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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Women's Equality and BC's Provincial Election: Why Your Vote Counts

April 01, 2017


FREE, everyone is welcome! RSVP on, or email


When: Sat, April 1, 2017. 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM)

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by Single Mothers' Alliance BC and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

A community-driven event about how we can achieve women's equality in BC.

Join the Single Mothers' Alliance BC on April 1 for an all-candidates debate and keynote speakers on women's rights in BC. Ahead of the May 9 provincial general election, learn about BC political party platforms on gender equality and discuss the issues that matter to you in community roundtables. The event will end with a networking reception for all attendees.

With lived experience testimonials from Debbie Henry and Mai Eaglespeaker, on violence against women, housing, poverty, work, wages, childcare and more!

"Why Your Vote Counts" is first come, first seated. For early bird RSVP, email There will be a children's activity table and mother's helpers. Transportation assistance is available upon request.


France-Emmanuelle Joly, Executive Director. Vancouver Women's Health Collective.

Currently executive director of the Vancouver Women's Health Collective, France-Emmanuelle Joly has also been involved with the French-speaking women's network Réseau-Femmes for 12 years. She strongly believes that women should (and will) have an equal say in all matters, and that the best way to reach equality is to nurture, educate and create a safe context for women to make their voice heard.

Kendra Milne, Director of Law Reform. West Coast LEAF.

Kendra Milne is the Director of Law Reform at West Coast LEAF. Her legal career has focused on exploring creative ways to use the law to remedy systemic inequality, with a focus on income and housing insecurity, and human rights. Kendra holds a BSc in physics and math and a law degree from the University of Victoria, and she is a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC office. She also sits on the executive committee of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and the board of PovNet. When she's not working, Kendra loves to dance and bake from scratch like her grandma taught her.


Trang Nguyen, BC Liberals. Vancouver-Kingsway Candidate.

An accomplished public servant, entrepreneur, and journalist, Trang Nguyen is excited to offer her energy and experience as the BC Liberal candidate in Vancouver-Kingsway.

A strong believer in Canada’s diverse and inclusive society, Trang served as a federal citizenship judge from 2013 to 2016, following two decades as a small business owner. She also worked as an accredited interpreter in the BC court system for more than 20 years.

In 2012, Trang was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her achievements as an anchor, host, and field reporter for Channel M TV, Omni TV, and Lac Viet Radio.

Trang graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in criminology, and received certificates from Langara College and Vancouver Community College. She lives with her pre-teen children and loves being their proud mother.

Ellisa Calder, BC Green Party. Vancouver-Kingsway Candidate.

Ellisa works as an IT Consultant for a locally-owned consulting firm, Habanero Consulting Group. Before that, she worked for the Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ellisa graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2008 with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with Honours and a Minor in Dialogue from the School of Communications. She also completed a Certificate in International Business from the Grenoble École de Management that same year. Her education and work life have been dedicated to creating exceptional workplace experiences (first in HR and now in IT).

Ellisa is passionate about community and loves welcoming people into my home, a quality her husband shares. As avid outdoor athletes, they spend their weekends with their young daughter, exploring the ecological, recreational, and cultural gems our city offers. Ellisa's recent volunteer work has been related to accessibility in sport (Power to Be Charity and Special Olympics Canada Summer Games).

Melanie Mark, New Democratic Party of British Columbia. Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MLA.

Melanie Mark is the first Indigenous woman to serve in the B.C. Legislature. Elected in a by-election in February 2016, with the New Democrat Official Opposition, she first served as the Deputy Spokesperson for Housing and is now the Official Opposition Spokesperson for Children and Family Development.

Melanie is passionate about building communities that thrive on quality social services, prosperous economies, and environmental sustainability.

Raised in East Vancouver by a single mom, she has spent much of her life standing up for the Vancouver-Mount Pleasant community in a variety of leadership roles. She is the former president of the Urban Native  Youth Association and co-founder of the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre. Melanie is the recipient of the Young Women of Distinction Award with the YWCA (2006), Native Education College Chief Mathias Leadership Award (2015) and the inaugural Janusz Korczak Medal for Children’s Rights Advocacy (2016). She is Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Cree and Ojibway and a proud mother of two school aged girls. Melanie is a passionate advocate for the constituents of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant.

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


FREE, everyone is welcome! RSVP on, or email


When: Sat, April 1, 2017. 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM)

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by Single Mothers' Alliance BC and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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