Honouring London's Gina Barber
June 2nd, 2017 - 10:23am
Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, today I am recognizing Gina Barber, the 2017 recipient of the Agnes Macphail Award.
Since 1972, Gina has led the charge to advance the fight for social and economic justice in London. She has always been dedicated to improving the working conditions for women in education through her involvement in her union and women's advocacy groups, and has worked on every municipal, federal and provincial campaign since 1979, usually as campaign manager, and sometimes a candidate.
She is a devoted advocate for a country in which no one is left behind. Gina continues to be active in London politics, acting as a mentor for young women, an advocate for seniors, and conducts a choir that produced such festive, political hits as Donald the Trump Man , to the tune of Frosty the Snowman .
Gina Barber is a dedicated citizen and a true New Democrat. It is my honour to recognize her tireless work and devotion to her community.