7:30 a.m., May 12)
women, girls receive Leading Women Building Communities
By Fred Sherwin
author and gluten-free cooking expert Kathy
Smart was among 17 womem amd girls from Ottawa-Orléans
who received a Leading Women, Leading Girls
Building Communities Award on Friday. Photo
women and girls from Ottawa-Orléans were honoured
at a special ceremony on Friday for local recipients of
the Ontario Women's Directorate Leading Women, Leading
Girls Building Communities Awards.
ceremony was hosted by Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil
McNeely and presided over by Teresa Piruzza, Parliamentary
Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Women's Issues.
Leading Women, Leading Girls Building Communities Awards
recognize and celebrate girls and women who demonstrate
exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives
of others in their community. This year's recipients run
the gambit from local businesswomen and students, to health
care advocates and community volunteers.
Kimberley Fawcett overcame the death of her infant son
and the loss of her leg to become a two-time World Championship
bronze medalist in para-triathlon -- she is currently
training for the Paralympics which will be held later
this year in London.
Labelle has played an integral role in helping to improve
health services in the community as a member of the Orléans
Health Committee. She was part of the group that pushed
the provincial government to commit to building a family
health hub, and she helped convince Gamma Dynacare to
expand their lab facilities on St. Joseph Blvd.
Laporte, Sharon Leeming Mann and Marie-France Lalonde
are all successful businesswomen who give back to the
community. Laporte owns J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery;
Lalonde is the owner/operator of Portobello Manor retirement
residence; and Leeming-Mann is owns and operates the Leeming
Danceworks dance studio.
Konji and Dana Richardson are both students at St. Peter
High School who mentor other young women; and Rebecca
Shaffer is a karate instructor and World Champion with
the Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre.
remaining recipients include Nicole Fortier, Tessa de
Groot, Louise Roddy, Jill Belanger, Chanel Fournier, Kathy
Smart and Sue Hylland. The late Lori Nash received a posthumous
award for the work she did as an active member of the
Friends of the Ottawa Library and a life-long community
MPP Phil McNeely said he was impressed with the quality
of this year's nominees. He thanked them all for their
contribution and encouraged them to keep up the good work.
year's recipients are a diverse group of women who share
a common purpose to help make their communities a better
place to live. I congratulate them on behalf of the residents
of Ottawa-Orléans for all they have done and will
no doubt continue to do," said McNeely.
Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Award
recipients (l to r) t, Dana Richardson, Jill
Belanger, Estelle Laporte, Linda Labelle,
Louise Roddy, MPP Teresa Piruzza, MPP Phil
McNeely, Kathy Smart, Sandra Konji, Chanel
Fournier, Sue Hylland, Marie-France Lalonde,
Sharon Leeming Mann, Rebecca Shaffer, Nicole
Fortier and Tessa de Groot. Not pictured Cpt.
Kimberly Fawcett and the late Lori Nash, Photo
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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