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  • April 03, 2017

Ontario Honours Exceptional Women and Girls in Burlington

Recipients Announced for Annual Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Award


On Friday, March 31, 2017 at FarAway Greens, MPP Eleanor McMahon recognized women and girls in Burlington who have shown leadership, improving lives of others in the community through Ontario’s Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Recognition Program.

This award program, now in its 13th year, acknowledges and celebrates women and girls who have committed themselves to activism and volunteerism across Ontario.

This month, Ontario celebrated International Women’s Day and recognized women and girls in communities across the province for their leadership.. Since this program’s 2006 introduction, nearly 1000 women and girls across Ontario have received this award.

The 2017 recipients from Burlington are:

  • Fareen Samji
  • Tanya Ferro
  • Julie Hellam
  • Sofia Estrada
  • Chelsea Corbett
  • Sarah McLaughlin
  • Nancy King, Chief Lady Bird
  • Monique Bedard, Aura

Burlington and the province of Ontario need the leadership of women and girls to build a fair and equitable society. This award celebrates women and girls whose hard work and contributions inspire others to take a leading role in their community.

Celebrating the leadership of women and girls supports the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. The Ontario Government is proud to work with women’s groups and community organizations across the province to support women and girls, advance women’s equality, support their safety and improve their economic security.



“As MPP for Burlington, I am delighted and proud to honour outstanding women and girls for their leadership in the community. These exceptional women and girls have devoted time and energy to helping others and it’s important to celebrate them for their strength, leadership and the positive example they set for others.”

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and MPP for Burlington


“The women and girls recognized through this award are not only helping their communities, they also serve as an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for your outstanding work and accomplishments.”

— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women



  • March 8 has been recognized as International Women’s Day around the world since 1977. The annual celebration highlights women’s economic, political and social achievements.
  • The Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Program honours girls under the age of 18 and women 18 years and older.
  • Since its launch in 2006, more than 1000 women and girls across Ontario have been recognized for their community leadership contributions.







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