The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, gave an inspiring keynote address at our annual seasonal dinner on November 24th. Minister Hajdu, well known and well respected within her community for her work on substance use issues, harm reduction, housing, and public health, spoke of the current projects underway within her portfolio, everything from strategies for working toward elimination of gender based violence, to diversity, pay equity, Person’s Day, and the historic and evolving roles of women in Canada. Our thanks to Minister Hajdu for taking the opportunity to spend time with WLAO members and guests.
We also heard from the Honourable Julie Dabrusin, Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth, whose volunteer efforts won Julie the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service in 2013. Julie provided an entertaining and thoughtful overview of her constituency concerns before taking a moment to introduce Minister Hajdu.
A beautiful evening of camaraderie, thoughtful discussion, delicious food, and a lovely venue; thanks to all who attended!