Two Labrador women ap­pointed to pro­vin­cial ad­vi­sory coun­cil

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY danette@nl.rogers.com

Two women liv­ing in Labrador are among re­cent ap­pointees to the Pro­vin­cial Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on the Sta­tus of Women.

Rae­lene Vickers is Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Mokami Sta­tus of Women Coun­cil in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay.

Orig­i­nally from Cor­ner Brook, she has Metis sta­tus (her ma­ter­nal grand­mother is from the south coast of Labrador).

Vickers earned a bach­e­lor of so­cial work from Memo­rial Uni­ver­sity and a masters of so­cial work from the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto.

In a news re­lease about the new ap­point­ments, Vickers is de­scribed as a fierce fem­i­nist who chal­lenges so­ci­ety’s ex­pec­ta­tions and a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for gen­der and sex­ual di­verse pop­u­la­tions.

Work­ing as a front­line so­cial worker has given her ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with chil­dren in care, fos­ter par­ents, as well as women ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence.

Vickers also served on the board of Li­bra House (a women’s shel­ter in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay) for sev­eral years.

Upon con­vo­cat­ing from her so­cial work stud­ies at Memo­rial Uni­ver­sity, Vickers was rec­og­nized by her class­mates with an award as big­gest so­cial ad­vo­cate.

“My par­ents (Bev­er­ley and Ray­mond Vickers) raised me to be pas­sion­ate and to be in­volved in vol­un­teer work even from a young age… I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing the women of Labrador (on the Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil) the best I can. And I’m sure El­iz­a­beth (Evan­sMitchell) is as well,” she said. ***

El­iz­a­beth Evans-Mitchell was born and raised in Makkovik, Nu­natsi­avut.

She has a bach­e­lor of arts in ed­u­ca­tion from Memo­rial Uni­ver­sity and a diploma in ko­daly mu­sic from Aca­dia Uni­ver­sity.

Evans-Mitchell re­tired from a 30-year teach­ing ca­reer (in her home­town) four years ago. Dur­ing three of those years she also served as the school’s prin­ci­pal.

Evans-Mitchell served as a com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor for many years and as North Coast vi­cepres­i­dent for the Com­bined Coun­cils of Labrador.

She also vol­un­teered with the Makkovik Mu­seum Com­mit­tee, Makkovikimut Trust, AnanauKatiget Timin­git and Makkovik Chapel Ser­vants - Acolyte for the Mo­ra­vian Church.

Evans-Mitchell said there is of­ten a dis­con­nect, or lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, when it comes to the voices of women in Labrador be­ing heard.

“It’s so im­por­tant to bring is­sues women in Labrador com­mu­ni­ties face to the pro­vin­cial level. I feel the (Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil) plays a key role in ad­vis­ing gov­ern­ment on is­sues that are sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact­ing women. Their is­sues, con­cerns and sug­ges­tions def­i­nitely need to be put forth and lob­bied for,” Evans- Mitchell said.

Is­sues spe­cific to Labrador, she said, in­clude vi­o­lence and bul­ly­ing, chil­dren in care, health, res­i­den­tial school sur­vivors, miss­ing and mur­dered abo­rig­i­nal women, food se­cu­rity, hous­ing, em­ploy­ment and job se­cu­rity.

Evans-Mitchell said she would like to thank her mother, An­nie Evans (a for­mer Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil mem­ber), and her grand­mother, 101-year-old Muriel An­der­sen, for be­ing such pos­i­tive role mod­els in her life.

“They have in­stilled in me a de­sire to help oth­ers wher­ever I can,” she said.

Other ap­pointees to the Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil in­clude Barbara Agnes Barker, Ar­lene Blan­chard-White, Erica Hur­ley, Kelly Hynes-Curties and Abi­gail Steel. Vanessa Jo Mc­Carthy and Carmichael Polo­nio have been re-ap­pointed for a sec­ond term.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Pro­vin­cial Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on the Sta­tus of Women, visit pacsw.ca.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

El­iz­a­beth Evans-Mitchell

DRU KENNEDY PHOTO

Rae­lene Vickers

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