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.
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
|Executive Vice-President||Layla Popal-Sharif|
|Immediate Past President||Cristina Taglione|
|Vice-President Communications||Lexi Ensor|
|Vice-President Membership||Carolyn Svonkin|
|Vice-President Fundraising||Laura Sarmento|
|Vice-President Policy and Constitutional Affairs||Vacant|
|Vice-President Young Women||Zeelaf Fatima|
|Vice-President Senior Women||Sharron McCarthy|
|Vice-President Indigenous Women||Vacant|
|Vice-President Central East||Aisha Heywood|
|Vice-President Central West||Gayle Laws|
|Vice-President Central North||Julia Ciampa|
|Vice-President East||Patricia Pepper|
|Vice-President North||Liz Poulin|
|Vice-President South Central||Aqsa Naveed|
|Vice-President South West||Darcie Renault|
|Vice-President Toronto (Etobicoke/Downtown/East York)||Vacant|
|Vice-President Toronto (York/North York/Scarborough)||Nicole Richard|
OWLC Club Presidents
|OWLC Club||Club President|
|Kanata-Carleton Women’s Provincial Liberal Association||Cheryl Gringasfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nepean Women’s Provincial Liberal Association||Benda Abramson||Nepeanprovliberalwomensassoc@gmail.com|
|Orléans Provincial Liberal Women’s Association||Sophie Brunetemail@example.com|
|Southern York Region Women’s Liberal Association||Maureen Capotostofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|King-Vaughan Ontario Liberal Women’s Club||Amelia Libertucciemail@example.com|
|Thunder Bay Area Liberal Women’s Club||Crystal Caputofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Brantford-Brant Women’s Liberal Club||Donna Nelsonemail@example.com|
|Hamilton Region Women’s Liberal Association||Shubha Sandillfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Waterloo Region Women’s Provincial Liberal Association||Surekha Shenoyemail@example.com|
|Toronto (Etobicoke/Downtown/East York)|
|Toronto Liberal West End Women||Sabine Soumarefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tuesday Luncheon Club||Sharon McCarthyemail@example.com|
|Toronto (York/North York/Scarborough)|
|Scaborough-Guildwood Women’s Provincial Liberal Association (SGWPLA)||Mary McDermottfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Scarborough-Rouge Park Women’s Provincial Liberal Association||Ms. Letna Allen-Roweemail@example.com|
|Willowdale Women’s Liberal Club||Judi Coddfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Durham Women’s Provincial Liberal Association||Aisha Heywoodemail@example.com|
|No clubs at this time, start one!|
|No clubs at this time, start one!|
Eight Easy Steps to Getting a Women’s Club or Association Started
1. Get a core group of women together to act as an organizing and planning committee.
Three or four women is recommended. These women become the nucleus of the Club or Association and hopefully become the Executive Officers of your Club or Association – President, Vice-President, Treasurer and/or Secretary.
2. Decide on a name for your group.
Your group can be a Club or Association e.g. Tuesday Luncheon Club or Waterloo Region Women’s Provincial Liberal Association. Your Club or Association can be specific to one provincial riding or to a region or geographic area.
3. Prepare your paperwork.
The Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission will provide you with all the documents you will need – Founding Meeting notice, agenda, minutes, a member information form and constitution. A constitution is a very important document for your Club or Association. It will provide guidance on your mandate, number of Executive Officers required, membership needed, fundraising etc.
4. Actively recruit and invite women to join your Club or Association.
You need a minimum of 10 women who are current members of the Ontario Liberal Party. From these women, you will need to identify Executive Officers, who will stand for election in the following positions – President, Vice President, Treasurer and/or Secretary.
5. Set a date, time and place for your Founding Meeting and get your notice out.
It is very important to notify the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission once you are ready to send out the notice for your meeting – as they can help you get in touch with the Ontario Liberal Party Regional VP and local Riding Presidents.
6. Identify a Chair for your Founding Meeting.
The Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission can help you secure a Chair for your Founding Meeting. They will also provide you with some Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission literature and merchandise that you can hand out at the Founding Meeting.
7. Hold a successful Founding Meeting.
At the Founding Meeting, your Club or Association Executive will be elected and your constitution will be adopted. Use this meeting to discuss your Club or Association priorities and to set a schedule for regular meetings. You may want to circulate a short survey to the attendees to get a sense of their interests.
8. Submit your Founding Meeting paperwork to get your club ratified!
Final copies of the Founding Meeting minutes, constitution, list of Club or Association Executive Members with contact information as well as membership list should be sent to the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission. Once final materials are received your club will be ratified.
Welcome to the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission!
You’re on Your Way! Good Luck!
Remember you MUST have an Annual General Meeting every year in order to be ratified by the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission. For more information, contact the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org