MPP Marie-France Lalonde celebrated International Women's
Day on March 8 by hosting a breakfast at OCCO Kitchen on
Innes Road and handing out 28 certificates to some of the
riding's leading women and girls.
Among this year's
recipients were MIFO president Tréva Cousineau; real
estate agent and past president of the Rotary Club of Orléans,
Teresa Whitmore; Théâtre du Village d'Orléans co-founder
and president Pierrette Boisvert; and Orléans Community
Garden president GIna Lapointe.
MPP Marie-France Lalonde presents a Leading Women, Leading
Girls certificate to CECCE trustee Johanne Lacombe who
brought her daughter Laurianne Cliche up for the presentation.
we were able to recognize 23 women and five girls who are
improving the lives of others through community service
and leadership. The recipients span multiple generations
and are involved in an array of projects working to build
our community," Lalonde said during her opening remarks.
Besides the ladies
previously mentioned the other recipients include Amanda
Antonitti, Amélie Trottier, Angelica Kalubiaka, Brigitte
Pilon, Chantal Chatigny, Christine Marier, Claudèle Vézina,
Dolores Côté, Emily Best, Emily Martin, Fernande Lavergne,
Francine Vinet, Gina Lapointe, Huguette Lorrain, Jennifer
Sondergaard, Jessica Goyette, Julia Kennedy, Louise Lagroix,
Marie Charette, Monique Blais, Pankaj Chopra, Paulette Corbeil,
Stella Ronan, and Valerie Assoi.
While the recipients
are all outstanding in their own right, collectively they've
volunteered thousands of hours of their time to a variety
of organizations and causes including the Rendez vous des
aînés d'Orléans, the Canada Day Seniors Bingo, and the Orléans
Legion. The five student recipients were recognized for
their volunteer work both inside the classroom and out.
Vézina, Emily Best and Julia Kennedy were recognized for
the work they've done in supporting and helping to build
the Petrie Island Canoe Club. Among other things they serve
as coaching assistants, safety boat operators for the Special
Olympics program as well as helping with the club's fundraising
The Leading Women,
Leading Girls, Building Communities Recognition Awards were
started by the pevious Ontario Liberal government. When
they were canceled by the current Conservative government
last year, Lalonde decided to continue the program on her
a number of outstanding women and young girls in our community
who are doing a lot of incredible things and they deserve
to be recognized for everything they do and that's what
we are doing today," said Lalonde, who plans to continue
the program as long as she is the MPP.
MPP Marie-France Lalonde (centre) poses for a group
picture with this year's recipients of Leading Women,
Leading Girls Recognition Awards. Fred Sherwin/Photo
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our
local business partners.)