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Monday, March 27, 2023
Column: Let’s honour women who make a difference

Betty Disero

Lord Mayor of NOTL

Status of Women Canada declared October as National Women’s History Month, a time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women and girls across the country and throughout our history.

The 2019 theme is #MakeAnImpact, which Status of Women Canada states is “in honour of the women and girls who’ve made a lasting impact as pioneers in their field. Whether as business leaders, politicians, researchers, artists, or activists, these women of impact have helped shape Canada into a thriving, diverse, and prosperous country through their achievements and desire to make a difference.”

I’ve been thinking about how important it is to talk about and honour the women in our community whose lives and contributions to society have had and continue to have, a major impact on generations past, and to generations to come. When I started to make a list, I was reminded of how blessed we are to have so many strong, determined, and accomplished women in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Some past female leaders, entrepreneurs, and local history makers include Chloe Cooley, Laura Secord, Janet Carnochan, Harriet Tubman, and Margherita Howe. The bravery, sacrifice, and authenticity that these women showed in various ways and throughout varying circumstances had a profound influence on the empowerment and leadership experienced by women today.

Peggy Anderson, Gracia Janes, Austin Kirkby, Debi Pratt, Judy McLaughlin, Steffanie Bjorgan, Clare Cameron, Wendy Cheropita, Andrea Kaiser, and Sandra O’Connor, are just a few of the many modern-day role models. These women are strong and courageous and are continuing to lead the way for generations of women to come.

As lord layor of this great town, I would like to personally acknowledge and thank every woman, both past and present, who has stepped out, stepped up and worked hard to make their voice heard.

I know there are many women who I have not named, and I would love your help in making sure they receive the recognition they deserve!

If you know a woman deserving of recognition and thanks, tell us about her in the comments section on Facebook or share a post on social media with the hashtag #MakeAnImpactNOTL.

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