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International Women's Day 2017
2017 Woman of Distinction
The Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey held its annual International Women's Day celebration on Saturday, March 4th (2017) at Lakeshore Recreation in Port Elgin.
The annual event is a major fundraiser for the Women's House and is also a celebration of women and their achievements.
International Women's Day was first held on March 19, 1911 in Europe when more than one million and men marched in support of women's right to vote, for shorter work hours and better pay.
The local fundraiser helps support the Women's House which, in turn, helps women and children who are trying to escape abusive and/or violent situations.
Lindsay Riggin (L) of the Society of Energy Professionals, a 'Prestige' sponsor presents $5,000 to Tiffany Love of the Women's House
"Our whole year leads up to this event," said Tiffany Love of the Women's House, "and is not only our top fundraiser but a recognition of women. We are so fortunate with the support that we received from sponsors like Bruce Power, Co-operators Insurance, OPG, Power Workers Union, Women in Nuclear, Nichols Insurance and so many others."
Bruce Power's President & CEO, Mike Rencheck, and wife, Carol enjoyed the evening
Dessert Buffet for those with a 'sweet tooth'
The event included both silent and live auctions, a decadently delicious dessert buffet, two Yuk Yuk comedians and recognition of the 2017 Woman of Distinction and, this year for the first time, the Young Woman of Distinction.
This year's Woman of Distinction was Yolanda Cameron of Walkerton and who was nominated by Walkerton Rotary.
Emotional, Yolanda Cameron (L) receives an appreciation from emcee Penny Forbeck
Cameron's story is how she and her family took an immense family tragedy and turned into one that is positive and inspirational.
"I was completely taken by surprise by this nomination," said Cameron, "and I'm only here for Wes for Youth
It is the story of a family who lost their 16 year-old son, Wes to suicide. Finding themselves in a traumatic situation, she and husband, Jamie, drew out of it a way to create positive change in the memory of their son and, Wes for Youth was born.
Today, Wes for Youth is an on-line resource available 24/7 that consists of four professional counselors who help youth reaching out in times of trouble and who need someone to talk with. www.wesforyouthonline.ca
"We also now have a Youth Advisory Committee," said Cameron, "that advises us as to what youth need and want from us."
In a moving explanation of youth, Cameron finished with admonishments to the audience ... "...be kind to one another, listen to young people, offer help when needed ... say I love you."
This year was the first time that a
'Young Woman of Distinction' was recognized and, Brooklyn Lampi of
Kincardine nominated by Dom Jackson, is a teen to be reckoned with
when it comes to volunteering.
Since the age of seven and seeing her first homeless person, Lampi has begun her journey along a path of helping others.
The list of what she has accomplished so far is nothing short of amazing.
Brooklyn Lampi and her mother, Maria
A final total raised at the event for the Women's House is not yet finalized.
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