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Member Statement (02 March 2009)

From Hansard - 02 March 2009

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Rural Women’s Month in Saskatchewan

Ms. Wilson: —Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, our government has proclaimed March Rural Women‟s Month in Saskatchewan.

Dedicating this March to rural women is about recognizing and celebrating the contributions rural women have made to our province. It also raises awareness and appreciation of the significant role, past and present, that women have played and continue to play in Saskatchewan.

Mr. Speaker, Rural Women‟s Month will be observed in conjunction with events held in March by various women‟s groups in communities across Saskatchewan. Many of these events are in association with the United Nations International Women‟s Day on March 8.

Mr. Speaker, rural women in Saskatchewan have and continue to have a significant influence in the development of our health care, education, and social services. Rural women serve as volunteers in churches, schools and hospital boards, 4-H clubs, sports organizations, and agricultural societies, and are leaders in many of our small communities. In many cases they are at least half of many farm operations across our great province.

Mr. Speaker, in addition to their dedication to the land, many work in off-farm jobs in addition to raising their families. Everyone in Saskatchewan is indebted to these great accomplishments of Saskatchewan‟s rural women since these early homesteading days.

Mr. Speaker, I‟d like to take this opportunity to thank all the rural women of our province for the contributions they‟ve made to their communities, and I would invite all members to join with me in thanking rural women for the important role they play in shaping the Saskatchewan way of life. Thank you.

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