Local MPP Laurie Scott hosted an awards presentation ceremony to recognize the contributions of leading women in the local community, in honour of International Women’s Day.
The Leading Women, Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition program acknowledges women and girls who demonstrate exceptional leadership, inspire others through their devotion to community service and are strong role models who encourages future generations to become involved in making their community a better place for everyone.
The 2018 recipients include Bella Alderton and Penny Chatson of Women’s Resources in Lindsay, Evelyn Chamber of the Lindsay Agricultural Society and Sadie-Jane Hickson a student at the University of Guelph (received by Maggie-Jo on her behalf).
“I am thrilled to present the Leading Women, Leading Girls award to these four amazing local women. They have each demonstrated how one person can truly make a difference, and so I am proud to celebrate their hard-work contributions to our community today” says Scott.
Evelyn Chamber – Lindsay Agricultural Society:
Evelyn is a trailblazer in the Lindsay community. Having built a successful career in the agricultural industry, Evelyn breaks-down barriers and encourages women and girls to choose career paths that are underrepresented by women. Not only does she use her career as a platform to inspire others, Evelyn is also involved with 4-H Ontario, a youth development organization that builds leadership skills, self-confidence and other abilities. In addition to her decades of community service, Evelyn has donated hundreds of hours to building agricultural awareness and assisting with youth development. By giving courage to her peers and youth to be daring, innovative, and unique, her work promoting women in agriculture and youth excellences makes Evelyn a true role model.
Bella Alderton & Penny Chatson – Women’s Resources in Lindsay:
Bella and Penny are both pillars of the Kawartha Lakes community. They work tirelessly to improve the lives of local women by providing services that offer protection and safety from violence and abuse, emergency shelter and counselling and mentorship. Each year, Bella and Penny help hundreds of women and in 2017, they collectively donated hundreds of hour of their time to programs that promote healthy relationships, mentorships and, prevent violence against women and girls. Their effort to improve the lives of women and girls offers hope and optimism for the future of the Kawartha Lakes community.
Sadie- Jane Hickson – University of Guelph:
Sadie-Jane is an enthusiastic young woman who strives to empower her peers and future generations through promoting healthy living and active lifestyles. Not only is she an award-winning athlete, Sadie-Jane has also been recognized for her academic achievements and commitment to community service. Sadie-Jane’s role as an Ambassador at 4-H Ontario, a youth development organization that builds leadership skills, self-confidence and other proficiencies, makes her a cornerstone of youth involvement in the Oakwood community. Sadie-Jane has broken down barriers in women’s athletics. Through her hundreds of hours of community service, she has inspired our community with her commitment to volunteerism and leadership.