The Women's Secretariat of the Métis Nation of Ontario (WSMNO)
The Women’s Secretariat of the Métis Nation in Ontario (WSMNO) is comprised of Métis women from Ontario who are committed to promoting women’s issues and advocating on their behalf within the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) community. The WSMNO also advises the PCMNO on matters pertaining to women and works with community councils, Aboriginal boards, government bodies and women’s groups to assist Métis people with issues of concern specific to women. This work includes policy development and review, coordination, consultation and education. The main goal of the WSMNO is to encourage the full participation of all women within the MNO in helping to build a strong and healthy nation.
The Women's Secretariat of the MNO works wiht the Women of the Métis Nation. Click here to view their website.
Sharon McBride - WSMNO Spokesperson
Sharon McBride has served as PCMNO Vice-Chair and spokesperson for the Métis Nation of Ontario Women’s Secretariat (WSMNO) since 2008. She became actively involved in Métis politics in 1999 when she first learned of her Métis ancestry. She was Founding President of the Credit River Métis Council based in Brampton and has served as Regional Councillor for Region Eight. Her work on behalf of the WSMNO is focused on securing the funding required to carry out the important advocacy and public awareness role of the Women’s Secretariat.
Sharon, who’s Métis roots have been traced to Penetanguishene, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and has lived in Germany, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Her contributions to the Métis community include work on several different boards and committees and she is committed to ensuring the voice of the Métis Nation is heard throughout the province. Sharon received the Ontario Heritage Trust Award in recognition of her work with Mississauga Heritage and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. She has also earned one of the highest honours that her community can bestow; two eagle feathers.
Barbaranne Wright - Representative (responsible for regions 3, 4 and 9)
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Barbaranne Wright Have been involved with The Niagara Region Métis Council since 2006. Accepting the position as Charter President in 2007. Then settling in the position as Woman's Rep which best suits her.
She comes with 30 years of Volunteer experience and was the recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee award June 21, 2012 in Ottawa.
Her Métis ancestry goes back Northern United States on her Mother’s side and Alberta and Manitoba on her Father’s side. Coming from a Military family, many stores from her Elders have been lost, because the her family was always moving and often to locations far away from the communities which held those stories originated.
Barbaranne has been married for 36 years to a Marine Merchant, Chief Engineer (which she met during her early sailing days as a cook) and has 2 grown daughters.
She enjoys her time together with her Métis sisters and travelling with her husband.
Pearl Gabona - Reprensentative (responsible for regions 5 and 8)
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Pearl is a retired Police Detective who only discovered her Métis ancestry in the past decade. Since then she has embraced her Métis culture and discovered many new family members.
Pearl and her husband of 39 years live in Bowmanville, Ontario. She was born in Peterborough and raised in Scarborough. Pearl worked as an elementary school teacher before turning to police work. As a detective she spent several years investigating physical and sexual assaults against women and children.
An avid reader and scrap booker Pearl and her husband winter in their RV in Florida.
Shirley Lynn Pantuso - Reprensentative (responsible for regions 1 and 7)
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Shirley Lynn is a proud Métis woman, mother, daughter and sister who hopes one day to add Grandmother to the list. She has been the women’s representative on the Ottawa Métis Council for the last six years and is pleased to be able to work on behalf of other women.
An active participant in the Métis community since becoming a citizen, Shirley believes elders are our teachers and aspires to follow in the footsteps of family members Senators Lois McCallum and Reta Gordon.
A single parent with three children, Shirley has overcome many challenges, often working two jobs just to make ends meet. More than full time work did not keep her from volunteering with Brownies, Girl Guides and Beavers, coaching baseball and cheerleading and helping to raise money for football and hockey teams and other school activities.
Even the stroke Shirley suffered in 2006 could not keep her down for long. Instead she used her recovery as a time to explore her culture by incorporating Métis beading into her therapy. It is a skill she has since passed along to other Métis citizens.
Candace Lloyd - Reprensentative (responsible for regions 2 and 6)
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Results of WSMNO Representatives Election