New Edmonton Women’s Committee Sees Flood of Applicants

Monday, 21 April 2014

Edmonton’s women are lining up to have their voices heard at city hall.

The city new women’s advisory committee, which councillors created earlier this year, has had almost 150 applicants for just 15 spots.

Coun. Bev Esslinger said she has been delighted to see so many women interested in taking part.

“It’s a great response. We are very pleased with that,” she said. “I think it reflects an interest to ensure that women’s voices are heard.”

Esslinger hopes the committee will tackle a wide range of issues that are important to making the city more responsive to women.

Jacqueline Foord, the CEO of the YWCA, who applied to sit on the committee, said she sees a wide range of issues, from safety, to poverty, to childcare, where it could be helpful.

“It could be something as simple as where do you put a light near a bus stop,” she said.

Foord said the high number of applicants is a good sign people are engaged.

“They are actively deciding to take a hand, take a role in making the city a better place for women to live,” she said.


Ryan Tumilty
Metro Edmonton

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