Daughters of the Year making a difference in the community

August 21, 2013: For immediate release

Daughters of the Year making a difference in the community

Ten women making a positive difference in Alberta will be honoured as Daughters of the Year at the second Daughters Day celebration.

“Supporting the success of immigrants and urban core women, making life better in rural Alberta, fighting human trafficking and family violence, achieving personal bests in athletics, advocating on behalf of missing indigenous women, and sharing talents as a human rights volunteer are some of the ways in which the Daughters of the Year are creating better communities for all of us,” says Daughters Day chair Charan Khehra.

The Daughters of the Year presentations are a highlight of the August 24 event at City Hall. They were selected by a jury from nominations from the public. Jury members included Danielle Campbell, Deputy Chief of Edmonton Police Services; singer-songwriter Maria Dunn; Sarah Hoffman, Chair of Edmonton Public Schools; and, Dr. Fern Snart, Dean of the Faculty of Education at University of Alberta.

“The inspirational examples of the Daughters of the Year demonstrate why the goal of Daughters Day to ensure an end to all discrimination and abuse of daughters is so important,” says Jim Gurnett, Daughters Day project coordinator.

Daughters Day also features keynote speaker Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, chair of Edmonton Arts Council and a founder of Alberta Aboriginal Arts. Entertainment will be provided by Darla Daniels, Sierra Jamerson, Rosa Romero, and Paula Kirman.

New this year will be a self-guided walk beginning at 1 PM, prior to the main program at 2 PM. “We have created a route that begins at City Hall and moves to eight sites in the area, at each of which there will be information about some area of women’s accomplishments.Families or friends get a route guide and then enjoy the walk while they learn from the stops and share ideas with each other, before arriving back at City Hall for the program,” explains Gurnett.

Many organizations will be part of an information fair prior to the program. Lewis Cardinal will host the afternoon.

The first Daughters Day event was held in 2012 with nearly 400 people, including Premier Alison Redford and her daughter.

The August 24 event is one part of the overall Daughters Day work, that will also include round table consultations with groups of women happening in communities around Alberta during the autumn with the results used to write a manual for groups wanting to work on ending discrimination to use and another special event on October 11 to mark the International Day of the Girl.

Information about Daughters Day is at www.daughters-day.com.

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For more information or comment please contact Jim Gurnett at 780-218-6989 or jimgurnett@yahoo.ca

2013 Daughters of the Year:
Rebecca Fitzsimmons
Mona Gill
April Lam
Shawnay McRorie
Christina Nsaliwa
Andrea Payne
Corissa Tymafichuk
Laura Smith
April Wiberg
Linda Winski

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