Debbie Langston, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women completed her maximum five-year term today, March 22, 2021. Council members and staff presented a service award to Debbie at a recent Council meeting that recognized her contributions to Council’s work throughout her term as Council member, Vice-Chairperson, and Chairperson.
We will miss her very much ~ on behalf of the current Council members and all the members who shared the Council table with Debbie during her term.
Left-Right: Debbie Langston, Chairperson and Jane Ledwell, Executive Director, pose for a photo following the service award presentation.
The text on Debbie’s service award offers our thanks and reads as follows:
Debbie Langston of Blooming Point has served on the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women since 2016, as Vice-Chairperson from 2018-2019 and as Chairperson from 2019-2021. Debbie has inspired Council colleagues and staff with her perspectives as an immigrant who chose PEI as home, a person who has been subjected to racism and discrimination, a youth worker, a student, and a parent. Debbie’s passion for advocacy for Black, Indigenous, women of colour and her commitment to standing with survivors of violence, especially sexualized violence, have raised awareness and resulted in changes of attitude and behaviour for countless Islanders. She wrote groundbreaking personal and political commentaries, including “Dear Lisa,” which held the front page of The Guardian. She hosted the 2019 and 2020 Montreal Massacre Memorial Services with power and poise and helped lead the 2018 Equality Report Card process to assess government progress towards gender equality goals.
Thank you, Debbie for your bold leadership of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women to advance the status of women in PEI.