Two UPEI students are attending the Daughters of the Vote National Leadership Forum that will mark the 100th anniversary of the first Canadian women attaining the right to vote. One young woman from every federal constituency in Canada was selected to represent her community and share her vision for Canada. Payton Jadis and Taya Nabuurs will represent the constituencies of Malpeque and Cardigan, respectively, during this five-day forum, March 6-10, in Ottawa.
Nabuurs is thrilled to attend and says, “It’s an honour to be included in this event as I’ve been in touch with some of the other delegates and they are very impressive, emerging, young leaders.” She adds, “I’m excited about the many discussions I’ll be a part of, in particular, having the opportunity to speak with the members of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.”
For Jadis the feeling is mutual. “I would like to discuss and shine a light on Indigenous women’s issues,” she notes. She is also excited for the opportunity to travel to Ottawa. “I’ve never been to our nation’s capital and I really look forward to visiting the Parliament buildings and seeing firsthand where change comes into effect.”
In addition to their studies, Nabuurs and Jadis serve the campus community in impactful roles: Jadis as the President of the UPEI Aboriginal Student Association, and Nabuurs as the Director of Communications for the UPEI Student Union. The University is proud of their achievements and wishes them well during their time in Ottawa.