Elizabeth Evans May, O.C., M.P., is a Canadian Member of Parliament, environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and the leader of the Green Party of Canada. On May 2, 2011, she became the first elected Green Party Member of Parliament in Canada. She is also the former executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada.*
As WHEN’s Matron of honour, Elizabeth wrote:
I am proud to add my testimonial to the work of WHEN – Women’s Healthy Environment Network. Prior to my life in partisan politics, as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, we frequently worked in coalition with WHEN. I continue to value the amazing work of WHEN in increasing awareness of the links between women’s health and the environment, and between empowering women and the health of the environment itself.
Over the last nearly two decades, WHEN has provided solid, well-researched information to inform and inspire. I am very pleased to see the latest campaign for the Cancer Prevention Challenge. We see millions donated to finding the cure for Canada, and thousands of us don our pink sneakers to run for the cure. Meanwhile, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It does not challenge the status quo to seek a cure (and finding one is critical.) Meanwhile, allowing known carcinogens to be used in our food, our cosmetics, and other household products is grossly irresponsible.
Thanks to WHEN for continuing in the forefront. It is my fervent hope that the philanthropic community will invest in WHEN so that a more balanced perspective on health and the environment can emerge as policy at all levels of government.
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