Mary Coyle

Posted at 1:46 pm on December 7, 2017

Nova Scotia’s newest Senator will be quickly getting to work.  Mary Coyle, who was appointed to Canada’s Upper Chamber on Monday, will be sworn next

Mary Coyle

Wednesday in Ottawa.  Coyle says she will then be ushered to her seat in time for the afternoon sitting.  Coyle says there are a number of priorities she will be bringing to the table as she assumes her new role.

Coyle says other priorities include women’s rights, women’s leadership and gender equality.
Coyle says she will be looking to her friends and peers in Nova Scotia and Antigonish for their advice.
Coyle says she’s had the opportunity to get a sense of her new role by getting to know several former Senators, including Allan J. MacEachen, John Stewart,  Al Graham, Sister Peggy Butts and Romeo Dallaire.

Posted at 1:01 pm on December 4, 2017

The Executive Director of St. FX University’s Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, Mary Coyle, has been appointed to the Senate. Coyle, a former director of the university’s Coady International Institute, was one of two independent Senators named to the Upper Chamber by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today. Coyle has long championed women’s leadership, gender equality, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Aside from her work at St. FX, Coyle has also been an advisor and facilitator for a number of organizations, including the Haitian Centre for Leadership and Excellence and the Friends United Indigenous Arts and Culture Initiative. She also played a key role in the the establishment of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and the Indian School of Microfinance for Women

Also appointed to the Senate is Mary Jane McCallum of Manitoba, an advocate for social justice, who has provided vital dental and health services to northern, First Nations and Indigenous communities throughout her career.