LEEDS AND GRENVILLE — Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada, along with BMO Bank of Montreal, is pleased to share a little about the women who have been selected as the 2018 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, May 17th at 7pm at the Brockville Convention Centre (doors open at 6:30pm). Girls Inc. will celebrate five honourees, selected following a public call for nominations, who represent the traits strong, smart & bold.
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 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 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.
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 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.
In addition to the award presentations, this year’s Strong, Smart & Bold Celebration will feature a spotlight on Girls Inc. programs and approach, savories and sweets, 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. Special thanks to Bell Media – 104.9JRfm and 103.7BOBFM for their support. Tickets are $35, youth (18 & under) $20 and can be purchased by calling Girls Inc. at (613) 345-3295 ext. 0 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.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.