This year's International Women's Day #EmbraceEquity campaign will be an opportunity to celebrate local women who have made a difference in the community when it comes to progressing gender equity.
Slightly different from equality, gender equity is the process of allocating resources, programs, and decision making fairly to all genders without any discrimination on the basis of gender, and addressing any imbalances in the benefits available to people of different genders.
In the spirit of celebrating International Women's Day, we're asking YOU to vote for who you think deserves to win this year's Inspirational Woman Award. We want to recognize a female leader in our community who has made a difference when it comes to progressing gender equity.
The nomination period ran February 1-13th. From the nominations, a Top 3 was selected by our award committee and the winner of the award will be a result of a poll voted on by the public.
Voting will take place from Feb 21-March 3. The winner will be announced at our High Tea for Equity Fashion Show Fundraiser event on Sunday, March 5 and will receive a $500 cash prize and trophy.
In addition to the awards program, the event will feature a fashion show by Expressions Fashion Boutique, High Tea food and beverages, keynote speaker and local female vendors. Not to mention the chance to win door prizes! By attending this event, you will be showing support for local female vendors and business owners, Girls Inc charity, and the amazing individual receiving the Inspirational Woman Award.
READ THE BIOS OF THE THREE INSPIRING WOMEN BELOW!
AND THE WINNER IS...
TOP 3 NOMINEES
Patty is a fairly new senior staff member with the Limestone District School
Board, but her impact is already being felt across the board. As the Associate
Superintendent of Safe and Caring Schools and Program, Patty is responsible for
multiple aspects that contribute to a safe and welcoming school environment for
students, staff, and families.
When it comes to advancing gender equity, Patty has been on the forefront of many new initiatives at the Limestone District School Board. Patty was instrumental in creating a large and welcoming presence at both the Napanee Pride parade and the Kingston Pride parade last year. This was the first time the school board, from an administrative standpoint, made an effort to be a visible presence at Pride, filling both parades with supportive staff, students, and families.
There are numerous things Patty does on a daily basis to help make the Limestone District School Board, an organization with such a massive impact on our Kingston community (20,000+ students and 3,000+ staff members), more inclusive. She liaises with our local health unit and police departments to ensure our schools continue to be safe spaces and has launched new initiatives like the LDSB Queer Sports and Social Club, a fun, social and safe place for all LDSB Grade 9-12 students to be active and build relationships.
As part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community herself, countless students across our school board benefit from seeing Patty in such an important leadership position with a large, impactful organization.
AND THE WINNER IS..... PATTY GOLLOGLY!