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Huron County’s Remarkable Women Recognized


QUEEN’S PARK – Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and South Huron Mayor Maureen Cole recognized almost 200 women for their leadership and community spirit at an event held at the South Huron Recreation Centre.

The event, which was inspired by Canada and Ontario’s 150th anniversary, as well as the 100th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote in Ontario, recognized a wide range of volunteers, advocates, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, writers and athletes. The common theme was that each of the women has worked to make their communities.

A highlight for Thompson was having Zurich native and centenarian Alice Thiel attend, who was born the same year that women achieved the vote. As shared with the crowd, Alice has experienced a century of evolution and transition, all the while she has maintained a strong sense of community.

“Huron County is home to some remarkable women, who strive every day to make their corner of the world a better place for all those around them. They are passionate about making a difference, and inspire all those who know them,” said Thompson. “It’s a great honour to recognize the strong, caring women who are proud to call Huron home. They truly are a remarkable assembly of women.”

Among the guest speakers for the evening were former Provincial Ministers Elizabeth Witmer and Helen Johns, as well as Jacquie Bishop, Chair of the 2017 IPM in Walton.

“The women of Huron County are strong, passionate and caring. They work every day in big and small ways to build others and their communities up. We recognize and thank them for their efforts,” said Maureen Cole. “We stand on their shoulders, and the shoulders of all those who have come before them. Through their example, we will continue to make a difference in all the places we can, in all the ways we can. I hope we can continue to lead and support the next generation to continue all the good work these women have done.”

A similar event, which will be co-hosted with Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie, will be held in Bruce County in the fall, with details to be announced at a later date.

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