A Bold Vision for Canada’s Future!

We are so excited to share with you the shared vision statement created by the Bold Visionaries on September 26, 2014 at Province House.

One of the most exciting moments of A Bold Vision: Women’s Leadership Conference happened on the morning of September 26 when the visionaries started their day in the Confederation Room at Province House, the very room where the Fathers of Confederation began their deliberations. It is a room that was excluded to women 150 years ago. It is now a national historic site and a room that thousands of people visit every year, but only opened to other people in positions of power – visiting premiers, royalty and the prime minster. And now, our Bold Visionaries.

We often talk about the importance of diversity ‘at the table’, so it was thrilling to see the visionaries siting around that table!

Engaging in a collaborative process is challenging and the women involved in this project worked really hard, listened to each other, and created a comprehensive document, which challenges us all to work toward a better future for our country.

It is our hope that 150 years from now, not only will some of the visions presented at the conference and in the anthology have come to fruition, but that the Bold Vision conference will be recognized as another moment in history when diverse leaders met in Prince Edward Island, engaged in relationship-building, and discussed the future in committed, collaborative ways to create new pathways in the territory we presently call Canada.
Bold Vision Group at Province House

A Bold Vision Caucus

So many amazing things happened at A Bold Vision: Women’s Leadership Conference last month. As we hoped and planned, there was lots of informal networking and women talking about important issues in this country. A group of women attending A Bold Vision Conference formed a caucus and made a statement about missing and murdered Indigenous women. You can watch it below. Check back often as we share other Bold Vision updates!

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Call for an Inquiry from PEI Status of Women on Vimeo.

A Bold Vision for Canada

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Thank you to these amazing women who worked so hard to achieve a collaborative vision for Canada. We are proof-reading it and sending it for translation, and we will post and share it widely as soon as possible. In the meantime, this recreated image of the Fathers of Confederation with a diversity of women, including Indigenous women front and centre is a powerful statement in, of of, itself. (Thanks to Parks Canada & Province House staff for going above and beyond to welcome us!)

Norma Dube

norma_for_publicationWhat are you most excited for at A Bold Vision: Women’s Leadership Conference?

The ability to spend time with women who all have extremely interesting life and professional journeys and dream about what our Canadian society could be in the future.

Bold Visions come in all sizes – Tell us about your bold vision…

My vision is of a Canadian society that stands for true equality for all not just in words but in actions.

Meet Delegate Marilyn Long

picture_001 (1)What are you most excited for at A Bold Vision: Women’s Leadership Conference?

To learn from Women leaders from other parts of Canada

Bold Visions come in all sizes – tell us about your bold vision.

My Bold Vision is to continue to give back to ensure that we are able to enjoy the wonderful free country that we live in and that we are doing all the right things for future of our country and our world.

Delegate Laura K. Bird Shares Her Bold Vision

lbirb8299 (1)What are you most excited for at A Bold Vision: Women’s Leadership Conference?

I’m excited for the chance to listen and learn, especially the panel discussions on Collaborative Leadership, Achieving your Vision, and Continuing the Work of our Foremothers. It has been a long time since I’ve dipped into any continuing education, and this leadership conference in my own backyard was too great an opportunity to be missed. I was excited enough to nominate someone, and am eager to take part. Personally, I feel the need to be more vocal and engaged in community affairs, as well as the need to discern what role I could be active in within my community.

Bold Visions come in all sizes – tell us about your bold vision.

My bold vision is for me, my family, and my community. It is to see each be nurturing and nurtured; to have the vulnerable cared for and to create environments that limit vulnerability. It is to see my community be a place of enrichment, good soil from which nourishment can grow, for people of all ages and at all stages in life. I love the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and feel that sometimes people get caught up in promoting and sustaining that which doesn’t exist, missing out on what is good and truly going on around them.

Rosemary Judd-Archer Joins Delegates to A Bold Vision

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Relationships

Bold Visions come in all sizes – Tell us about your bold vision…

We all live in several different spaces. My vision is that every human strive to make each of the spaces they inhabit motivational to others. When the focus is on learning from mistakes, failures become opportunities for improvement and successes are a natural part of the shared journey.

Delegate Beth Couchman Has A Bold Vision!

picture_for_peiWhat are you most excited for at A Bold Vision: Women’s Leadership Conference?

I am excited to be surrounded by such great energy and truly looking forward to sharing in everyone’s journey on how they arrived where they are right now in their lives.

Bold Visions come in all sizes – Tell us about your bold vision…

I am a firm believer that everyone is exactly where they are supposed to be in their lives, right now, today, in the present. Everything does indeed happen for a reason and every choice that is made shapes what tomorrow may hold.

My bold vision…..is still at work. I am not entirely sure what it will hold but I know that it will be a positive in my today and a positive in my tomorrow.

Equal Voice National Chair, Raylene Lang-Dion Joins List of Delegates!

raylene016highresWhat are you most excited for at A Bold Vision: Women’s Leadership Conference?

The issue of women’s leadership has many, many parts and this conference provides a strategic opportunity for women to be able to network, discuss and plan how to keep advancing this issue.

Equal Voice: Electing More Women in Canada is one of those parts.

We are proud to be a sponsor and participant in the Conference, as women having a voice at the political decision making table is necessary to ensure we have a thriving democracy – we are over half of the population, yet continue to be represented at around the 25% mark. This is not good enough.

As Canada’s only national, multi-partisan, not-for-profit organization, Equal Voice’s Be Her. Support Her. Celebrate Her. campaign builds on the ways in which we all can help get more women elected. More women equipped to run means more women seeking nominations. This increases the opportunity for more women to get elected. That’s what we are about and that is our goal.

We are truly looking forward to meeting the other participants and working together – see you at the Conference!

Bold Visions come in all sizes – tell us about your bold vision…

My son was 8 years old and had spent his life so far only hearing about women politicians. One day he sincerely asked ‘Mommy, can boys get elected? to which I replied ‘well son, maybe one day!’ Then of course I told him what is really going on.

We all grasp the importance of electing more women. The importance and deterrents have been well documented over time, so lets get on with it! Equal Voice’s big, bold idea is to launch in 2015 a Canada-wide program to equip 5000 women in 5 years to run for political office. Some say it should be 15,000 but 5000 is where we will start.

For too long the ‘vision’ of women’s political leadership has not been in reality what it should be. Together we will ensure that our generation and those that follow have a different reality of women’s political leadership – one that is flourishing.

Municipal Councilor, Brenda Hogg Joins A Bold Vision Delegates

hogg_photo_2014What are you most excited for at A Bold Vision: Women’s Leadership Conference?

This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ event for any woman especially for a woman in political office. As an elected official for the past 23 years; as one of the few women in municipal politics, I am very honoured to have been invited to attend A BOLD VISION. I think of my Granddaughters and hope that when they are older, they will follow-up on this momentous occasion. I hope that they will marvel at how dynamic, creative, inclusive, equitable, insightful, and meaningful were the contributions of Canadian women leaders. I hope that they will find their own place and voice in building the history of our great country.

Bold Visions come in all sizes – Tell us about your bold vision…

My Bold Vision would encourage all girls and women to participate in the decisions which inform and direct their lives. I want all girls and women to know that they have choice and a responsibility to themselves – to make decisions and take responsibility for their actions. I want girls and women to know that at any age, or time in their life, they have opportunities for positive change and that as they change themselves, they create the world that they choose to live in. In that way, all girls and women will come to respect themselves and each other as leaders.