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PEI?s Famous Five Graduating Student Award
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|Description:||Beginning in May 2019 the PEI?s Famous Five Graduating Student Award will be granted to a graduating student who has held a leadership role while a student at UPEI and/or plans to pursue a career in politics. Preference will be given to women students.|
|Background:||In 1993, women held five of the most influential positions in the province of Prince Edward Island. Premier Catherine Callbeck, Leader of the Opposition Pat Mella, Speaker of the House Nancy Guptill, Lieutenant Governor Marion Reid, and Deputy Speaker Elizabeth "Libbe" Hubley were elected and/or appointed to five of the most powerful positions in government. This was the first (and last) time in Canadian history that five women held these positions at the same time." This award is established in their honour. The PEI Coalition for Women in Government is a community-based organization that works to increase women?s leadership on PEI, including at all levels of government. The Coalition indicates on its website that in 2018, PEI ranked 11 out of 13 provinces and territories in percentage of women in provincial, territorial, and national legislatures (at 18.5%). The Coalition empowers people with information, tools, and strategies to increase diversity in leadership. The Coalition is committed to applying non-partisan, intersectional feminist principles and processes in all its work. This award, which honours the careers and service of these five remarkable women, is meant to encourage the next generation of women political leaders.|