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5 Local Women Honoured By Girls Inc. in Their Annual Strong, Smart & Bold Women of the Year Celebration Last Thursday – VIDEO

5 Local Women Honoured By Girls Inc. in Their Annual Strong, Smart & Bold Women of the Year Celebration Last Thursday – VIDEO

Brockville — Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada, along with BMO Bank of Montreal, hounoured 5 more local women on Thursday, May 17th at their annual Strong, Smart & Bold Women of the Year Celebration.

The annual event, which recognizes and celebrated women of our community that use their strength, their intelligence and their spirit to affect positive change, was held at the Brockville Convention Centre.

The five honourees, selected following a public call for nominations, who represent the traits strong, smart & bold were:

Brandy Smith:

Employed as the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Brockville Public Library, Brandy goes above and beyond her job description in her commitment to create a vibrant, safe and inclusive community space. Brandy’s concern and passion for the environment is demonstrated through her commitment to a minimalist lifestyle. She is actively involved in the annual Community Clean Up and is the staff liaison with Transition Brockville. Brandy is an ally to the LGBTQ community and actively works to promote equal civil rights, gender equality and stop homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

Evelina Oosterhof:

Evelina is a strong, loving and caring woman who exemplifies this in her passion for the Girls Everywhere Meeting the Saviour (GEMS) program. The GEMS program creates an environment for girls to come together weekly to work and play and to encourage each other to develop their gifts and talents. Evelina started as a young girl in the program and over the years as her own daughters joined the program she stepped in to follow as a counselor, then Club Co-coordinator and now to her current title, Leadership Trainer.

Jane Hess:

Jane has been a nurse for over 40 years, with a career spanning a variety of settings including community home care, acute care, and teaching. As a lifelong learner, Jane went back to school while working full time and managing a household with three children to achieve a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Jane is a mentor to many and is seen as a visionary leader within the Health Unit and the community at large. She is a strong advocate for vulnerable populations and seeks opportunities to identify and address the social determinants of health, health equity and social justice.

Karen McDonald-Hurley:

What sets Karen apart from other entrepreneurs is her dedication to people and their dreams and her service to others through volunteerism. She is genuinely interested in people and strives to help everyone she meets become their personal best. On any given day Karen can be found coaching an aspiring runner, serving a fundraising lunch at the Y, offering advice to a would-be entrepreneur, serving on a volunteer board, working at her professional consulting business, Opportunity Group, or lending a hand to a person with a disability. Karen has been a Girls Inc. girl her entire life. It isn’t a business objective, or a way to maximize profits, or a job to be done, it’s a way of life.

Marianne Carlyle:

Marianne is creative, resourceful, empathetic, positive, and a consummate professional who has distinguished herself as a person of integrity and action. Marianne started Brockville’s first adult swim club in 1985 and continues to coach with it twice a week. She has been inducted in the Brockville and Area Sports Hall of Fame in part due to her impressive triathlon accomplishments. As a Manager of the local Ontario SPCA Branch she mentors and manages a team of five staff along with 50+ active in-house volunteers, has overseen renovations making it a landmark site for animals in need and has established satellite adoption sites at retail locations in three communities.

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