Woman Of The Year

Montreal Council of Women - 2022 Woman of the Year:
Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne

Julie Miville

The Montreal Council of Women is delighted to announce that our 2022 Woman of the Year is Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne. An accomplished, empathetic woman and lifelong activist, we celebrate Senator Miville-Dechêne for her relentless championing of the rights of women and girls, both as a Senator and throughout her very successful career in journalism and in public service.

A skilled communicator, she began her career at Radio-Canada before taking up a position as a correspondent for CBC-Radio-Canada television in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and then Washington. Covering multiple and diverse subjects including the constitutional talks, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the US intervention in Haiti, this exposure to conflicts, issues, and cultural differences helped influence, inspire, and continues to inform her deeply ethical commitment to service to others and her ongoing focus on the rights of women and children.

In 2011, Senator Miville-Dechêne made a career shift when she was named Chair of the Quebec government’s Conseil du statut de la femme. For five years, she modernized the institution. Under her leadership, the Conseil published noteworthy papers on prostitution, honour-based violence, and surrogate mothers. She expressed serious concerns about the government’s secularism charter in 2013. In 2016, she made the jump to diplomacy, successively serving as the Quebec representative to the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, then as the Quebec government envoy for human rights and freedoms. Appointed to the Senate in June 2018, Senator Miville-Dechêne has introduced two Senate public bills: Bill S-211, a bill against forced labour and child labour in supply chains; and Bill S-210 which would require the implementation of age verification methods online to protect minors from exposure to online pornography. Both these bills have the full support of our Council and that of the National Council.

Beyond all the above accomplishments highlighting Senator Miville-Dechêne’s commitment to service is her commitment to volunteerism. In addition to her senatorial duties, Senator Miville-Dechêne is a volunteer administrator with Montreal’s Share the Warmth, where she is known to roll up her sleeves and help with whatever is needed. In keeping with her advocacy, Senator Miville-Dechêne also serves on the Board of Informed Opinions, a resource organization that is dedicated to amplifying the voices of women.

A modern woman with a collaborative leadership style, comfortable in the boardroom and on the picket line and ever cognizant of the pressing issues affecting women and their families in today’s world, our 2022 Woman of the Year recipient is indeed a remarkable woman.

The 2022 Woman of the Year event will be held online this year, immediately following our Annual General Meeting, that is scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 12 noon.

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WOTY and Looking to the Future

Three distinguished women will have been honoured online by the Council without the traditional flourish of a gala-styled luncheon. It is our sincere hope that as the Montreal Council of Women steps into its 130th year in 2023, we will be positioned to return to our usual in-person format. We will forgo the selection of a Woman of the Year in 2023 as our focus will be on celebrating this anniversary milestone, along with a special in-person ceremony celebrating our most recent Woman of the Year recipients: Sheila Goldbloom (2020), Miranda Potts (2021), and Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne (2022).

Stay tuned for forthcoming information on our 130th celebrations!

Looking Back: WOMEN OF THE YEAR 2016-2021

Miranda Potts

2021 - Miranda Potts
An unsung heroine and tireless advocate for seniors during the pandemic.

Sheila Goldbloom

2020 - Sheila Goldbloom
For exceptional service to the community.

Chantal Hébert

2019 - Chantal Hébert
For her incisive political analysis and commentary.

Margaret Trudeau

2018 - Margaret Trudeau
For her efforts in mental health-issues education.

Dr. Monique Séguin

2016 - Dr. Monique Séguin
For outstanding work in suicide prevention.