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Friday, April 19, 2024
International Women’s Day 2023: A list of women that keeps growing and growing
More than 100 women filled Queen Street on Monday to mark International Women’s Day. (Dave Van de Laar)

When The Lake Report embarked on this International Women’s Day project just over two weeks ago, we hoped to gather the names of a few dozen women who could be representative of all those women who make Niagara-on-the-Lake a special place.

We asked a small nucleus of women to suggest others who should be included, “and they told two people,” who told others still and, before we knew it, we had crowd-sourced more than 200 women. The list is still growing.

Of course, we missed some people, unfortunately – many more women deserve to be part of this initiative – so we hope to continue to grow this list.

Just wait till next year.

Meanwhile, here are the names and general categories we have gathered so far.

Agriculture, farming, wine

Jane Andres, Alyssa Bator, Katie Dickieson, Brianne Hawley, Suzanne Janie, Suzanne Janke, Claudia Konzelmann, Donna Lailey, Jane Langdon, Maureen MacSween, Angela Marotta, Melissa Marotta-Paolicelli, Debi Pratt, Stephanie Pietruniak, Eileen Pillitteri, Stephanie Reis, Joey Rigg, Ann Sperling,Emma Thwaites, Lydia Tomek, Elaine Triggs, Madison Vine, Debbie Whitehouse, Sumie Yamakawa, Alison Zalepa

Arts

Artists, writers, curators and others representing all the women who are part of the NOTL arts scene. (Evan Loree)

Natalie Ackers, Jenniffer Anand, Debra Antoncic, Ruth Aspinall, Donna Belleville, Rima Boles, Lisa Brillon, Marilyn Cochrane, Penny-Lynne Cookson, Margot Devlin, Juliet Dunn, Jodi Eppler, Sharon Frayne-French, Andorlie Hillstrom, Katie Houghton, Sandra Iafrate, Lorraine Joyner, Bobbie Kalman, Bonnie Lamourie, Sandra Lawrence, Meredith Macdonald, Asta McCann, Aimee Medina, Cindy Mewhinney, Christine Mori, Sara Morris, Tanya Jean Peterson, Nancy Smith, Alexis Spieldenner, Magdalene Titian, Barbara Tranter, Debbie Williams

Business 

Women from NOTL’s business community were well-represented at Monday’s celebration. (Julia Sacco)

Melissa Achal, Teri Andrusiw, Leigh Atherton, Patricia Atherton, Nancy Bailey, Mishka Balsom, Vicky Banka, Carolyn Bernacci, Kayla Bernacci, Lindsay Bernacci, Tobi Brockway, Helle Brodie, Carlotta Cattani, May Chang, Liz Chorney, Kristi Collins, Brandi Currie, Caitlin Darte, Kristen Davies, Maureen Dickson, Shauna Dickson, Julie Dyck, Kim Elltoft, Viviane Elltoft, Kalin Falconer, Syrina Gatta, Irene Harlond, Dr. Marianne Hopkins, Kim Hughes, Gina Hyeon, Jovie Joki, Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi, Anett Kane, Ashley Keller, Carla Kloosterhuis-Lilly, Lida Kowal, Kimberly Legros, Erica Lepp, Erinn Lockard, Cindi LoForti, Gail Lord, Leslie McCormack, Christine McGrath, Sharon Michlik, Sally Miller, Melina Morsch, Cheryl Munce, Julia Murray, Margaret Northfield, Catherine O’Donnell, Marcia Penner, Catherine Porter, Michelle Reynolds, Robin Ridesic, Sue Rumsey, Julie Saggers, Tania Sapielak, Liz Tai, Janice Thomson, Kelly Turner, Tish Vigna, Szilvia Vona, Minerva Ward, Melissa Warner, Rachael Werner, Terri-Lynn Woodhouse, Angelika Zammit

Church

Members of NOTL’s church community were represented at the International Women’s Day gathering. (Evan Loree)

Rita Brown, Sarah Burroughs, Rosamund Hennessey, Julie Hunter, Beverley Lees, Virginia Mainprize, Sally Mitchell, Barb O’Connor, Sharon Peters, Jennifer Smith, Kathy Taylor, Diane Turner, Cristina Unruh, Sabrina Wiens

Community

Women from the community – volunteers and leaders – pose on the steps of the old Court House. (Somer Slobodian)

Barbara Ahluwalia, Linda Anderson-Kozik, Mona Babin, Bonnie Bagnulo, Patricia Balasiuk, Dr. Karen Berti, Steffanie Bjorgan, Hope Bradley, Ann-Louise Branscombe, Roxanne Buck, Nancy Butler, Shawna Butts, Julia Buxton-Cox, Arlene Carson, Penny Coles, Lisa Curtis, Michele Darling, Yvonne Darte Grecco, Ruth Denyer, Debbie Eke, Leslie Frankish, Brenda Ferguson, Kate Fish, Amanda Gamble, Patty Garriock, Elise Gasbarrino, Megan Gilchrist, Cindy Grant, Laurie Harley, Pat Hartman, Nona Heaslip, Margot Hickson, Peggy Hooke, Gracia Janes, Sarah Kaufman, Debbie Krause, Joan King, Mary Keith, Amy Klassen, Betty Knight, Brittney Kranz, Marg Lambert, Judith MacLachlan, Terry Mactaggart, Shirley Madsen, Kathy Mann, Marlene Masales, Resa Mastromatteo, Sandra McAusland, Caroline McCormick, Judy McLeod, Pauline Miller, Penny Milligan, Mary Mizen, Denise Nolan Murphy, Judith Patey, Audrey Mertens Pellett, Candice Penny, Sarah Pillitteri, Caroline Polgrabia, Jodey Porter, Mariah Reese, Ria Rosenberg, Tara Rosling, Laura Sentineal, Michelle Scott, Cathy Simpson, Dorothy Soo-Wiens, Harriet Stairs, Karen Taylor-Jones, Sheila Tierney, Louise Porteus Waldie, Briar Wiens, Dr. Robin Williams, Barbara Worthy

Sport

NOTL women in sports were represented by Marilyn Francis and Rosemary Goodwin. (Don Reynolds)

Martha Cruikshank, Marilyn Francis, Rosemary Goodwin, Yolanda Henry, Carrie Plaskett, Louise Robitaille, Irene Wall, Alison Waller, Mckenzie Wright

Town leadership & committees

Town of NOTL chief administrator Marnie Cluckie is flanked by women representing the towns leadership and citizen committee. (Dave Van de Laar)

Fran Boot, Wendy Cheropita, Marnie Cluckie, Betty Disero, Vicky Downes, Chris Earl, Andrea Kaiser, Lauren Kruitbosch, Deralyn MacKenzie, Maria Mavridis, Kirsten McCauley, Marah Minor, Cheryl Morris, Sandra O’Connor, Kiera Sangster, Kyra Simone, Victoria Steele, Sarah Stevens, Adriana Vizzari, Niki Walker

Women of The Lake Report

A few of the many women of The Lake Report turned out for the women’s day photo. (Don Reynolds)

Denise Ascenzo, Molly Bowron, Brittany Carter, Lisa Jeffrey, Linda Fritz, Gail Kendall, Jessica Maxwell, Julia Sacco, Somer Slobodian, Jill Troyer, Megan Vanderlee, Janice White, Joanne Young

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