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Local women, girls receive Leading Women Building Communities Award

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Local 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 supplied

Sixteen 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Cpt. 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.

Linda 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.

Estelle 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.

Sandra 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.

The 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 advocate.

Ottawa-Orléans 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.

"This 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.

Leading 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 supplied

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