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2017 Honourees for Strong, Smart & Bold Women of the Year Celebration Announced

2017 Honourees for Strong, Smart & Bold Women of the Year Celebration Announced

LEEDS AND GRENVILLE — Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada is pleased to present the women who have been selected as the 2017 Honourees for our annual Strong, Smart & Bold Women of the Year Celebration. At this event we recognize and celebrate women of our community that use their strength, their intelligence and their spirit to affect positive change. These women remind girls of the amazing things they can accomplish and help inspire them to achieve greatness.

The event takes place on Thursday, June 1st at 7pm at the Brockville Convention Centre (doors open at 6:30pm). Girls Inc. will celebrate five honourees who were publicly nominated for their strengths, smarts and boldness. The following is only a sample of what these inspirational women have accomplished in their lifetimes.

Jane Dargie

Jane was an educator in the Leeds-Grenville County Board of Education and Upper Canada District School Board for over 25 years. She taught French as a Second Language at 4 area schools. Jane has been an important part of the St. John’s United Church in Brockville since 1978. She is also the lead chair of the Brockville Concert Band French Horns! Jane is a strong, smart and bold woman who has chosen not to seek external rewards and goes about the business of making the world a better place through her caring and compassionate nature, words and actions.

Carol Casselman

Carol has a non-traditional career as the Facilities Service Manager with the Upper Canada District School Board. She also prepares and serves a free community dinner for 200 individuals every Wednesday in Prescott and has done so since 2008! Carol has maintained this program by ensuring that she has a solid core of volunteers, she recruited the SGDHS Hospitality Class and continues to raise the required funds to cover costs. She has also been a member of the Champions For Kids Foundation since 2013.Carol believes in helping in any way she can by driving people for hospital visits, mentoring others, and by performing “random acts of kindness” without people noticing.

Mary Rae Knapp

Mary Rae is a former farmer, a two-time cancer survivor, and a long-term co-owner of J.B. Kelly Insurance. She is also the Chair of the Joshua Bates Centre Performing Arts Committee, a member of the Canadian and Ontario Country Music Associations and the Treasurer of the United Church Women’s Group in Athens. Mary Rae is smart for her business acumen, she is strong in the face of adversity, and she is bold in continually meeting and creating new opportunities for others and triumphing over all of life’s challenges. Her energy and passion are an inspiration.

Kelly McKinnon

Kelly also chose a non-traditional career path and is currently the Plant Manager at Shell Lubricants. Throughout her career, she has mentored and coached many interns and colleagues. She is a constant learner. She achieved a Six Sigma green belt and APICS Supply Chain designations. Kelly is personally and professionally committed to supporting the United Way and Family and Children’s Services of Leeds-Grenville as well as the food banks in both Brockville and Prescott. Her work ethic and attitude inspire young girls and women in the community to achieve great things.

Sue Watts

Sue is the Executive Director of the Employment & Education Centre, an organization that assists local business and residents with employment and training needs. She has received national and provincial awards for positively impacting youth throughout her 25-year career. Sue has been a mentor for Small Business Enterprise Centre Summer Company and sits on many boards such as the Economic Development Advisory Team for the City of Brockville, Every Kid In Our Community, Poverty Reduction Alliance, ONESTEP, Credit Counseling Canada, Victim Services and many more!

In addition to the award presentations, this year’s Strong, Smart & Bold Celebration will feature Girls Inc. facilitated activities, savouries and sweets courtesy of the Brockville Convention Centre, and a silent auction with items contributed by local artists, area attractions and health and wellness providers from our community.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling Girls Inc. at (613) 345-3295 ext. 0 or via e-mail admin@uppercanada.girls-inc.org.

Every day in Leeds-Grenville, Girls Inc. provides real solutions to the unique issues girls face. At Girls Inc., girls are in a safe, girls-only environment where professionally trained women help them build life skills and aspire to be all they can be. With this critical support, girls seize opportunity and thrive.

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