Alexa McDonough Women’s Leadership Centre

On January 15th our dear friend Alexa McDonough passed away. A kind spirit with a keen sense of justice, McDonough was born in Ottawa in 1944 and was the first woman to lead a major political party in Canada when she was elected leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party in 1980. Alexa went on to lead Canada's New Democratic Party in 1995, and in 1997 helped the NDP make major electoral breakthroughs in Atlantic Canada. Alexa McDonough was named to the Order of Canada in 2009 for her pioneering work in politics and contributions to democracy.

In coordination with the McDonough family, to honour Alexa's work, which embodied social democratic values and paved the way for so many women, the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation will be launching the 'Alexa McDonough Women's Leadership Centre.' The Alexa McDonough Women's Leadership Centre will be a living repository of the stories of the women who have fought so hard over many decades, their stories of success and triumph, and those who continue to fight for justice and social democracy today.

The Centre will include: new research and reports by women and focused on women‘s issues; provide biographies and stories of past and current women leaders who have moved our country forward in politics, labour, and activism; and an archive of photos, videos, and publications made available for public consumption and use. New leadership training events and opportunities will also be available to women through this new Centre.

To make a donation in honour of Alexa’s legacy, please fill out the form.
Your donation in memory of Alexa will go directly towards building the Alexa McDonough Women's Leadership Centre.

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