Sometimes we forget how many good young people we have living in our area. Every so often we hear how well some of these young people are doing and we would like to highlight one this week.
Andrea Strathdee, daughter of Mayor Al and Gloria Strathdee is a first year Carlton University student and in March she will be part of a historic program for young women from coast-to-coast-to-coast which will include leadership forums, networking events and public policy workshops which organizers hope will strengthen their talents and confidence. At present Andrea University is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree of Public Affairs and Policy Management and is interested in studying the design and implementation of public policy, and building a career in the public service. After spending a year abroad as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, Andrea says she is passionate about strengthening Canada’s role as a leader in the equality movement on a global stage. She is also passionate about Canadian multiculturalism, bilingualism, and the unity of all regions of the Canadian federation.
The forum is organized by a group called “Daughter’s of the Vote” whose mandate is to increase female representation in all levels of government in Canada
Each delegate brings to Ottawa knowledge of their own riding’s unique issues and challenges – as the young person can find inspiration and share ideas with their peers, while exploring careers involving political service. Andrea will be representing the Riding of Perth-Wellington. On International Women’s Day (March 8th, 2017) 338 young women between the ages of 18-23 will be sitting in the House of Commons to represent their ridings, and discuss national policy issues.
The group says that just over half of Canada’s population is female and they advocate that women’s voices should be equally heard in the political arena, where elected officials are meant to conduct the business of the nation on behalf of all citizens. Some of the subjects that will be discussed at the event will include health, employment, business and industry and labour. As a result of the conference, the group hopes that when the next generation of young women grows, all of Canada grows and as current and future ‘agents of change’, what the delegates learn at the conference they can take back to apply in their own community. We know that Andrea will be a great representative for our riding.