Federal government helps set stage for girls’ success

Call for proposals for projects aiming to enhance girls’ and young women’s participation in civic, political and community life.

The federal government recently announced in Ottawa a call for proposals for projects aiming to enhance girls’ and young women’s participation in civic, political and community life, as well as in the economy.

The theme for Women’s History Month 2012 is “Strong Girls, Strong Canada: Leaders from the Start.”

“On October 11, Canada and the world celebrate the first-ever International Day of the Girl. The Government of Canada is proud to support organizations in helping Canadian girls become leaders, now and in the future,” said Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women.

“This year’s Women’s History Month theme celebrates the leadership roles – often behind the scenes and unrecognized – that girls have played throughout our country’s history.”

Randy Kamp, MP for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission, encouraged all interested organizations in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission to step up to the challenge of making a difference for girls and women, for our community and for Canada.

From now until Aug. 10, the Women’s Program of Status of Women Canada will accept funding applications under the “Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed.”

Call for Proposals in one of two thematic areas:  Engaging girls and young women in leadership roles; and strengthening girls’ and young women’s economic prosperity.


Help for youth summer jobs

Canada Summer Jobs, part of the Youth Employment Strategy, is creating 74 jobs in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission, MP Randy Kamp recently announced.

Kamp made the announcement at the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club, on Whonnock Lake.

The club is getting close to $10,000 in Canada Summer Jobs funding to hire two instructors. The funding will enable the students to gain skills and experience, said a release from the MP’s office.

The Youth Employment Strategy  gets annual funding of more than $300 million, to help kids, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.

The Conservatives’ Economic Action Plan 2012 will provide another $50 million over two years to enhance YES, with a focus on connecting youth with jobs that are in high demand.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s work force, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity,” Kamp said.

In all, about $320,000 will be spent in the riding. Some other agencies that will get the job funding include the Zajac Ranch for Children in Mission which will hire 10 students.

The Mission District Historical Society will get funding to hire four  students while the Maple Ridge Youth Centre Society gets money for four.

The Alouette River Management Society applied for and was approved for one position.