Originally posted on the website of Kevin Flynn, Member of Provincial Parliament – Oakville.
Honouring Women and Girls in Oakville
Ontario Government Recognizes Local Leaders during International Women’s Week
News release: March 18, 2014
Ontario is celebrating International Women’s Week by recognizing eight women and girls in Oakville who have made a positive difference.
Established in 2006, Ontario’s Leading Women/Leading Girls, Building Communities Award recognizes women and girls whose exceptional leadership has improved the lives of others in their communities.
This year’s Leading Girls recipients from Oakville are:
- Chantelle Colangelo
- Emily Duncan
- Firoza Dohdi
- Taylor Legere
- Brittany MacKinnon
This year’s Leading Women recipients are:
- Jennifer Opper
- Michele Sparling
- Lyndsey Thomas
These inspirational girls and women joined MPP Flynn at The International Women’s Day dinner in Oakville, which featured keynote speaker, Mary Walsh. The presentation ceremony will take place on May 22, 2014.
Celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women across the province supports the government’s plan to work together as One Ontario, to build a successful, vital province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and achieve their goals.
“I am so impressed by the contributions these women and girls are making in our community. Their actions help build stronger bridges between women and girls in Ontario, and their leadership inspires and is an example to us all.”
Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville
“International Women’s Week invites us to recognize the achievements of women and girls around the world. The women and girls we honour this year have made positive differences in their communities through action and leadership, inspiring others and making communities in Ontario stronger.”
Teresa Piruzza, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
“I’m so proud that one of our graduates from the Women In Skilled Trades program – Lyndsey Thomas – was among this year’s recipients. True inspiration comes from recognizing oneself in others and what better example than those honoured by this prestigious award. Congratulations to all recipients and to our government for its leadership in advancing the status of women in Ontario.”
Kathy Mills, CAO, The Centre for Skills Development & Training
- Since the launch of the Leading Women/Leading Girls, Building Communities Awards in 2006, Ontario has recognized over 400 women and girls province-wide.
- March 8 has been recognized as International Women’s Day around the world since 1977. The annual celebration highlights women’s economic, political and social achievements.
- International Women’s Week 2014 runs from March 2 – 8.
- More about International Women’s Week around the world.