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On the eve of 2020 - AGM of the NB Coalition for Pay Equity

2017-06-12

About 50 members of the Coalition for Pay Equity gathered on Saturday June 10, 2017 for a forum on pay equity and their Annual General Meeting

“This was Vallie Stearns-Anderson's last day as Chair of the Coalition. We recognized her exemplary leadership, her commitment to pay equity and her countless volunteer hours during the past 6 years. Elected Chair for the first time in 2011, Vallie has contributed enormously to advancing pay equity in New Brunswick. We wholeheartedly thank her for her dedication”. says Johanne Perron, Executive Director of the Coalition.

Frances LeBlanc is the new chair of the Coalition. “I am very honoured to have the trust of the members of the Coalition. The next year will be very busy for us with the provincial election. We must make pay equity an electoral issue and with all the energy of the activists, I am convinced that we will succeed, "says Frances Leblanc, Chair of the Coalition.

Frances LeBlanc studied in psychology at the Université de Moncton. She graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2010 and has a Master`s in Public Policy, Administration and Law at York University in 2014.  Frances works as Manager of Government Relations for the Canadian Chiropractic Association and part-time as a chiropractor. Frances continues to support the work of numerous organizations and groups.

The day also provided members with information on the latest developments in pay equity at the provincial and federal levels. Jula Hughes, professor of law at the University of New Brunswick, provided an update on the implementation of the provincial government's election promises. Anne Robichaud, an employee of the Coalition, recalled the need to respect the right to pay equity for women who work in the care-giving sector. Ashley Bickerton, Classification and Equal Pay Specialist at the Public Service Alliance of Canada, explained the federal pay equity measures and the necessity for a pro-active legislation to really obtain pay equity. She urged the federal government to live up to its promise to adopt proactive pay equity legislation, but to act without delay.

The round table was followed by two workshops to give Coalition members tools in preparation for the 2018 provincial election. One workshop focused on political action and the other was on networking and social media.

 The 2017-2018 members of the Board of Directors are:

Chair: Frances LeBlanc
Francophone Vice-Chair: Isabelle McKee-Allain
Anglophone Vice-Chair: Vallie Stearns-Anderson
Secretary-Treasurer: Monique Levesque
First Nation Representative: Tanna Pirie-Wilson
Capital Representative: Jula Hughes
Northeast Representative: Josée Mallais
South Representative: Carol Lynn Gamblin
Southeast Representative: Alexandre Cédric Doucet
Kent-Miramichi Representative: Susie Proulx-Daigle
Upper River Valley Representative: Elaine Roussel

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