Yesterday was a day to celebrate gender equality, inclusiveness, empowerment and the achievements of women around the world.
And that's exactly what 40 to 50 employees of OPG's Western Waste Management Facility at Bruce Power came together to do.
A special event held at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine focused on discussions surrounding such topics, with Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie delivering a special address.
Her own personal reflections of a "Bruce County Woman."
"I look back at the women through the generations in my family and how far we've come in Bruce County from pioneer days, and then I'm looking forward to my sons, daughter-in-laws and my grandchildren," says Eadie.
While we have come along way, Eadie agrees there is still progress to be made when it comes to gender equality and inclusiveness among women, especially in the workplace.
Eadie spoke fondly of her pioneer Bruce County family, farmers and ordinary women (dating back to the 1850's-60's) and how she appreciates what these ordinary women did.
A big baseball fan, Mayor Eadie drew a parallel between fans doing the wave at a game to the accomplishments women have made over the decades; calling it the "wave of equality," something she says must continue on.
"And I thought, well, that's just like the generations (of women), people have stepped up and done their part through the generations and it's up to us to keep the wave for equality going," notes Eadie.
Kristen Brown, an OPG Western Waste Management Facility employee, who also spoke at the event, says they're lucky to work for an organization that believes in inclusion and doesn't tolerate harassment.
"We still recognize there's improvements to be made so today was a day where we wanted to have an open and honest conversation to talk about those issues, put them out there and progress," says Brown.
A number of men from OPG also attended, something Brown says shows support among their employees.
"We have a lot of great men here too that wanted to be here, show their support and be a part of the conversation," adds Brown.
Mayor Anne Eadie finished her thoughts with a quote from the late Leonard Cohen:
"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." -Leonard Cohen
Above Photo: Kincardine Mayor, Anne Eadie, speaks to employees from OPG's Western Waste Management Facility at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, on Thursday, March 8th, 2018. Photo by Craig Power, © 2018.