A Yarmouth businesswoman has been selected as one of 23 Canadian women that as part of the ‘A Bold Vision’ initiative will create what they see as a vision for Canada.
Irene d’Entremont is a well-known francophone entrepreneur, community leader, and serves, or has served, as a director for numerous provincial and national boards and commissions. Most recently she was part of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, where the Fathers of Confederation came together to discuss a vision that led to the creation of Canada. A Bold Vision is a national project launched to select 23 women to come together in honour of the historic event and create their vision for the next 150 years.
The 23 selected women from across the country include recipients of the Order of Canada, recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, PHDs., authors, a spoken word artist, a rocket scientist, a former Prime Minister, a former Premier and a student.
“The committee is very pleased with the diversity, passion and experience of the 23 women selected for the project, they are each visionaries in their own right,” says Sara Roach-Lewis, chair of A Bold Vision.
In November 2013, A Bold Vision began its search for 23 Canadian women visionaries with an open nominations process encouraging all Canadians to submit names. The response was extensive with nominations received from every province and territory in the country representing a wide range of women from diverse backgrounds.
The 23 visionaries will each craft their own vision for Canada that will be captured in a unique written anthology available for sale upon its completion. As well, the visionaries will collaborate on a joint vision that will be shared with the public at the Confederation Center of the Arts.
The visionaries will also be presenters and participants at the A Bold Vision Leadership Conference taking place this Sept. 24-26 in Prince Edward Island. Over 150 women from across Canada will join the visionaries and take part in a unique leadership learning experience – learning both from and with other women leaders about creating and achieving their own visions.
This national project was brought together by a coalition of women’s organizations including the Women’s Network PEI, the PEI Coalition for Women in Government, PEI Business Women’s Association, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, with support from PEI 2014 Inc.