Howe Sound grads participate in Daughters of the Vote

The group is dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada

An exciting opportunity is on it’s way for two recent graduates of Howe Sound Secondary. Myself and Callista Ryan have been chosen to participate in Daughters of the Vote, organised by Equal Voice. 

Founded in 2001, Equal Voice is a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada. A total of 338 young women representing every federal riding in Canada will take their seat in Parliament this March. 

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My partner in crime, Callista Ryan, will be representing West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, whereas I will be representing my new constituency, Kelowna-Lake Country.

Our dear Callista has gone from regular geek to political geek. She is currently planning to study international relations at Western University in London, Ont.

Her passion for youth and community engagement has continued in post secondary. Callista is actively involved in British Columbia Youth Parliament, where she serves as the minister of regional youth parliaments. 

My passion for indigenous culture and theatre has also continued. As Canadian politics aim towards establishing strong relations with their indigenous peoples, I hope to listen and share ideas regarding decolonization and environmental protection. 

Callista and I are very excited to meet the women who are striving and showcasing female representation in politics. During Daughters of the Vote, we will share ideas, attend educational workshops, and engage in networking amongst these bright women. 

We hope to empower women, lgbtqa+ and indigenous youth to become actively engaged in their communities and utilize the resources out there to do so, and if there are none, create them for others. 

You can go to Daughters of the Vote online to find out more of this initiative, or to plan your application for next year. If you are interested in asking either of us questions or getting in touch you can email us anytime at (Ashleigh Giffen) and (Callista Ryan). Follow their social media for updates on Twitter @Callistaryan. 

- Ashleigh Giffen is a Squamish resident studying theatre and indigenous studies at the University of British Columbia in the Okanagan. She has heritage in several indigenous nations, but is mainly Oji-Cree and Anasazi. 

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