5:30 a.m., March 15)
Leading women/ Leading girls get special recognition
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
International Womens Day was celebrated around the world on March
8. The event is held every year to commemorate the movement
for womens rights.
celebration in particular was held right in the heart
of Orléans as Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France
Lalonde hosted this years Leading Women/Leading
Girls Building Communities award ceremony at the OCCO
Kitchen restaurant on Innes Road.
MPP Marie-France Lalonde (centre) poses for
a picture with this years Leading Women/Leading
Girls Building Community Award recipients.
is all about International Womens Day and recognizing
the ladies who are so powerful in our community,
are awarding 18 women of all ages who have made significant
contributions within the Orléans community, as
leaders who volunteer their time to achieve excellence.
program acknowledges and cele-brates women and girls who
demonstrate exceptional leadership in working to improve
the lives of others in their communities.
recipients attempted to break down barriers and encourage
their peers to get involved in careers where they are
under-represented, while some were strong supporters of
equality, diversity and healthy, equal relationships.
directed their efforts towards preventing violence against
women and girls, reducing racism and discrimination, as
well as encouraging them to undertake public service.
acted as positive role models by mentoring, coaching,
leading events or organizations, while others displayed
exemplary behavior to women and girls in their communities.
Women Building Communities nominees must be over the age
of 18 and have not received the award in the past. However,
nominees who have previously received the Leading Girls
Building Communities Award may be nominated for a Leading
Women award if they have different accomplishments.
years award recipients were Anna Hiemstra, Ashley
Robitaille, Jade Traversy-Mallette, Carmen Eisenhauer,
Courtney Goddard, Denyse Amyot, Marie Biron, Margaret
Gilmour, Pamela Moss, Marjolaine Cote, Najat Ghannou,
Nicole Lachaine, Nicole Patry, Sabine Daniel, Sarah Kennedy,
Suzanne Fortier-Gour, and Zaheeda Alibhai.
earliest Womens Day observance was held in New York
City on February 28, 1909. It was organized by the Socialist
Party of America to recognize the contribution of female
years later, the first International Womens Day
was held on March 9 and was marked by over one million
people in Austria, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany. IWD
was first observed in Canada in 1975.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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