The Canadian Club of Toronto

The Canadian Club of Toronto

March 22, 2006 11:45 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY-Hon. Flora MacDonald to Address a Joint Meeting of the Canadian Club and Equal Voice

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2006) -

Attention: Assignment, News Editors, Photo Editors

WHAT: Hon. Flora MacDonald, former Minister of External Affairs, will address a joint meeting of the Canadian Club of Toronto and Equal Voice on the importance of the role women must play in the political arena. Active in both Canada and around the globe, Flora will discuss the progress currently being made on this front in the world and what remains to be done both at home and abroad.

WHO: In 1979, Hon. Flora MacDonald became the first woman to be appointed Secretary of State for External Affairs. Since leaving politics in 1989, Flora has been involved in a range of human rights and environmental activities in Canada and around the globe. She is currently working on site in Afghanistan and India. She is also Chair of Future Generations, an American nonprofit educational institution focusing on the process of equitable and sustainable community change. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Council for Refugees, CARE Canada, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and UNICEF.

In 1999, Hon. Flora MacDonald was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal and, in 2004, she was the first Canadian ever to be honored with the government of India's prestigious Padma Shri Award for her social development work there. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada (1993) and Companion of the Order of Canada (1999) and was also awarded the Order of Ontario (1995).

WHEN: 12:00 p.m., March 27, 2006
The Canadian Room, Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Remarks at 1:00 p.m.
1:45 p.m. Interview opportunity in the Ontario Room

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1897, The Canadian Club of Toronto is one of the premier public affairs forums in North America. Over its 109 year history, many distinguished world leaders and newsmakers have visited the Club's podium, including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, most Canadian Prime Ministers, President Putin of Russia, Carly Fiorina, Sheila Fraser, Silken Laumann and the UN's Louise Arbour to name a few.

Equal Voice, an influential national multi-partisan advocacy organization committed to promoting the election of more women to every level of government, will present Flora with its EVE Award recognizing her pioneering efforts for women in politics, not only as an MP and Cabinet Minister, but also for capturing the imagination of women across the country, when she stepped forward to run for the leadership of her party in 1976.

MEDIA CONTACTS: RSVP by noon, Friday March 24, 2006

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