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International Women's Day

Today, on International Women’s Day, I would like to acknowledge all the women in Carleton Place and around the world who lead, who fight for change and equality, and who continue to inspire those around them.

This year’s theme is #choosetochallenge. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So, let’s all choose to challenge, celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.

We have so many examples of strong, supportive, and uplifting women in this community. I would like to share just a few whose achievements have made a substantial impact on the quality of life here in Carleton Place:

Our dedicated leader, Diane Smithson, CAO for the Town of Carleton Place, who day in and day out makes the hard decisions for the betterment of our Town.

Linda Seccaspina – my fellow Councillor who fiercely believes in and advocates for her community.

Erin Lee – Executive Director of Interval House, who works tirelessly to provide a safe place for women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence.

Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and Mary Wilson Trider, CEO and President of the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital – who have both been at the forefront of guiding our community through this past year as we face the challenges of navigating through a global pandemic.

Kate Murray and Jackie Kavanagh who manage the Downtown Carleton Place BIA and Chamber of Commerce respectively, and who have done so much in the last year to encourage the support of our local small business community, including the many businesses owned and operated by women in Carleton Place.

Ensuring the women in our lives, our mothers, our wives, our sisters, and daughters, feel respected, empowered, and supported is critical to advancing gender equality. Please take some time and think about how you will #choosetochallenge in 2021.


Mayor Doug Black