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The BOLD WOMAN of the Year Award 2015

This award is offered annually to a woman in the North American lesbian community who has made a difference in her contributions in lesbian culture, human rights, social justice and in society at large.

BOLDFest is honoured to give this year's award to outgoing Member of Parliament, LIBBY DAVIES, to be presented by Mable Elmore, MLA for Vancouver-Kensington 7:35 pm, Sunday September 13, following dinner.

Check back to find out who will be the BOLD WOMAN of the Year for 2016

Libby has been a tireless worker for the marginalized, the poor, women, seniors, the LGBT community and so much more for many years. Libby was elected to ​Vancouver City Council​ as a member of the ​Coalition of Progressive Electors​ (COPE) in 1982 and re-elected in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990.​ ​ She ran for Mayor of Vancouver in 1993, losing to ​Philip Owen​. She participated in many grass-roots political organizations in Vancouver, specifically in the ​Downtown Eastside​ area. She dropped out of university to help ​Bruce Eriksen found the ​Downtown Eastside Residents Association​ (DERA), an influential low-income housing advocacy group. She was instrumental in a campaign to save the ​Carnegie library​ which was later converted into the Carnegie Community Centre​ serving low-income adults. Davies was first elected to Parliament in ​1997​ and re-elected in ​2000​, ​2004​, ​2006​, ​2008​ and ​2011​. Previously the NDP House Leader and spokesperson for housing, homelessness and multiculturalism, she became Health Critic in the shadow cabinet of Jack Layton upon the NDP's ascent to Official Opposition status. In parliament she has been a strong supporter of drug olicy reform, specifically to halt the criminalization of drug users. ​Davies became the first female Canadian Member of Parliament to reveal that she was in a same-sex relationship.

Davies declined to stand as a candidate for the ​leadership of the New Democratic Party in 2012​, citing her inability to speak ​French​ as a factor.​ ​On December 12, 2014, Libby Davies announced that she will retire from parliament at the ​2015 general election​ after 18 years as a Member of Parliament. 

Tickets for Sunday evening can be purchased here.

Vancouver BC Lesbian & Dyke Conference
BOLDFest 2015 Bold, Old(er) Lesbians & Dykes
PO Box 21510, 1424 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 5G2 Canada
Tel: 604-253-7189 - Email

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