October Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7pm

Special Guest Speaker - Lori Carpentier, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Michigan

The Canton Democratic Club is pleased to announce Lori Carpentier, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) and Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) will be our speaker at our October meeting.


Before being named CEO in 2005, Lori Carpentier also was Director of Education, Director of Patient Services, and Vice President of Medical Affairs. She led PPAM through five mergers to become one statewide affiliate in 2016, with 20 health centers, nearly 65,000 patients and serving another 17,000 with educational programming. Carpentier advocates for access to quality reproductive health care and represents the public policy interests of Planned Parenthood patients and supporters across the state. A leading expert in Michigan on women’s reproductive health care, she has testified before Congress and the Michigan State Legislature.


Nationally, Carpentier served on numerous task forces and workgroups for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Since becoming CEO, she served as a member and is now Chair of 416 Holdings, Inc. (the parent company for Afaxys Pharmaceuticals), and is the liaison between Planned Parenthood’s Affiliate Chief Executives Council and the Medical Directors Council. Carpentier also currently serves on the national Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board of Directors as an affiliate CEO representative.


Carpentier, who began her career with PP as a medical assistant in 1985, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Michigan State University with a concentration in Adolescent Sexuality.

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Membership meetings occur the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7pm-9 pm, followed by a social hour at a Canton establishment. Our meetings provide an opportunity to learn from a variety of speakers invited to discuss hot topics in all levels of government, plus updates from our Elected Representatives. 

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The Social Event Hour occurs immediately following our monthly meetings. We believe that our community has many great things to offer and we want you to come and experience them with us.  Each month the Canton Democratic Club chooses a different Canton business to go to after our monthly meeting.  This is an opportunity for club members, guests, volunteers, candidates and elected officials to gather in a less formal setting to get to know each other on a more personal level while trying the many different restaurants and gathering places throughout Canton Township. We advertise the locations of our events each month on our social media pages. Please join us at one of our monthly Social Event Hours. We look forward to seeing you at the next gathering!

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