Local woman chosen for Daughters of the Vote

National event marks 100th anniversary of suffrage

Anecia Gill

Anecia Gill

A local resident has been selected by the organization Equal Voice as one of 338 people across Canada to participate in Daughters of the Vote, an event that marks the 100th anniversary in 2016 of women being granted the right to vote.

Anecia Gill was among 1,500 young women who applied across Canada.

She has been chosen to represent her riding – Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon – and to communicate her vision for Canada.

“The powerful tool of political participation only became accessible to all Canadian women in recent history, so being part of this event is important as it symbolizes our past achievements as well as successes to come,” Gill said.

On Oct. 3, Gill will join B.C. female MLAs for the launch of Women’s History Month and to unveil a permanent women’s display at the B.C. Legislature.

While in Victoria, Gill is also looking forward to engaging with a multi-partisan panel of female MLAs and leaders on various issues.

She will then take a seat in Parliament in Ottawa on March 8, 2017.

Gill is a fourth-year sociology major at University of the Fraser Valley, where she has been working with the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies on several research projects.

Equal Voice is a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.

The Daughters of the Vote initiative gives young women between the ages of 18 and 23 an opportunity to become familiar with Canada’s political institutions so that they are equipped and inspired to participate in the political arena.

Visit daughtersofthevote.ca for more information.