks to one of our dedicated members, a Champion for Women's Empowerment, Sheila Crook, and all of her hard work, BPW Canada is getting recognized internationally.
All five of Canada's Champion's have been hard at work on their projects and campaigns and we're working hard to support them in any way we can.
Click HERE to read the full story.
Article written by Linda Davis, VP of BPW Canada, on Equal Pay
On April 20, 2015, citizens of London will be joining thousands of men and women across Ontario to mark the third annual Equal Pay Day. This date, recognized at Queen’s Park by Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn, is symbolic of the point during the current year when the average Ontario women earns the same wage that a man earned by the end of previous year. With today’s economy, every penny counts and coming home with almost one third less money than our male counterparts, causes economic hardship and poverty. In my life, as a single mom raising two daughters, it meant the difference of having the extra money to by nutritional food and snacks for the kids or just being able to afford the bare necessities of life.
Equal Pay Day is later than past years because the gender pay gap increased by 3% to 31.5% (Statistics Canada). That is shocking news....
Click HERE to read the entire article
Advocate for Women's Empowerment honoured by United Nations
BPW Bowmanville member Sheila Crook (left) with BPW International's Past President, Freda Miriklis and BPW Canada's Past President, Doris Hall (right).
Sheila Crook of Peterborough one of five Canadians named Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment
|One of our very own members, Sheila Crook, has been chosen as a Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment by the United Nations. We at BPW Canada feel blessed to have Sheila as one of our members and will support her in any way we can on this new endeavor. Click HERE to read the full article. Way to go, Sheila!!!|
BPWC's Past President, Doris Hall, named Woman of the Week by BPWI
Every week BPW International highlights a BPW members somewhere in the world for her efforts, hard work and dedication. BPW Canada's past president, Doris Hall, has been recognized for her efforts in all things BPW and we couldn't be more proud of her. We're so happy she's been acknowledged and hope she understands how much she's appreciated. Thanks Doris! And congratulations.
Click HERE to read her bio in BPW International's Woman of the Week section.
BPW London puts the spotlight on Equal Pay Day
Pictured above: Brenda Carpenter, Doris Hall, David Heap, London-Fanshawe MP Irene Mathyssen, Stephanie Joselyn-Fogarty and Annie Latham
In April 2014, BPW Canada's Past President Doris Hall and others took to the streets to inform passers by of the issue regarding Equal Pay by handing out flyers and talking with them. Click HERE to read the coverage from the London Community News.
BPW Canada's President, Colleen Allan receives YWCA Award
Photo at left: Colleen Allan - bottom row, 2nd from right. Photo at right: Colleen Allan receiving the reward.
Our President, Colleen Allan was the proud recipient of one of the 2014 "Women of Disctinction" awards, by the YWCA in Winnipeg. Her's was in the category of "Volunteerism, Advocacy and Community Enhancement".
Congratulations Madame President!!!
BPW Calgary featured on Alberta Primetime for it's work on the Gender Wage Gap (2014)!
BPW Calgary's President, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, now BPW Canada's 1st Vice-President, was invited to appear on Alberta Primtetime to discuss the Gender Wage Gap in Alberta with Dr. Richard Mueller, research affiliate at the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Development & Associate Professor in the department of Economics at the University of Lethbridge. Click on the icon below to watch!
BPW Calgary's President Named One of Canada's Most Powerful Women
It is with so much pride and excitement that we can annouce BPW Calgary's president, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla has been named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner! Jenny was presented this award by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) on December 4, 2013 at the National Gala ceremony in Toronto, Ontario.
Jenny is the founder of Gulamani Abdulla & Co., Immigration Consulting which assists women worldwide to re-unite with their families in Canada, while providing access to professional advice at no cost to those in vulnerable situations. She is a strong advocate for Equal Pay and has reached out to various levels of government, educational insititutions, the public and civil institutions through media to move forward on the issue of gender wage gap which continues to persist in Canada and the world. She has led a resolution nationally on human trafficking through BPW Canada to improve conditions for female foreign workers by calling for tighter controls and identifying businesses that victimize women in the workplace.
The WXN awards celebrate the professional achievements of strong female leaders across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Since 1997, 728 remarkable women have been honoured. Jenny is receiving the honour for her outstanding executive leadership and contributions to the community under the RBC Champion Awards Category. She is being recognized for making a difference to the advancement of women in the Canadian workplace by serving as a role model and as an agent of change.
We are so proud of Jenny and are even more proud to include her among our dedicated members. To learn more about what you can do to help too, please visit our membership page here.
CFBPW on CTV News!!!
On June 12, CTV News contacted BPW Canada asking if they could interview a representative regarding the pressure and guilt women face when a working mother. Our past president, Doris Hall, was available and did a great job.
Click here to view the video
Featuring BPW Greater Sudbury...
Our Greater Sudbury Club had an amazing 12 page feature in their local "Northern Life" Greater Sudbury Community Newspaper. The feature promoted the clubs past, present and future accomplishments, featured current and past members as well as honored the recipients of their Bernadine Yackman Award and many others.
Click here to read the full 12 page feature
BPW Niagara Club Means Business!
Though perhaps small in numbers, BPW Niagara is thinking big. They will be hosting their first major event this summer, promoting awareness and hopefully gaining numbers.
Click here to read the full article
BPW Abbotsford hosts Myrtle Evertt Woman of the Year Event
Every year the BPW Abbotsford Club hosts their Myrtle Evertt Award ceremony. Having taken place on May 15, 2013, the evening was a great success.
The annual Myrtle Evertt Woman of the Year Award and ceremony was established in 1994 to recognize and honour local women for achievement in business or in a profession.
The award was named in honour of the first recipient of the award, the late Myrtle Evertt, who passed away at the age 87 on March 5, 2006, leaving a legacy to inspire woman and men.
Click here to read all about the event.
BPW Calgary: International Day of the Girl Awareness Campaign
BPW Calgary celebrated the world’s first International Day of the Girl and the Honourable Rona Ambrose congratulated the club for this campaign to raise awareness. You can read the media release issued on October 10th, 2012 by the Status of Women Canada.
This initiative was led by Minister Rona Ambrose and the evening was comprised of a forum which included: Jennifer Le a first year engineering student, Dana Bjornson, BPW member and Engineer and Architecure Design, Iman Abdulla, grade 11 student, who talked about modern day slavery. Dr. Ursula Steele was the key note speaker, Principal of the Alice Jamieson Girls Academy. Pat Cochrane Board of Trustee Chair for the Calgary Board of Education.