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MPP Ballard hosts Second Annual Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Award Ceremony

MPP Ballard hosts Second Annual Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Award Ceremony

NEWS                                                                                                                      March 9,2016 


Newmarket - Twelve women and girls from Newmarket-Aurora were honoured on Monday night for their contribution to improving the lives of others across our community. 

 The twelve women and girls are recipients of the Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities awards. The ceremony honours International Women’s Day.

 The award winners were nominated by teachers, colleagues, friends, and family from the community.

 Recipients are:

Beverly Varcoe, Robin Taylor-Smith, Nancy Black, Jennifer Copley, Lexi Benlolo, Amanda Benlolo, Sanam Juliette Mojgani, Cheryl Fraser, Lianne Schiavo, Melanie Bell, Manon Labrecque and Vivian Risi

 Celebrating the achievements of women and girls is part of our government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


“It is an honour to celebrate these outstanding women and girls. Their leadership makes a real difference in Newmarket-Aurora. Each year this event in our community grows and I look forward to recognizing the achievements of even more outstanding women and girls from Newmarket-Aurora next year.” — Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket-Aurora


  • 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 745 women and girls across Ontario have been recognized for their community leadership contributions.
  • 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.


Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket-Aurora, 238 Wellington St. E, Suite 203, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1J5



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