#EachforEqual will be the theme for the 2020 International Women's Day event held at Lakeshore Recreation apart of the annual Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey fundraiser.
Plans are already underway for the March 3 event and the Women's House is asking the public to help nominate the Woman and Young Woman of Distinction who will be honoured at the event.
Community and Fund Development Coordinator for the Women's House, Michelle Lamont says the deadline to submit nominations if February 14, 2020.
"The kinds of things we're looking for is if they've provided a inspiration or motivated others... if they're a positive role model, whether they display leadership qualities, whether they promote and support equality and improved opportunities and choices," she says.
Nominators are encouraged to submit a 200- to 250-word biography/outline, explaining why this person should be recognized as a Woman of Distinction or Young Woman of Distinction and they must be a resident of Bruce County or Grey County
Note: The Young Woman of Distinction must be still in school, under the age of majority.
Lamont says every year the community makes a great choice and there is usually a nominee who truly stands out.
"In the past we've had a teacher (Woman of Distinction) very involved in the community...and mentorship programs...we've had a young girl, very involved in the aboriginal community and she was doing a lot of things for awareness, she even preformed a Jingle Dance for us at the event and she's won several competitions...she also mentors other young women."
She adds, "last year we had a young girl win the award, she showed such amazing leadership qualities and goals that are set very high for herself and innovative ideas and ways to support women in our community."
One can send a nomination to Michelle Lamont by mail at Box 760, Kincardine, Ontario, N2Z 2Z4; by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by fax at 519-396-7800.
If you have any questions or concerns about nominations, International Women's Day or Women's House in general, contact Lamont at 519-396-9814, Ext. 225.
The March 3 event will also feature Jamie McMillan as the Keynote Speaker. McMillan is an advocate for non-traditional gender employment opportunities. Jamie is a Journeyman Ironworker / Boilermaker and founder of KickAss Careers.
Last year's Woman of Distinction award was awarded to: Lea-Anne Roche, from the Walkerton area - She works at Walkerton District Secondary School.
Lamont says Roche had multiple people nominate her with one suggesting, "If the world were full of people like Lea-Anne, we would be consistently overwhelmed with a ray of love and hope."
The Young Woman of Distinction award in 2019 went to Lauren Schierz of the Hanover area.