Mon­sef to award a life­time achieve­ment award at gala

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - JOELLE KO­VACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

Sta­tus of Women Min­is­ter Maryam Mon­sef said she will be of­fer­ing a life­time achieve­ment award at a gala she is host­ing later this month to hon­our lo­cal women’s out­stand­ing com­mu­nity work.

On Oct. 27, the Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha MP will be pre­sent­ing the first Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha Women’s Lead­er­ship Awards.

This pub­lic event at Show­place will fea­ture a red car­pet photo ses­sion, live mu­sic and an award cer­e­mony.

Awards will be handed out to high­light women’s achieve­ment in ar­eas such as en­trepreneur­ship, en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, and work to­ward com­bat­ting poverty.

But Mon­sef said in an in­ter­view with The Ex­am­iner on Fri­day that she’s also plan­ning a life­time achieve­ment award.

She didn’t say who’s go­ing to win — that was left as a sur­prise for the gala.

Mon­sef said she was in­spired to start her award pro­gram by the women she knows in her rid­ing who’ve been men­tors and vol­un­teers, steadily build­ing the com­mu­nity with lit­tle recog­ni­tion.

“There are thou­sands of women in this com­mu­nity who are qui­etly — be­hind the scenes, for years! — mak­ing a world of dif­fer­ence,” she said.

The call for nom­i­na­tions went out in March, at Mon­sef ’s Ru­ral Women’s Sum­mit in Buck­horn.

Mon­sef hasn’t re­leased the list of nom­i­nees – that is also be­ing kept un­der wraps un­til Oct. 27.

But some women have men­tioned on so­cial me­dia that they’re nom­i­nees: mar­ket­ing ed­u­ca­tor Sofie An­dreou, Kawartha Now pub­lisher Jean­nine Tay­lor and In­no­va­tion Clus­ter mar­ket­ing man­ager Rose Terry, for ex­am­ple.

Mon­sef was in Peter­bor­ough on In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl on Thurs­day.

She said she marked the oc­ca­sion with a town-hall meet­ing at West­mount Pub­lic School with girls and boys, as well as an­other meet­ing with a group of stu­dents in Grades 10 through 12 at Thomas A. Ste­wart Se­condary School.

Later in the board­room at her con­stituency of­fice, she in­vited a group of 10 girls – aged six through 14 – to come to an in­for­mal round-ta­ble.

“They wanted to get right down to the busi­ness of talk­ing about what it means to be a girl, and what we can do to­gether for girls and boys,” Mon­sef said.

“One of the themes that emerged was that this is the most pow­er­ful gen­er­a­tion of girls to have ever lived. They have great

ideas and they get things done. And they have a lot of con­fi­dence – we need to fur­ther sup­port them.”

The Women’s Lead­er­ship Awards gala will be held Oct. 27 at Show­place Per­for­mance Cen­tre on Ge­orge St. N. in down­town Peter­bor­ough at 7:30 p.m.

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