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NDP PEI Women’s Committee

The Hilda Ramsay Fund

Hilda Ramsay

Hilda Ramsay made history when she became the first woman ever to campaign for elections to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in 1951. A resident of Indian River, she stood for the CFF – Cooperative Commonwealth Federation – in the electoral district of 3rd Prince. (The CFF was succeeded by the NDP)

The Hilda Ramsay Fund (HRF) was created to encourage Island women to run as NDP PEI candidates. The fund assists with campaign expenses and supplements fundraising efforts. The objective is to disburse up to $1,000 to each female candidate who runs a full and active campaign. An active campaign is understood to include public appearances, campaign materials, signage, debates when/where appropriate, and being available for media interviews.

Every other year HRF holds a fundraising dinner with high profile women speakers. The next event is scheduled for June, 2021.

The Hilda Ramsay Fund also supports female identified students at UPEI with a bursary to be launched in the Spring of 2019.

In 2019, 18.5% of MLAs in the PEI legislature are women. The HRF seeks to redress this imbalance. According to the PEI Coalition for Women in Government “The problem does not lie with electing women, it lies with getting women’s names on the ballot.”

For more info on the Hilda Ramsay Fund contact NDP PEI at info@ndppei.ca  or 902 892-1930


Hilda Ramsay Fund

The NDP PEI Hilda Ramsay Award of $500 will be granted to a female identified student who exemplifies excellence in pursuing study at UPEI or Holland College.

Preference will be given to a student in financial need with a demonstrated interest in social justice, women/diversity studies, Indigenous, environmental studies, political studies, or trades.

Deadline for this year’s award is November 1, 2020

Hilda Ramsay Fund Application

  • Application Submission

  • Please submit the following documents with the completed application form:

    1. A copy of enrollment to UPEI or Holland College
    2. A statement of your financial situation
    3. A personal statement of 250 words or less to demonstrate your interest in social justice, women/diversity studies, Indigenous, environmental studies, or political studies. You can include career goals too.

    Additionally, you can send your submission to:
    81 Prince Street
    Charlottetown, PE
    C1A 4R3

    DECLARATION: I declare that the information I have provided on this application is true and complete.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

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