Slaney of­fers en­cour­ag­ing words

Guest speaker at Cel­e­brat­ing Women’s Lead­er­ship in Pol­i­tics event

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

MARYSTOWN, NL – Lisa Slaney sees great value in women be­com­ing in­volved in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics.

Slaney, a coun­cil­lor with the Town of Marystown, re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a discussion panel dur­ing the Cel­e­brat­ing Women’s Lead­er­ship in Pol­i­tics event at the NL Hous­ing and Home­less Net­work in St. John’s

Funded through the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of New­found­land and Labrador and the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tions of Canada’s Com­mu­nity Fund for Canada’s 150, it was one in a se­ries of four events of­fered by the YWCA St. John’s in re­la­tion to their “Cel­e­brat­ing the Legacy of Women’s Lead­er­ship project.”

Slaney said she was hon­oured to be joined by Labrador City Mayor Karen Old­ford and St. John’s Deputy Mayor Shan­nie Duff who were also in­vited speak­ers for the event.

“I guess the work that I have been do­ing through my role on coun­cil has been rec­og­nized and I guess my up­com­ing (run) for the mayor’s po­si­tion,” said Slaney. “It was quite an hon­our to be asked not only to rep­re­sent this area from a ru­ral per­spec­tive, but also to be rec­og­nized with th­ese women who have made such great strides in the po­lit­i­cal arena in our prov­ince.”

Slaney hopes those in at­ten­dance were able to take away a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the po­lit­i­cal process, as well as an un­der­stand­ing of what they can do to bring change to that sys­tem.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LISA SLANEY

Lisa Slaney of Marystown re­cently joined for­mer St. John’s Deputy Mayor Shan­nie Duff and Labrador City Mayor Karen Old­ford for a panel discussion on Cel­e­brat­ing Women’s Lead­er­ship in Pol­i­tics. Pic­tured (from left) are Equal Voice NL co-chair Lori Lee Oates, panel moder­a­tor Slaney, Duff and Old­ford.

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