News Local woman heads to Ottawa for Daughters of the Vote SHARE ON: Doug Crosse, staff Thursday Mar. 14th, 2019 Ruth Baker chose not to participate in the protest of PM Justin Trudeau and PC Leader Andrew Scheer.(Photo courtesy of Ruth Baker) A young woman from Bracebridge will be going to the nation’s capital to learn about democracy. Bracebridge’s Ruth Baker is representing Parry Sound-Muskoka as a Daughters of the Vote Delegate. Organized by the group Equal Voice, Daughters of the Vote hopes to encourage women to enter politics while providing some of the basic building blocks of democracy. In total 338 young women ranging in age from 18 to 23 will be coming from across Canada representing their federal ridings and sitting in their respective MP’s seats in parliament. Baker helped her mother Sara Hall run for provincial office in 2008, giving her a first taste of democracy. “Politics was always being discussed in my house,” says Baker, “I grew up with an interest in advocacy and working to make my community a better place.” She’s currently studying nursing at Georgian College’s Muskoka campus. She is putting her practical nursing skills to use working at The Pines Long-Term Care Home. This experience has made her passionate about senior’s issues. “I would like to address the House of Commons about the need to take action to improve long-term care for seniors,” says Baker. “Health care workers deserve a lot of respect for what they do, but the system is underfunded. Our seniors deserve dignity.” Following the event in Ottawa delegates will be able to apply for a $1000 leadership grant, with the intended use of benefitting their local community. The DoV program will take place in Ottawa from March 31st to April 4th, 2019.