About Equal Voice
Dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada
Equal Voice acknowledges that our offices are located on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. Their traditions and protocols continue to nurture this Territory. Equal Voice acknowledges the ongoing oppression of lands, cultures and the original Peoples in what we now know as Canada, and commits to the healing and decolonizing journey we all share together. in Canada’s colonial political institutions and that by encouraging Indigenous women and gender diverse people to seek political office we hope to contribute to the Indigenizing of those systems. We are committed to decolonization through the process of reconciliation and support realizing the nation-to-nation relationships.
Who are we?
We advocate for and support women and gender diverse candidates at all levels of government. From all political parties. From all parts of the country. Together, we are Equal Voice, a national, bilingual, member-based, multi-partisan organization that — since 2001 — has been advocating for the equal representation of women in Canada’s Parliament, in provincial and territorial legislatures, and on municipal and band councils.
Strategic Directions 2020 – 2024
Through this strategic plan, which charts our course to 2024, Equal Voice is committed to creating a pathway for women, in all of their diversity, to run for elected office. This means not only equipping women who are running with the tools and support they need to succeed, but also creating a political environment conducive to effectively recruiting and retaining women in politics. We will accomplish this together through continued advocacy at all levels of government, focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion, and accessibility throughout the organization, and building our organizational capacity so we can always deliver high quality programs and tools to our members and the public.
Board of Directors
Elected annually by Equal Voice members.
Physician, feminist and community leader Kim Kelly has advocated for wellness programs in schools, better treatment for citizens who suffer from addiction, and the need to incorporate equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into organizations’ strategic plans. After being inspired by the #metoo movement, she shared her story of harassment as a medical student and has advocated for gender equity in leadership, addressing the gender pay gap, and eliminating harassment and discrimination from work environments
Political activist, former school board and provincial candidate, social activist, wife, and new mother, Janny Gaspard Laguerre wears several hats. In addition to her work in the Quebec public service, she wants to be a reasonable voice for influence and change for women through entrepreneurial initiatives and leadership.
I am Ghanaian-Canadian and have lived, worked and served the Nanaimo community since immigrating here 16 years ago, being involved with Equal Voice for six years. A graduate of Vancouver Island University, where I gained separate degrees in Criminology, Global Studies, and Education, I am currently a K-12 substitute teacher.
Esmahan is a Principal at Champion Communications & PR. Her political experience spans all orders of government, including running for municipal council in 2017. She has worked as a political staffer for the Government of Alberta, and most recently as a public affairs consultant in British Columbia. For her outstanding work in politics, Esmahan was named one of the top 50 Arab women in North America by the Arab Women of Excellence Awards in 2019.
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan P.C.
Bernadette is a passionate community builder focusing on women and gender equality, rural communities, and ocean sustainability.She is a current member of the Kings Privy Council. Bernadette was the first woman from Nova Scotia to hold a cabinet position in the federal government, the first woman to be elected in the riding of South Shore St. Margaret’s and only the 9th woman in Nova Scotia history to be elected federally. Bernadette had a former career in fund development and in media relations. Actively involved in her community since she was a teenager, Bernadette believes we all have something to offer and lives by the credo “if you see a woman who needs a hand up give it to her”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan P.C. is a passionate community builder focusing on women and gender equality, rural communities, and ocean sustainability.She is a current member of the Kings Privy Council. Bernadette was the first woman from Nova Scotia to hold a cabinet position in the federal government, the first woman to be elected in the riding of South Shore St. Margaret’s and only the 9th woman in Nova Scotia history to be elected federally. Bernadette had a former career in fund development and in media relations. Actively involved in her community since she was a teenager, Bernadette believes we all have something to offer and lives by the credo “if you see a woman who needs a hand up give it to her”
Francyne committed to empowering Indigenous people through her work and philanthropic efforts.
She works with the National Association of Friendship Centres.
Kelsey worked in the Premier’s office for just over a year in her early twenties. It was her first job in politics, but not the first time she had been involved.
She became Recreation Programmer for the Village of Teslin a unique position where she worked both for the municipal government and the first nations government, Teslin Tlingit Council.
She moved to Whitehorse to work for BGC Yukon. She now works at the Recreation and Parks Association of Yukon where she gets to help people start up and access recreation programs that lead to healthier and happier lifestyles.
She ran for council in Whitehorse learning about how to run a campaign, what it means and what it takes to run in an election.