Re­mark­able Women feted in un­der­wood

Shoreline Beacon - - News -

An Olympian, ed­u­ca­tors, ed­i­tors, health ad­vo­cates, com­mu­nity vol­un­teers, politi­cians and lo­cal en­trepreneurs were among the women hon­oured by Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thomp­son and Kin­car­dine Mayor Anne Eadie when they co-hosted “A Re­mark­able As­sem­bly of Bruce County Women” at the Un­der­wood Com­mu­nity Nov. 30.

Many of the women hon­oured had the same “Who me?” re­ac­tion to no­tice that they would be rec­og­nized a com­mon char­ac­ter­is­tic of the hon­ourees is hum­ble­ness and the feel­ing that oth­ers are more wor­thy.

In her wel­come, Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thomap­son said it was no ac­ci­dent they were cel­e­brat­ing women, not­ing it is the 100th an­niver­sary of Cana­dian women earn­ing the vote in On­tario, but not un­til 1954 were In­dige­nous women able to vote.

In her wel­come, Kin­car­dine Mayor Anne Eadie re­called her grand­mother say­ing that when she was born, women could not vote and that right and priv­i­lege must be cel­e­brated.

“Some­times, we take our priv­i­leges for granted and as we can see in other ar­eas of the world, some women had those priv­i­leges and lost them, so need to cher­ish them and pro­mote them,” Eadie said.

MPP Thomp­son said the hon­ourees rep­re­sent a sam­pling of a very special part of the pop­u­la­tion.

“You are peo­ple I work with. You’re peo­ple who have their names in the pa­per, you’re peo­ple in the com­mu­nity known for get­ting things done and you are peo­ple who sup­port oth­ers that make a dif­fer­ence,” Thomp­son said, adding she would be in­tro­duc­ing com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons, men­tors, lead­ers and ath­letes, in­clud­ing Walk­er­ton na­tive, Olympic row­ing medal­list Laryssa Biesen­thal.

Biesen­thal said she was proud to be part of an amaz­ing group of women who are liv­ing their dreams.

She re­called want­ing to be an Olympian and slid­ing down a hill on a magic car­pet at her fam­ily’s Walk­er­ton farm as she trained in skele­ton.

In uni­ver­sity, Biesen­thal took up row­ing, think­ing she “didn’t need to be much of an ath­lete but just a ”dare devil“. She said did not look back, earn­ing medals at five World cham­pi­onships and two other medals, de­spite re­peat­edly be­ing told she would not make it.

Biesen­thal said many of the other women in the room share her work ethic, re­silience and tenac­ity and of­fered a mes­sage: “Be­ing from Bruce County - you can do it. It doesn’t mat­ter that you’re not go­ing to do it keep hav­ing that dream and that fire.”

Guests were in­vited to the mi­cro­phone to of­fer few words about why they were be­ing rec­og­nized. Each re­ceived an award cer­tifi­cate, a copy of “150 sto­ries” is­sued by the Of­fice of the Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor of On­tario and con­grat­u­la­tions from fel­low re­cip­i­ents and their fam­i­lies and friends.

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