National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women Appoints New Chair – Michelle Kelly



For immediate release

February 12, 2018

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils (the Coalition) on the Status of Women held its annual meeting in St. John’s Newfoundland in the Fall of 2017.

Hosted by the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women Newfoundland and Labrador (the Advisory Council), this year’s meeting discussed current challenges in achieving women’s equality in our respective provinces and territories, while sharing resources and best practices.

Also announced was the upcoming retirement of Linda Ross, current Chair of the National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women, and President/CEO of the Advisory Council. Members expressed their heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Linda for her lifetime contributions and commitment to advancing women’s equality.

Holding a member vote, Michelle Kelly was elected as Chair of the Coalition, “I want to thank members for this privilege. In 2018, women across Canada continue to face challenges and this alliance of Councils across the country solidifies the need for provinces and territories to work collectively towards women’s equality.”

Ms. Kelly is the current chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and a partner with Cox & Palmer, practicing in commercial and insurance litigation with a focus on construction and energy matters. Michelle is bilingual in English and French.

The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women is pleased to host the next Coalition meeting in Halifax in June 2018.


Media contact

Michelle Kelly,

c/o NS Status of Women

tel. 902-424-8662







Consortium and Community Partners to Host Panel on Restorative Justice




November 20, 2017


On Wednesday, November 22 the Relationships First: Restorative Justice in Education Consortium including the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL, in collaboration with the Public Legal Information Association NL, the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre and YWCA-St. John’s will be hosting “Relationships First: Restorative Justice in Classrooms, Courtrooms and Community”. The evening panel will be held from 7-9 pm at MUN’s Faculty of Education Building (Room 1020) and will explore the use of restorative justice approaches to address challenges in our education and legal systems, including access to justice, increased demand on our courts and correctional facilities, the well-being of youth, and the need for safer, healthier communities.

“The panel is the inaugural event of the Kim Cole Relationships First Memorial Fund.  Kim was an artist, a teacher and passionate believer in relational and restorative justice approaches.  It was just a year ago that Kim’s life was cut short by cancer, but her memory and her spirit will continue through the work to advance restorative justice,” says Consortium director and Faculty of Education professor, Dorothy Vaandering.

Session panelists include: Honourable Andrew Parsons; Minister of Justice and Public Safety, RNC Deputy Chief Paul Woodruff, Roxanne Skanes; retired teacher and school administrator, Melendy Muise; Support Specialist with the Coalition Against the Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CASEY), Amy Hunt; Vice Principal, Halifax Regional School Board & Facilitator, Nova Scotia Restorative Approach and Patricia Gorham; Director Strategic Initiatives, Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Kevin O’Shea, Executive Director of PLIAN and Chair of the Access to Justice Steering Committee for Newfoundland and Labrador says, “Restorative justice principles have been used in limited instances in our province, and we have observed a rise in their application in other parts of the country. Many of those who work in the legal system and the education system agree that this is the right time to examine different approaches to resolving conflict and restoring relationships, and there is great momentum among stakeholders for this work going forward.”

This year’s theme for National Restorative Justice Week is “Inspiring Innovation” and runs from November 19-26.


For more information contact:


Kevin O’Shea                                                                         Linda Ross

709-722-2643                        709-753-6124





September 29, 2017


The Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to host this year’s Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women annual meeting. During October 2nd and 3rd, executive directors and board chairs of Advisory Councils will convene to discuss issues impacting the status of women. The Coalition is comprised of Advisory Councils from across the country dedicated to advancing women’s issues within their individual regions and who also work together in the interest of women on a national level.

While in St. John’s, the Coalition will meet with members of Stella’s Circle-Just Us Women’s Centre, Thrive CYN’s Blue Door Project and the Coalition Against the Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CASEY).

“We want to use the opportunity of this meeting to highlight some of the excellent work being done by community partners,” commented Linda Ross, Co-chair of the Coalition.  “While there are some differences in the issues individual Advisory Councils are focusing on, many such as domestic violence, sexual exploitation, women with mental health and/or addiction issues and women in the criminal justice system are common to all”.

-Linda Ross, Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL/Coalition Co-Chair

“Advancing the status of women in Newfoundland and Labrador is a top priority for our government and we are working to ensure social, legal, cultural and economic equality for women in the province. We see tremendous value in the work being done at the community level by groups that advance the economic and social status of women, and prevent violence and  I look forward to meeting with my colleagues from the Coalition to hear their perspectives and to learn from their experiences.”

– The Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister for the Status of Women

Along with Honourable Siobhan Coady, attending the Coalition meeting will be Mr. Terry Duguid, MP Winnipeg South and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Canada.



Linda Ross, Co-Chair                                                       Diana Quinton, Women’s Policy Office                                                       

709-753-7273                                                                   709-729-5282

Position Statement on this year’s Municipal Election



September 20, 2017

Municipal councils in our Province begin a new four-year term on September 26. The Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL is emphasizing the need for those terms to be marked by municipal council members working together respectfully without fear of harassment and bullying. Being an elected official is one of the few positions for which there are few codes of conduct mandating respectful behaviour.

As part of the Respectful Municipalities working group, organized by Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL), we have been working diligently to promote the need for respectful workplace policies. These are to guide our communities in working together to respectfully resolve differences. We invest significant time and resources into teaching our children to respect themselves and each other on how to resolve their differences respectfully. Should we not be practicing what we preach? Isn’t this what we want modelled for the next generation?

