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UNB students to attend Daughters of the Vote conference

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Mar 2, 2021

Category: UNB Fredericton , myUNB , UNB Saint John

Students from the University of New Brunswick are invited to attend the Daughters of the Vote summit, taking place virtually from March 5-8, 2021.

Equal Voice established the Daughters of the Vote summit to celebrate the 100th anniversary of select women attaining the right to vote in Canada. Taking place in the same month as International Women’s Day, the program aims to expose young women to Canadian political institutions and inspire them to act in their own communities.

Third year UNB law student, Lori Wareham, is one of the 338 women who has been selected to participate in the summit and will be representing the West-Nova riding.

“I am interested in policy and advocacy and I am inspired to learn more about how those influence each other,” says Ms. Wareham. “I am excited about the ability to meet other like-minded people across Canada. The participants are all exceptional representatives from across Canada with such a variety of interests and perspectives. I am looking forward to learning from each of them.”

Chloe Dallon recently finished her bachelor of science in biology-psychology and will attend UNB’s law program in Fall 2021. She will represent the Fundy Royal riding.

“I am most looking forward to networking with other young people who are passionate about Canadian issues and who are inspired to revolutionize their communities,” says Ms. Dallon. “Creating new friendships, discussing highly-debated topics and forging connections with the change-makers of tomorrow are my hopes for this summit.”

Sarah Lunney is in her final year of her bachelor of arts degree in political science and will be representing the Saint John-Rothesay riding.

“When I came to UNB Saint John, the department of politics had a large representation of female professors that are leading experts in their field,” says Ms. Lunney. “This representation of strong women continues to motivate and inspire with their understanding of gendered issues and they are willing to help me excel. Although my professors are not politicians, this representation of women in political science in an academic institution make me feel like I could be part of it someday.”

Alden Spencer is a second-year law student at UNB Fredericton and will be representing Madawaska-Restigouche riding.

“Working in the House of Commons and Newfoundland House of Assembly made me realize how few women are currently elected officials in the country and I wanted to learn more and understand why this was the case,” says. Ms. Spencer. “I’m looking forward to hearing from different women’s experiences and how we can ensure more equal representation in the political future. There is something really powerful about a group of 338 women and non-binary people coming together to discuss the issues that are impacting the lives of our community members.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held virtually instead of in Ottawa at Parliament Hill where is has been held for the past two years.

Media contact: Kathleen Mclaughlin

Photo: Alden Spencer, Sarah Lunney, Chloe Dallon and Lori Wareham.