Founder of the Nellie McClung Foundation, The Honourable Myrna Driedger, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba was awarded the 2023 Parliamentarian Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her parliamentary service & commitment to Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, especially in the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Canadian Region.
About The Parliamentarian Lifetime Achievement Award
The nominee must be a current or former Commonwealth Parliamentarian (ceased being a parliamentarian within one year of the award)
The nominee must be from a fully paid-up Branch of the CPA
The nominee must have been a parliamentarian for over twenty years, and over that time must have:
Demonstrated an impressive record of achievement as a parliamentarian in their contribution to their parliament and to their country.
Promoted democracy and good governance within their jurisdiction.
Achieved notable and sustainable positive change over the course of their career
About The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) connects, develops, promotes and supports parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA collaborates with parliaments and other organizations, including the intergovernmental community, to achieve its statement of purpose. It brings parliamentarians and parliamentary staff together to exchange ideas among themselves and with experts in various fields, to identify benchmarks of good practices and new policy options they can adopt or adapt in the governance of their societies. Visit The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association website.
About The Honourable Myrna Driedger
Myrna’s path in life is rooted in her strong desire to make a difference. Having served as a nurse, a leader in the area of missing and exploited children, and as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in Manitoba, Myrna’s many roles have reflected this calling to help make her community a better place.
Myrna was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba on May 16, 2016. She has held a number of diverse critic roles in the past including that of Interim Leader of the PC Party of Manitoba, Deputy Leader, Critic for Health, Status of Women, Finance, Civil Service & Crown Corporations Council, Child & Family Services, and Education. During her first year, she was the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Health. She has been a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Standing Committees of WCB & Children’s Advocate. Keep reading to learn more about Myrna