We all want capable, competent, qualified people, both women and men putting their names forward for councils. We want people who have the best interests of their communities and our province at heart. As citizens of the province, we have a right to expect nothing less.

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For interviews, contact:

Linda Ross, President/CEO



Advisory Council and Equal Voice NL Celebrate Female Candidates in 2017 Municipal Election










Press Release 

September 11, 2017


The Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL, in partnership with Equal Voice, NL Chapter, will be hosting an event Monday, September 18 from 7-9 pm at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium to celebrate female candidates in the 2017 Municipal elections in St. John’s Metropolitan area.

Both organizations have worked closely in the past partnering on a publication titled ‘Organize to Win” A Political Guidebook for Women in Newfoundland and Labrador’ and hosting ‘Daughters of the Vote NL’ an Equal Voice initiative which honored and celebrated emerging young women leaders in our province with aspirations of a career in politics. “We are thrilled to see so many women running in the 2017 municipal election and want to celebrate this” says Linda Ross, President/CEO of the Advisory Council. We have a long way to go to achieving gender parity at all levels of government, however, seeing more women put their names forward municipally inspires hope.”

Women are still woefully under-represented at all levels of government. This needs to change and for many women, their first foray into politics is at the municipal level.  Lori Lee Oats, Equal Voice NL chair commented “Equal Voice NL is dedicated to working with women interested in running for political office, regardless of the level of government or political party. We also recognize the importance of women having strong networks and access to the necessary resources to run a campaign – something that also needs to be addressed.”

To help recognize this year’s female candidates will be female MHAs, members of the Advisory Council from across the province, community partners, former female municipal councillors and members of Equal Voice.

Equal Voice’s slogan is “Support Her, Be Her, Celebrate Her” and on September 18, the intention is to bring people together to network and celebrate her.




Lori Lee Oats                                                             Linda Ross

Chair, Equal Voice, NL                                             President/CEO                                    



National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women submit brief to FEWO

Improving Women’s Economic Security in Canada: Provincial and Territorial Perspectives Submission to FEWO from the Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women

“When women do well, everyone does better,” said Madeleine Kunin, making a simple truism out of the complex conclusions of the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and the United Nations. However, women’s economic security and economic empowerment are not only “smart economics,” but are fundamental human rights, and governments have a responsibility for ensuring these rights. This submission will include recommendations to diminish high incidences of poverty among women in Canada. According to Canadian women’s organizations, the key to addressing economic inequality is investment in social infrastructure. Women who are moving out of poverty consistently identify the need for similar wraparound supports to enable them to pursue education, training, and work. These are especially necessary for those wishing to enter new fields of work, including fields where women are, or traditionally have been, under-represented; and to access part-time and precarious work…Submission to Standing Committee on the Status of Women

Advisory Council Welcomes New Team Member!

Judit Lovas, Policy and Research Analyst


Judit holds a J.D degree in Political Science and Jurisprudence from University of Debrecen School of Law, Hungary, and is currently a student at MUN where she is finishing a Master’s degree in Gender Studies. Her research interest includes human rights, women’s rights, gender equity and equality, violence against women, corporate social responsibility, and international development.

In 2013, Judit was awarded the Graduate Travel Award by Department of Gender Studies and participated in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57), New York City. She contributed to the success of one of the UN’s parallel events, “The South-South Exchange: Experiences, Lessons & Strategies for Eliminating All Forms of Violence against Women & Girls”. Judit is a member of the International Research Foundation for Development as well as the National Women’s Studies Association. She also serves on the Board of Albert Group Enterprise Inc.

Being committed to advancing the lives of women, Judit was giving pro-bono legal advice mostly to women in need. She has conducted several qualitative research projects on women’s issues including international human rights, gender discrimination, gender inequality, and domestic violence against women. Her current research is an exploration of the gender equality and women’s empowerment policies of select corporate documents of L’Oréal, the giant beauty company.

Her unique background as a legal professional and feminist researcher enables her to make a valuable contribution in the policy and research analyst capacity at the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL.

La Coalition nationale des conseils consultatifs provinciaux et territoriaux sur le statut des femmes a rencontre la ministre de la Condition feminine a Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario – La Coalition nationale des conseils consultatifs provinciaux et territoriaux sur le statut des femmes a tenu sa rencontre annuelle à Ottawa les 26 et 27 septembre 2016. A cette occasion, les membres de la Coalition ont eu l’opportunité de rencontrer la ministre fédérale de la Condition Féminine, l’Honorable Patricia Hajdu, afin d’échanger sur les enjeux relatifs a l’Egalite entre les femmes et les hommes a travers le pays, de même que les membres ont pu mettre en lumière les actions de la Coalition mettent de l’avant pour défendre les intérêts des femmes.

“Nous sommes très heureuse d’avoir rencontre la Ministre de la Condition féminine”, déclare Linda Ross, présidente-directrice générale du Conseil consultatif de la province de Terre-Neuve et Labrador et actuelle présidente de la Coalition…La Coalition nationale des conseils consultatifs

National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women meet with Minister Hajdu in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario – The National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women held its annual meeting in Ottawa on September 26 and 27, 2016. The meetings provided the Coalition with an opportunity to meet with Honourable Patty Hajdu, the Federal Minister of Status of Women, to share and discuss issues related to women’s equality across the country as well as to highlight how the Coalition can advance the interests of women.

“We were very pleased to hear from Minister Hajdu,” said Linda Ross, President/CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Advisory Council and current Chairperson for the Coalition…National Coalition meet with Minister Hajdu in Ottawa