Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission

Be the difference

The Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission (OWLC) is a group of dedicated women from a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences whose goal is to strengthen the voice of the women in the Ontario Liberal Party and in politics.

Our goal as an organization is to engage women on important policy issues, recruit talented women organizers and candidates and support women running for office by raising funds on their behalf.

Margaret Campbell Fund

Margaret Campbell was a very active and visible female Liberal, serving in public office for more than two decades. During her distinguished career, Ms. Campbell served as a member of city council, as a provincial court judge and eventually became a Member of Provincial Parliament.

Ms. Campbell was a distinguished female Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament. She was first elected in 1973 representing the riding of St. George and throughout her career she worked tirelessly for many causes. She led the crusade for women’s rights, as well as the fight for better health care and improvements to the justice system.

In 1984, The Margaret Campbell Fund was established to help raise funds in support of female Liberal candidates. The Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission supports this fund through a number of fundraising initiatives.

The ability to successfully raise enough funds to mount an effective campaign is, sadly, still an obstacle that female candidates face today. The Margaret Campbell Fund strives to offer the financial support that female candidates deserve.

Donate to the Margaret Campbell Fund

Ontario Liberal Women’s Mentorship Network (OLWMN)

In 2019, the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission (OWLC) and the Ontario Young Liberals (OYL) launched the Ontario Liberal Women’s Mentorship Network (OLWMN)!

The OLWMN aims to help women across Ontario expand their professional, political, and social networks. We want Ontario Liberal women to share their experiences in work, campaigning, and political life, all while forging meaningful relationships.

History of the OWLC

The story of the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission (OWLC) begins in 1928 when a determined group of Liberal women from across Canada gathered for a national assembly, the first of its kind. They saw the need for an active and effective women’s wing of the Liberal Party of Canada and were set on establishing an organization that would give them a strong voice within the Party.

Today, the OWLC is one of the major pillars of the Ontario Liberal Party and represents and promotes the interests of women within the Party by encouraging the active participation of women in politics and ensuring that provincial policies and legislation embrace women and have a gender lens applied to them.

OWLC Executive Board

President Cristina Taglione
Executive Vice-President Alicia Natividad
Recording Secretary Anne Venton
Treasurer Nancy Cutler
Immediate Past President Lynne Steele
Vice-President Communications Gabrielle Gallant
Vice-President Membership Kate Gardner
Vice-President Fundraising Donna Nelson
Vice-President Policy and Constitutional Affairs Marsha Mann
Vice-President Young Women Maddy Dinsdale
Vice-President Greater Toronto Area East Layla Popal-Sharif
Vice-President Greater Toronto Area Central Esra Ozer
Vice-President Ottawa Patricia Pepper
Vice-President Northern Ontario Liz Poulin
Vice-President Southwestern Ontario Vacant
Vice-President Greater Toronto Area North Vacant
Vice-President Eastern Ontario Suzanne Elliott
Vice-President Golden Horseshoe Gloria Reszler
Vice-President Senior Women Sharron McCarthy
Vice-President Indigenous Women Vacant
President Cristina Taglione
Executive Vice-President Alicia Natividad
Recording Secretary Anne Venton
Treasurer Nancy Cutler
Immediate Past President Lynne Steele
Vice-President Communications Gabrielle Gallant
Vice-President Membership Kate Gardner
Vice-President Fundraising Donna Nelson
Vice-President Policy and Constitutional Affairs Marsha Mann
Vice-President Young Women Maddy Dinsdale
Vice-President Greater Toronto Area East Layla Popal-Sharif
Vice-President Greater Toronto Area Central Esra Ozer
Vice-President Ottawa Patricia Pepper
Vice-President Northern Ontario Liz Poulin
Vice-President Southwestern Ontario Vacant
Vice-President Greater Toronto Area North Vacant
Vice-President Eastern Ontario Suzanne Elliott
Vice-President Golden Horseshoe Gloria Reszler
Vice-President Senior Women Sharron McCarthy
Vice-President Indigenous Women Vacant