Women from across Halton joined together at the Halton Regional Centre on March 3, 2018 to learn about career opportunities for women in the public sector. The event, the first of its kind, was held in honour of International Women’s Day and featured presentations from women at various stages in their careers working in the public sector.
Over 30 women and men participated in the session which included presentations, a panel discussion and a mock Council meeting where participants had the chance to engage in issues that would be discussed and debated by elected officials. The panel discussion included a number of elected officials and women in various positions in municipal government including: The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for Digital Government, MPP Burlington, Pam Damoff, MP Oakville-North Burlington, Regional Councillors Jane Fogal and Cathy Duddeck, Mary Lou Tanner, Deputy City Manager, City of Burlington, Lynne Simons, Director of Policy Integration and Communications, Halton Region, Rebecca MacKay, Councillor’s Assistant, City of Burlington and Danielle Manton, Manager of Committee and Elections Services, City of Burlington.
“The Women in Gov’ Workshop profiled the important contributions women make in government as public sector employees and elected officials,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “I congratulate everyone involved on the success of this event and I hope it inspired others to consider a career in public service.”
The event featured a number of community leaders including Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr and Regional Councillor Blair Lancaster. Councillor Lancaster is a Regional representative at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities where she participates on the Standing Committee on Increasing Women´s Participation in Municipal Government to seek and support initiatives to increase women´s political participation in municipal government.
“I am thrilled with the fantastic turnout and would like to thank everyone that participated, and helped to put on such a successful event,” said Regional Councillor Blair Lancaster. “It was inspiring to see so many women coming together to share new ideas and perspectives. Women’s participation in government can only increase more, and I am hopeful that we can continue to have these conversations and see more women in roles of leadership, to make a difference in our communities.”
To learn more about career opportunities at Halton Region, visit halton.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 550,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.