KAWARTHA LAKES-“From the time I was a child there was no difference between him and mom and myself on the family farm, we were all partners and my dad always saw mom and I as that, so I consider him to be my first mentor.” Evelyn Chamber said as she accepted her Leading Women, Leading Girls Award.
MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, Laurie Scott handed out the awards at a ceremony today at her constituency office in Lindsay. The awards celebrate women and girls who demonstrate exceptional leadership, inspire others through their devotion to community service and are strong role models.
“I’m humbled” said Chamber, who brought her dad with her to the award ceremony. Chamber is known as a trailblazer in the agricultural community. She has worked with the Lindsay Agricultural Society and 4H and has donated hundreds of hours to building agricultural awareness and assisting with youth development according to Scott. “Thank you for showing women they can have career paths in the agriculture industry.” Scott remarked. ” I’ve know Evelyn most of my adult life and probably as a child too. She’s been instrumental in the agriculture industry and with 4H Ontario and breaking down barriers for positions in agriculture that were mainly male dominated. You have been an incredible mentor and model.”
Bella Alderton and Penny Chatson of Women’s Resources were recognized for their work with women and girls who are the victims of abuse and human trafficking. “You have helped so many women and children and your advocacy for many, many years , collectively you’ve helped hundreds of women and girls and you cannot be thanked enough for that dedication because it’s very, very tough what you do and see on the front lines.” said Scott as she was presenting the award. Both women said they were shocked to be honoured for their doing something they love. “When I saw your email I thought, is this a joke, an award for doing my work.” Chatson said with a big smile. “We are very honoured, honoured and privileged to do this work.” Alderton added.
University of Guelph student Sadie-Jane Hickson was at the Canadian University Championships, running the race of a lifetime and couldn’t be there to accept her award. Her proud mom and sister were on hand to accept on her behalf. “She’s an award winning athlete as well as all the other work she has done.” Scott explained. “She’s an ambassador for 4H Ontario, cornerstone of youth involvement in the Oakwood community and she’s broken down many barriers on her won.”
Hickson was the Lindsay fair ambassador a year ago. “When she went to the CNE she was 1st runner up but she was really proud that she was named Miss Congeniality.” Said mom Jennifer. “She said she had worked hard to be able to make connections with people that quickly, she was really proud of that.”
“I am thrilled to present the Leading Women, Leading Grils ward to these four amazing local women.” Scott says. ” I am proud to celebrate their hard work and contributions to our community.”