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CFM Lobbyist Recognized


In February, the Canadian Federation of Musicians, represented by Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert and Executive Director Liana White, joined in honoring CFM Lobbyist Isabel Metcalfe, who is stepping down from her chair position on the board of Famous Five, Ottawa chapter. Metcalfe has advocated for women’s rights and recognition with passion and spirit for the past 20 years. The CFM is pleased to have her here for CFM and its members, advocating for our musicians and our community. At a reception honoring Metcalfe’s contributions, her message to women was: “Keep pushing, keep driving, keep striving, keep growing!”

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