On April 15th, 2019, I attended the ‘A Remarkable Assembly – Women’s Forum’ event held at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

I was pleased to have the opportunity to represent my local riding of Niagara West at this one day event which brought together young women from across the province.

Attendees at this event observed Question Period and met with both the Sergeant-at-Arms Jacquelyn Gordon and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell.  We also participated in roundtable discussions with current MPPs and panel discussions with former MPPs and members of provincial Cabinet.

I was fortunate to attend a panel discussion at which former MPP and Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities Mary Ann Chambers participated.  A reoccurring theme throughout the panel discussions and roundtables that day was the importance of lifelong learning, and how a commitment and drive to further your own understanding is beneficial both personally and professionally.  Mary Ann Chambers reaffirmed this importance during the panel discussion when she gave this description of her approach to her life and career before, during, and after politics, saying “I was curious, I listened, I acted.”

Thank you to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations office for organizing such a wonderful event.

Blog post written by Karen Shedden, associate lawyer

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