Catherine Fife MPP, Waterloo

Government of Ontario

Honouring Women and Girls in Kitchener-Waterloo

Published on March 8, 2018

Honouring Women and Girls in Kitchener-Waterloo

March 8, 2018

We all know her. She works hard, gives back to her community and leads by example. Every day, she makes our province a better place to live. On March 8th, Ontario is marking International Women’s Day by recognizing the exceptional leadership of women and girls across the province and in Kitchener-Waterloo.  

International Women’s Day celebrates the remarkable achievements of women across the globe, while recognizing the need for greater gender equality. Enormous progress has been made, but there is more work to do for women to reach their full potential. Everyone in Ontario has a role to play as we work toward that goal. Today, MPP Catherine Fife is recognizing the women and girls who are leading change in their communities. The Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition program celebrates women and girls whose volunteer work has improved the lives of others in their community. Since 2006, Ontario has recognized nearly 1000 leading women and girls.

This year’s recipients from Kitchener-Waterloo are:

  • Cait Glasson
  • Joanne Hepditch
  • Lori Hodgson
  • Diane Matyas
  • Janet McLaughlin
  • Fran Pappert-Shannon
  • Thea Ross
  • Emma Smith
  • Leon Tsai
  • Samantha Estoesta Williams

The leadership of women and girls is fundamental to building a brighter future and a more equitable society for all of us. This award celebrates women and girls whose hard work and contributions inspire others to take a leading role in their community. Think about the women and girls making a difference where you live and consider nominating them for next year’s award.

Congratulations to the award winners. I look forward to hosting a celebratory luncheon in your honour this April.


Catherine Fife