Alexandra Mendès is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brossard–Saint-Lambert since October, 2015. Alexandra is the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Alexandra has been deeply involved in politics for a number of years. She was the past president of the Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec) and began her political career as a constituency assistant. She then served as the Member of Parliament for Brossard—La Prairie from 2008 to 2011. Alexandra has also served as president of the Brossard—La Prairie Federal Liberal Association and therefore knows the riding exceptionally well.
Before entering politics, Alexandra worked at Maison internationale Rive-Sud (MIRS), a community organization that offers rescue and support services to immigrants and refugees. She started out as assistant director and coordinator of the organization and then later became executive director and helped MIRS regain its financial stability.
Anita Vandenbeld is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean. Anita is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Special Committee on Pay Equity and the Special Committee on Pay Equity, and is a Member of numerous other committees.
Anita is an international expert on democracy and human rights, having spent over 10 years upholding the democratic values of freedom, diversity, and social equality both at home and abroad. She is now serves as a true representative of local concerns, ensuring a strong voice for all of her constituents.
Anita learned first-hand the immeasurable value of our Canadian democracy through her diligent work with the United Nations. Anita has worked in over 20 countries, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group in New York, where she managed a multi-partner international network to promote women’s political participation. Anita was also a Senior Parliamentary Advisor with UNDP Bangladesh and with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo; and Country Director for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Congo (DRC). In 2008, Anita was awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal in recognition of her work in Kosovo.
Born and raised in Alberta, Anita obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary before completing a Master’s degree in History at York University. Anita currently lives in Ottawa with her partner Don Dransfield and step-daughter Courtney.
Hedy Fry is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Centre, she is the Chair of Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, and she is a Member of the Liaison Committee and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Hedy was first elected Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre in 1993. She was re-elected for the seventh time in October 2015.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Fry has served her government and constituents in a number of capacities. For six years, she was Secretary of State for the Status of Women and Multiculturalism, and a sitting member of cabinet committees including social union, voluntary initiative, homelessness, and modernization of benefits for same sex couples.
Dr. Fry served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration with a Special Emphasis on Foreign Credentials. She also served on committees pertaining to citizenship, health, justice and human rights, and social development.
Her priorities include tourism and the burgeoning film industry, promoting our diversity of cultures and peoples, and ensuring the sustainability and empowerment of our expanding urban centers. She is also focused on small business and niche markets (especially regarding the untapped potential of women), science and technology, promoting investment and partnerships in opening up unexploited markets (such as nano and medical biotechnology) and allowing Canada to become a world leader.
Prior to her federal election, Dr. Fry was an active member of both the British Columbia and Canadian Medical Associations. She served in numerous capacities including as president, committee chair, and chief negotiator.
Ms. Fry lives in Vancouver and has three adult children.