OTTAWA, ON – On August 26, 2012, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) elected a new President, Ms. Michèle Audette. Aboriginal women from coast to coast to coast gathered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for their 38th Annual General Assembly and elected Ms. Audette as their new President.
President Audette addressed the delegation following her win with heartfelt thanks to her supporters, pledging her commitment to raising the profile of Aboriginal women’s issues nationally and internationally, and to working in collaboration with NWAC’s regional organizations (Provincial/Territorial Member Associations (PTMAs)). She thanked her nominator April Dedam and gave special acknowledgment to the other candidates, Julie Pellissier-Lush and outgoing President Jeannette Corbiere Lavell.
Michèle Audette, a woman of perseverance, hails from Mani Utenam, Quebec. Former president of the Quebec Native Women Inc. (QNW) and deputy minister in the Status of Women Ministry in Quebec, she has been involved in many campaigns promoting the rights of Aboriginal women in Quebec.
“My goal is to work with our women and help them realize their true potential. I believe that the health and well-being of our communities depends on the empowerment of women,” concluded Audette.